How to shred/wipe disks/partitions

If I decide to sell or when I have to return a hard drive I want to make sure not everyone can access my data.
To do that I’ve often used the command shred this way:

shred -vzf -n 5 /dev/sdb

-v; show progress
-z; add an extra pass of zeros to hide shredding
-f; change permissions to a[……]

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Root HTC Wildfire (Android 2.2.1), install Cyanogenmod 7 and fix GPS

I’ve been using my Android phone (HTC Wildfire) for quite some time now.
It’s not a bad phone but it’s somewhat limited, mainly in memory and speed.
Plus, I really wanted to experiment with it and see what a custom ROM could do.

From my research SuperOneClick is the most popular software to roo[……]

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Formatting a partition from command line

Formatting a new partition from the command line is pretty straight forward.
I do it quite often when playing working with LVM.

So, long story short, format the partition (to ext4 in this example)

mkfs.ext4 /dev/sdxy

Change the “reserved-blocks-percentage” for data partition (optional).

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Drush intro – Drupal

Drush is a command line shell interface for Drupal which can be very helpful for all sort of automated tasks like backups, package management, updates etc..

The preferred way to install Drush is via the official PEAR channel but it can also be installed manually (which might be the[……]

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XBMC 11 (aka Eden) stable release download available

XBMC Media Center (formerly Xbox Media Center) is a free and open source cross-platform media center/HTPC (Home theater PC).

I’ve been using it for just a few months now but, I must say, I never tried any media center as good, configurable and feature-rich as this.

Here you can have a look at[……]

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Accelerate downloads with lftp

lftp is a command-line file transfer software.
Basically it’s a versatile FTP client with some interesting features.

The feature/command I use the most is “pget”.
The option “n” accepts an integer which defines the number of parallel connections to be created.

Some servers limit the bandwidt[……]

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PHP UK Conference 2012 slides – London

As mentioned in the last post, I was going to go to the PHP Conference in London.
Well, I have been! :-)
It was the first time for me but was exactly as expected. Very interesting, entertaining, and absolutely inspiring…
Unfortunately the slides are not always easy to find as I haven’t found a[……]

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PHP UK Conference 2012 schedule – London

This year, for the first time, I will be attending to the PHP Conference in London. There are going to be so many interesting talks.
Have a look with your eyes..
Here you find the official schedule. Unfortunately it’s still provisional.

Anyway I took the time to create a simple spreadsheet to o[……]

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