Namebench: cross-platform DNS benchmarking tool

It was long time ago when I wrote here last time but today I’d like to share the link to an application that would be appreciated by everyone starting from Linux starter wishing to speed up his/her Internet connection and ending with system administrators who may want to run benchmarks and run stress tests against certain DNS service(s). I am talking about Namebench. This is cross platform tool written in […]

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How to assign range of IP addresses in Linux?

As we know Linux allows to assign almost unlimited number of IP addresses to its interfaces. Such additional IPs applied to the same NIC are known as secondary IP addresses or just secondaries. Some time ago i faced a problem on how to apply about 500 IP addresses to one Linux box and then ensure that all of them get online after Linux reboots. There are several ways to accomplish […]

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How to monitor traffic at Cisco router using Linux (Netflow)

By default Cisco IOS doesn’t provide any traffic monitoring tools like iftop or iptraff available in Linux. While there are lots of proprietary solutions for this purpose including Cisco Netflow Collection, you are free to choose nfdump and nfsen open source software to monitor traffic of one or many Cisco routers and get detailed monitoring data through your Linux command line or as graphs at absolutely no cost. Below is […]

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The easiest way to split and merge pdf files in Ubuntu

The easiest way to split, merge or edit pdf files in Ubuntu is to use pdftk utility. This rather old (latest version was released in 2006) but still simple and powerful program can be installed in Ubuntu (Debian or any deb-family Linux distribution) by the following command in terminal: sudo aptitude install pdftk (if you run Fedora, RedHat or CentOS use this one: sudo yum install pdftk) Split large pdf […]

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Split huge files in Ubuntu or any other Linux distro

Recently I’ve bought WD TV media player for streaming full HD movies (primarily in 1080p resolution) to my home TV from external storage like usb HDD or ipod classic. You might already know that size of average HD movie rip is more than 4GB (e.g. full HD Avatar movie image is literally 21 GB mkv file) so it’s just impossible to store such huge files on any FAT32 formatted HDD […]

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