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15 Greatest Open Source Terminal Applications Of 2012 Check the link for some great Linux command line tools. I particularly like this one though. dtrx is an acronmy for "Do The Right Extraction." Its a tool for Unix-like systems that take all the hassle out of extracting archives. As a sysadmin, I download source code and tar balls. This tool saves lots of time.You only need to remember one simple command to extract tar,...

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[APK] Seeder entropy generator to provide significant... I found this on the XDA website. It works amazingly well for all rooted Android phones. It will speed up your phone and prevent lagging. Made my HTC Sensation feel a lot more responsive. Hey everyone, So, I was experiencing significant lag as we all do from time to time, and decided I was going to get to the bottom of it. After tracing and debugging for hours, I...

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Sky Go Android App released It certainly has been a long time coming and even though it comes with strings, Sky's "Sky Go" app has finally been released for Android. Don't get too excited just yet though. Sky Go will only work on supported Android devices running 2.2x and 2.3x. Not only that but to "ensure that our rights contracts are fully upheld we are also unable to support any Android devices...

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Fixing the issue of the Asus Transformer TF101 not... I purchased an ASUS Transformer TF101 a few months ago and I have been very happy with it. That was until recently. When I plugged it in it would no longer charge. I read on multiple forums that this was a common issue for Transformer owners and some fixes included putting the transformer plug into the freezer to cool it down and also to bend the pins slightly to try to...

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Google’s response to Siri is codenamed Majel, could... Interesting. I've not tried Siri nor do I know anyone that has an iPhone 4GS that can give me reports on it. By all accounts it's the dogs nutsack so hopefully this app will be just as good. Google’s response to Siri is codenamed Majel, could be released by end of year | Android and Me.

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Install LAMP with 1 command in Ubuntu 10.10 and 11.04

Category : Linux

Open terminal and Type the command

sudo apt-get install tasksel

Now to install LAMP, type the taskel command in terminal :

sudo tasksel

And select LAMP Server. Then follow the on screen instructions to enter MySQL password etc.


AIB to release mobile app

Category : General

AIB will today unveil a new mobile banking service that will allow its customers to check balances, pay bills, top up mobile credit and transfer funds to other accounts.

The new mobile banking channel will begin today as a web page optimised specifically for smartphones and will be followed in the coming weeks by an Android app and an iPhone app.

This is definitely a welcome development from one of Ireland’s largest banks but it also raises questions about security.

“We’re confident in terms of the security of the browser but we’re taking an extra step of only allowing transactions between pre-mandated bills or beneficiary accounts so that limits exposure if, for example, a smartphone was lost or stolen.” states Robert Mulhall.

This definitely paves the way for NFC (near field communication) whereby the public will be able to use their smartphone, rather than cash, to pay for goods and services.

With the general population happy to browse the internet on unsecured wireless networks and with the recent upsurge in mobile phone thefts. AIB are going to have to get security just right if they hope for a mass uptake in it’s mobile service.

In the meantime for all of you that use public wireless networks I suggest that you root your phone and install SSH Tunnel (Android only) to encrypt all your network traffic and keep it safe from prying eyes.

SSH Tunnel – keeping you safe online


Category : Android, General, Internet, LAN

I own a HTC Desire HD and I find it extremely handy when it comes to banking online or checking out my social networks.

With the emergence of software such as Firesheep and Faceniff I feel that mobile security is more paramount than ever.

This is where SSH Tunnel comes in. SSH Tunnel allows you to connect to a secure SSH (secure shell) server and pipe all your internet traffic through an encrypted tunnel. Some of the main downfalls of SSH Tunnel are that you need a rooted Android phone, access to a SSH server and a little bit of technical knowledge.

If you are interested in more leave a comment and I can discuss it in more detail.

57 Tips Every Systems Admin Should Know

Category : General

 An interesting site that has some helpful commands for System Administration of a  domain.

Active Directory

1. To quickly list all the groups in your domain, with members, run this command:

  • dsquery group -limit 0 | dsget group -members –expand

2. To find all users whose accounts are set to have a non-expiring password, run this command:

  • dsquery * domainroot -filter “(&(objectcategory=person)(objectclass=user)(lockoutTime=*))” -limit 0

3. To list all the FSMO role holders in your forest, run this command:

  • netdom query fsmo

4. To refresh group policy settings, run this command:

  • gpupdate

5. To check Active Directory replication on a domain controller, run this command:

  • repadmin /replsummary

For another 52 commands just click through the link below

57 Tips Every Admin Should Know.


Use Google Chromium to display PDF

Category : Chrome, Chromium, DIY, Linux

I love Ubuntu and also Google Chromium web brwoser but one thing that annoyed me was the fact that you could not view PDF documents from within the browser. Instead these documents had to be downloaded and opened with a PDF reader. I scoured the interweb and found a solution.

Download the file libpdf.so and follow the instructions below to install it. Once you have copied the file to the folder restart Chromium and you should find that you can view PDF’s from within your browser.

Copy the above file to /usr/lib/chromium-browser/ You may need to run a root nautilus window for this. Press ALT+F2 and type gksu nautilus /usr/lib/chromium-browser/ minus the apostrophes.

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How to bypass a restrictive firewall using a ssh tunnel

Category : DIY, General, Internet, LAN, Linux

If you are at work or school and you are trapped behind a strict firewall then why not create a tunnel to your home computer and route all the traffic through that tunnel giving you unrestricted internet access.

All these directions are based on using a Linux based computer. I’m sure it can be done in Windows too I just haven’t tried it.

This post describes how to ssh to a personal server using authenticated proxy. SSH (Secure Shell) is typically used to log into a remote machine and execute commands, but it also supports tunneling, forwarding TCP ports and X11 connections; it can transfer files using the associated SFTP or SCP protocols.

Normally we use NetCat to ssh outside using proxy server but if its not support proxy user / pass to authenticate by proxy server and then ssh outside. Here we will use a package called connect.c.

connect.c is the simple relaying command to make network connection via SOCKS and https proxy. It is mainly intended to be used as proxy command of OpenSSH. You can make SSH session beyond the firewall with this command.

This can be achieved by other methods too but this works for me.

1) Download connect.c software.

wget http://www.meadowy.org/~gotoh/ssh/connect.c

2) Compile connect.c Using GCC

gcc connect.c -o connect

and then copy to directory in your PATH i.e /usr/bin or /usr/local/bin

cp connect /usr/bin

3) Congiure ssh_config

append following line

ProxyCommand /usr/bin/connect -H proxy.yourserver.com:8080 %h %p

4) Export Proxy User / Pass as variable

It is insecure but we have to used it. If your proxy doesnt use user/pass for authenticatio, you can skip this.

export HTTP_PROXY_USER=your_username
export HTTP_PROXY_PASSWORD=your_password

Thats it now you can ssh outside without any restriction :)