A Beginners’ Guide to x86-64 Instruction Encoding

The encoding of x86 and x86-64 instructions is well documented in Intel or AMD’s manuals. However, they are not quite easy for beginners to start with to learn encoding of the x86-64 instructions. In this post, I will give a list of useful manuals for understanding and studying the x86-64 instruction encoding, a brief introduction and an example to help you get started with the formats and encodings of the x86-64 instructions. » Read more

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 Configure Scanner in an HP All-In-One Printer on Linux?

The hplip packages contains all the tools you need to set up the HP scanner. For scanning, you may use the sane and xsane tools. The tricky part to enable the scanner is carefully choose which driver to use from the hplip package. If you choose a non-suitable driver, only the printer will work and the scanner will not be found by Linux. » 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

How to Use WhatsApp on iPad or iPod Touch

WhatsApp is a great messenger app on smart phones. There was ever some tricks to install WhatsApp app on iPod Touch or iPad. However, it is not possible now. But the good news is that the WhatsApp web is available so that users can use WhatsApp inside of a browser and the iPad or iPod Touch naturally. ipad photo To use WhatsApp on iPad or iPod Touch, following these steps. » 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