New Year = New OS (Linux Mint 12)

I decided to start off the year 2012 by installing the latest version of Linux Mint 12 codenamed ‘Lisa’. Though my initial intention was to move on to a rolling release distribution to avoid having to reinstall the OS every now and then for a new release. But I decided against it and stuck with Mint which has been my favorite for the past few years. As one would expect with Mint, the installation was smooth and fast....

January 1, 2012 · 2 min · Mr. Kamath
Network Speed

Monitor your net traffic in Linux with Netspeed

There are times where everything so slow and nothing seems to load, at such time I always wonder if some activity is happening at all, sometimes thunderbird would be downloading the mails hence firefox takes time to load the pages, would it not be wonderful to have a traffic monitor which would show the upload and download speeds at that moment. The traffic monitor applet for GNOME ‘netspeed’ provides just what I wanted, it shows the network traffic in Bytes or Bits per second (this can be set using the preference menu of the applet)....

October 29, 2011 · 2 min · Mr. Kamath
Memory card

Recover deleted files from Memory card in Linux

For the past few months I have been using my Sony Cybershot W80 extensively and taking photos left and right. One of the features that I use is that of creating folders on the memory card. On one such occasion I created a new folder which was for experimenting with the camera options next day. Once I finished with the experimenting I wanted to delete them, since there were lots of photos deleting them individually did not make any sense so I used the ‘delete all photos in the folder’....

October 6, 2011 · 3 min · Mr. Kamath

Connecting to net using Huawei EC325 on Linux

Couple of years back I had taken a internet connection from Tata Indicom (CDMA Wireless). I purchased the Huawei EC325 modem which uses a USB cable to connect to the PC. My inital reaction was since it was a USB connection and was using a custom software to connect to the net, it would not be possible to connect to the net in Linux using this modem. After full two months, I finally gave up my laziness and did a quick search....

October 5, 2011 · 2 min · Mr. Kamath

Local DNS cache in Linux using dnsmasq

If you are facing slow connections and slow browsing experience, then you can speed up your browsing by a small factor by caching your DNS queries locally and using it. What is DNS? But before you go ahead the first question that would surely pop up in your mind is what is this DNS? And what does it do? To answer the first question I would take a simple example of your mobile phone, when you want to call your friends, you first find their name in the contacts and click on dial....

September 20, 2011 · 4 min · Mr. Kamath