Author: snott

Learn to use Vim in 21 minutes

Vim is a text editor widely used by Advanced Linux users, but just because the user base are geeky users, that doesn’t mean you can’t learn and use this amazing text editor for your daily tasks. Learning to use Vim its easier than you think, and once you get used to its options, its hard for you to go back and edit files the conventional way (ie. nano, leafpad, notepad, etc). Vim is both simple and powerful (as in minimal effort, maximum effect). Just to give you some motivation, here are a few things you can do on Vim...

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Keep your arch linux system clean and light

Archlinux is a system that can take a lot of punishment from the user without breaking, nevertheless, it’s always useful to check once in a while your orphan packages to make sure your system doesn’t have unneeded dependencies or packages that no longer depend on any other package, so here are a couple of tips to improve your package management skills and to keep your system clean of packages you don’t want (after all that’s why you installed Arch in the first place). 1) Uninstall Procedure The first thing to note, and I have seen lots of people NOT...

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Conky clock and stats configuration

Conky is a really cool application able to display whatever info you throw at it, being that your CPU usage stats, free/used storage space, how many emails are in your inbox, if there are any updates available for you package manager, etc. Previously, I have shown you how to configure openbox to get a real minimal desktop that its fast, lightweight and functional. One thing missing on that page was some stats of the running system as well as a pretty clock, in this post I am going to show you how to put a conky-powered big and pretty...

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How to authenticate on an ubuntu server using active directory

Ubuntu Server is a really great distro, and its even better when you have a centralized, single sign on user and password for all the people using your server. This whitepaper will teach you how to configure your ubuntu server to authenticate users using an Active Directory, so you can have a samba folder access restricted to only a certain group or users (for example), or have everyone log in onto your jabber server for company chat using the same login credentials. This will also work if you just wanna join an active directory as a user, both scenarios...

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Wifi Light Painting (show wifi signal as it travels trough the air)

How does wifi signal looks like as it travels trough the air? the people over at this website came up with a genius idea to show it. This project explores the invisible terrain of WiFi networks in urban spaces by light painting signal strength in long-exposure photographs. A four-meter tall measuring rod with 80 points of light reveals cross-sections through WiFi networks using a photographic technique called light-painting. Translation: They take a long exposure photograph of the environment while walking with a 4 meter rod with 80 light bulbs that react to wifi signal, the result is pretty awesome....

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