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published Dec 07, 2008, last modified May 24, 2016

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Got a thumb USB drive or an SD card, and you'd like to put Linux on it? Did the other HOWTOs fail you? This is the real deal, through and through. This trick also works out-of-the-box with Kubuntu and other Ubuntu variants as well. Moreover, you can adapt it with very few changes to any other live CD Linux distributions out there.

Do you have a Realtek card driven by the r8169 driver, and you're experiencing SSH, SSL or rsync errors associated to the error message "Disconnected: Corrupted MAC on input"? Do you download large files only to find them corrupted? Here's the solution.

Web servers (especially Plone, by default) work wonders in combination with an HTTP accelerator such as Varnish or Squid. But your iPhone readers are out of luck because of a grave bug on MobileSafari -- Plone sites are especially slow like molasses on the iPhone. Don't worry, here's a trick that will solve it.

A flamefest has erupted between the PackageKit developers and the dpkg developers. All because dpkg has a technical deficiency that needs to be solved right away, yet the dpkg developers refuse to.

Dirvish is an excellent disk-based rotating backup application. Nagios is a fabulous service monitor. Combine the two using this Nagios plugin and you will know, at all times, the status of your latest backup run.

In an effort to better understand how each of the PulseAudio components interact with each other, I’ve done a small diagram that roughly shows how each component connects and interacts:

For the last six months, I’ve been reading article after article spewing the same bovine manure: Look at how many updates Distribution X issued! How can it be more secure than Windows? Let’s bury that stupidity under a ton of facts: