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Samba on Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS

I just spent about two hours configuring my Ubuntu server with Samba, and made some pretty elementary mistakes that could have been avoided if I had just read a good set of instructions. Hopefully, the following post will help some of you out if you ever run into issues when installing Samba on your Ubuntu Server. Alright, so, first things first, you need to update your repositories: sudo apt-get update After those are updated, issue the simple command: sudo apt-get install samba Once it has installed itself and gotten all of it’s dependencies installed, you’re going to need to create a Samba username and password to use when accessing your shares on a Windows machine. This is done by issuing the following command: sudo smbpasswd -a username Replace the “username” in the above command with the username you’d like to use in your Samba share. I used my regular Ubuntu…

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Transmission blocklist on Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS

Update 2/8/2015: The blocklist script has been updated once more. There was an issue with an “if” statement in the script that was causing the script to fail and not find certain files (as with Damien’s  comment on 10/16/2014). The script should now be back in working order! Update 9/8/2013: The blocklist script has been updated and actually looks a lot prettier than it did before. I did not create this script by hand. As I was scouring the internet looking for new blocklists, I came across http://crunchbang.org/forums/viewtopic.php?id=25914 and found Ragnarok’s script in the first post. I cleaned his code up a bit and that is the script you’re getting below. Critical Update 9/8/2013: The website that the script below pulls the blocklists from has decided to make it so that you are unable to download their IP filters if you do not donate to their website. I am looking all…

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Dump GoDaddy Day

Today is the official day of the year that has been deemed as “Dump GoDaddy Day.” This move is massively due in part by GoDaddy’s vocal support of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), and then recanting that support due to the public outcry of thousands of customers. GoDaddy users are being urged to switch to a different provider in a boycott of sorts to help damage the bottom-line and reputation of the world’s leading vendor in .coms. Are you a GoDaddy user? Will you be switching? I must say, being a GoDaddy customer myself, it’s awfully tempting. Update: Apparently, Namecheap is actually starting their own “move day”, conveniently titled “MoveYourDomainDay.” They are offering transfers for only $6.99 with the coupon code “SOPASucks.” The funny part of this is that the first how-to link they posted following the article is also titled “How to transfer a domain from GoDaddy.” To read…

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