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Sandra Henry-Stocker
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Attended University of Maryland, College Park
Lives in Star Tannery, Virginia
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SysAdmin Day is tomorrow. Here are some ideas on what you can do to show your appreciation for your systems administrators' tireless work. http://www.computerworld.com/article/3100632/making-plans-for-sysadmin-day-2016
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There are so many Linux distributions! How many will you recognize? http://www.computerworld.com/article/3093259/linux/can-you-guess-which-linux-distribution-this-is.html
Linux has over 250 distributions. Here are 25 of them -- can you ID them given a couple clues?
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Linux reaches the age of 25 with more than ten times that number of distributions to date. Can any of us wrap our brains around where it has gone and what it has become?
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Bite off some new command line wizardry with brace expansion -- http://www.computerworld.com/article/3087606/chomping-down-on-bashs-brace-expansion
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Save yourself some time or scare the crap out of your Unix coworkers -- your choice with Unix aliases. http://www.computerworld.com/article/3085495/unix-aliases-for-good-and-evil
Unix aliases are generally extremely helpful, but watch out -- they can be used for mischievous ends.
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Have you ever wanted to display messages on your screen so that you could read them standing on your head? Of course not, but you can!
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There's a Linux command that can help repair mistakes in the commands you type. Just don't say its name where your boss or customers can hear you.
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No, shamelessly lifted bits and pieces from various locations. Luckily I don't need to deal with PuTTY. :)
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Sysadmin Day is this Friday. Who you gonna appreciate? Sysadmin day is this Friday! Who you gonna appreciate? http://www.computerworld.com/article/3100027/here-comes-sysadmin-day
What do sysadmins wish for as their special day approaches?
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The xargs command is more versatile than you might imagine. http://www.computerworld.com/article/3095907/arranging-data-and-running-commands-with-xargs
Useful things that you can do on the command line with xargs
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Very interesting. It made me stop and think about where I've been and why. Thank you.
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You can't change history, but you can change how it's displayed -- http://www.computerworld.com/article/3082705/unix-history-your-way
You can easily store date and time information in your history files so that you know when commands were entered and you can display that information in a large variety of ways.
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Converting numbers to different numeric bases is easy on the Unix command line. Just learn a little syntax or stash your conversion commands in a script.
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  • University of Maryland, College Park
    Computer Science
  • Pennsylvania State University
    Speech Pathology & Audiology
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Female
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Unix Administration & Cyber Security
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Unix, Access Governance, Scripting, Vulnerability Scanning, Firewall analysis, Technical writing
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  • IDG
    Blogger/columnist
    Author of "Unix as a Second Language" -- a regular blog on IDG's Contributor Network. Sandra has been writing technical books and magazine (print and online) since 1991 and has been an active Unix/Linux admin and system security specialist since 1983.
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