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Nano vs Vi Text Editors

Linux server administration can be a challenge. Therefore, if you are new to it, you will want to make it as painless as possible. One tool you will inevitably use is a text editor. There are two popular choices: Vi and Nano. Vi is a favorite among coders and Linux …

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PHP Mail Vs. SMTP Mailing Lists

Whether your goal is marketing or simply communicating with your website’s online community, there comes a time when you need to send out a mass email. I am not suggesting you spam your customers or users. What I do suggest, however, is that you have some way of contacting people …

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Using the Stat Command to Display Metadata

Linux servers provide system administrators with a great deal of flexibility and information about the inner workings of the system. If you ever want to know about every minute detail of your hardware, Linux can do that. The same is also true of hardware. For general files, the “stat” command …

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How to Insert HTML5 Video

We have been covering the developments of HTML5 in the Web world, but we have not yet explored exactly how to get HTML5 video onto a website. The good news is that embedding HTML5 video is painfully easy. It only requires one basic tag: <video> . To make something a …

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How to Remove "Welcome" Header from Joomla

welcome header joomla

Joomla is a very powerful free and open source content management system (CMS), and its upcoming release, version 1.6, is expected to continue its tradition of stable and efficient website management. There are, however, certain settings in Joomla that are not so obvious, and a webmaster that has not learned …

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Useful RPM Tips

As I mentioned in an earlier post, YUM is a powerful package management system, commonly used in RPM-based Linux distributions, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS, and Fedora. We have covered some of the basic YUM commands. Now, here are some helpful commands not in YUM that you can use …

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Software That Requires Perl Modules

When you install perl applications on a server, they will invariably require you to install additional modules for support. This is part of the unfortunate reality of running perl applications. Typically, the required module names will be displayed like this, Date::Format or File::Tail. If you have ever tried to find …

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Opera commits to Iceland data center project

Web browser maker Opera has announced plans to buy space in a new data center in Hafnarfjorour, Iceland. This isn’t just any data center, however. Dubbed the Thor Data Center, this facility is green and low-cost. It not only uses Iceland’s cool temperatures to air-cool servers, but is entirely container-based …

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Google Pleases the Masses

As I predicted and many observers had hoped, Google has released their newly acquired VP8 video codec into the open source wild. To be quite honest, it happened sooner that I expected, and Apple H.264 developers have already chimed in to call the VP8 codec “a mess”. But biased commentary …

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Benefits of Your Own XMPP Server

Instant messaging is a fast and inexpensive method of communication that has been part of the Internet since the early days. While most are familiar with proprietary instant messaging protocols like AOL Instant Messenger and Yahoo! Messenger, some may not be familiar with XMPP, even if they use it. It …

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