Halloween treat

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Here's a spooky 4-minute clip that's perfect for a pirate or ghost ship theme:


Linux DVD rip options

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There are many options for ripping a DVD with Linux.  Personally, for DVDs with no encryption, I just use:


dd if=/dev/sr0 of=~/my_filename.iso

or (depending on which ROM drive it's in)

dd if=/dev/sr1 of=~/my_filename.iso

git info

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Do you miss the svn info command?  Or svn status -u?  Would you like to know why git revert doesn't undo your modified file or how to rollback your last commit safely?  For these and many other situations, check out this useful presentation: https://app.box.com/s/4dcvmsfeec1droz15r0b

Load Atheros GbE (AR8161) LAN drivers on CentOS 6.4

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Atheros GbE (AR8161) LAN is still not supported on the major Linux distributions which makes it really annoying to fix since most solutions require installing kernel-dev, gcc, perl, and many other dependencies.  After a lot of trial and error, I finally found this simple procedure for getting ethernet to work on CentOS 6.4:

1. Download kmod-alx and save it to a thumb drive

2. Insert thumbdrive into CentOS computer, double-click the thumb drive icon on the desktop to mount it, and then open a terminal (Applications > System Tools > Terminal)

3. cd /tmp

4. cp /media/THUMBDRIVE/kmod-alx-0.0-7.el6.elrepo.x86_64.rpm .

5. sudo rpm -i kmod-alx-0.0-7.el6.elrepo.x86_64.rpm

6. sudo modprobe alx

7. Open Firefox browser and verify you have internet connectivity


That cloud thing (HP parody)

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Source: Gizmodo / The Onion

Finally, a legal way to preview and develop on Windows for free

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Free Windows VirtualBox VMs for preview/development use: http://www.modern.ie/en-us/virtualization-tools#downloads

Instructions: http://pclosmag.com/html/Issues/201309/page15.html