Dual-boot LAMP development server

  • 17 November 2017
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Ubuntu 16.04 desktop during installation

One of our Computer Recycling volunteers has been pining for some intellectual stimulation a bit different from our usual assemble/disassemble/troubleshoot PCs. The volunteer had picked up a book on Linux System Administration hoping to learn more about managing systems. It's a bit beyond the scope of what we typically do, but after thinking about it for a bit I figured it could help the person open up some new opportunities. The workstation the volunteer often sat at runs Windows 10.

Xubuntu 16.04 - DVD playback

  • 20 October 2017
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VLC playing a DVD

A couple of days ago I mentioned that I deleted Windows 10 completely from my desktop computer and installed Xubuntu across the SSD (boot and root partition) and hard drive (/home folder). The hard drive I formatted a little bit differently, I chose to use the XFS file system. There are a number of articles and discussions floating about the Internet that hint that XFS is better at handling large files (this arstechnica thread is one such example).

KODI: Naming double disc movies

  • 23 September 2017
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KODI 17.04

This afternoon I was out scouring for some new movies for my already largish collection of 800+ DVDs. I didn't find much this afternoon, but ended up picking up the movie The Right Stuff. I haven't watched the movie yet, but it appears to be the events leading up to the launch of the Mercury rocket. I checked the DVD and noticed it had 2 sides, both of which were unblemished, but oddly both wide screen. It wasn't until I got home that I noticed the movie is just over 3 hours long (explaining the two sides).