Stories by Sandra Henry-Stocker

Why scripts are better than politicians

The day that we've all been waiting for or waiting to get beyond is now upon us. As one of the most contentious political elections ever crashes to a close, it's time to think like the techies we are. So, here are some reasons why scripts are so much better and often more reliable than politicians.

Linux turns 25

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?

Making your command line more helpful and fun!

You can do a lot more with your command line font colors than turn them on and off. How about picking your own colors? How about customizing your prompt so that it balks when you make a mistake?

Getting the most from ifconfig

If you haven't examined all the lines in the ifconfig output, you might find that there's more data there than you expected.

The artistry of top

The top command's many options allow you to be creative when you're looking into system performance

The truth behind the Outlook/IE bug

I first became aware of the Outlook/IE bug when I received an e-mail warning from SANS (System Administration, Networking, and Security) with advice to take care of the problem immediately by applying a patch available from the Microsoft Web site. Even if I had already gone home for the day, I was told, I should drive back into the office to make sure this was done. This urgency was unusual.