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This is one of the best books I've laid my hands on. It is small but the quality and level of technical details in many tips are just too good. Most notable are the tips on backing up, ssh and various other hacks with perl, shell scripts, apache etc. Any system administrator with about 1-2 years of experience would definitely appreciate most of the cool hacks in this book. Great work by the author.
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Contributed Hacks

Modified (cleaner) ssh-to
Variation of ssh-to that doesn't require new files in your ~/bin directory for every new target.
Contributed by: bt2001
[11/27/06 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Archiving older subversion revisions
'archive' older unwanted revisions in a Subversion repository.
Contributed by: tehmul
[11/13/06 | Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]
 
PHP: use reflection to serilaize object data as JSON
You have a class definition with accessors and you want to serialize the contained data as JSON over the wire. Of course, you can write a getJsonString() method for every class. But Reflection gives you a much nicer option.
Contributed by: japh
[10/18/06 | Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]
 
Finding latitude and longitude of any place
Finding latitude and longitude of any place quicky for marking it on a google map using Google Map API
Contributed by: geek111222
[10/02/06 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Changing default color palette in Excel
Use a diffent color palette, copy a palette from an existing worksheet.
Contributed by: neeravi
[08/16/06 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Multi-line MSN Messenger Speech
Need to say something in multiple lines, like a joke? Well then this straight forward hack is easy to deploy!
Contributed by: AyJay
[08/13/06 | Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]
 
Floating trick on Coag
This is kind of a stupid trick, but you can float just inside either base on Coag
Contributed by: Tarano
[08/06/06 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Zanzibar super-jump
Acheive greater heights in Halo 2 on the map Zanzibar.
Contributed by: Tarano
[08/06/06 | Discuss (7) | Link to this hack]
 
Small Port Scanner
A small tcp/udp port-scanner implemented in bash.
Contributed by: Luke Bonanomi
[08/06/06 | Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]
 
Easier way to convert Excel Formulas to Values
You can add a "Paste as Value" icon to the Excel toolbar.
Contributed by: 2thlesswithta2s
[07/11/06 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Accessing CDROM / DVDROM / WRITER
A tip on how to access the CD ROM / DVDROM DRIVE / WRITER in the command line, in case the usual mounting commands fail
Contributed by: logic640
[04/12/06 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
USB Access Made Easy
Sometimes USB thumb drives or hard drives do not get auto mounted in the commmand line or GUI, here you will learn how to easily access such USB Storate media
Contributed by: logic640
[04/12/06 | Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]
 
Life hacks
Live more efficient
Contributed by: Geert Poels
[03/29/06 | Discuss (2) | Link to this hack]
 
Invulnerable Sarge
Sarge won't die.
Contributed by: MJOLNIR
[03/28/06 | Discuss (5) | Link to this hack]
 
NO MORE brutes!!!!
Avoid the brutes on the last level.
Contributed by: MJOLNIR
[03/28/06 | Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]
 

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