With the release of Windows Vista around the corner, I started wondering if my laptop will even run Vista. Thankfully Microsoft provides a utility to examine your system and let you know if you need to upgrade anything.
Ubuntu linux has a rich set of commands for getting system info. One of the useful pieces of information that a system administrator might need is to know what the overall system load on a server is.
Installing software on Ubuntu usually entails using Synaptic or by using an apt-get command from the terminal. Unfortunately, there are still a number of packages out there that are only distributed in RPM format.
Ubuntu Linux has a rich set of commands for manipulating and accessing files. The du utility gives information on disk usage, and the sort utility can sort the results. Finally, we can run those results through the head command, which gives you the top 10 lines outputted through any other command. We’ll chain the commands together to get the output that we want.
A frequent task when designing applications that work with TCP/IP and the internet is to lookup an IP address from a hostname. It’s much easier for users to deal with the hostname than having to type in an IP address.
KDE has an extremely powerful scripted user interface through the use of the dcop utility. You can control virtually any KDE application by entering dcop commands through shell scripts or from the shell itself. These actions can then be tied to menu items, and even hot keys. KDE can also be installed on Ubuntu through the kubuntu-desktop package.
If you mess around in the registry, or install some different software packages that add things to the right-click menu, you can end up with a problem where the default action on a folder is always “Search…”, even though you set it to something else.
A hidden functionality in Windows allows you to right click on a directory, and select “Command Prompt Here” from the menu.
Kubuntu Linux runs the the desktop as a regular user account, and so all programs launched are launched in the context of a normal user account.
Adobe Reader has become the standard for reading ebooks and documentation online. For Windows, there are 3rd party readers like FoxIt that can be substituted, but on Linux, the best choice is still Adobe Reader.
The VMware Workstation 5.5.3 release notes indicate that it includes “Experimental support for Ubuntu Linux 6.10, 32-bit and 64-bit”, which means that you can install the VMware tools directly on Ubuntu 6.10 (Edgy Eft) without having to compile.
Visual Studio 2005 has a built-in utility for backing up all of your customized settings to a file, so you can later import them if you need to restore. If you’ve got a highly customized installation like I do, you will probably want to make a backup just in case.
Visual Studio 2005 includes the ability to easily switch between source control providers. This is better than the 2003 version that required a 3rd party plugin to change that setting.
Visual Studio 2003 has a splash screen that is unnecessary and adds time to launching.