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Feb
19
comment Linux VM in Windows 8
VMWare has a free version for personal use.
Feb
12
comment Is there any benefit to using IPv6 on my home network?
IPv6 was not designed to have tecnnical advantages. It was designed to solve a fundamental problem with the total number of available addresses. At the time it was first implemented, IPv6 did have technical advantages over IPv4, but over the years people have implemented almost all of those advantages with IPv4 as well. But the fundamental issue of not enough IP addresses remains. Because of this IPv6 WILL be universally deployed. It is only a question of how quickly will it reach the tipping point where it becomes the default.
Jun
27
comment Xforwarding in Ubuntu
I have seen it where the .Xauthority file was in the wrong state, and everything was fixed by deleting it, logging off and reconnecting via SSH. Something in the sshd seems to set up the $DISPLAY and .Xauthority if it can. I believe that running startx was the bad thing that got things mucked up. Must remember to use xclock to test the X connection.
Aug
7
comment Resources for Unix users trying to learn DOS?
And if you don't want a UNIX compatible environment, just a few UNIX commands to use from a CMD prompt then go for GNUWIN gnuwin32.sourceforge.net
Jul
30
comment Two Routers, Two Independent Networks?
This may be the way that you decided to go given your networking knowledge and restrictive circumstances, but you should not have accepted this as the best answer.
Jun
21
comment Cannot ssh into Ubuntu guest on Virtualbox 4.0.4 on Windows 7
In the end, I bought my own wireless router so that I have control over the connection path and can configure the router's firewall to match my needs.
May
15
comment How do you configure a Windows machine for a Linux user?
cygwin is mandatory, and install Virtualbox so that they can install their favourite Linux distro and use that when things are too complex in Windows. VirtualBox supports shared folder between the guest Linux and the host Windows OS, so moving files back and forth is easy. As for Windows 7, configure it with a separate Administrator account so that everytime you do a privileged operation such as installing software, you have to give the username and password. That will help this person learn that Windows is becoming more like UNIX.
May
15
comment Why are all the DNS names on my network pointing to Amazon AWS?
You may very well have botnet software hijacking your machine and messing with the DNS internally, for instance it may be redirecting all DNS traffic via a network device driver so your Windows config is not relevant
Feb
26
comment How to run inetd daemon on Cygwin?
@WilliamKF you really do need to read the xinetd man page. What does the -d option show?
Feb
25
comment How to run inetd daemon on Cygwin?
An appropriate test for a network daemon like xinetd is to attempt to make a network connection. Or at least to use ps and see if the process appears to be running and netstat -a to see if it is listening on all the ports that you specified in the config.
Feb
22
comment Oracle 10g Client for Windows 7?
Note that the 11g R2 client is able to access 10g databases and earlier with no problems.
Nov
4
comment How much disk space should I devote to my Linux / partition?
Reading these answers carefully, it sounds like both of you advocate combining at least / and /home on a single partition rather than separating them. I agree but would go further and use one / partition for the whole drive with no swap. The /boot would then be on the / partition and if you need swap, you would use swapfiles on the / partition.
Oct
22
comment Can you explain these PassMark Disk Scores on my RAID1 vs RAID10 volumes?
500gig drives are pretty close to the point where you do not want to use anything other than RAID10 (a stripe of mirrors) in order to be able to recover from drive failure. If you were using 1 terabyte dirves, I would say you definitely should not consider anything other than RAID10. On a home PC speed should be secondary to data security.
Oct
20
comment Program needed for PDF Manipulation
You really should give a bit more info. For instance, any program can create PDFs using a PDF print driver. What does stacking PDFs mean? And any PDF reader software, like Acrobat, can print PDFs.
Oct
20
comment What is the origin of the UNIX $ (dollar) prompt?
Back in sixth edition days and before, UNIX was distributed with full source code included. All the universities who got it tended to do local modifications (that's where BSD came from) so perhaps some local systems programmer at the University of Waterloo though that a "shell" prompt should look more like a snail, and changed the % to an @. And as you say, there were lots of variants, and when they got collated back together in v7, no doubt the origins of changes were already fuzzy.
Oct
20
comment What is the origin of the UNIX $ (dollar) prompt?
Well, we just called it "the shell" so I don't really know who wrote it. I do remember seeing posters with all the shell commands documented on them, arranged in a spiral like a snail-shell or at sign. Maybe it was from O'Reilly but I can't be sure.