Sukrit Dhandhania

How to Create and Restore Backups of Your Ubuntu PC

Computers are not reliable, no matter what your computer vendors will tell you. They have a habit of crashing at the most critical of times. And when they crash they take with them all the hard work you have put in for weeks and maybe months. It could be your professional work or your school assignments. The only realistic guard you have against these crashes are backups. Making regular backups gives you the layer of protection, and it does not come with too much added effort. Simple Backup, or sBackup, is a fine backup solution for Linux computers. It allows you to configure what you want backed up, and once configured, it can take regular backups for you. A key feature that this particular solution also provides, which many backup solutions don’t seem to, is a the ability to help you restore your data easily. Let’s look at how to install and setup sBackup on your Ubuntu computer. …

How to set a rotating picture of the earth as your wallpaper in Ubuntu

Pictures of earth from space are the coolest. Wouldn’t it be great if we could get the latest images of what the earth looks like straight on our desktops? Die.net offers just such a service. They provide the latest computer generated image of what the earth might look like at the moment. Things like the cloud formations and the sunlight are taken into account. The result is a pretty up to date and stunning looking image, available to you and I for free. We can use some Ubuntu magic to bring that image down to our desktop and set it up as a rotating wallpaper. Let’s take a look at how to go about setting it up. …

How to move the Close, Maximize and Minimize button location in Ubuntu

Although I liked a lot of things about the design used in this release of Ubuntu (10.04, Lucid Lynx) I found one thing a bit annoying. The window controls (the maximize, minimize and close buttons) have been moved to the left side of each window bar – in a Mac-like manner, rather than in the top right corner as we’re used to in Ubuntu-GNOME. It’s probably one of those things that you just get used to, but I preferred the functionality the way I’m used to, so I decided to move the buttons back to the top right corner of the windows. Here’s how I went about doing it. …

How to setup and use Remote Access on your Ubuntu PC

I have an Ubuntu desktop at home which I sometimes use as a server. I work from my laptop mostly, but sometimes I need to check something or do some work on my desktop. I could walk away from my laptop and sit at the desktop, or I could configure a Remote Desktop system instead. Turns out it’s quite simple, and requires no additional software other than what ships with Ubuntu. …

How to Spell Check your documents from the Linux command line

Many of us are used to using fancy word processors for typing out letters and other documents. Most word processors come bundled with an automatic spellcheck feature built in. Even email clients have these. However, if you part of a small, dying breed of people who still use command line text editors you might find the spell checking feature a bit limited. Well, we his a wonderful Linux command line utility, aspell, coming to our rescue. …

Smart, selective backup of files with Linux

There are a number of backup methods that you can use in Linux to make sure your data is safe and available. The simplest is probably to backup everything. This method, although viable under certain circumstances, is not always the smartest way to go if you have space constraints. So you can use a more selective backup method. Let’s look at one, wherein you choose the files you want backed up, and run a single line command to backup only these files. …

Linux security tip: change your computer’s SSH port

Here’s a useful tip for people that access their computer or server over the Internet using SSH. Change your SSH port from the default port 22 to something else. Although this is not a foolproof hack to secure your server, it can at least help greatly. Let’s look at you this would be done on an Ubuntu machine. NOTE that this change should not be performed over a remote SSH connection, you might lose all contact with your server. …