Category Archives: systems administration

Installing Linux Mint Debian Edition 2

My previous article on this subject was actually a guide to Configuring Linux Mint Debian Edition 2 (Betsy). In this article, I’ll talk about the actual installation process. First, download the installation ISO: Browse to https://www.linuxmint.com/download_lmde.php Select your version at … Continue reading

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Why is Booting From USB on a Toshiba L850D Laptop so Difficult?

So far, trying to boot from a USB thumb drive on my Toshiba L850D has been an abject failure. The steps I followed here have leave the laptop in a state where it still won’t boot off the thumb drive, … Continue reading

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Enabling Rsync to the WD My Cloud

Linux’s rsync utility is a simple way to do incremental backups.This saves a lot of time, because rsync will only copy files that have changed. If you have a large collection of MP3s, for example, rerunning an rsync backup only … Continue reading

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Using a Laptop Drive as a Huge USB Thumb Drive

If you have an old laptop with a decent size spinning disk, you can pick yourself up a USB hard drive enclosure for under $10, remove the laptop drive, stick it in the enclosure, and use it to transfer large … Continue reading

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Installing Chrome on LMDE 2

To install Chrome on LMDE 2 (which is required if you want to watch Netflix on Linux): Browse to: https://www.google.co.in/chrome/browser/desktop/index.html Click Download Chrome Click Accept and Install In the Opening google-chrom-stable_current_amd64.deb dialog, click OK (to Open with GDebi Installer) When … Continue reading

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WD My Cloud for Linux Users

The WD My Cloud NAS (network attached storage) is not designed for Linux. If you are using a Linux computer, here’s how to get started: Connect your WD My Cloud to a port on your modem, router, or a switch … Continue reading

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Adding Your Own Tools to the PATH

OK, so you’ve got some useful tools you’ve written (or simply forked from github.com). How best to make them useable from the Terminal? One way or another, you’ve got to get them into the PATH. If you have sudo privileges … Continue reading

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