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Calibrating Profiling a Monitor in Linux Using a Datacolor Spyder 4

What is Calibration The display behavior is measured and adjusted to meet user-definable target characteristics, like brightness, gamma and white point. This step is generally referred to as calibration. Calibration is done by adjusting the monitor controls, and the output of the graphics card (via calibration curves, also sometimes called video LUT curves to get as close as possible to the chosen target.... read more

How To Rip Audio CD’s on Fedora 25

Introduction In continuing on with audio posts we will cover how to rip your CD’s on Linux for listening on your computer or your portable device. In this post we will cover using several different applications available on Fedora Linux for exporting our Audio CD’s to MP3 format. Grip Grip is a GTK-based CD-player and CD-ripper / MP3 encoder. It has the ripping capabilities of cdparanoia built... read more

How to Digitize Your Records with Audacity

Introduction Remember the days of sitting around listening to records growing up? The sound of the cracking hissing and even the occasional skip. If not that’s ok it is making a comeback even in this digital age we live in. Some of us have old records lying around and want to listen to those great songs that may not be available for digital download or use on our iPod or Android devices and would... read more

How To Build RPMS on CentOS 7

Introduction Building RPMS brings fear to new Linux system administrators. The uncertainty of setting up the build environment and the SPEC file definitions and usage can be daunting. In this post we will hope to alleviate those fears and show how you can create RPMS for applications and other items on CentOS / RHEL 7. The RPM Package Manager (RPM) is a powerful command line driven package management... read more

How To Mount a Windows Share on Ubuntu 16.0.4 LTS

Recently I just installed Ubuntu 16.0.4 LTS on my Dell laptop and needed to connect to my cifs share off the FreeNAS and ran the normal mount command and it failed. Never been an issue on Fedora 24 and a new install but has been many years since I have been on Ubuntu. From the above line you see that I am passing the dir_mode and file_mode parameters to make sure that I can read / write the share. This... read more

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