The Lone Geek Blog

One geek in a sea of nerds.

I Hate Web Design

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I hate Web Design, it’s time consuming and exhausting trying to find what broke, where it broke, and how to fix it. I can sit here and chase a problem all day and still not accomplish anything. It’s so annoying. Is it just me or does it effect many or all new developers? If I try to study code, I fall asleep or become incredibly lost.

I just want to throw up some functioning code and modify it a little to add my own text. The templates are there, why not use them. This blog, powered by Octopress, is fantastic but heavy on javascript and loads of CSS makes it kinda chunky for what it is. Right now, I am writing in a text file that is written in a certain format that Octopress takes and spits it out into a html file, complete with the template layout. It makes it easy to make plain HTML pages.

My problem comes in when something doesn’t quite work out right and I’m left spending hours troubleshooting and trying to find what’s wrong. Things aren’t always verbose enough for me to understand the problem, sometimes, I don’t get an error. It just simply fails and that’s anything computer related.

People elsewhere seem to make it look easy or maybe I’m stressing out over nothing and everyone faces the same problem. I don’t know. All I know is when crap doesn’t work, I get frustrated and something might end up deleted or broken even further. sigh

Home Server on a Budget

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Step 1: Obtain the fastest, yet cheapest, computer you can find.
Step 2: Load your server software.
Step 3: Config software.
Step 4: ???
Step 5: Profit!

Nah I’m just messing with you…

Host a Website for Free (Almost)

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So, you wanna host a website, eh? Well, it’s really not that difficult. It just sounds that way from a non-technical prospective. No worries, I’ll try to explain it. I’ll explain my method and perhaps offer up a “easier” route.

My method consists of 3 seperate, independant hosts.

  • Domain Host
  • DNS Host
  • Web Host

A Review: LG Destiny

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A bit of History

I bought a new phone and I like it. I’m moving into the android market where previously, my only android experience has been from a underpowered Kindle Fire 2nd-Gen. Then just a few months ago, I nabbed a neat little LG Optimus Fuel to handle work related tasks like check emails and do normal tasks one does with a smart phone. It does ok if you keep things simple.

For years I’ve been happy with my trusty old java powered LG 500G with it’s hardware QWERTY keyboard and basic phone + text abilities with a few smart phone abilities like note taking and a basic web browser that’d crash if the page was too big, assuming it loaded in the first place. LOL.

Anyway, onto the Review!

Linux Tips: Caching in Ram

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If you’re like me, you’re probably running linux on a SSD and wish to reduce the amount of writes as much as possible to prolong the life of your SSD and if you regularly view image or video files in your file browser than this tip is for you.

My file browser, or nemo as it’s called, saves it’s thumbnails in ~/.cache/thumbnails. This folder can get quite big if you happen to browse folders full of images every day. Lucky for us, we have a built in ramdisk to store them in.

So, simply make a directory and symlink it like so:

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mkdir /dev/shm/thumbnails
ln -s /dev/shm/thumbnails ~/.cache/thumbnails

You can set your computer to create this folder in the ramdisk at boot time and you’re good to go.

Cheers! :)

Bootable USB Swiss Army Knife

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If you’re in the computer repair business then good valuable tools are nice to have around. Especially if you fit them all onto one little usb flash drive.

  • CentOS x86_64 Minimal
  • Clonezilla (Clone Hard Drives and SSDs)
  • Dan’s Boot ‘n Nuke (Wipe out them pesky bits on the hard drive. :) )
  • FreeDOS
  • Gparted Live (Standalone Partition Editor)
  • Hiren’s Boot CD
  • Kali Linux (For the “hacker” in you. :P)
  • Linux Mint or your distribution of choice.
  • Memtest86+
  • NTpasswd (Reset windows passwords)
  • Ophcrack (Cracking simple passwords. Your mileage may vary.)
  • Puppy Linux (A small but simple Linux Distribution)
  • System Rescue CD
  • TinyCore (Another small Linux Distribution)
  • VMware ESXI (Could come in handy)
  • Windows Defender Offline

The tool I used to stuff all this onto a flash drive is called YUMI. So many tools can be crammed onto a 32GB flash drive and have spaced left over. I suppose more can be added but I also have 4 different versions of Kali Linux and Linux Mint 32bit and 64bit versions, 2 editions each.

Bonus points if you make all those bootable over the network for say a small network of customer computers. :)

Backing Up Data, the Easy Way

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I think we can all agree that backing up data is important for one’s most irreplaceable data, such as family photos or important documents and such. There can be big consequences to not doing it and data recovery for even just a few gigabytes can easily cost several thousand dollars. So, I’m going to suggest a few programs I like to use to make life a little easier.

A Cloud9 Review

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I would like to talk a little bit about coding in the cloud. A few weeks ago I discovered the world of cloud IDEs and thought, “What a wonderful way to write.”. Of course, everything is not without it’s limits but it does the job.