Getting acquainted with GNU screen

GNU screen is a very neat tool that's included in most Unix-like operating systems. It's a utility that acts as a basic command line window manager, so you can maintain several open terminal sessions within one physical terminal.

You may ask me at this point why you need to do that when most graphical terminal programs have tabs for multiple sessions, but there are many occasions where GNU ...

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A Very Easy SSH Proxy/Tunnel

Whether your ISP is filtering content or you just want some privacy on the internet, there is always a quick solution, and it is surprisingly easy to set up.

Basically, all you need to do is SSH to any Shell account that you have access to (it can even be your own PC from another location) with the option -D. For example:

ssh -D 7070 user@site.com

will connect ...

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Command line tip - add a user from the command line

You're probably reasonably familiar with your Linux distribution's graphical method for creating new users, but if you're curious about how to create a user from the command line, this tip is for you.

It's actually possible (but just a little clunky) to manually create users by editing the /etc/passwd file. I wouldn't recommend it though, unless you really know what you are doing.

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GNOME 2.19: An overview of the Appearance applet

It seems like things are starting to settle in with GNOME 2.19, and more specifically, the Appearance applet. Those who have wondered why there are so many different dialogs for doing similar things in GNOME have had their query answered. The final form presents one clean, organized application that lets you configure most display settings from one window.

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