All about Ogg, WAV, and MP3 under Linux

What is described in the following may be illegal where you live. Where I live, the law permits making a small number of copies of the contents of legally acquired media for personal use as long as this does not involve circumventing copy protection. Strangely enough, “personal use” includes giving a copy to close relatives. And “small number” certainly is well under double-digits, but to my knowledge the courts have not yet made it explicit. You didn’t expect the legislators – politicians! – to do that in the course of creating the legislation, did you?

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How To Look Like A UNIX Guru

This lecture takes you through the basic commands and then shows you how to combine them in simple patterns or idioms to provide sophisticated functionality like histogramming. This lecture assumes you know what a shell is and that you have some basic familiarity with UNIX.

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Encrypting Instant Messaging Conversations

Whenever you talk online with your instant messaging (IM) client of choice, your conversations can be, and in all probability are, recorded, monitored, and read. Any data which travels over a network can be viewed using programs known as packet sniffers, with some specially crafted programs..

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OpenVOX

The OpenBSD 3.0 – 4.0 songs are available on an Audio CD celebrating 10 years of OpenBSD releases. An extra track by the artist Ty Semaka (who really has “had Puffy on his mind”) is included which details the process of making the art and music each release.

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List of Debian Based Linux Distributions and Live Cd’s

Most of the people want to know the list of debian based linux distributions and live cd’s list and finally here it is.

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OpenBSD creator wants users to pressure Intel on open source policies

OpenBSD founder Theo de Raadt has written an open letter to the open source software community requesting that users assist in pressuring Intel to provide documentation and change the distribution policies for certain components of its wireless drivers.

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Why I wrote PGP

This short essay is old (1991/1999), but it is just as relevant today as it was back then. Phil Zimmermann shares his views on privacy as a basic right.

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Information Security Tips

Useful tips about information security awareness. Here is an article about what constitutues sensitive information and which types of information should never be given to others.

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How to: Install .rpm Files in Debian and Ubuntu

Some time you might find some applications are having only .rpm files but you want a .deb package for your debian,Ubuntu and other debian derived ditributions.If you can’t find .deb debian package in any of the debian, ubuntu repositories or elsewhere, you can use the alien package converter to install the .rpm file.

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Working With Filenames on the Unix Command Line

Having to retype long filenames at the Unix command line gets old, fast. Everyone knows how to scroll thru history with arrow keys, but that only helps you re-run past commands. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could type a filename once, then refer back to it with only 2 keystrokes? Your shell can already do this…

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