the screening process

i use gnu screen extensively these days.

every work day, i ssh into my home pc and use irssi to log on to irc. i may also want to do other things like check my personal mail or my downloads. screen allows me to do that.

Fedora Core 6 - my trials and tribulations with fc6

I am writing this as I move along with my tests and trials with fc6.

So last nite, finally, the torrents (i386 and x86_64) finished downloading with my generous friend's (Aly!) dsl. And then, he came over and we watched while I upgraded my laptop.

The format of this story will be in the comments as it happens.

Fedora Core - system-config-controlpanel

I was with my brother this afternoon, and he told me the main reason he disliked Fedora Core was the absence of a central system control panel. So, I hacked this bash script to gather to give a GUI to all the system-config-* tools out there.

Remember, this took me 2 hours to learn about zenity AND kdialog AND code, so it's a bit of a hack <cough> a lot </cough>

Without further ado, I present to you, system-config-controlpanel:

The X Factor

WARNING!: The geek factor here is extremely high.

Ok, now that we got that out of the way. I had always wondered how Linux installers inserted the cd tray whenever I hit enter for the change of media. I always believed it was an obscure program that only a few knew about. Then I discovered the secret.

Mounting iso files

There was a time where I was mounting iso files and copying its contents to another folder. I was doing it quite a bit and got pretty tired of doing so by the third time or so. My solution was to write a shell script to mount the iso file.

Virtual Reality

A few weeks back, I was asked if AIX supported virtual ips; that is if a network card could have more than 1 ip.

And naturally, I said yes of course.

Current Level 3 Manager

The Current Level 3 Manager is a shell script that helps the system administrator to set up current and manage it.

But what is current? current is an up2date rhn server clone. so with currentl3 it will set up the database, the ssl certificate, install dependencies, and configure clients to use the current server.

Now is the time for all good men

On Thursday 21st of September, 2006, the Government of Egypt (GOE) decreed that Daylight Savings Time (DST) will end 1 week early and that the time change will occur at midnite of that day.

A happy MISconfiguration

Two different pages for supposedly the same site: and

but there is a dns misconfiguration that happily shows us what web server is running and on what operating system.

Case the joint

I have no idea where I found this little script but note the use of the case function on line 7. It is no real eye opener but it is an intelligent and fast method of parsing the command line options of the script.


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