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Using Git for Unix systems administration

Git, the version control system (“VCS”) developed by Linus Torvalds, is most commonly used for development purposes. You can keep track of your sources at any given time, branch out to test new ideas while your main source tree always remains untouched if need be. And of course you can revert changes (also temporarily) at any given time. And that’s not even mentioning the options to store all your work on a remote (central) repository in order to share it with others.

But Git can do so much more. In this post I’ll show you how you can use it to take Unix systems administration to complete new heights. If you ever wondered about some of the advantages which Git has over traditional systems such as Subversion then read on: I’ll be sharing some major examples.

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May 12, 2018 Posted by | Editorial, Tips and tricks | , , | Comments Off on Using Git for Unix systems administration

Git: A developer tool not just for developers, you might like it too!

Git

When Linus Torvalds launched Git I’ve read many things about it, but being a rather die-hard FreeBSD sysadmin I didn’t really see much use for it myself at first. After all: FreeBSD uses Subversion which I really enjoyed using myself as well. And if it isn’t broke, why change it?  Well…

Git was one of those things which sat patiently on my todo list until I had the time to check it out. And then it happened: I was trying to help out a Minecraft related project which hosted their code on Github. And that uses Git. And so I figured it was about time to scratch Git from my todo list and start a crash course to first and foremost get my suggestions sent to the project and we’d see what might be next.

That was a few weeks ago.

In the mean time I’ve converted all my Subversion repositories to Git, discovered ways to use Git which are totally impossible on Subversion and I even managed to scratch yet another idea off my todo list because of it. Simply put: I think Git is amazing. And not just for developers, sysadmins like myself can definitely benefit from this as well.

So I figured I’d share my findings.

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April 30, 2018 Posted by | Editorial, Tips and tricks | , , , | Comments Off on Git: A developer tool not just for developers, you might like it too!

PowerShell; fun on the commandline

Many people with some roots into IT will know that it all started on a commandline. This holds true for nearly all major operating systems, and the ones which were quite early with hiding the commandline (OS/2 for example) still had their ‘ties’ into it.

Microsoft originally started with MS-DOS which was actually a rough ‘copy’ or ‘fork’ of CP/M (Computer Program / Monitor). Not a surprising development though; early high-end computers running on CP/M would sometimes also provide access to a ‘DOS mode’ thus allowing the unit to use both CP/M and DOS (I.C.L. used to produce such units).

But here things eventually stalled. When MS DOS 6 came out Microsoft started to focus more on the GUI aspect and left the commandline interface (“cli”) a little for what it was. At first users of 98 / XP had a full DOS 6 at their disposal but even that soon declined to a simple rather limited commandline shell.

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July 16, 2012 Posted by | Editorial, Tips and tricks, Windows | , , , , | Comments Off on PowerShell; fun on the commandline

Sharing some WordPress experiences…

WordPress logo3 years ago I dove into what is my current all-time favorite hobby and passion: synthesizers and basically everything involved around it. From sound design to synthesis studies, right to simply playing a few tunes yourself. It didn’t take long for me to decide and build a website and an accompanied blog to share my experiences and some of my material (be it sounds or presets and such). This resulted in my hobby site SynthFan.info.

Beginning this year however I decided that I no longer wanted the site to be hosted with a big hosting provider. It would save me some money and I could more easily expand on the site as well. Because I didn’t feel like building the whole thing from scratch, and because I already knew that I wanted to continue blogging I decided to pick up on WordPress. So now I’d like to share some of my experiences so far. Something tells me that I won’t have to explain what WordPress is all about considering the location of this blog, so I’ll skip that one 😀

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June 25, 2012 Posted by | Tips and tricks, WordPress | , , , | Comments Off on Sharing some WordPress experiences…

Another way to shutdown Windows…

Windows Well, this theme doesn’t use a ‘featured icon’ and I can’t come up with something nicer at the moment so this will have to do. At least its familiar. I’ll try to come up with a nicer specific Windows logo for future posts though.

Did you know…  That you can shutdown your Windows environment from the command prompt ?  If you’re now wondering “Why would I want to do that?” then this could be an interesting read… Continue reading

June 18, 2012 Posted by | Tips and tricks, Windows | , , , | Comments Off on Another way to shutdown Windows…