Desktop Cube still showing second monitor space after it’s been unplugged

Jan 23rd, 2012 | By

So this is an interesting problem that has haunted me for the past week or so.  I was running dual monitors last week which allowed me 12 virtual desktops, one stacked on the other.  This made my desktop cube/hexagon twice as tall which was awesome.. The problem was that when I unplugged the monitor and
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Able to ping IP’s but not domain names in Debian

Jan 23rd, 2012 | By

Well a funny thing happened today and I think might have to do with me changing the router’s static DNS’s to google’s and then changing it back again.. Anyways somewhere along there debian forgot what a DNS was and lost the ability to resolve domains.. IP’s were fine, just not domains.  The router was able
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Linux memory management and how to see actual RAM usage

Jan 22nd, 2012 | By

Where the hell did all my RAM go? So as some of you may or may not know linux allocates memory a little differently than windows and it may be a little disconcerting at first to rely on ‘top’ for your memory usage breakdown as it starts to look like there is a big leak
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Searching through your terminal buffer/history

Jan 16th, 2012 | By

For some reason I could have sworn this was as easy as pressing Ctrl-F but apparently it’s not.. Or maybe that’s something that was lost in the switch from Ubutntu to Debian.. Either way I needed a way to search a vast amount of terminal output quickly and easily and this is how I did
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Postfix spewing relay access denied errors for outgoing email

Jan 12th, 2012 | By

So out of the dozens of email accounts I setup on my new Debian server with postfix/dovecot one of them was unable to send emails.. No bloody idea why, maybe these guys were the only ones using outlook express, I don’t know but the bottom line is that none of the emails were going out
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Pinging domain name results in “0.0 0.0 0.1 ::1” – booerns

Jan 9th, 2012 | By

Well I was just about to make a final move off of my old VPS and I wanted to double check that eveyrthing on the new server was up to date and nothing got left behind.  I noticed however that for a couple websites in particular there was a lot of activity going on on
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Corsair Gaming Headset HS1 – Complete Garbage

Jan 9th, 2012 | By

I got this headset the other month as there was a crazy deal on it that I cuoldnt’ turn down and immediately I regretted spending any amount of money on these pieces of garbage.  The sound quality on these is easily the worst I have heard in my life on a USB headset and some
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Moving a live production web server from Ubuntu 11.04 to Debian 6.0.3

Jan 7th, 2012 | By

So 2 weeks ago I sadly moved my main server from FreeBSD 8.1 to a temporary home on an Ubuntu 11.04 VPS.  I say sadly because I’ve been using BSD for 10 years and in terms of stability and security I understand that it can’t be beat.. I also think I’m sad to see it
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Having a non-executable /tmp (noexec) wreaks havoc with apt-get

Jan 5th, 2012 | By

For performance reasons I choose tmpfs as the filesystem of choice for /tmp and for security reasons I always make sure that /tmp has a noexec flag attached to it.  I’ve been admining webservers for 10 years now and by far the single greatest system wide breach of security happens with a script being placed
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Can’t install rsync on new Debian 6 server setup

Jan 5th, 2012 | By

Just incase you’ve setup a new Debian server and are unable to install rsync because of the following error: E: Package ‘rsync’ has no installation candidate it means that you’re missing a repo in your sources.list file.  So head over there and edit /etc/apt/sources.list and add the following: deb http://http.us.debian.org/debian/ squeeze contrib non-free main and you’re
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