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Assigning Temporary IP Address for MythTV

I have had several instances where my MythTV server (backend and frontend on single server) has lost its network connection, at which time recordings continue; however, the frontend can no longer connect to the backend as the backend's IP address no longer exists (due to loosing its network connection).

Building Xombrero From Source

I recently came across xombrero in my search for a browser that is lighter than firefox yet still has the core security/safety features expected in a decent browser (namely solid javascript, plugin (java/flash), and cookie handling). 

Moving a Primary Partition to an Extended Partition

This article explains how to move a primary (root) partition to an extended partition. There are several ways this task can be performed; however, I chose to keep my system generally intact, introduce minimal changes, and use no external storage (other than a SD card for the LiveCD).

I had a disk layout as follows:

Linux Lightweight Browser Comparison

  • Performed: 2014-03-27

Results

browser comparison: pageload, rss, and total memory

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Installing Suckless st (Simple Terminal) on Debian Sid

st is not available as a binary (in debian sid). My guess for the reason for this, is because you need to compile st to to make any configuration changes.

The README for compiling st mentions needing the Xlib header files as a prerequisite to build, this was not the case on debian (sid). To get a clean compile I needed the following packages:

Setting up PluXml on Debian Stable

PluXml is a light CMS/Blog Engine that uses XML files to store the CMS data rather than a typical RDBMS such as MySQL, Postgres, or Oracle. The main benefit of PluXml is that there is no database required, which makes it is a good fit small servers and/or virtual servers.

Setting up SMART Daemon on Debian

SMART (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) is a set of diagnostic tools built-in to most modern hard drives and disks that allow monitoring of disk status. smartd is a daemon that handles running the SMART tools (smartmontools) periodically and reporting on the results.

The following guide lists the steps I use to setup smartd:

Configure/Reconfigure rkhunter for Daily/Weekly Run on Debian

On debian distributions, the default rkhunter install (apt-get install rkhunter) does not ask you for the 'automatically run rkhunter' options that you get with a source install of rkhunter. You can easily reconfigure rkhunter with dpkg-reconfigure to configure the built-in cron jobs as follows:

Reconfigure With dpkg-reconfigure

The standard rkhunter setup 'wizard' can be invoked with dpkg-reconfigure at any time.

Set Up WebDav for Owncloud

WebDAV (Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning) allows "mounting" owncloud content as a local mountpoint. This can be nice if you prefer to access your owncloud data as needed rather than using the owncloud client to keep your local copy in sync with your owncloud server.

The following steps should get you up and going with webdav access to your owncloud server:
note: no changes should be needed to your owncloud server.

Set Up CUPS with HP-PSC-1315 Printer

I have a HP PSC 1315 (all in one) Printer which is rather old (6+ years) and not network based (only connects to a single PC via a USB cable). Naturally I want to network this printer so I use my SheevaPlug Network Server to act as a Printer Server as well (I use Samba and CUPS for this).

This article is not about making a Printer Server but rather connecting other PCs/laptops on my network to this Print Server. It is an easy task but there are a few key items to know/watch out for.

The tasks are as follows (all on the client):