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getting an iPod to work with Linux

Posted by notKlaatu , 04 March 2008 - - - - - - · 136 views

This has probably been covered a million times before, and actually it's far from my preferred method of using an iPod.  I'd rather wipe the firmware off the thing and just put RockBox on it.  And that's what I do.  Even so, before I knew about RockBox I had to search far and wide for a straight, simple answer regarding how to get my iPod to w...


Setting up OpenPGP

Posted by notKlaatu , 04 March 2008 - - - - - - · 168 views

To spare myself from going into great technical detail of how it all works, this article assumes you're ready to set up an OpenPGP key so that you can encrypt your email and files, and also ensure that the people you think you are emailing are really the people you are emailing.   The way that this is done is to create for yourself a Public Key.  The...


Overriding Your Linux OS's default Mail Client

Posted by notKlaatu , 04 March 2008 - - - - - - · 148 views

"Overriding Your Linux OS's default Mail Client" This is all easy GUI stuff:   I've been using the typical Gnome default mail client, Evolution, on my Fedora iBook, but I use Thunderbird on my Ubuntu laptop mainly because I knew Thunderbird from having used it on Mac.   Since Ubuntu comes with Evolution installed as its default, after you...


Put RockBox on your iPod and Never Again use iTunes

Posted by notKlaatu , 04 March 2008 - - - - - - · 202 views

Two things:   1. Funny thing about mp3 files...that file format, so ubiquitous on our machines, we don't own.  In fact we barely have the right to make mp3s ourselves and it is only because we paid for our OS that we can use them at all.  Bad news for people who aren't paying for their own OS; cuz in that case, who's paying for the oh-so-impor...


$PATH, alias, and chsh

Posted by notKlaatu , 04 March 2008 - - - - - - · 158 views

In Slackware, the tendency is for an administrative user to set up accounts for the users. Users either don't have access to commands like iwconfig or iwlist or ifconfig and things like that, or else they just don't need them that often so there's no need to make these commands easily accessible to the regular user account.   On Ubuntu, the de...


HOWTO allow users mount external devices

Posted by notKlaatu , 04 March 2008 - - - - - - · 301 views

For quite a while, I was fine with my Slackware system not allowing normal users to mount external drives or optical discs -- because I very rarely used external drives or discs under Slackware.   Lately I purchased a small portable drive that I am using to organize and keep my personal data, so I've been moving a lot of stuff from DVD-Rs to this driv...


old skool iMac G3 + Debian 4.0 Etch = : )

Posted by notKlaatu , 04 March 2008 - - - - - - · 142 views

About two months ago, I embarked on a journey to rehabilitate an old G3 iMac with a Linux installation so I could send a really functional and nice computer to Skirlet's little cousin in Mexico whose family could not afford a computer.   The installation went splendidly.  NOTHING else would even cause this computer to boot, but that trusty old "Ne...


whatf or

Posted by notKlaatu , 04 March 2008 - - - - - - · 154 views

% dmesg | tailMy wiki went down because of bad hosting.  Lucky for me I'd backed up all the good posts I'd made to the wiki, so I am going to first place all those old posts here in this blog, and then I'll be able to start posting new (and perhaps useful to more people than just myse) thingslf.% whoamiklaatu% echo $HOMEthebadapples.infoa...

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