I decided that I need to sort out the way I do my personal calendaring. Currently I only use my phone’s built-in calendar. I nearly always have my phone with me, but it’s a bit of a pain to enter stuff on when I’m sat at a computer anyway, and carrying all that information solely […]Read more "Google calendar"
This a short and simple guide, explaining how to set up remote monitoring of Linux hosts using NRPE in Nagios. The procedure is simple, but having searched for information on this earlier today I didn’t find a straightforward all-inclusive guide, so I’ve written my own. These instructions were written with Nagios 3.0.6, and they assume […]Read more "Setting up NRPE remote Linux monitoring with Nagios"
I’ve just written a module for Nagios that will determine if the currently running kernel is the latest kernel available on the system. It will not tell you if there is a newer kernel in a yum repository or similar. The main gotcha is that you need an RPM-based system for my script to work, […]Read more "Checking for the latest kernel with Nagios"
Sometimes you need to change the log verbosity of wpa_supplicant for debugging purposes. First check which log verbosity you are currently running with. ps -ef | grep wpa_supplicant | grep -v grep -d represents verbose -dd represents extra verbose To change the log verbosity, edit /usr/share/dbus-1/system-services/fi.epitest.hostap.WPASupplicant.service and add -d or -dd as appropriate. Example: [D-BUS […]Read more "Changing the verbosity of wpa_supplicant on Ubuntu"
Recently, a friend asked me if I could copy her home videos from a miniDV tape onto a DVD. I said sure, OK, and if she lent me her camcorder I’d be able to get it done. I’ve never actually used miniDV before, and I’ve only ever tried to process video on Linux a handful […]Read more "DV editing on Fedora"
My requirements When I built this computer back in January, I had carefully considered the RAID storage configuration. My requirements were basically: Must dual boot Fedora and some flavour of Windows (unfortunately) Fedora must have a redundant /home partition, as it holds my most important data Windows must have a fast Media (aka /home) partition […]Read more "My crazy partition setup"
I’ve dabbled in Linux for several years now – I’ve looked after Linux servers at work and at home, and I’ve had a secondary desktop PC running some version of Fedora or other. Two years ago I switched over my PC at work from Vista to Fedora, and I haven’t looked back. I didn’t have […]Read more "Moving away from Windows"
In this guide, we will set up your home Linux server to share files in a Windows-friendly format. This is ideal for interacting with Windows PCs on your network, or for generic appliances such as media streaming boxes. First we install Samba: [root@zeus ~]# yum install samba Before we configure Samba, you need to think […]Read more "Windows file sharing on a Linux server"
Overview This guide will attempt to show you how to build your own home server. I’ve included sections that I believe would be useful to home users, without over-complicating things. I’ve tried to make this guide accessible enough for people who are new to Linux, too. We will assume that the core function of this […]Read more "Building a Linux home server, gateway, firewall & router"
For those of you who read my earlier post, Ubuntu Netbook Remix on an EeePC 701, you’ll know that I installed Ubuntu Netbook Remix (UNR) on my other half’s EeePC 701. The clue is very much in the name. Initially I was sceptical of using it myself. I’m a Red Hat / CentOS / Fedora […]Read more "More on Ubuntu Netbook Remix"