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Using Incron To Schedule Tasks For File System Changes

by Hayden Smith

When running a server, it’s quite a common requirement to automate tasks. Linux distributions provide the cron tool, allowing you to schedule tasks at specific times. One downside to cron is that you may want tasks performed that require triggers other than just a pre-set time being reached. Fortunately, there are a number of related…

What Is cURL?

by Hayden Smith

The world wide web has – to say the least – become somewhat ubiquitous, to the point that it’s hard to do much on a computer without the need to communicate. This is equally true when working at the command line on a server as when working on a desktop. There are a number of…

Pings And Traceroutes

by Hayden Smith

If you run a server, one issue you will likely face is networking problems. Fortunately there are a number of tools that can help find the source of these problems and find a resolution. In this article we’ll have a look through a few of them, and explain how they work so you can see…

Setting Up the Virtual Private Servers for High Availability

by Hayden Smith

In previous articles we have discussed the concept of high availability and what it entails. Over the coming weeks we’ll be looking at how you can configure Virtual Private Servers on the VPS.net cloud to provide you with a highly available web server solution. To do this we’ll look into configuring a pair of Linux…

Customize Your Link Shortening With YOURLS

by Hayden Smith

In the modern world of social media, people often try to say as much as they can with as few characters as possible. Especially with services such as Twitter limiting you to 140 characters, getting the message across in such a short message is a challenge. This gets harder still when you want to include…

The Best Email Apps For Your Smartphone

by Madeleine Bruce

Managing your email doesn’t have to be a chore with the right app! In the modern digital era you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who says they don’t get enough email. Indeed, for most of us managing our email is one of the most vexing and consistently challenging parts of our lives. The fact that…

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In Search Of Long Battery Life

by Madeleine Bruce

In a world where we can close the curtains from a distance of 10 miles with the push of a button, why are we still yet to receive a smartphone which lasts the whole day?

The Battle Of The Tablets

by Madeleine Bruce

A tablet is the perfect gift, but which should you opt for? When the iPad first came out in 2010, it wasn’t entirely clear why a person would own a tablet if they already had a computer and a phone. After all, everything a tablet does, a phone or computer can do too: check email,…

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7 Essential Holiday Season Apps

by Madeleine Bruce

Prepare for the big day with a little help from your smartphone! The holiday season is an exciting—although invariably busy—time of year. While there are so many elements that people look forward to, including seeing their families, cooking delicious meals, baking sweet treats, taking time off work, and buying and receiving gifts from their loved…

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Tips All Home Workers Need To Read

by Madeleine Bruce

It can be hard to stay on task when working in your own environment…

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