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Netstat: network analysis and troubleshooting, explained

Netstat: network analysis and troubleshooting, explained

The netstat command gives you a set of tools to answer the question "What in blazes is going on on my network?" when things go wrong. To be able to use it effectively at such an occasion, however, you might want to learn how it works right now, so you'll be prepared. Besides, it never hurts to understand your network just a little better. Read on to find out exactly what netstat is, what you can use it for and how it can help you solve problems and understand your network.A bundle of network tools The netstat command doesn't really do unique things. It can print network statistics, but ifconfig can do so, too. It can print routing tables, but route can do that, too. It can print open connections, but lsof does that, and more. So why use netstat at all? There are two main reasons:netstat bundles a few often-used network analysis actions in a single command and netstat is multi-platform.

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Why Linux May Be Better For You Than What You're Using Now

Why Linux May Be Better For You Than What You're Using Now

I'm not saying Linux is the best thing to use for everyone. I am saying, however, that it may be better for you than what you're using now. Linux is different from Windows or Mac OS X in some fundamental ways. For thousands of people, these differences are a reason to choose Linux over its alternatives. Are they for you? Read on to find out! What is Linux?

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Disabling unused daemons to speed up your boot sequence

Disabling unused daemons to speed up your boot sequence

Many Linux distros usually start a lot of daemons when booting, resulting in a long wait before you can get to work after powering on your machine. Some of those daemons are rarely used (or even not al all) by the majority of users. This tutorial describes how to disable unused or rarely used daemons in a proper way, resulting in faster boot sequences and less CPU load.

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Solution: Converting flac to mp3

Solution: Converting flac to mp3

Sometimes you need to convert a load of flac files to mp3's, for example when wanting to listen them on your mp3 player. This solution contains a single line of bash that'll convert all flac files in the current directory to mp3's, keeping the flac files.

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Cropping multiple images the same way (short tutorial)

Cropping multiple images the same way (short tutorial)

Sometimes you'll want to crop the same area from multiple images (think of taking the contents of the same window from a load of screenshots). Of course, you could fire up your favourite image editor to select and crop over and over, but, as usual, there is a better way. This short tutorial describes an efficient way to do this for a theoretically infinite amount of images. Difficulty: Basic - Medium

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How to Make Your Boss Angry — Bad Linux Sysadmin Practices

How to Make Your Boss Angry — Bad Linux Sysadmin Practices

"You're fired!" yells a red-headed, more or less bald guy in a suit. You'll probably recognize this from any of a dozen comedy series. Would you like to play the role of the employee in such a scene, in real life? If you happen to be a Linux sysadmin, it's your lucky day! We've got just the right tips for you. Read on for a comprehensive list of ways to make your boss hit the roof and bounce back again.

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Tutorial: Playing around with MPlayer

Tutorial: Playing around with MPlayer

This tutorial handles about the usage of the wonderful media player MPlayer. It explains several options, lists some useful keyboard shortcuts and handles about tips and tricks that can be used to enhance your multimedia experience. Difficulty: Basic

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Ten things I wish I knew earlier about the Linux command line

Ten things I wish I knew earlier about the Linux command line

We all learn new things over time as we use applications with a vast amount of possibilities. Of course, some of those things would have been so useful if we had known them earlier. Here are 10 command line tricks that I wish I had learned much sooner. Note: these tricks apply to bash, which is the default shell on most Linux systems. If you're using a different shell, they may not work for you. If you don't know which shell you have, it's probably bash, so go ahead and try them!

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