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Had to stop for a while & do some other-world stuff (non-PC). Comments on the blog already! Nice to know that maybe someone will catch me getting ready to do something dumb & point me in the right direction.

Very cool! I get a blog! I MUST be in the right place.
So, I'm here because I think I might be ready to ditch my dependence on Micro$oft. And, because I'm recently unemployed and have too much free time on my hands so I've been thinking philosophically lately. (I always do that around Christmas time anyhow). This definately won't be a political blog (violates the terms anyhow, yes?) but it all starts with my realization that I'm a "Libertarian". (A not too sucessful (so far) political party in the U.S., but more than that it's a philosophy that I think compels me to use and support free software).

Bash filenames

In Bash, when (possibly) dealing with a variable that contains a filename, be sure to doublequote it.

Synaptic is a graphical user interface (GUI) for managing software packages on Debian-based distributions. If you are using Debian or Ubuntu you will easily find Synaptic in the System Tools menu or in the Administration menu. Synaptic uses the GTK graphic libraries . So, if you are using GNOME on your debian-based distro you will probably have Synaptic installed as well. Synaptic is a graphical package management program for apt. It provides the same features as the apt-get command line utility with a GUI front-end based on Gtk+.

Like dd, dd_rescue does copy data from one file or block device to another.dd_rescue is a tool to help you to save data from crashed partition. It tries to read and if it fails, it will go on with the next sectors where tools like dd will fail. If the copying process is interrupted by the user it is possible to continue at any position later. It can copy backwards.