Linux/Unix desktop fun: sl – a mirror version of ls

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One of the most common mistakes is typing sl instead of ls command. I set up an alias, i.e., alias sl=ls; but then you may miss out the steam train with a whistle.

sl is a joke software or classic UNIX game. It is a steam locomotive runs across your screen if you type “sl” (Steam Locomotive) instead of “ls” by mistake. Now there is a twist to older sl command.
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Book Review: SSH Mastery – OpenSSH, PuTTY, Tunnels & Keys

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Book Review: SSH Mastery
OpenSSH needs no introduction. OpenSSH is a free and open source suite of security-related software based on the SSH protocol. OpenSSH provides secure network communication and tunneling capabilities. OpenSSH gives peace of mind when communicating with Linux or Unix-like server over the Internet on the insecure network.

SSH is essential for both sysadmins and developers. The book “SSH Mastery” (2nd ed) talks about OpenSSH server, clients, encryption, public/private keys, VPNs and other security-related network-level utilities based on the Secure Shell SSH protocol.

How to use Chomper Internet blocker for Linux to increase productivity

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Chomper is a free and open source Python cli for Linux desktop. It lets you block access to distracting websites for specified periods of time. The program is intended to help you with issues being productive on a desktop due to Internet distractions. One can set a period to block websites. Until that timer expires, you will be unable to access sites.

Deleting all existing comment author urls in WordPress using mysql command

last updated in Categories Command Line Hacks, Howto, Programming, Web Developer

I have like over 50k+ comments posted on this site. A commenter is allowed to leave their website or Github/Twitter URL in the comment section. Unfortunately, many websites are dead creating a mess. Many are just spam and nothing else. This is not good for anyone. Here is a quick way to delete all existing comment author URLs in WordPress using mysql command line option.

Monitor Linux CPU temperature, frequency, power in a graphical way

last updated in Categories Command Line Hacks, Howto, Python


S-tui is a free and open source terminal UI for monitoring your computer. s-tui allows to monitor CPU temperature, frequency, power and utilization in a graphical way from the terminal. It is written in Python and need root permission to use the s-tui. It is useful for:

  1. Watch your CPU temperature/utilization/frequency/power
  2. See performance dips caused by thermal throttling
  3. No need to use X-server. Perfect for headless usage including Raspberry PI

Let us see how to install and use s-tui on a Linux based system.