Install Webmin on Ubuntu 14.04 using the AWS EC2 Free Tier

If you haven't used Amazon's Web Services yet, you really should. They are currently hosting more of "the cloud" than their next ten competitors (Google, Microsoft, RackSpace, etc.) combined. And, they do everything in their power to make it easy for you. In addition to tons of pretty good documentation, they also offer a "Free Tier" for you to test the service out to see if it meets your needs. I'm currently running a couple services on mine and, once you get past the initial set-up, it starts to look and act pretty much like the server you have running down the hall.

ProxMox Config Backups

I recently set up a ProxMox virtual host and was quite impressed with the features one can get in an open source virtualization tool. The feature list for ProxMox is long and impressive, but one thing oddly missing is a way to back up its own configuration. For those long versed in the ways of Linux administration, the solution is probably obvious, but in case it isn't, here's one way to do it.

Imaging a Flash Drive

For a recent project, I needed to make an ISO file of a USB stick for a backup. The flash drive held the config for a ProxMox server, and I needed to be able to restore it quickly in the case of an emergency. Making best use of my Google-Fu, I was surprised to find that, while the internet had a plethora of options to offer for burning a bootable image to a thumb drive, it was rather thin on options for creating that image.


Poor Man's Clipboard

I'm a huge fan of TeamViewer, and a slightly less huge fan of VNC. These are pretty good tools for managing a stable of servers. One thing, however, that has been a source of annoyance for me for quite some time is the inconsistent performance of the clipboard function, particularly between Windows and Linux.

A Perfectly Good-Enough Media Center

I recently did a review of my cable bill and nearly had a heart attack. I was spending over $150 a month on a package that included literally hundreds of channels. And I didn't watch any of them. Meanwhile, my house was (literally) littered with movie DVDs no one watched because they were a) not in the case, b) not near the T.V., and/or c) not free of scratches and various sticky residues. This was a situation clearly in search of an overly complicated technical solution.



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