Use smartmontools to find out information about your hard drives

Hard drives are fragile and complex devices that do not have an infinite life span. Unfortunately. Not to scare our readers, but hard drives are one of the most likely things that could go wrong with your computer, as I am finding out right now with one of my machines.

Modern hard drives can however tell you quite a bit about how they're doing and show you some statistics ...

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Using nice to control CPU usage

Managing tasks that use up a lot of CPU time can be quite a task and if you're working in a shared environment where you don't want to be antisocial and use all the available resources, it can be necessary to manage the tasks you are running to ensure you are being nice.

And nice is exactly the command you need to use for this purpose. What it ...

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Using GNU info to get more detailed manuals

When you're looking for some documentation and help about a specific command, man really is your best friend. Almost all the commands on your system will have a man page where you can look to find all sorts of information.

However, sometimes you can find more detailed manuals on GNU-based systems with the info command. It works slightly differently to man, but on some software, you will be able ...

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