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Eee Tips: Reduce disk writes by utilizing tmpfs

I've got an ASUS Eee PC 901/Linux with the solid state drive (SSD). I've been having issues with the /tmp dir and /var/log dir utilizing too much of my 4GB drive. So to fix this I came across this eeeuser.com thread which talks about moving those directories to RAM. The process is pretty straight forward and will increase the life of your SSD. Find out what I did below.

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Automated Backup w/ rsync over SSH

People are lazy when it comes to regularly backing up their data. This is a project of mine that I use on a daily basis. It's a fairly simple to setup backup server that uses rsync over SSH to backup anything you give it. Best part about it is that it is cross platform compatible and can be scripted to backup multiple PCs at once. This is an very flexible way of creating a backup system and best of all is entirely open source and free.

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How to Make the Switch to Linux

In order to switch from one operating system to another it does take some time and effort. Over the passed roughly 6 months I've used Ubuntu as my primary OS. This is not as simple of a switch as you may think especially if you've been using Windows all your life. In the passed Linux was not very end-user friendly and sort of difficult to get into. Today, Ubuntu makes switching over extremely easy. By default it comes with almost all the software you really need in order to be productive. Getting things like music, videos, and other media to play doesn't take much effort either.

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My Desktop

I'd like to share with you what Ubuntu Linux can look like with some tweaking. This shows that Linux doesn't have to look so boring as many people assume.

Pretty sweet way of switching between desktops is with CompizFusion
Pretty sweet way of switching between desktops is with CompizFusion

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