Linux and the hungry Penguin

No electricity

Category: Me
Posted: 2005-11-27 03:23, Edited: 2005-11-27 09:23

Hi,

I live in a small rural village which while most of the time is great, as it is quite and picturesque. There is one draw back: the electricity. A lot of the village equipment is old and these days seems to keep failing. It is winter where I am now and it can get down to -20 C sometimes. Two weekends ago we were with electricity for most of Friday and Saturday. This meant the heating system didn't work and we used candles in the evening!

Again only this week, I sat down to do some Linux things and zap! no current. So I had to do some odd jobs around the house instead :(

But don't feel sorry for me. The view of the snow capped mountains always makes up for it :cool:

THP
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Linux on a USB pen drive

Category: Linux
Posted: 2005-11-25 10:00, Edited: 2005-11-25 16:00

Hi,

A friend of mine (Hi Steve) kindly sent me a USB pen drive as an early Christmas present. :) It was a 64MB drive which is just large enough to hold one of those Linux mini distributions.

Damn Small Linux (DSL) is a very versatile 50MB mini desktop oriented Linux distribution it can even boot from a USB pen drive! :D

So I booted from the Live CD and used the "Install to USB Pendrive" option. Alas to do the install it requires you connect to the Internet to download some files. My Nvidia built-in network card was recognized so I was stuck.

However I thought, I could do he install from any computer. So I went to see my friend who has a Dell laptop (Hi Cristi) and tried it there. The Dell also has an unrecognized network card but he also had an older PCMCIA card which worked just great. After a couple of aborted attempts DSL installed just fine on my pen drive!

So now I can boot Linux direct from USB on any computer which support USB booting! Great!

Keep Linuxing,

THP
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Linux powers my new venture

Category: Me
Posted: 2005-11-22 05:13, Edited: 2005-11-22 11:13

I have started a new web site called The Free Press Release Center and of course it is powered by Linux with PHP, MySQL and of course Apache (this combination is often called LAMP).

FPRC is a free Internet based news and press release distribution service for businesses of all sizes. We are aiming to raise the standard for Internet news distribution.

Press release submission is free and each press release is sorted according to category and keyword. To help you in submiting your press communication we have a sample press release as well as a how to write a press release section.

But the great part about FPRC is the keyword linking. With each press release the you can choose a keyword and a URL (different to your main site URL) which will appear as a link (using the keyword as the anchor text) in your press release. This gives you free links to your site using the anchor text of your choice. Plus it is in a natural context, i.e. the text of their release. To understand this more read the press release and SEO section on the web site.

There is also a PRO upgrade which gives you 3 keywords and URLs and your press release remains permanently in the system. Other benefits of a PRO upgrade are: your press release will remain in our system permanently, after the upgrade you will have access to add your company to our business directory and you can distribute your press release in up to 5 other related industries.

Thanks,

THP
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How to read Linux hosting adverts

Category: Linux
Posted: 2005-11-19 14:27, Edited: 2005-11-19 20:27

Hi,

I have had another article published by the NewsForge people this time on IT Managers Journal. It is called How to shop for Web hosting but its working title was "How to read Linux hosting adverts".

The article is a top level analysis of Linux hosting including shared hosting, Virtual private servers and dedicated hosting.

Enjoy!

THP.
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