Archive for August, 2011

Pakistan newspaper The Express Tribune reports from Karachi that the country's telecommunications regulator is pressing ISPs to comply with recent regulations which restrict the use of end-to-end encryption. Any technology which conceals communications and prohibits monitoring, it seems, is off the menu. The Tribune quotes a letter sent to it by an ISP which had […]

Have you ever got used to a Firefox or Thunderbird addon that you really like, or just can't live without, and then a new version of either Firefox or Thunderbird is released, and suddenly your addon no longer works? Of course, the generally recommended way is to search http://addon.mozilla.org for a new version, but sometimes […]

Mounting Windows based shares in Linux

Posted: 5th August 2011 by Babar Shafiq in System Administration, Tips
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  Mounting Windows based shares on Linux is a relatively simple process. If the share is on a Windows XP, Server 2000 or NT machine you can use the following command: mount -t smbfs -o username=username //server/share /mountpoint However for Server 2003 the above command will not work so you simply change smbfs for cifs […]

Take control of your bash_history

Posted: 4th August 2011 by Babar Shafiq in System Administration, Tips

  I spend most of my time working in front of a black and white terminal of remote SSH connections to various servers. This means that I use bash (as my preferred shell) most of the day. And bash history is a very important feature of bash that saves me much time by recalling previous […]