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FLV file converter in Linux
Using "mencoder" to create "flv" from "avi" video format files
Many website nowdays are using swf and flv file formats to play videos hosted on there site or sites, it's advantage is clear in that the file itself is often in comparison to regular video format files smaller and easier to upload so the the site is able to hold and run more video content with much less bandwidth than would normally be required.
What is a firewall?
Just as a building has a firewall and possibly a fire door to try to isolate a fire on one side of the wall, preventing it spreading to the other side, a computer firewall does much the same. However, it's not concerned with fires, but more to the point, unauthorised entry and use. It most commonly, sits between the computer and the Internet, although in complex networks, there can be others within the overall system.
How to disable Shutdown and Reboot for low level users in Ubuntu
I have a Linux machine used by my Wife and children and I wanted to remove the ability for them to shutdown or reboot the PC when they log off. I normally am in the process of downloading or have others things running in another session, shutting down terminates any process or applications that are running in other sessions.
This post is now well out of date and at the last time of checking, the Dip Consultants repository was no longer available. It is left here for archival purposes and for those with older machines that may already have the wrapper and need a reference.
When new users first come to Linux, they are often amazed at the lack of icons on the desktop. In fact, to a new user, the desktop can look positively barren.
A typical virgin desktop may look something like this
But once you know how, it's really easy to populate your desktop to your hearts content - should you so wish!