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How to bypass Internet censorship in a repressive regime. A useful PDF file.

A very useful PDF file with information about bypassing Internet censorship in a repressive regime. Countries like China and Iran have restricted Internet and this necessitates a method of bypassing this restriction on free speech and enabling unrestricted Internet access to allow the user to upload photos and video of government abuses. Source: http://www.nartv.org/mirror/circ_guide.pdf.

Get information about your network interface with Linux.

Linux has quite a few commands for finding out information about your network adapters. Below is an example. Using the ethtool command as root. homer@deusexmachina ~ $ sudo ethtool eth2 [sudo] password for homer: Settings for eth2: Supported ports: [ TP MII ] Supported link modes: 10baseT/Half 10baseT/Full 100baseT/Half 100baseT/Full Supported pause frame use: No […]

Strange object photographed in the Martian sky. Is this a UFO?

This is a strange object photographed in the Martian sky. Could this be a photographic anomaly or is it an Unidentified Flying Object. Someone might know what this is but I am not sure. Make up your own mind about this strange object. The high resolution version of this image was here; but now it […]

Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic review.

How to use SFTP on Linux and copy files easily.

How to take a screenshot of a Linux desktop over SSH.

To take a screenshot of a Linux desktop over SSH; firstly you must set the DISPLAY environment variable. homer@deusexmachina ~ $ export DISPLAY=:0 Then use scrot to capture a screenshot of the desktop to a file. homer@deusexmachina ~ $ scrot :0 my.jpeg Since I am using my Windows Server 2012 laptop to connect to my […]

A good guide to the backend functioning of a VOIP system.

A look at the CDE UNIX desktop running on Debian.

I have recently had a look at the CDE desktop running on Debian. This is an old but good desktop environment that allows a user to make the best use of their computer. I found a Linux distribution named CDebian that is a distribution of Debian as a Live CD that includes the CDE desktop […]

How to fix the incorrect time in Linux Mint Debian Edition.

The time in Linux Mint Debian Edition can be wrong compared to your Windows installation; this is easily fixed though. Open the /etc/adjtime file in VIM. vim /etc/adjtime Then change the last line from UTC to LOCAL as shown below. deusexmachina ~ # cat /etc/adjtime 0.014261 1405441104 0.000000 1405441104 LOCAL Then save the file and […]

Awesome themes that would suit a modern KDE 5 desktop.

Themes. Oxygen GTK, a port of the KDE Oxygen theme to GTK: http://kde-look.org/content/show.php/Oxygen+Gtk?content=136216. Aeri 5.0. This is a flat and light theme inspired by mobile and tablet operating system interfaces: http://kde-look.org/content/show.php/Aeri+?content=162303. Kawai. A very smooth and sleek KDE theme: http://kde-look.org/content/show.php/Kawai+%5BQtCurve%5D?content=141920. Descartes Breeze: http://kde-look.org/content/show.php/Descartes+Breeze?content=165578. Soft Metal: http://kde-look.org/content/show.php/Soft+Metal?content=120867. Lightning Unified QtCurve: http://kde-look.org/content/show.php/Lightning+Unified+QtCurve?content=155169. Polyester 1.0.4: http://kde-look.org/content/show.php/Polyester?content=27968. Skulpture: http://kde-look.org/content/show.php/Skulpture?content=59031. […]

How to use rsync to copy files from one computer to another.

This is an example where I am using the rsync command to copy files from one computer to another. homer@deusexmachina ~ $ rsync -avz -e “ssh -p 443” homer@192.168.100.4:/home/homer/Desktop/ /home/homer/Videos The authenticity of host ‘[192.168.100.4]:443 ([192.168.100.4]:443)’ can’t be established. ECDSA key fingerprint is ############################################. Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)? yes Warning: […]

Some more useful Linux commands for the desktop and server user.

This simple command allows the user to print the contents of a variable. homer@deusexmachina:~ % echo "$LOGNAME" homer Use the netstat command to get information about all network connections to and from your machine. homer@deusexmachina:~ % netstat Active Internet connections Proto Recv-Q Send-Q Local Address Foreign Address (state) tcp4 0 0 192.168.233.133.ssh vrrp.uglsmts51mg.50529 ESTABLISHED Active […]

How the new video dictionary app DIVII helps in English learning?

Have you ever wondered if you could become proficient in the English language by watching videos and movies on your smartphone? Here’s good news for you. DIVII – English Video Dictionary is here! This cross-platform application helps in learning English by watching subtitled videos. What’s more? You learn every aspect of the language through the […]

Why Linux is better than Windows; some screenshots of Linux goodness.

Linux has many advantages over Windows; one of them is the long uptime that you get from a Linux machine. Another is the ability to customize your Linux desktop to look just the way you want it to. This is another example; the awesome Gnome 3 desktop. The KDE desktop is a Windows styled desktop […]

Some useful Linux scripts for the desktop Linux user who likes the command line.

There are many useful Linux tips that make the life of a Linux user much easier. One is for the VI or VIM editor. To open a file at a specific line; use this command. homer@deusexmachina ~/Documents/yadex-1.7.901 $ vim src/x11.h +33 This will open the file x11.h at line 33. How to ssh into a […]