I have composed a small collection of Linux commands, tools and hints.
The document contains a variety of basic commands for beginners, but also includes some hints and commands which might be useful for advanced users (e.g. as a kind of look-up table).
Note that some of the commands are only available on Ubuntu / Debian based systems.
This is a list of my favorite, free tools for Windows. Free means it’s either freeware or open source software.
It is surprising how many good tools there are, and how little they are known among Windows users. There is no need to burden your wallet if a free tool can get the job done equally well, right?
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The Delock SATA to USB3.0 converter (61882) allows you to connect basically any 2.5” and 3.5” harddisk with an SATA interface to a computer.
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I guess most people know that it is important to regularly backup important data. However, only few do it and even fewer do it properly. Fact is: No storage medium is safe, it is only a question of time before it fails. So what is the best way to store data? What is the most reliable backup medium? Harddisc, SSD, DVD or something else?
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I am using six 3TB Western Digital RED harddisks in my Synology NAS servers, which are mainly used for file storage and media streaming. The RED series was specifically designed for NAS servers and are rated for 24/7 operation. With a MTBF (mean time between failures) of 1 million hours, one would assume those drives should be fairly reliable. Now, after 4 years and only 5000 hours of operation, one of the disks died.
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A couple of month ago I was looking for a compact and lightweight telephoto travel companion (camera+lens combo or compact cam) that still offers high image quality. Well, since I’m not a pro photographer, high quality means significantly better than the typical compact camera, but certainly not professional grade quality for big prints.
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