Vincent Danen

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  • Downloads // Sep 2008

    Expanding text with Snippits in Linux

    Vincent Danen admires the Mac text-expanding tools like Typinator or TextExpander and has been looking for a similar tool in Linux. The best counterpart he found is a program called Snippits. Here are the basics.

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  • Downloads // Aug 2009

    Mirroring Web sites with wget

    Vincent Danen demonstrates the basics of wget for mirroring entire Web sites.

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  • Downloads // Nov 2008

    Using dnsmasq for DNS and DHCP services

    Vincent Danen introduces an open source solution called dnsmasq, which provides both DNS forwarding and DHCP services for a small network or home office.

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  • Downloads // Apr 2009

    Install OpenVZ on CentOS to create a virtual container

    Vincent Danen shows you how to install OpenVZ on CentOS. OpenVZ is an OS-level virtualization product that allows you to completely isolate processes from each other, increase security by keeping bits separate, and tightly control resource utilization.

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  • Downloads // Jun 2009

    Create custom keybindings in vim

    Vincent Danen tells you how you can work smarter in vim by adding and changing keybindings to more familiar commands.

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  • Downloads // Jul 2009

    Setting up a dynamic DNS service part 1: named

    Vincent Danen shows you how to configure the BIND side of a dynamic DNS service. (In part 2, he will configure DHCPd and put them both together.)

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  • Downloads // Jul 2009

    Setting up a dynamic DNS service part 2: dhcpd

    Vincent Danen follows up his tip on configuring BIND for a dynamic DNS service with part 2 on configuring the DHCPd service, which will serve the DHCP-based IP addresses to clients and update the DNS records.

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  • Downloads // Aug 2009

    How to use Virtual Machine Manager on Fedora 11

    Vincent Danen covers the basics of virt-manager, a user interface for managing virtual machines in Linux. KVM and virt-manager will be the default virtualization solution in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, so it will be solid and well supported. Here's how to get started.

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  • Downloads // Aug 2009

    Tweeting from the command-line

    Vincent Danen shows you a simple script that will allow you to send tweets from the command line. Whether you're sharing your personal thoughts or project announcements, the script gives you the convenience of automation.

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  • Downloads // Sep 2009

    Configuring VOIP in Twinkle

    If you need a reliable and capable SIP softphone for Linux, Vincent Danen suggests using the feature-rich Twinkle to configure its use.

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  • Downloads // May 2009

    Gain fine control in OpenVZ with resource management

    Vincent Danen explains how to get the most out of OpenVZ by using all the settings that allow you to control resources that are made available to the OpenVZ containers.

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  • Downloads // Aug 2009

    Secure remote firewall administration via SSH

    Most firewall systems contain a Web-based component that allows you to configure the firewall, but it's not very secure. Vincent Danen shows you a method via SSH that has the advantage of authentication and strong encryption.

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  • Downloads // Sep 2009

    Save time on downloads with delta RPMs in Fedora 11

    Vincent Danen introduces a new feature in Fedora 11 that creates delta RPM packages. A delta RPM will only download the files that have changed compared to the previous RPM package.

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  • Downloads // Aug 2008

    One-time scheduling of tasks with At

    Scheduling services with cron and similar tools is great for repetitive tasks but inconvenient for one-time tasks. Vincent Danen introduces the flexible At command for tasks that only need to be accomplished once.

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  • Downloads // Feb 2009

    Set up a bluetooth keyboard and mouse in Fedora 10

    Fedora 10 provides better support for bluetooth peripherals and makes them easier to configure. Vincent Danen walks you through the Bluetooth Device Wizard and also provides tips for setting them up from the command line.

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  • Downloads // Mar 2009

    Getting started with the yum package manager

    Vincent Danen introduces you to the yum package manager, including basic configuration and some common commands.

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  • Downloads // Jul 2009

    System monitoring with Conky

    Conky is a system monitoring tool that can operate in window-less mode, so it persistently anchors to the desktop, preventing it from being moved or closed. Vincent Danen explains how you can use it to get the crucial information on system performance that you need.

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  • Downloads // Aug 2009

    Monitor your system for threats with rsec alerts

    Vincent Danen gives an overview of the monitoring and reporting tool rsec, which can help you keep a close eye on your system's security without having to pore over log files.

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  • Downloads // Jul 2008

    Send mail with eSMTP for a simple, single-user system

    Programs like Sendmail or Postfix work great for multi-user systems or servers, but this setup may be more complex than you need for a single-user desktop system. Vincent Danen introduces you to eSMTP, which is a more lightweight mail solution, but that also allows per-user configuration files, making it useful...

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  • Downloads // Jul 2008

    GUI scripting with Zenity

    Zenity is a tool that allows you to create GUI prompts for shell scripts. Similar to the dialog tool, which creates nice "graphical" text interfaces for the CLI, Zenity creates GUI widgets and windows that can be used in a shell script.

