Good riddance to PulseAudio! (or “Settling on a Linux sound server”)

I have a love-hate relationship with PulseAudio: it has a lot of great features, but sometimes it’s more resource-hungry than I would like, and it also crashes more often than I’d like. Actually, the only reason why I got PulseAudio was because Skype 4.3.0.37 required Pulse and dropped ALSA support; I would have stayed with plain ALSA had it not been for Skype (on that note, I really hate Skype, for more reasons than one).

PulseAudio logo

PulseAudio

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Move and resize windows from anywhere

Move this window. Go ahead, I’ll wait. Great. Now resize this window.

If you’re like most people, you moved the window by dragging the title bar and resized by dragging the edge or corner of the window. That works and all, but you have to move your mouse to the right spots, which may very well be at the opposite end of the screen, and what do you do if you find yourself with a title bar past the top of your screen?

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Command Explained: “Look Busy On *nix”

Here’s a command that I posted on my main blog last year. Open a terminal and give it a try (stop it with Ctrl+C)!
$ cat /dev/urandom | hexdump -C | grep "34 32"

`The Penguin' says...

I recently posted a command to “Look Busy On *nix“:
$ cat /dev/urandom | hexdump -C | grep "34 32"

If you ran it, you console/terminal screen should have been filled with lines like these:

I will break apart the command and explain what it actually did.

$
Indicates that this command should be run as a regular user (i.e. without root privileges). This isn’t actually part of the command and shouldn’t be included when typing it into the shell.
cat
Output the contents of the specified file(s) to stdout.
/dev/urandom
The file from which to read. /dev/urandom is a special file that acts as a pseudo-random number generator.
|
Redirects or “pipes” the output of the previous command into the input of the next command (stdout to stdin).
hexdump
Outputs a hexdump of the specified file, or stdin if no file specified.
-C
From the man page:

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Linux Distros: What are the differences and how do I choose one?

Linux distro stickers

Ask a newcomer about Linux and they’ll probably mention something about Ubuntu. Someone a little more knowledgeable about Linux will know that there are many flavours, called “distributions” (or “distros”, for short), of Linux. There are over six hundred distributions out there, and they’re all labelled as “Linux”. What makes one distro different from the next, and how do you choose one?
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Greetings!

Allow me to introduce myself. I am Dreadnought Six. I was the former administrator for the somewhat popular tech blog named Tech Gum. I currently write freelance in my personal yet nonexclusive blog called the Unfinished Basement.

To many, I am a friend. To some, I am a foe. To only but a few, I am a brother. But to one, and one only, I am a lover.

I am currently a first year Computer Science student, and rightfully so, I am lazy (which is probably why you’re seeing this post on Christmas Eve). I am a devoted born again Christian, a professional League of Legends practitioner, and a 5-time Pokemon Master (captured: 652). I’ve been a Windows user my entire life, with a small part of my life (I namely called the ‘iDark Ages’) liking the Apple brand. The main author of this blog, tPenguinLTG, is a close friend of mine (you decide) and as he so desperately needed to, introduced me to the world of Computer Science (seriously, I was suppose to be chef) and to the world of Linux.

The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.

– Albert Camus

I find a sense of freedom in Linux, which is why I’ve decide to take the leap of faith. I’m not yet entirely engrossing myself into the operating system which means I’ll still have my Windows 7 partition. I’ve decided long before this blog existed, that I’d install Linux Mint. Alas, I’ve seen a new operating system named CrunchBang (#!), to which I fell in love with the moment I saw it.

Follow my blog the Unfinished Basement, or else.

Cheers!

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Hello there!

My name is DdcCabuslay.  I am one of the authors who will be sharing my first-time experience with Linux.

A little brief bio of myself; I consider myself a tech nerd.  I immerse myself in news from the world of smartphones and video games.  I myself am an Android user and a gamer (primarily Nintendo).  As for computers, I’ve used Windows my whole life, and my current machine runs Windows 7.

For my Linux distro of choice, I will be using PCLinuxOS.  It was recommended to me by tPenguinLTG as a distro for the “Windows know-it-all” type of people.  As a 2nd year Computer Science student, it’s going to be important for me to understand the ins and outs of Linux, as it’s an OS that’s going to play an important role in a computer scientist’s future.  I will begin my first Linux focused class in Winter 2015.

That’s enough about me for now.  If you’re on Twitter, you can follow me @DdcCabuslay if you want to hear me complain about everything.  We’ll talk soon!