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Trying to determine how much memory is free on a Linux machine is not as straight forward as it is on Windows. While Windows attempts to keep as much memory free as possible, Linux trys to keep as much memory used as possible. Here is how to determine how much memory is actually free and in use on your Linux machine.

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You are backing up your personal files, now what about the database. Databases are just as susceptible to hard disk failures, viruses, and accidental deletion as your personal data. Maybe even more so if your database is getting frequent updates. In this post we will cover the back up and recovery of a MySQL database.

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Though your personal data is important and can be irreplaceable, few people ever think about protecting it with a backup strategy. Hard disk failures, viruses, and even accidental deletions could destroy you data forever. In order to protect my data, and in the continued belief that overkill is just enough, I do hourly backups and have 3 months of data at my fingertips. In this article I am going to cover the local backups. In a future article I will cover the remote backup strategy using a passwordless SSH

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When you are installing new applications to your Unix server it is almost always better to use some soft of package management tool. Compiling from source allows you to custom tailor the application to your hardware, but most applications do not provide a means for uninstalling.
Another issue with installing from sources is that you do not have a central repository to list all your installed applications. src2pkg is the best of both worlds, compile from source and install via the package management system.

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If you run a lot of Ethernet cable, it is usually cheaper to build your own. Building Ethernet cables in bulk is easy and inexpensive. All you need is a crimper, jacks, cable, and a pair of scissors or cable cutter/stripper.

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