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Working with ffmpeg on Multi-Core Systems

While ffmpeg has multithreading capability, getting the best performance on multi-core systems calls for something more than just playing with the -threads option. I've...

Sending Windows Logs to Remote Syslog

Nothing fancy here: just a quick note on directing Windows event logs and select application logs to a remote syslog server. For a Unix admin,...

Controlling Your Laptop’s Fan Noise

Does your laptop sound like a fully-loaded B-52 bomber going for a takeoff? I have a Dell XPS-15. These generally well-regarded machines are also...

Anatomy of Internet Bullshit

Here's an oldie from two years ago that reared its ugly head on Pocket: Starting Your Day on the Internet Is Damaging Your Brain,...

Late Night Rant: College Admissions Scandal

This is America: you're either a duper or a dupee. I'm a duper. You guys are the dupees. — Frank Reynolds (Danny DeVito), It's Always...

Adding and Removing sshd instances on CentOS 7

As a follow-up to my previous post about adding sshd instances on CentOS 5 & 6, here's a script that does the same on...

Adding and Removing sshd instances on CentOS 6

This is a process and a couple of script to allow you to setup an additional sshd service on an alternate port. The two scripts...

Late Night Rant: Facebook

According to media reports, since 2012, millions of Facebook and Instagram logins and plaintext passwords have been sitting on some internal Facebook system, accessible...

Notes on ownCloud configuration

The ownCloud file sharing application has been around for some time now, but somehow evaded my attention. My limited imagination makes me say "think...