January 3, 2012
In this post I suggest a way to have an encrypted Linux installation on a USB key, which to me is useful when I travel and I want to securely access the functionality that desktop Linux offers. I want to have no fear that what I take with me will be stolen, even if what I take with me is a full Linux OS, together with my data and maybe some online passwords saved in the browser.
December 13, 2011
I noticed that on my Debian Testing installation the system beep is active, even though my computer has a nice and common integrated sound card. To disable the annoying beeps at start-up and shut-down, the common solution is to blacklist the “pcspkr” module, which is responsible for the beeping noise. I noticed that most advices […]
October 25, 2011
Sunday I went to a LinuxDay 2011 event organized near my city. There were presentation from the world of academics (Polytechnics of Turin and Milan) and the industry (Google, Canonical, …), but one talk was different from the others, in the sense that it was less technical and more human. A small girl approached the […]
October 18, 2011
I’ll probably never be as good, I’ll certainly never stop trying. The things we take for granted today are the revolutions of yesterday.
October 2, 2011
Recently the main Linux website, kernel.org, was compromised by an hacking attack. Since then, Linus Torvalds decided to use GitHub as the master repository for the whole kernel (here the announcement), and kernel.org has been down for a long time. This has broken some of my old tutorials on this blog. In my tutorials, I […]
August 25, 2011
I wanted to explore a different way to encrypt data on portable USB flash drives other than Truecrypt, so I checked what could be done with Linux Unified Key Setup (LUKS). LUKS is an encryption method that is implemented on Linux by “cryptsetup” package, and on Windows by FreeOTFE. It encrypts a partition or a file […]
July 17, 2011
Even though Gmail has been proven quite reliable over the years, there have been isolated episodes of data loss. In any case, I backup my mail locally: better safe than sorry. On my Linux machine I use “getmail” to download my mail through POP and store it in a single “mbox” file. First of all, […]
July 12, 2011
I have a multi-button mouse (the Trust MI-2950R) with left and right wheel tilt, back and forward thumb buttons and a couple zoom buttons. I want to use them efficiently, and in my case, since I rarely use the horizontal scrolling, I wanted to map on the left-right wheel tilt another function that I use […]