Multi threaded http download via terminal (aria2)

If you are fed up with downloading at snail’s pace with your web browser, you might be interested in getting into the terminal for better download speeds.  It seems that rather than wget, aria2 is a better option for multi-threaded / concurrent downloads. If you’re using Ubuntu/Debian/Mint you can install aria2 like this: sudo apt-get install aria2   To download your file as quick as possible and avoid http server… Read Article →

tmux: sharing a session

Just in case you’ve forgotten how to share a session with another user over tmux, here are the commands. Obviously you’ll need to create a shared group for the users. tmux -S /tmp/shareds new -s shared chgrp joint /tmp/shareds tmux -S /tmp/shareds attach -t shared tmux -S /tmp/shareds attach -t shared -r

Exit frozen ssh session

Sometimes you’ll have connection issues or perhaps wake your computer from sleep and notice that you forgot to close your ssh sessions. The session will be unresponsive and killing the process in a pain in the arse. Here’s the proper way to handle this. [Enter] ~ . Firstly press the enter key, then the tilde, followed by a dot/period. You now have your local terminal back and can reopen the… Read Article →

OS X Yosemite dd very slow (copying iso/img to USB)

If you’re using OS X, eventually you might find that you need to copy a Linux or similar installer to a USB stick.  There are a lot of graphical interfaces which assist with this process however OS X already ships with it’s own tool to handle this named dd.  You will also find this tool on most nix systems. For those familiar with Linux, a standard command might look something… Read Article →

OS X Mavericks multiple monitors moving dock bar

If  you’re running OS X Mavericks with two or more monitors, you might be frustrated with what at first appears to be a bug with the dock bar positioning.  Seemingly at random when working with full size (not even screen) windows, your dock bar will appear on the wrong monitor.  You go to your display settings only to find that the dock bar is set to appear on the monitor… Read Article →

Linux spotify artist page not loading

As seen in the screenshot, you will probably at one point encounter Linux beta spotify client not loading certain pages properly, including the artist page.  This can be very annoying and pretty much limit the use of their service.  Having a quick search around, it seems people were able to temporarily remedy this by uninstalling and then reinstalling the client.  This seems like a lot of effort, so here’s a… Read Article →

Arch Linux Nvidia scroll tearing

Having recently setup a new system with Arch Linux and a Nvidia 560ti, I had the strange and annoying problem of scroll tearing when scrolling through a website or even watching a video. After a bit of playing I discovered that this can be fixed with the “nvidia-settings” application. Goto the “X Server XVideo Settings” section and make sure that your primary monitor is selected. Secondly, goto the “OpenGL Settings”… Read Article →

Steam Counter Strike SetLocale(‘en_US.UTF-8’) failed

Problem When first launching Counter Strike Source under Linux you might see the following error:         Solution Open a terminal: sudo nano /etc/locale.gen delete ‘#’ before “en_US.UTF-8 UTF-8” line Save and quit   Problem Solved!

Steam: error while loading shared libraries: libGL.so.1:

After installing the propriety NVIDIA driver on Ubuntu/Debian/Linux Mint I got the following error every time steam was launched: Steam: error while loading shared libraries: libGL.so.1: Steam attempted to load the 64bit libraries and then after seeing they were incorrect, gave up. This can be solved by creating a new file: sudo echo /emul/ia32-linux/usr/lib > /etc/ld.so.conf.d/steam.conf And then either rebooting or executing the following in terminal: ldconfig Steam should now… Read Article →

Debian wifi not working with iwlwifi-firmware

After installing the non-free iwlwifi-firmware driver for my Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2230 card I found that I could scan and connect to wireless networks fine but would have problems accessing the Internet. Even though dhcp worked ok and I was allocated an IP, I could not ping anything on the LAN.  After a series of experiments this was easily fixed with the following: apt-get install firmware-linux Followed by a reboot…. Read Article →