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DVDisaster cover story in Linux Format 116

I wrote the cover story on DVDisaster for the latest issue of Linux Format magazine. This is my first article for LXF and it was a wonderful experience. It’s quite different from writing for in many ways. While pressed for a more to-the-point structure, LXF insists on entertaining readers and not being a [...]


Tidy up your filesystem with FSlint

My latest article in now live on This time I talk about FSlint, a nifty little tool that helps you clean your filesystem by pointing out junk in the form of empty directories, corrupt symlinks, files with bad names, duplicate and temp files, and more. Enjoy the article and clean up your systems. Cheers!


Implementing quotas to restrict disk space usage

My latest article on discusses implementing disk quotas to restrict a users’ disk space usage. From the article: If you manage a system that’s accessed by multiple users, you might have a user who hogs the disk space. Using disk quotas you can limit the amount of space available to each user. It’s fairly [...]


Secrets of the man command

My latest article on reveals two very useful albeit less known secrets of the man command. That’s right! The most used command on any Linux box, man, has two secrets that can save lives. Well almost. They do however save a lot of time, mouse clicks, head scratching and more. So head on over [...]


Pain-free disk space management with LVM

Once again, I inform you all of my article after it has done it’s round on all major news websites (read: lxer, linuxtoday, etc.). This article is about LVM. It covers how to setup LVM and some of the popular use cases, like extending you logical volume or the size of the volume group. If [...]


CLI Magic: Transform your audio files with SoX

I recently wrote an article on SoX, the swiss army knife of sound manipualtion programs. The article was published on on Monday. It’s my 8th article in the CLI Magic series FTA: Sound eXchange (SoX) is a command-line sound sample translator. This Swiss Army knife of sound tools can be used to convert file [...]


Lightweight Conky is a system monitor powerhouse

Can’t believe I didn’t blog this. I have been too busy sorting some things these past couple of months and the coming exams don’t make tasks easier. Anyway, this article is about Conky, a lightweight yet powerful system monitor. From thr article: Conky is a lightweight system monitor that provides essential information in an easy-to-understand, [...]


Create GUI dialogs for GNOME and KDE

Yoohooo! The sequel to my article on Dialog and Xdialog is up. This one focusses on Kdialog and Zenity — tools that can be used to create GTK+ and QT dialog boxes. That is, frontends made with Zenity are rendered exactly like any other application under GNOME. Ditto for Kdialog udner KDE. They are both [...]


CLI Magic: Creating basic front ends with dialog and Xdialog

This article aims to somewhat easing a new users command line experience. While interacting with friends, I often found that the most compelling reason for not trying linux was the command line. Things like tarballs and gzipped files, scare some new users, as they don’t want to do anything on the command line. While this [...]


ASCII art fun with boxes

After a forced hiatus (exams) from writing, I am back with an article on This one discusses the excellent tool called boxes that you can use to create some really awesome artwork. You can bind it to a text editor like vi and then you can use any of the designs on any selection [...]

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