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Apache HTTP Server Optimization: Part 1

When running your own dedicated server or even a VPS (virtual private server), it is important make sure your server is running at optimal performance. Apache, the web server of choice for many Linux system administrators, will not automatically make itself stable, secure, and fast. You must do that, and …

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What is Microsoft Silverlight?

Microsoft describes Silverlight as: “…a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering the next generation of .NET-based media experiences and rich interactive applications for the Web. Silverlight offers a flexible programming model that supports¬†AJAX, VB, C#, Python, and Ruby, and integrates with existing Web applications. Silverlight supports fast, cost-effective delivery of high-quality …

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Completely Delete Files with Shred

On a Linux dedicated server, the normal method for deleting files is to use the “rm” command. This removes the file from the current filesystem, but what many do not know is that those removed files are usually recoverable. As such, rm is more like putting something in the trash …

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Red Hat Introduces Hybrid Cloud Platform

The largest and most successful commercial Linux distributor has announced the release of the first Linux hybrid cloud platform that integrates with many industry cloud services. Until now, the only other hybrid cloud platform was Azure by Microsoft. The comprehensive package, which they are calling Red Hat Cloud Foundations, gives …

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Quick and easy sudo trick for servers

Question: I just typed a really long complicated command line string on my server, but I forgot to type “sudo” at the beginning. Is there a quick way to enter it again? Answer: The history feature in Linux and Unix-like operating systems is truly a beautiful thing. With it, you …

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Transcoding Audio/Video Files

If you ever decide to run an audio or video streaming server, it might be a good idea to learn about transcode. Essentially, transcode refers to the process of converting one multimedia file format to another. For example, you might convert a .wav audio file to an Mp3 file, or …

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Removing Files on a Linux Server

An important part of file management is the removing of files that are no longer needed. Files, by their very nature, take up space, and something that is not needed should not take up space on a server, where space is money. The “rm” Linux command handles basic removal of …

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Server Attacked? Fight Back

Tehtri Security research Laurent Oudot has determined that most people who attack servers get their hacking software from freely available malware kits on the Web, rather than creating their own custom scripts. These kits often contain poorly written code that can itself be exploited. What does all of that mean …

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