How to list the various network devices on your Linux system and show the traffic rates.

The ethstats command available on a Linux system allows you to show the network interfaces installed in your machine and the data transfer rates if they are connected to a network and they are not idle. Example usage of this command is shown below. homer@lollinux-machina:~/Documents/Doom2 ☠ $ ethstats eth1 total: 0.00 Mb/s In 0.00 Mb/s […]

How to view programs on your network that are hogging your network bandwidth.

How to use a simple Linux utility to see what is hogging your network bandwidth. The nethogs utility allows you to see what is hogging your bandwidth. Type sudo apt-get install nethogs to install this. Then run it like this: homer@lollinux-machina:~/Documents/Doom2 ☠ $ sudo nethogs eth1 A screen like the one shown below will appear. […]

Lovely GTK themes for your Linux Mint and Ubuntu desktop.

Some lovely GTK themes and wallpapers for your Linux desktop. MediterraneanNight Series 2.03: http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/MediterraneanNight+Series?content=156782. Themes Collection (Ubuntu/Linux Mint): http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/Themes+Collection+%28Ubuntu%2BLinux+Mint%29?content=156873. A huge theme collection for Ubuntu and Linux Mint. GNOME Shell: Nord 1.8: http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/GNOME+Shell%3A+Nord?content=142971. A very popular Gnome Shell theme. Mintyfresh Cinnamon-theme 0.3: http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/Mintyfresh+Cinnamon-theme?content=156287. A lovely green Cinnamon theme. Malys Inversio: http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/malys+-+inversio++?content=152965. Ambiance Chrunchy: http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/Ambiance+Crunchy?content=151181. This […]

Why we need to go back to the moon. The Chinese mission is very important.

I was just thinking about the new Chinese mission to the moon. This means that there is a new country that could dominate space. America do not control space anymore. The Russians were the first people into space and landed the Venera probes on Venus. That hellish planet with an extremely dense atmosphere and temperatures […]

How to type extended ASCII characters on Ubuntu and Linux Mint with the keyboard.

The keyboard in DOS and Windows allows the user to type extended ASCII characters by pressing ALT and typing the number code on the keypad. But this does not work in Linux unless you are using the virtual terminal. So how do you do it in Xorg? Simple. Press CTRL+Shift+U, release the U key and […]

Chinas moon probe has successfully soft-landed on the moon. This the prelude to a manned mission.

China have successfully soft-landed an unmanned probe on the lunar surface. This is an amazing achievement. Hopefully they can send back photographs of the NASA moon lander and finally shut up the moon landing conspiracy theorists. The pictures sent back to Earth from the moon are in color, the surface of the moon looks rather […]

How to use the mkfs command on Linux to format a USB drive to NTFS.

The mkfs command for Linux may be used to create new filesystems on a USB drive. I have used this to format a USB drive that had errors on it. Instead of using Windows 8.1 to format it, I have chosen to use the mkfs command as that is the standard command for formatting a […]

Doom is 20 years old. The game that redefined computer gaming is getting even more popular.

The classic FPS game Doom has turned 20 this year. This classic game that first came out in 1993 has lasted all this time and is now even more popular. 20 years of creating maps and blasting monsters sure has changed the world for the better. The first version of Doom was uploaded onto FTP […]

Alien Arena. A quality multiplayer game for Linux. Named after Quake 3 Arena.

I have just tried out the Alien Arena multiplayer game on Ubuntu. Running it with the default settings with my 1 Gigabyte ATI Radeon card and 6 Gigabytes of RAM, this was one enjoyable game. The focus of this shooter is multiplayer online action. Rather like another quality Linux game Corebreach. You can create your […]

How to use the alien command to convert an RPM file to a Debian deb package.

The alien command is used to convert Linux packages from one format to another. Install this on Linux by typing this command: homer@lollinux-machina:~/Desktop$ sudo apt-get install alien Then you may convert a package using this command. Below is an example. homer@lollinux-machina:~/Desktop$ sudo alien me-tv-1.3.6-1.fc14.x86_64.rpm warning: me-tv-1.3.6-1.fc14.x86_64.rpm: Header V3 RSA/SHA256 Signature, key ID 97a1071f: NOKEY warning: […]

Linux Mint 16 “Petra” Cinnamon Desktop

1 – What is Linux Mint: Linux Mint is an operating system designed to work on most modern systems, including two typical systems x86 and x64 . Linux Mint can be thought of as similar to Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OS and another copy of Linux. Linux Mint is also designed to work with other […]

Linux has advantages over FreeBSD, but the PS4 has this as its main OS. Could this lead to improvements?

FreeBSD is lagging behind Linux on the desktop. Why is this? Linux has an advantage over FreeBSD. The usability of the aforementioned operating system is not up to the standards set by Linux that has the Red Hat Linux Enterprise distribution that is fully capable of powering servers and uses a simple GUI installer and […]

5 Features that Make Linux Server Hosting Better than Windows Hosting

When it comes to server hosting, there are two options available to every user. These options are Linux based hosting options and Windows based hosting options. You will come across people who are firmly in one camp and many who are confused and in the middle. What about me, you ask? Well when it comes […]

How to use the transmission remote interface on Linux to check your torrents.

Transmission peers settings.

The transmission remote interface is very good for accessing your torrent client over a network. Use the command below to access a transmission session and see the progress of your torrents. The syntax is: username:password@IP:PORT. transmission-remote-cli -c jim:[email protected]:9091 You may also access the transmission client over a web interface. This gives you an interface exactly […]

Some incredible Christmas gift ideas for the tech oriented person in your life.

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