Friday, August 8, 2008

Learn the Shell

I started like many newer linux converts saying "since linux has nice gui tools now, I can finally convert to it and live like I did in the windows world." And it worked for a while until ...

I discovered ssh.

I can control another computer as if it WAS the computer I am sitting at, unlike remote desktop which is a remote computer in a window with limits. The problem is that I could only (not total true) control it at the command line level. (If you start ssh with -x you can tunnel windowed programs too.) Anyway I started learning the shell commands; turns out I rather liked it. I am now trying to learn what I would have learned had I started in linux years ago.

Anyway a short story turned long leads to ...

I found this site that is a great explaination and tutorial.

If you haven't befriended the shell yet, go ahead. Its not as scary as you would think.

Real Player for linux 64 bit

Good news, Real Player is available for 64 bit linux now. Check it out at

Wednesday, August 6, 2008


Just a quick post to help those of us who don't have windows or rapidshare premium. Rather than waiting for each of your multi-part rapidshare downloads to finish in turn, and wait the waiting period to start the next. I found a cool program (with a java installer) called jDownloader. Check it out.