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Brian Aldridge

I am a software developer and podcaster. Catch me weekly on Infection - The Survival Podcast at https://infectionpodcast.com

Resolving GPG Errors When Using Apt-Get

When updating your software you may encounter an error that the public key is not available for a particular repository on your desktop or server. There are some simple steps you can take to add the public key to your  key database.  Fix: Replace the 16 digit code in the example with the characters supplied at the end of the …

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Using speedtest.net from Linux CLI

As a server admin I have times when I would like to know the real-time calculation of a server's upload and download speeds. Speedtest.net is a great site, but, it normally requires a GUI and browser that supports Flash to run the testing application. I ran across a great python script that will run Speedtest.net from a command line and give you the link to the image file showing your results.

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Rebuilding Broken Software Raid 1 in Ubuntu

After having had a hard drive fail on one of our servers here at Bite Of Tech and I searched Google for the best method for replacing the failed drive and re-assembling the raid without having to reboot the server. I found plenty of ways not to do this so I figured I would share the correct way to re-assemble a software raid 1 in Ubuntu Linux.

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Linux Servers Being Compromised

In the news there are increasing reports of Linux servers being compromised and turning into spam-bots or hosts to malicious websites. As a Linux admin I see scores of spam e-mails coming through my /var/log/syslog file and username/password guesses on SSH, e-mail, and website login forms.

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The Power Of Steam

Having been a member of Steam since mid 2009 I have had some time to build up a decent game collection. With right around 300 paid games linked to my Steam account I have found myself anxious for the Steam Box. When I see a good deal on a particular game, whether I need it or not, I buy it. …

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