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Install and Configure Fink from Binary or Source [Mac Guide]

Fink is a package manager that makes it easy to install Unix Open Source software on your Mac. Anyone who has tried to install/compile Open Source software on a system based on Unix or Linux will understand how heavenly these package managers can be. Keep reading to learn how to easily and quickly install Fink [...]

How to Use LaPrint to Create LaTeX Labels in MATLAB Figures

In a previous post I described how to customize and improve MATLAB figures for publication. That guide showed how to create a high quality eps figure that is easily integrated into a LaTeX document or sent off to a publisher. Today I will show how to use LaPrint, a MATLAB function that allows all figure [...]

Ubuntu DNS Server Guide – BIND Master Server Setup

In a previous post I walked you through the installation of BIND9 (Berkley Internet Name Daemon Version 9) on Ubuntu (currently Hardy Heron 8.04) and configuring the installation to function as a caching name server on your local area network (LAN). Caching DNS records on a local server will hopefully boost your network’s performance. That [...]

How to Customize and Improve MATLAB Figures for Publication

In this post I will be showing how to produce a publication quality figure using MATLAB (2007a). To fully appreciate the content presented here you will need some working knowledge of MATLAB, meaning that you should know how to create a basic plot. If you need some help in this department you can reference this [...]

Ubuntu DNS Server Guide – BIND Caching Name Server Setup

In previous posts, I shared instructions for setting up a Ubuntu LAMP (Linux, Apache, mySQL, PHP) server and configuring Apache and mySQL to host new sites complete with phpmyadmin and cgi-bin access. I thought it would be useful to write a follow-up guide on setting up of an Ubuntu DNS (Domain Name Service) server on [...]

If You Don’t Know How to Use an Abacus You Can Learn Here

Some people collect stamps or coins. I collect abaci (or, if you prefer, abacuses). My current collection includes ten abaci, most made of wood, but a few formed from ivory and jade. But enough about my own personal love of the abacus. I am more interested in explaining how to use one of these “ancient [...]

Online Shopping Guide – Safety and Security Tips

Buying online is often the best way to not only find what you are looking for but also to find the best price. Online shopping has its risks including credit card fraud, stolen identities, and other unpleasant troubles. Shopping online safely involves being knowledgeable about threats, trusting only known retailers, protecting your privacy, and keeping [...]

How to Configure Wake on LAN (WOL) and Broadcast Magic Packets

Most modern motherboards have a feature that I have been aware of for some time but have not tried until recently. It is called wake-on-LAN (WOL) and gives you the ability to wake a computer simply by sending it a “magic packet” from any other machine on the local area network. If you are wondering [...]

Ubuntu LAMP Server Guide – Configure Apache, mySQL, and cgi-bin

In a previous post, I shared step-by-step instructions for setting up a Ubuntu LAMP (Linux, Apache, mySQL, PHP) server on your local area network (LAN). I also showed how you could customize the server installation to include all of the niceties of Ubuntu’s Desktop GUI. If this installation was successful, you should be able to [...]

Ubuntu LAMP Server – Setup Guide with Desktop GUI

Ubuntu (for those of you who have been living under a rock) is fast becoming the free Linux distribution of choice for home computing. Dell has even begun to ship machines with Ubuntu pre-loaded instead of Windows or Red Hat. But Ubuntu is not just for desktops. It’s also available as a super easy to [...]

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