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Create strong passwords

At a recent #ubuntu-us-az meeting, this url was posted as an easy way to generate a password. I kinda liked option 4 which uses perl, available in most Linux distros. Should you not have it, apt-get install perl will install it.

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Measure your Internet Speed

Based on a recent Slashdot post, here's a simple way to measure your Internet speed. The project is on GitHub at https://github.com/sivel/speedtest-cli, and to get the Python-based program, simply do this:

wget -O speedtest-cli https://raw.github.com/sivel/speedtest-cli/master/speedtest_cli.py
chmod +x speedtest-cli
Execute ./speedtest-cli --simple to get your results.
See ./speedtest-cli --help for details.

Flash your BIOS

Recently, I had to flash my laptop BIOS. It had a very old version, A13 and the latest version is A34. But my laptop is running ubuntu 14.04 and the dell site provides a windows exe, E6400A34.EXE. So, this is what I did:

1. I used a small usb drive I have, formatted it fat32
2. went to the DELL site, found the latest bios for my E6400 laptop and saved that file to the usb drive.
3. I d/l the sysresccd iso (about 435MB) from sysresccd.org and burnt it to a CD.

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