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How to enable the Compose key in X

Posted 06-12-2010 at 11:33 AM by MTK358
Updated 04-19-2011 at 08:23 AM by MTK358

Here I will show you how to enable the Compose key in X. It lets you type unusual characters like this:

ə k

by pressing the Compose key followed by a predefined sequence of keys. Here are some good references:

Anyway, first you need to choose which key you want to be the Compose key. Then, open a terminal and enter the command "xev"...
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A couple of surprising comments on Windows security!

Posted 06-12-2010 at 04:37 AM by rich_c

I've noticed a couple of articles of late from pretty authoratitive sources stating what a lot of us already knew. This being that Microsoft Windows is a security liability.

This first link is from Dell. It clearly states in point 6 of the page that Ubuntu offers more security than Windows. Also, further down the page, it lists Ubuntu's anti virus and anti spyware apps as unwarranted!* I hope this page stays up and doesn't mysteriously disappear within a few days...
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On killing Apophis...

Posted 06-11-2010 at 06:26 PM by Kenny_Strawn (Kenny the one-teen comittee to stamp out Proprietary $uckware)

The asteroid Apophis, named for the Egyptian god of destruction, is a very dangerous one, especially for its projected path. NASA traced its history and projected its future path. They found that it would make a close enough pass to Earth in 2029 to dip below our communications satellites! They also found, after further study, that it would make an even closer pass in 2036, close enough to potentially pass into Earth's atmosphere and out again.

There have been several studies about...
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Howto fix long boot delay with "Starting MTA:" (Common Issue)

Posted 06-10-2010 at 12:20 PM by bittner (Notes on Linux)
Tags debian, exim4, mta

A common issue when setting up servers in a lab is that the Mail Transfer Agent (MTA) delays the boot process waiting for a very long timeout. In the forums on the web this reads as ...
  • "boot process slow when 'Starting MTA' offline"
  • "Can I get rid of MTA?"
  • "Starting MTA delay"
  • "I see a line saying Starting MTA: It takes ages until Debian comes."

The issue is typically related to an unsuccessful reverse DNS lookup that the Mail Transfer Agent...
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Cleaning up the cruft...

Posted 06-09-2010 at 01:25 PM by Lufbery (The Slacker's Blog)

From the Wikipedia entry:

Cruft (occasionally kruft) is computing jargon for "code, data, or software of poor quality". The term may also refer to debris that accumulates on computer equipment. It has been generalized to mean any accumulation of obsolete, redundant, irrelevant, or unnecessary information, especially code. An alternative usage is becoming more generalized to refer to any unneeded or unwanted computer hardware or obsolete equipment.
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