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  • Downloads // Jun 2008

    Chroot users with OpenSSH: An easier way to confine users to their home directories

    With the release of OpenSSH 4.9p1, you no longer have to rely on third-party hacks or complicated chroot setups to confine users to their home directories or give them access to SFTP services. Vincent Danen tells you how to take advantage of this new addition to OpenSSH.

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  • Downloads // Sep 2009

    Get network versatility with SSH tunneling and netcat

    Vincent Danen explains how to use netcat with SSH tunneling when you need to create a secure connection to a server from a remote location.

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  • Downloads // Nov 2008

    Use Dovecot for POP3 / IMAP services

    Traditionally, if you wanted to set up POP3 or IMAP services on your Linux system, you would use Courier-IMAP, uw-imap, or cyrus-imapd. Vincent Danen introduces a lesser-known but increasingly popular IMAP/POP3 server called Dovecot.

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  • Downloads // May 2009

    Creating an OpenVZ container

    OpenVZ is an OS-level virtualization system that allows you to virtualize Linux-on-Linux, but OpenVZ works on the principle of containers, not virtual machines. Vincent Danen explains how to create an OpenVZ container.

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  • Downloads // Jun 2009

    Use Makefiles for more than handling source code

    The make command is not just for programmers. Vincent Danen shows you other handy tasks that you can perform with this versatile command.

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  • Downloads // Jan 2009

    Remotely monitor servers with the Nagios check_by_ssh plugin

    If you are using Nagios to monitor remote servers, you have more than one method to execute checks, including the use of the check_by_ssh plugin. Vincent Danen tells you how to set up this plugin and the best way to secure it.

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  • Downloads // May 2009

    Create your own yum repository

    Vincent Danen explains how to create your own yum repository with the createrepo tool. One thing it allows you to do is to distribute specialized packages within an organization.

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  • Downloads // Feb 2010

    Learn and use regular expressions with Kodos

    Kodos is a Python program that helps you learn and create regular expressions via a GUI interface. Vincent Danen offers this introduction to using regular expressions.

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  • Downloads // Mar 2010

    Replace a failed drive in Linux RAID

    Vincent Danen outlines the steps he took recently to identify a failing drive and then replace it with the least disruption possible.

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  • Downloads // Oct 2009

    Setting up a Cisco VPN connection with Network Manager

    Vincent Danen introduces the vpnc plugin for Network Manager that helps you manage the client connection to a Cisco VPN.

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  • Downloads // Nov 2009

    Snoop on your own network with ntop

    Vincent Danen recommends ntop if you want to know more about the traffic passing in and out of your network. This powerful network monitoring tool will keep you informed about network load throughput, active connections, which hosts are connecting to what sites, the amount of bandwidth sent to a particular...

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  • Downloads // Mar 2010

    Convert CVS repositories to Git

    Vincent Danen shows you how to use the git-cvs plugin to convert CVS repositories to Git and reap the rewards of speed and efficiency that come with it.

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  • Downloads // Oct 2009

    Using Corkscrew to tunnel SSH over HTTP

    If you are in an environment that disallows the use of SSH and forces the use of an HTTP proxy, it is possible to use that HTTP proxy as a transport for SSH. Vincent Danen explains how to use the Corkscrew program to do it.

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  • Downloads // Dec 2009

    Change default applications easily in GNOME

    Vincent Danen walks you through the easy steps for changing the application defaults associated with certain file types in the Gnome desktop.

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  • Downloads // Jan 2010

    Why PostgreSQL is a better enterprise database than MySQL

    Vincent Danen demonstrates some of the features that make PostgreSQL a standout database. While it's a bit more challenging to set up and use, he thinks it offers much more security, reliability, and data integrity than MySQL.

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  • Downloads // Feb 2010

    Use Live USB Creator to install Fedora 12 from a USB stick

    Vincent Danen walks you through the use of the Live USB Creator tool to install or boot Fedora 12 from a USB drive.

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  • Downloads // Jan 2010

    Manipulate monitor displays easily with the xrandr extension

    Vincent Danen explains how to use the xrandr extension (X Resize and Rotate)to help you easily manipulate your monitor display. It allows you to adjust resolutions on-the-fly, reposition or rotate screens on-the-fly, and more without once touching the xorg.conf configuration file.

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  • Downloads // Mar 2010

    Using smartctl to get SMART status information on your hard drives

    Vincent Danen has some tips for using the smartmontools package to obtain important information about the health of your hard drives that could provide early warning signs of problems.

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  • Downloads // Oct 2009

    Keep IMAP email messages locally using OfflineIMAP

    Vincent Danen discusses the uses of OfflineIMAP for synchronizing local and remote IMAP mailboxes and providing a good method for backing up your email.

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  • Downloads // Nov 2009

    Learn to use Git version control for added flexibility

    Vincent Danen introduces Git, a distributed version control system that gains extra flexibility from being free of a central server, like Subversion or CVS. Here are some of the features that set it apart.

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