Sandra Henry-Stocker

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Sandra Henry-Stocker has been administering Unix systems for more than 30 years. She describes herself as "USL" (Unix as a second language) but remembers enough English to write books and buy groceries. She lives in the mountains in Virginia where, when not working with or writing about Unix, she's chasing the bears away from her bird feeders.

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Taking control of your Ubuntu desktop

10 of the best ways to get help on Linux

10 of the best ways to get help on Linux

There are many ways to get help while working on the Linux command line. Here are details on some of the most useful.

Linux tricks to speed up your workday

Linux tricks to speed up your workday

Sometimes a new way of getting work done on the Linux command line can be both interesting and time-saving

What's on your Linux network?

What's on your Linux network?

A couple of simple Linux commands can provide a lot of information about the systems and devices attached to your network.

File systems and UUIDs on Linux

File systems and UUIDs on Linux

File systems and UUIDs have a special relationship on Linux systems. What are these very long identifiers and how can you view the connections between them and disk partitions?

Basic scripting on Unix and Linux

Basic scripting on Unix and Linux

If you're not yet comfortable with writing scripts on Unix and Linux systems, this post might get you off to a healthy start.

Creating and merging PDFs on Linux

Creating and merging PDFs on Linux

Linux systems offer a lot of choices when it comes to generating, converting or merging PDF files. This post examines some easy-to-use options.

Selectively reusing commands on Linux

Selectively reusing commands on Linux

Command history on Linux and Unix systems provides a lot more ways to rerun commands than you might know.

Smart ways to compare files on Linux

Smart ways to compare files on Linux

Many new tools for comparing files have emerged in Linux over the years. In this post, we'll examine seven very useful tools for doing that.

Random identity generation in Linux

Random identity generation in Linux

Generating a list of names, addresses and phone numbers can be very easy when you know what tools to use. Let's take a look at the rig command.

Factorials and unscrambling words with bash on Linux

Factorials and unscrambling words with bash on Linux

Solving problems with bash can be challenging, not just for us using Linux, but also for bash.

Serious 10-year-old flaw in Linux sudo command; a new version patches it

Serious 10-year-old flaw in Linux sudo command; a new version patches it

A vulnerability in sudo can elevate unprivileged users to root privileges.

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