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July 2006

Linux|Unix phrasebook   by Anthony Lawrence
- Scott gives examples and discussion of just about everything you are likely to do at the command line from basics like 'ls' to using package managers. The discussion is reasonably thorough and new Linux users (or even just Linux users new to the command line) will surely learn from it.
 
Solaris Internals   by Anthony Lawrence
- Review of Solaris(TM) Internals : Solaris 10 and OpenSolaris Kernel Architecture (2nd Edition)
 
Solaris Performance Tools   by Anthony Lawrence
- I'm not as fascinated by tuning as I used to be. Nevertheless, this was an interesting read. I did not know, Most of this book is about Dtrace (Sun's Dynamic Tracing Tool) and
 
Zeroconf   by Anthony Lawrence
- Zeroconf for the grumpy old techs: I liked the last paragraph of Carla Schroder's "Run Zeroconf for Linux in a Snap"
 
Publisher Surveys   by Anthony Lawrence
- Web site publisher surveys by Yahoo and Google leave a lot to be desired
 
Keyword Value   by Anthony Lawrence
- How many of you have a nice front page, something like a 'Contact me' page and not much else? You are wasting the vast power of the web to bring you business.
 
Serial Printer   by Andy
- I wonder if anyone can help with an issue we are having trying to setup a printer on a new Unix server box via Serial Printing. Details as follows:
 
Legacy ISA   by Anthony Lawrence
- I found a professed "competent" student at the local university who spent a couple of hours destroying the setup in one of the machines. We now have one machine working..
 
Linux info and pinfo   by Anthony Lawrence
- I have never liked Linux "info". The reason is simple enough: I don't like Emacs, and "info" uses an emacs style interface. Pinfo displays the same "info" files, but is more lynx like; up and down arrows move you from clickable link to clickable link, right arrow invokes a link, left arrow returns you to the previous page.
 
A Practical Guide to Red Hat Linux   by Anthony Lawrence
- This is the book I wanted when I started learning about Unix. OK, Linux didn't exist then, but if it had existed, and if I were sticking my toes in it, this would have been THE book.
 
Terms of Service   by Anthony Lawrence
- Have you ever read your ISP's terms of service? You might find that you are technically in violation.
 
The Official Ubuntu Book   by Anthony Lawrence
- Nice coverage of ubuntu Linux: I've mentioned before that I'm a big fan of Mark Shuttleworth (the founder of Ubuntu). His charitable work doesn't get the headlines that Gates and Buffet grab, but it is important and laudatory, and he began doing it almost immediately after acquiring his fortune - he didn't start giving away money to counter bad publicity or because he had more than he could possibly ever use. The name Ubuntu means something like "I am because we are" or "humanity toward others". Mark Shuttleworth obviously lives by that word..
 
Phone vs. Net   by Anthony Lawrence
- Find info faster by pnone or internet?: There are phone people and there are Net people. My wife is a phone person, and I am a Net person.
 
A Hair on the Long Tail   by Anthony Lawrence
- If you've never heard of the "Long Tail", it's simply a visualization of a sales or popularity curve.
 
Ajax   by Anthony Lawrence
- The first thing I should say is that this is a thoroughly enjoyable book. Ed Woychowsky is fun to read, and I could almost recommend this to you even if you have no interest in Ajax.
 
Please Submit your Open Source Resume in Word   by Anthony Lawrence
- Studio B would like your open source resume in Microsoft Word
 
Microsoft Promises   by Anthony Lawrence
- Microsoft posts 12 commandments - no doubt these will get plenty of lip service and little else.
 
Starting Over   by Anthony Lawrence
- If you started your website from scratch, what would you do differently? There's a lot I would change, but I'm not sure I'd be right.
 
Publishing on demand   by Anthony Lawrence
- But before that there's getting approved by a publisher. Unless you are already well known, you start by contacting a publisher and submitting a tremendous amount of information that tries to explain why your book is going to be interesting to other people, why you are qualified to write it, what else has been written like it, why you think you have anything more to add, and so on. It's serious stuff and will take a fair amount of work by itself. If you are lucky, whoever reviews your submission will both understand what you are pitching and agree with your analysis. If not.. well, try another publisher.
 
sed help!!  by anonymous
- I want to extrac (2.x) from the string and store in a variable. How can I do that.
 
Filepro conversion   by Anthony Lawrence
- As is so unfortunately typical of FP code, it's pretty bad stuff. That's not FP's fault, maybe it's not any body's fault. The language doesn't encourage bad programming, but it doesn't discourage it either. However, the stuff basically worked. They wanted a few changes, so for the past few years I've added little stuff here and there. The last time I made any changes was about six months back, and that was just a new report to produce CSV files. And then..
 
Filepro conversion part 2   by Anthony Lawrence
- The next day things were going well enough that they wanted to do some printed reports.
 
Lessons learned from Digg   by Anthony Lawrence
- Our first Digged article points up some important lessons: As Diggs go, it wasn't much: five hundred digg points and a hundred or so comments. However, in one day it brought over 10,000 visitors to one article: Death of the command line. As this site typically gets less than 7,000 visitors a day spread over thousands of articles, that's a big visitation.
 
Linux|Unix libuser   by Anthony Lawrence
- However, I remembered that, and later in the day I logged into a new Fedora Core 5 box. This had the same two commands and a few more: luseradd and luserdel were two I noticed right away. The Fedora also had man pages, but these were even more puzzling. The commands obviously served the same functions as their equivalents without the leading "l", but the man pages were much shorter.
 
Death of the command line   by Anthony Lawrence
- It's hard for me to imagine using an OS without a strong command line. Even Microsoft has recognized the for that with their Monad Shell ( though they are at least temporarily removing that from Vista). Linux of course has its Bash shell, Mac OS X has Terminal (which now defaults to Bash) - everybody knows you need a shell.
 
Fake blacklists?   by Anthony Lawrence
- Is http://unblock.secureserver.net/ a fake blacklisting service?
 
SARA Secuity Scanner   by Anthony Lawrence
- Security Auditor's Research Assistant scans your network to discover possible security holes.
 
sshfs   by Anthony Lawrence
- I had read about sshfs in some magazine but hadn't got around to trying it out. A comment here (see comments at Fugu SSH/SFTP Client) triggered me to get off my butt and give it a spin.
 
What is mount?   by Anthony Lawrence
- What does 'mount' really do? I had a recent email question that asked "How do you use the mount command correctly, in plain English, and what does it do?" Whenever someone says "in plain English", you know that they have been frustrated by "man" pages.
 
Encryption Problem   by Anthony Lawrence
- "Well, you did me in good this time. Or maybe I did myself in, I don't know. Either way, I'm poached." That's a heck of a way to start a conversation, especially at 7:00 AM on a crackly cell phone. I recognized the voice, though. Long time customer, recent convert to Mac OS X.
 
Encryption Problem   by Anthony Lawrence
- When he created the encrypted .dmg, he used the command line method, but specifically he used the method I showed where the passphrase is passed with "echo"
 
Job Satisfaction and Self-esteem   by Claudia Garcez
- A Literature Review of the Relationship Between Job Satisfaction and Self-Esteem