linux

Anti-scamming, yet another wonderful feature of linux

So I get a call today, caller ID shows +44 (0) 123456789,  someone telling me they are calling me from Windows support and that my Windows computer is sending network errors and she is the only one who can help me solve it.

At the cost of incurring a few more cents for the international call, I indulge her for a moment and ask:  

me:  "So, my Windows computer is sending errors that you can see?"
her:  "Yes, it is malicious problem that can damage or destroy your computer!"
me:  "Wait, I'm confused.  When I turn on my computer, it boots to linux.  Did Windows take over my linux computer!?  How do I fix it!!"
her:  *click* bzzzzzz

 

Develop on linux, make life easier (Some scripts inside)

I've recently fully switched to developing exclusively on Linux as my desktop environment.  I've always enjoyed some of the benefits when working under Linux, but after the past 7 months, I've noticed a substancial increase in productivity.

I started in Ubuntu 8.04, but never fully commited.  Revisited the idea in Ubuntu 10.04, tried several other distros like Fedora, Mandriva, and several gnome or KDE variations of GUI's for each.
*Disclaimer*: I am extremely biased to Gnome, especially now with Gnome 3.  Sorry KDE, I'm trying to get away from Windows & having to use my mouse so much, not use it to click different looking icons.

Installing Webmin on fresh Ubuntu 10.04 VPS

I prefer to install Webmin using the debian package, to be sure to get the latest version.  With many of the VPS's I've worked on, there were a few dependencies required before Webmin could be installed and often Ubuntu starts to act froggy with perl dependencies.  This is most often what I need to get started:

sudo apt-get install perl libnet-ssleay-perl openssl libauthen-pam-perl libpam-runtime libio-pty-perl apt-show-versions libapt-pkg-perl

Then I move on to wget the latest .deb download and  'dpkg --install xxx_filename.deb' it.