Determining memory, and more, with Ubuntu

  • February 17, 2008
  • James Skemp
Unfortunately, Crucial's system scanner tool doesn't work on Linux. While unfortunate, it turns out that there's an easy way to determine how much memory you've currently got, and how much you can increase that to, using a simple comand. sudo lshw That's all there is to it. This gives not only an overview of how much you've got, and how much you can have, but also what banks are in use with what, and other system-related 'stuff.

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Image thumbnails - blindingly fast on Ubuntu (vs. Windows)?

  • July 17, 2007
  • James Skemp
I'm at work, just finishing up my lunch period, and I'm really wishing I had access to my Ubuntu machine right now. The reason? I just put in a CD of 200 images - one of my backup CDs - and was hoping to get a quick glance at what images were contained on the CD. However, Windows was crawling through the thumbnail generation. Adobe Bridge isn't much faster (but is what I ended up going with).

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See ya, Ubuntu!

  • June 26, 2007
  • James Skemp

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Ubuntu Quickie: MySQL and PostgreSQL passwords

  • June 23, 2007
  • James Skemp
Another Ubuntu Quickie, this time on the default passwords for MySQL and PostgreSQL. MySQL mysql -u root UPDATE mysql.user SET Password = OLD_PASSWORD(’password’) WHERE User = ‘root’; FLUSH PRIVILEGES; \q PostgreSQL sudo -u postgres psql template1 ALTER USER postgres WITH PASSWORD ‘password’; \q

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Reference: PostgreSQL 8.2 commands on Ubuntu

  • June 23, 2007
  • James Skemp

Below are the PostgreSQL 8.2 commands on Ubuntu.

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Don't let my recent posts confuse you

  • June 18, 2007
  • James Skemp
... I'm not an Ubuntu-only user yet (unlike some people I know).  Granted, I like using it, since I've believed, for some time, that if you want to run Apache, you can't really run it on Windows ... (Granted, I'm having a really difficult time trying to stick to my guns with Apache, versus IIS, but ... well, more on that in the future.) I will probably blow this current box away and re-install Ubuntu, without the Windows partition, and doing a lot more building from source, for example, for Firefox.

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Quickie: Install Apache 2.2.4 on Ubuntu

  • June 15, 2007
  • James Skemp
May not be the best, but ... here's how I installed Apache 2.2.4 on Ubuntu (7.04), based on David Winter's guide Building Apache 2.2 from source for Ubuntu Dapper. All code from a terminal, unless otherwise noted. sudo apt-get install build-essential cd mkdir src cd src I downloaded zlib from http://www.zlib.net/ (zlib source code, version 1.2.3, tar.gz format) into the src folder, and extracted it to the same.

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Eclipse SDK 3.2.2 to Ubuntu 7.04

  • June 12, 2007
  • James Skemp

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