How to Disable and Enable Laptop Keyboard in Linux

Attaching a USB keyboard to a laptop is common when using a laptop because a normal keyboard may provide a more convenient typing experience. The laptop keyboard is not used in these situations. However, the laptop keyboard may still be touched by accident. In this post, we will discuss how to disable and enable the laptop keyboard in Linux. I will also provide scripts ready for you to directly use them for disabling/enabling the laptop keyboard. » Read more

How to Clean RAID Signatures on Linux

RAID systems such as MegaRAID add signatures to disks to maintain the infomration on these didks. When we simply remove these disks and install them to another server, Linux on the new server may detect these RAID signature infomration and refuses to continue write to the disk. Here is one example that mkfs reports “apparently in use by the system” and refuses making a filesystem. » Read more

How to Print PowerPoint Poster by HP Designjet 500 Plotter

First time getting my hand on a plotter (HP Designjet 500) directly to print a poster, I found it was an interesting experience. But configuring the printer settings was not that straightforward compared to using normal office A4 printers. I took photos of how it was configured for reference of my own and also those who may need it. First, here is a picture of the HP Designjet 500 plotter, a pretty big printer. » Read more

Shrinking an Ext4 File System on LVM in Linux

In Extending a Mounted Ext4 File System on LVM in Linux, we introduced how to extend a mounted ext4 filesystem on LVM Logical volume by adding a new physical volume. It is also common to shrink an ext4 file system as to spare some disk space. In this post, I will discuss how to shrink an ext file system on a LVM logical volume (LV). » Read more

Installing WhatsApp on iPod Touch

There was a post about installing WhatsApp on iPod Touch. However, the tech used is obsoleted. As many readers still reach here for some tips, I give two links to two posts that seem promising. But I never tested them as I do not have a new iPod touch any more. You may take a look at them for installing WhatsApp on iPod Touch. » Read more

How to Find Out Failed Disks’ SATA Ports in Linux

The Linux disk names (e.g. sda1, hdb3, etc.) are not reliable—they may be changed if there are hardware changes, such an adding or removing a disk. Additionally, the order for the Linux device names is not always the same as the order of SATA poets. For example, the disk connected to SATA port 0 (first port) is not always sda. It is possibly that you are in a situation like this: I find one disk failed on my server which have several ones installed. » Read more