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I often need to convert avi, mkv, mp4 or some other video format to generic DVD.  Using a Mac, I’ve found that this processes is a pain in the ass.  It surprises me that there are very few tools for pulling this together.  I spent a few days searching and see that there was a few tools, but they were...

This document describes the steps for install and setting up Snort the opensource intrustion detection system. It also describes the process for updating the signature definitions. Snort is an opensource IDS (Intrusion Detection System) written and maintained by a company called sourcefire. It is one of the best IDS available and is free (Kinda). Downloading Snort Since we us Redhat...

When ever I come across a command or service in Unix that crashes or fails to run properly I quickly go to the trace tools to trace the system commands.  I often find that If I just follow the system trace i can usually see what was supposed to happen and didn’t.  Unfortunatley not every unix flavor uses the same...

The name service cache daemon has some serious flaws. One that I notice pretty often in Linux arises when you are using LDAP. It seems that nscd will crash and burn when/if ldap is unavailable. Unfortunately when nscd bombs, it usually takes the entire system with it. Actually what will happen is nscd sockets will start getting broken pipe’s and...

LDAP has been around for over a decade, and yet it is still considered a newer technology.  Many modern vendors have added LDAP authentication.  This document is a brief generic howto for configuring linux to use LDAP.  This will be a fairly detailed recipe as most of my docs are. Linux Name Services Name Server Switch is the engine that...

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