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Author: Philip Newman

How to change what server Debian uses to download packages.

One easy & automatic way to do this is with netselect-apt (apt-get install netselect-apt, then netselect-apt, both as root). This will find the fastest mirror and set it up for you. If you want a specific mirror from the ones on Debian worldwide mirror sites, you can edit /etc/apt/sources.list manually – SourcesList – Debian Wiki. Just open this file in a text […]

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Find a File by Name in UNIX, Solaris, or Linux

Using the find command, one can locate a file by name. To find a file such as filename.txt anywhere on the system: find / -name filename.txt -print Recent operating system versions do not require the print option because this is the default. To limit the search to a specific directory such as /usr: find /usr […]

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Test the Apache Configuration File httpd.conf

After making changes to the Apache configuration file or any virtual host it’s good practice to test the config for errors before reloading the config. To test the Apache configuration file for errors, use the following command: apachectl configtest If the configuration file is fine, this command will return Syntax Ok. Otherwise, it will return detailed […]

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This F16 pilot works the crowd at RNZAF Air Tattoo.

I love a good air show but when the forces from all around the world attend as well things get really interesting.

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Kaikora still on shaky ground.

Lovely weather here in Kaikora today. I’m embedded with the 3Cssb in their catering team still cooking for the masses of support workers in the area.  The main roads into the town are still cut off but regular convoys coming from the south are continuing to bring in supplies.

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Heavy snow falls in Waiouru.

There is nothing like a good snowfall in the winter.  It’s not something every Aucklander gets to see but as part of “Exercise Phoenix Shield”, soldiers from the newly formed 38 Combat Service Support Company layered up and braved the elements.  Amped and ready to go the reccie party came back with news visibility had dropped below […]

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Weather chaos and flooding around Auckland.

There is nothing like a sudden downpour to block the drains up.  Today the rain has been constant and heavy enough that the drains just couldn’t keep up.  This street in Mangere East ended up with a 300mm deep puddle at one end blocking most drivers in. After an hour or so the water started […]

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All Blacks Vs. Wales

Attending a game at Eden Park is always an experience.  The All Blacks vs. Wales game was happening right in front of me. You could tell most of the crowd were supporting the local team by the cheers heard as as the teams both started making their way onto the field. After kickoff there were […]

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