Using Screen for Multiple Terminal Sessions

I still remember where I was when I first saw tabbed browsing. It was in my future brother-in-law’s flat in London, and a friend of his was browsing the web. I noticed that, instead of having multiple Internet Explorer (IE6!) windows open, there was only one window open on a new browser I hadn’t heard … Read more

Ubuntu 18.04 – Update the Time Zone

Depending on what timezone you are in, you may find the time on your servers clock is out by a bit. The easiest way to check the current time setting is by running the date command: jupiter@home:~$ date Mon May 21 22:06:49 UTC 2018 jupiter@home:~$ If this is incorrect, you need to reconfigure the timezone … Read more

Ubuntu 18.04 – Set Static IP Address

On previous Ubuntu server versions, a static IP addresses was set from the /etc/network/interfaces system file. In Ubuntu 18.04, NetPlan has been introduced to manage the network settings. This involves a different directory and a different syntax for editing the network settings file. To set a static IP address, go to /etc/netplan. In this directory … Read more

Show only Sub-Directories

If you are testing out a number of applications of a particular type, for instance games or photo apps, you may end up with a folder full of .zip files and the extracted folders of contents also. Unless there is an index file in the folder, Apache will display all of the contents of the … Read more


What’s the use in having a server if you can’t have any fun with it? As much fun as it is installing, running and trialling various applications and web-based apps, wouldn’t it be cool to run some actual games on it. There are a lot of search results for games servers on the web, many … Read more

Secure FTP

One of the best uses of your home server is to save data, whether it is files on a file server, photos, movies or music, etc., to the server and access it on many devices in your home. In terms of moving the files/data to the server, there are two ways of doing this: through … Read more

Using Command Aliases

If you spend any time working with linux commands, you will start to get a preference for some of the flags and options available, to get just the results you prefer to see. Using an alias allows you to set a shortcut for a command of your choosing. This allows you to essentially build a … Read more

Reading Files from the Command Line

When working on your server, there will be many occasions in which you will need to read files saved on the file system. These could be config files, README files, log files or scripts. Basic server administration means being able to open files and read what is saved to your system. If you are working … Read more

Understanding the Linux Filesystem Structure

When I first start experimenting with linux operating systems, I was quite confused by the structure of the linux file systems. Having grown up solely on Windows computers, this was very different to anything I had seen before, and took some understanding and time before I became familiar with it. Linux is based on the … Read more

Understanding SQL Joins

More often than not, most of the interactions you have with the databases on your home server will be through the various applications you install on it. You will not have much reason to run commands manually on the databases… unless you want to that is. One of the great benefits I have found of … Read more

Installing Security Updates Automatically

When I first installed my server, I was given the option of installing updates automatically. At the time I reckoned it would be better if I did it all manually, and so chose to install all updates manually. This includes security updates. The best option is to allow Ubuntu to install security updates automatically, and … Read more

Adding Favicon to Web Sites

Adding an icon to the tab at the top of your browser is a nice touch and a simple thing to do. Rather than having a default icon, it adds a touch of personalisation to a website you are running on your server. To do this, find an icon you want to use, ensuring it … Read more

Viewing your Photos

At home I use Googles Picasa for organising and viewing my photos on my day to day laptop. After downloading a batch of new ones from my phone, its a great way of deleting the ones you dont want, sorting the rest and browsing them all when you want to revisit those old memories. Afterwards … Read more

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