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The Coolest Things I Have Done in Linux

Posted 08-11-2007 at 07:59 PM by archtoad6
Updated 12-16-2008 at 10:01 AM by archtoad6 (futile attempt to fix <!--break--> behavior)

One of the greatest, potentially-too-long-&-boring-but-it-isn't, threads is here. I have spent several hours over the last 2 days reading it all & taking notes. I wound up w/ more items than I thought proper to put in the thread. So I chose 3 & posted them.

In addition to:
  • bash indirect variables
  • "Moving to Linux" class
  • "Linux for Cowards" (tm) presentation

Here are some that I didn't post:
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(Why doesn't this -- "break" tag -- work? Where are the instuctions for blog specific tags in LQ?)
  • discovering HLUG (Houston TX)
  • Windows free since May 2005 (Where's my chip??? :))
  • dial-up sharing w/ a headless RH 7 box controlled by PuTTY
  • extracting my (dynamic) public IP address from my old SMC router w/ cURL
  • "hand rolled" (w/ mcedit) website, hosted at home (since taken down)
  • SmoothWall Express 2 firewall in front of my LAN
    • no other permanent AV or other protection on my girlfriend's Win box
    • custom dnsmasq.conf to block ads, tracking cookies, etc. by domain
    • bash/awk scripts to extract domains from blocking hosts files found on the Web
  • (ongoing) run a weekly Linux Workshop
    • recent average attendance: ~12
    • 50+ dual-boot installs
  • LQ: 1800+ posts, 0 threads started (w/o too much thread hijacking :))
  • started a Samba & Open Networking SIG at HAL-PC
  • 1st unassisted Debian (Sarge) install. At the time, I could do Mandrake, SuSE, even RH w/ no outside help.
  • transferred files between 2 off-site boxen using Midnight Commander w/ 1 pane "fished" into each
  • my only (so far) desktoplinux.com post (a comment on a distro comparison article) was sent to Warren Woodford of MEPIS for comment. They recently published his point-by-point responses. I feel like I've been slashdotted.
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