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Faster Internet With an Old Laptop – Revisited 12/01/09

One of my earlier posts, Faster Internet With an Old Laptop – Ubuntu and Squid, discussed how to install Squid and Webmin on an old laptop. The premise being that having a proxy server on the network helped speed up web browsing (because of the caching capabilities), reduced external bandwidth usage, etc. In that post, I was careful to install Squid3 first, so that Webmin would use it (in the management interface) instead of the older Squid 2.x; and that the insta...

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Installing a Web Server on Your Old Laptop 07/05/09

In an earlier post to this series, I talked about converting an old ancient IBM Thinkpad T22 Laptop into a proxy server (using Squid). While this did substantially improve my web surfing speed, it occurred to me that the laptop could be put to more use. One example is to install MediaWiki on it (to replace the Tomboy Notes application I use). In reality, I was surprised at the performance given the lack of hardware resources on this laptop, as such, I knew it could be put to more use. One thing you'll notice in this...

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Faster Internet With an Old Laptop – Ubuntu and Squid 06/02/09

I've posted more than once about tips we can complete to improve our web surfing. This morning I was cleaning out some old hardware (to take to the recycling centre) when I happened upon one of the last old laptops I had. It's an older IBM Thinkpad T22, Type 2647 with 256MB of RAM and a 20GB hard drive. A couple years ago, I had 2o of these units, bought from a recycling depot. I sold them all on eBay, and only have a couple left now. Whilst packing up the stuff to cart off, it occurred to me tha...

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How to Use the Second Network Port on Your Computer 05/15/09

The PC I use has two network (ethernet) ports in the back. For years I've always had one cable plugged into it, leaving the second (RJ45) port unused. Recently however there's been a second ISP provider added. It got me thinking about the old days - When I was on dial-up and we used to "join" two modems together to improve our web surfing speed. This caused a spark as I realized that I could potentially increase my surfing speed by configuring both ethernet ports to appear as one connection (to my a...

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Building a Web Developer / Designer PC Using Ubuntu Linux – Revisited 03/24/09

Recently I posted "Build a Web Developer PC and Enable Most Media Playback Using Ubuntu Linux" and received a few messages asking what other tools I use. To save me time with answering email messages that essentially contain the same information, and to help the maximum number of readers, I thought it would be a good follow up to that earlier post. First off, there some other applications I use, namely: xVidCap. This facilitates screen capturing video so that I can create tutorial videos. After which ffmpeg can be ...

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Build a Web Developer PC and Enable Most Media Playback Using Ubuntu Linux 03/16/09

For those of you who follow my other blog, you'll know that my last Windows PC had a major failure again. You can read some of the specifics in the "When Disaster Strikes - Again" post. At that point I decided to install Ubuntu (effectively removing Windows based PC's from the network). In some ways I was bothered about this. Why? I work best with Illustrator, Photoshop, After Effects, Dreamweaver, WinSCP, Flash and so on. I felt like I was going to lose all the productivity these applications provided. I enjoy bein...

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Getting Started with Firewall Builder 03/09/09

This guide presents an introduction to Firewall Builder. Firewall Builder (also known as fwbuilder), is a GUI firewall configuration and management tool that supports iptables (netfilter), ipfilter, pf, ipfw, Cisco PIX (FWSM, ASA) and Cisco routers extended access lists. Both professional network administrators and hobbyists managing firewalls with policies more complex that is allowed by simple web based UI can simplify management tasks with the application. The pro...

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Installing an Ubuntu Linux Hardy 8.04 LAMP and FFMpeg Server With a GUI – Installation of OpenSSH. 07/17/08

In the last installment, I covered what was done to install LAMP on the server. But remember that we did not install SSH. Why is SSH important? It allows us to remotely connect to the server using tools such as PuTTY, so that we can execute commands, install software, etc. The command is simple: sudo aptitude install openssh-server Installing an SSH client? PuTTY: sudo aptitude install putty I decided to install the SSH Server via aptitude after LAMP, because I found out (the first time I did this) that upda...

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Installing an Ubuntu Linux Hardy 8.04 LAMP and FFMpeg Server With a GUI – LAMP installation with cgi-bin 06/25/08

The last post I covered the hardware installation for this project. For this section, we're going to use Ubuntu Linux (8.04 LTS Server Edition 64-bit) to install the LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) server. If you don't have that software available, you can get it using the following venues: 1. Download the iso image from: http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/download and burn it to a CD. 2. Order the CD from https://shipit.ubuntu.com/login-server. Once you have a copy, make sure the BIOS on the PC is set to boot of...

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Installing an Ubuntu Linux Hardy 8.04 LAMP and FFMpeg Server With a GUI – Hardware Installation. 06/20/08

As mentioned in the introduction (where I listed the hardware and software I used for this hands-on project), we need to ensure that our hardware is set-up and working before moving on. To recap, here is the list of hardware used: Shuttle SN68SG2 Socket AM2 Barebone - NVIDIA 7025, Audio, Video, PCI Express, Gigabit LAN, USB 2.0, Firewire, Serial ATA, 250 Watt Power Supply. AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ Processor ADA4200CUBOX - 2.20GHz, 1MB Cache, 1000MHz (2000 MT/s) FSB, Windsor, Dual-Core, Retail, Socket AM2, Processor ...

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