ascii2binary

📅 May 20, 2018
Do you need a program that will convert an ASCII code into a character?

How about converting a number represented as ASCII into its binary equivalent based upon the data type you specify?

Try ascii2binary. Available from the Ubuntu repository, ascii2binary can be used alone or in scripts to convert a decimal, octal, binary, or hexadecimal input into its ASCII character or convert a text file of numbers into a binary file of numbers.

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Xubuntu 18.04 – A Worthy Upgrade

📅 May 3, 2018
Xubuntu 18.04 was released a few days ago!

After using it in a variety of virtual machines with VirtualBox 5.2.10 and on real hardware, this is definitely a worthwhile upgrade.

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Anker USB 3.0 Card Reader and Linux

📅 March 29, 2018
Do you need a small, portable device to read SD and MicroSD cards that is also compatible with Linux?

The Anker USB 3.0 Card Reader is turning out to be a handy device to have on hand. It supports SD and MicroSD cards, dual mounting with one device, plugs into USB ports up to 3.0 for faster data transfers, and best of all, it is compatible with Linux.

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Computer Improvement Tips

📅 February 27, 2018
“I wanted to build a new computer, but RAM and video cards are too expensive!”

Given the ridiculous skyrocketing costs (as of the time of this writing) of RAM and GPUs due to cryptocurrency mining, you might feel dismayed at the prospect of building a new computer system. Whether it be a fancy SLI gaming system or a virtualizing system hosting servers, the current costs will make it more expensive than it would have been a few months ago.

But does this mean give up and wait for prices to fall before doing anything?

There is plenty to do with your current system right now. In fact, learning to work with what you have and improve it to the best of your ability will increase your skills and knowledge.

For hardware and software, here are a few tips that will make your system more pleasant to work with and seem faster than it actually might be.

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Manage ProFTP Users with MySQL

📅 February 13, 2018
Suppose you want to maintain a list of users allowed to login to an FTP server but you do not want to create user accounts for them on the Linux system. The FileZilla server has this feature built in, so is there are way to specify usernames and their passwords for FTP users in ProFTP?

Yes!

One way is to use a MySQL database that ProFTP checks for allowed users. If a user is listed in the database, then he is allowed to log in.

This might sound like overkill. Why use a full-fledged relational database for FTP? Actually, you can much, much more than manage logins. Every aspect of the FTP session can be recorded and analyzed using a database. Uploads, IP addresses, last logins, login history, access count, upload/download quotas, and more are possible. Almost anything you want to record about your users is possible with ProFTP and a database, such as MySQL.

This article shows how to set up ProFTP to access a MySQL database that lists users allowed to log in without needing to create user accounts on a Linux Mint system.

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Samsung EVO Plus 256GB MicroSD and Linux

📅 February 12, 2018
“What can we expect from a 256GB microSD card in Linux? Is it truly as fast as the box claims?”

MicroSD cards are increasing in capacity. The latest consumer-friendly capacity available at a somewhat reasonable price (as of the time of this writing) is the 256GB card. Yes, 256GB on an itty-bitty card so small you could lose it in a vacuum cleaner, accidentally dump it in the trash, and wonder where it went…and given its cost, you would probably cry in the meantime.

Today’s microSD card is the Samsung EVO+ 256GB with a UHS speed class of 3 (U3). The box claims up to 100MB/s read and 90MB/s write speeds.” Hmm, we shall see. Box claims always tend to be exaggerated — especially when the fine print on the back indicates that the actual transfer speed might be lower for whatever reason.

Nonetheless, this card does produce decent results, and it is 100% compatible with Linux. Let’s look at a few benchmarks.

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Create Anonymous Virtual Hosts with ProFTP – Part 3: SSL/TLS Encryption

📅 February 9, 2018
Part 3

FTP is insecure because all commands, usernames, password, and data transfers in the clear. Anybody sniffing the network can easily peek into an FTP session.

Let’s thwart that attempt by encrypting our FTP server with an SSL/TLS certificate that we generate ourselves.

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