Dell launches Lattitide Z laptop with wireless charging technology

September 29, 2009
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Dell launches Lattitide Z laptop with wireless charging technology

Dell is launching a new laptop Lattitude Z which is capable of charging the battery wirelessly. All you have to do is to place the laptop on top of the charging dock and the battery charges through induction. This means there is no connectivity between the dock and the laptop. Dell claims that it...
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Robocopy GUI makes copying files across the network easy with the click of the mouse.

September 28, 2009
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Robocopy GUI makes copying files across the network easy with the click of the mouse.

Sometime ago I had written an article about using robocopy to copy files across the network. It is a reliable way to copy files with all the attributes intact. Robocopy can withstand interruption to the network connectivity and will pick up from where it...
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Deleting a large file does not free up space in Unix.

September 24, 2009
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The root file system on my Solaris Unix server was low on free space, it was 98% full. Upon investigation I found out that there was a very large file 1.8 G in size. This file nohup.out was created by the Tivoli backup job....
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Changing the NTP server in Solaris or Linux.

September 21, 2009
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Here is how you can change the NTP server’s information on your Solaris server. Edit /etc/inet/ntp.conf add the below line server ntp.paris.hilton.com You will now need to restart the NTP service. /etc/init.d/xntpd stop /etc/init.d/xntpd start The last thing you need to do is to...
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How to automate ftp login and file transfer with bash script

August 27, 2009
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Sometime ago I had posted a Korn script to automate FTP login and upload of file on a Unix or Linux computer. The default shell for most Linux servers is bash. I ran into a situation on a VMware ESX server where the only...
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Blat a Windows command line utility to send email with attachment.

August 26, 2009
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Blat is a handy command line utility that sends email with attachment using SMTP. It can also be used to post to usenet using NNTP. It is not an SMTP server, you will need an SMTP server for Blat to send email. Blat can...
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Enable outbound FTP ports on VMware ESX server.

August 26, 2009
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The operating system on VMware ESX 3 is a striped down version of linux. It has only the bare necessities for VMware to function. I wanted to configure a cron job to email the log file, but because sendmail is not installed the mailto...
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Awk the swiss army knife of the Unix toolkit.

August 20, 2009
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The awk command is very handy when you need to filter the contents of a file, a pipe,or keyboard. It searches each line of input for patterns that you specify and when the pattern is matched, it performs an action. You specify the action...
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Explanation of Standard input-output in Unix and Linux

August 19, 2009
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Once a command is run, a process is created. This process then opens three flows: stdin, called the standard input, where the process will read the input data. By default stdin refers to the keyboard; STDIN is identified by the number 0; stdout, called...
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Configuring the SNMP settings on a Cisco MDS 9000 series Fabric switch.

August 18, 2009
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Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) is used to monitor network attached devices. Any changes in the status of the monitored device is transmittted to an SNMP log collection server. The server can be configured to send out notifications to the network administrator. I will...
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How to automate ftp login and file transfer

August 6, 2009
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As a Linux/Unix server administrator I ran into an occasion where I had to automate the file transfer via ftp to a remote server. I had to create a shell script to automatically login to the remote ftp server and then upload the file....
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Auditing the cron jobs scheduled on the Unix or Linux server.

July 7, 2009
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I have recently taken ownership of a Solaris 5.9 server and am in the process of migrating the applications over to a recent release. I decided to audit the applications and configuration of all the apps installed. One of the very long list of...
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Google maps street view car in Toronto, Ontario

June 12, 2009
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I was on my way to work this morning driving west on the 407 in Richmond Hill. As I got towards Leslie Avenue, a mid size green coloured card speed down the ramp from Leslie onto the 407. The car cut across 3 lanes...
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How to backup and compress a folder in one step, using tar and gzip.

June 11, 2009
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If disk space is limited on your Linux or Unix server and you wish to backup a folder or file that is larger than the available free space. Then creating a compressed archive in one step may be the only option, not to mention...
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How to change Red Hat Linux to boot to command line mode from Gnome.

June 5, 2009
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Changing the default runlevel of the Red Hat Linux server can switch the bootup from Gnome to command line mode. You can make the changes consitent by editing the /etc/inittab file. Change the line id:5:initdefault: to id:3:initdefault: The number 5 specifies the graphical login...
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