Ben McCann

Co-founder at Connectifier.
ex-Googler. CMU alum.

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Getting Started with Tonido on OpenSUSE 11.1


I’d heard of Tonido awhile back, but was having trouble getting it to run on OpenSUSE since it’s packaged only for Ubuntu.  Tonight I sat down and figured out how to get it to run: Install alien via the YaST package manager Convert the Tonido package to an RPM by using alien (alien -r filename.deb) Read More

Determining Port Usage


Want to know how to figure out what’s running on a given port on your machine?  The following example will show you what’s running on port 80 on your Linux machine: lsof -i -n -P | grep :80

How to use the Linux find command


I always have trouble remembering how to use the find command in Linux, so here are a few examples. Finding all hidden files: find . -regex ‘.*/\..*’ Deleting all Java files: rm -rf `find . -name *.java` Deleting all directories named .svn: rm -rf `find . -type d -name .svn` Recursively set permissions for a Read More

openSUSE 11.1 Installation and Setup


openSUSE 11.0 was the best Linux distribution I’ve ever used.  I was hoping openSUSE 11.1 would continue the great strides of late, but it’s a bit of a mixed bag.  One of the most frustrating things for me is that support for remote access is falling by the wayside.  VNC used to be better integrated Read More

Helpful Bash Aliases


Just a few to post for right now, but this entry may grow later. # change to the real directory if in a linked directory alias rd=’cd `pwd -P`’ # search for and open file in sublime function s { FILE=$1; test -f $FILE || FILE=`find . -name $FILE`; sublime $FILE; }

Using a TV as a Monitor in Linux


I’ve connected both a Syntax Olevia and an LG TV to my openSUSE desktop.  Neither have worked well because they caused the default font size to be unusably large.  I’m talking gigantically huge, like only a few letters on the screen at any one time.  The solution is to modify your /etc/X11/xorg.conf file. OpenSUSE 11.2 Read More

Setup and Configure openSUSE 11.0


Let me start off by saying that openSUSE 11.0 is the best Linux distribution I have ever used.  There are some rough edges surrounding KDE 4, but the package management in openSUSE 11.0 makes huge strides over that offered in previous versions.  If you want to get up and running with openSUSE 11.0 then there Read More

Essential Linux Commands


Getting started on Linux can be challenging.  Largely because the first time user won’t have any idea how to track down potential problems.  The following Linux commands are essential to get additional information about your system when something goes wrong. Machine info sudo lshw -html > hardware.html – Creates an HTML page showing what hardware Read More

Running Quicken Premier 2008 on Linux with Wine


Wine attempts to create a Windows-compatible layer on top of Linux to allow you to run your favorite programs. Recently, Wine had its 1.0 release and has gotten quite strong when compared to earlier versions.  Quicken works reasonably well with wine-1.1.6 and later. With wine-1.1.5 and earlier you’ll need to use a WINE override.  That Read More

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