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Notes, mostly technical on how to configure, install, troubleshoot computer systems.

I've chosen topics mostly because I went through the process of selecting, installing and configuring something, usually a software application, tool or and utilities. They are here primarily so that I can consult them when needed and refer others to them.

Ubuntu Linux

My home server, running Win2K, failed to reboot after it's last update. The problem turned out to be a bad disk. I decided to abandon Windows and go with Linux. Most of my experience has been with Red Hat, but a friend had praised Ubuntu, so I decided to give it a try. I wanted:

  1. A file server with enough capacity to handle our household -- two people who do a medium amount of photo work, a lot of office work, no music and an occasional video.
  2. Accessibility from outside
  3. A web server running Apache, php and mySQL
  4. Immunity from power failure -- orderly shutdown and restart

Setting Up Remote Backup

A detailed description of how to do this is here:

A Sample rsync command that I use is:

$ rsync -e ssh -av /pathto/

Set up public/private-key security

$ ssh-keygen -b 1024 -t rsa -f /home/username/.ssh/id_rsa
  (do not enter a pass-phrase - leave it blank)
$ scp /home/username/.ssh/

The latter is a file. If you are adding other keys, cat them on to the file.

PHP Eclipse

First look is great. Maybe I'll give up Homesite.

Medi Wiki

Update MediaWiki

GNU General Public License

Information on how to use these for site software is at:

Joomla 1.5

Installing, administering and updating

Adding Extensions



phpBB 3.0




Dreamhost Private Server (PS)

Emacs Lisp

Wiki Resources