How to setup Clonezilla on Linux (Ubuntu). Quick start guide.

Replace Symantec Ghost Enterprise with Clonezilla.
Since posting my article listing the open source alternatives to Symantec Ghost Enterprise, I have received a lot of questions related to installing and configuring Clonezilla, so I thought it would be a good idea to post a “quick start guide” for installing Clonezilla.

The following applies to setting up a network boot environtment using the PXE capabilities of your network card. If you simply want to image a single machine, then I suggest you use the Clonezilla Live CD. You simply boot your system from the CD, mount a network drive, and save your image to the network. It is the same as using a ghost boot disk in DOS but, without all the network card configuration.

If you are anything like me then you don’t like having to remember what you did with a boot disk and have to image a system a lot more often then a couple of times a year. In that case, follow along to setup a Clonezilla server your clients can use to boot from without the need for a boot disk.


A file manager written in PHP.

If  you want to talk about great PHP scripts then you need to check out phpXplorer.

From the website:
phpXplorer is an open source file management system written in PHP. It enables you to work on a remote file system through a web browser. By default it has got dialogs for editing HTML, PHP, image, Apache, compressed […]

Free utilites to help you remove spyware and malware.

Almost daily I am asked how to remove spyware or malware from an infected windows system so, I thought I would compile a list of the free utilities I use to perform that task. That way I could point those poor souls here instead of spending thirty minutes explaining all the options.

These programs can help you remove malicious software by helping you to detect, remove, and prevent your system from getting infected in the first place. No Windows system should be without these programs.


New TomTom 930 review.

I bought a TomTom 720 for every member of my family for the holidays this year and have received nothing but positive reviews. I kept the TomTom 920 for myself. I know, kind of sneaky.  Anyway, that is why I am interested in any upcoming TomTom upgrades so, when I came across this, I decided […]

How to listen to Sirius online with your Nokia N800 N810 internet tablet.

I’ve had a subscription to sirius satellite radio for the last four months and I can’t say enough good things about it. The best thing about it, besides the lack of commercial interruptions and music selection, is that with the online streaming, you don’t really need to purchase a sirius radio as long as you have an internet connection where you want to listen. This is the case for me.

Over the the last few months I have been able to integrate sirius with MythTV, my Linux and Mac laptops, and now my Nokia N800 internet tablet.

Radio? We don’t need no stinking radio!

I would like to give credit for most of the grunt work to jtyrrell and m00s3computer of the forums. All I did was clean up their instructions and verify the procedure.


IBM’s new racetrack memory, makes old RAM seem like another elderly driver.

IBM has come out with RAM that has data running along a path no larger than a human hair. The result is very very fast RAM. IBM researchers are suggesting that this technology could be available in around a decade and could enable users to store substantially more data at a lower cost. It also will be able to use much less energy because of it’s size. If you ask me, (and nobody ever does so I just talk anyway) ten years is too long cause there will be something even better by that time, I’m guessing. Still, new and faster technology is always welcome.


Cmd line local and mapped printers to your will all over your network.

I previously wrote about how to delete a local printer on your network but, I have expanded my knowledge on local and mapped printers using the command (cmd) line and decided to share my omnipotence with you. (my head just exploded from ego overload) These little nuggets of fried gold will keep you on the payroll for many years to come. (try to control yourself)


A hard drive with a HDMI port? What will they think of next?

Iomega is releasing a new ScreenPlay HD multimedia drive featuring 500 GB of storage and a HDMI port. Now this wouldn’t normally get my attention but, I felt it was worth it due to the format support. Check out this list: WAV, WMA, MPEG-1/2/4, MP3, OGG, AC3, AVI, DivX, XviD and JPEG. Did I […]

How to crack / recover an Adobe PDF password using pdfcrack for Linux.

From time to time I am asked to break a password on an Adobe PDF file. This mostly comes up when the user who created the pdf can’t remember what their own password is. As annoying as that is, actually recovering the password is simple using pdfcrack.

PDFCrack is a GNU/Linux application (or any other POSIX-compatible system) tool for recovering passwords and content from PDF-files. It is small, command line driven, and without external dependencies. PDFCrack is released under GPL.


Asterisk and an interview with Mark Spencer, it’s creator, made

Asterisk, my favorite VOIP PBX for Linux, and an interview with it’s creator, Mark Spencer, has made I’ll admit I’m posting this for selfish reasons. I have personally installed serveral Asterisk systems for small businesses around town and it is always hard to convince them that the system is for real and in […]