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How to find how what's causing the high server load

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Linux
Sys Administration

When the CPU usage is so high that we can't log into the server, we will have to reboot. but when we do that we can no longer figure out what actually cause the problem.

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How to give an accurate and competitive price for your projects

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one of The most chalange part of doing a project is at the beging which is giving price.

But why it's so important

- Not

- Not to regeret after

During several years of software development and project management i realized that i'm using a patten for calculating the price and this pattern has improved easy year. Here i'm going to share it with and also hear your experiences and optionins.

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Firefox on Debian/Ubuntu/Kubuntu and Adobe Flash Player issues

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Linux

After installing Firefox 3.6 on my Kubuntu using repositories here i realized that it can no longer play flash contents! I did a little bit search and found this solution. Unfortunately it didn't fix my problem so i decided to run firefox from terminal in order to see what's really wrong.

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The Story of Civilization , an amazingly interesting and well written history book

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I've been thinking about reading this book for several month and finallymade up my mind and decided to give it a try. But why? in my opinion for having a better understand of human bings, and also having a better vision for predicting the future and making the right decision in critical events, it's important to have a good understanding of ourselfves. And it's only possible through history. Some may say that history is all lies. That's true becaus history is usually written by the winners! but there is something which makes this lies specially the ancient ones obsoulue.

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Upgrading Drupal 5 to Drupal 6, Part 1

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Drupal

I think it's a perfect time and perhaps the last change to start planning for safely upgrading our good old Drupal 5 websites to Drupal 6 (If any remained), Drupal 5 will be deprecated as soon  Drupal 7 final comes out. Some module maintainers already removed Drupal 5 releases from their projects which is a trouble for website running Drupal 5.

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Linux Shell Bridge (Passing variables from scripting langauges like PHP to Linux Shell)

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Linux
PHP
Programming
Sys Administration

It might sound strange at first but i must say that it's very useful specially if you have shell scripts as part of your application. Usually For making this scripts as automated as possible there should be a way to reuse the application's configurations (ips, passwords , etc) and not having to update a separate configuration file whenever anything changes in the application. It's not limited only to this and can be used to pass any kind of variables.

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Writing tutorial and Screen-casts using free tools on Windows and Linux

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KDE has a little application called ksnapshot which is very sueful for taking various kind of snapshots.

For windows also there are several options, i'm goinging to introcude two most useful ones.

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Firefox can be very beautiful

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Firefox 3.7/4.0 is going to be very beautiful, But those version are not yet available, what should we do now?!

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Technical speaking or speaking in a different language?!

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Personal

Once after i finished talking to a colleage of mine over the phone while my wife was sitting besides me, she told that i didn't understand a word you said, what were you talking about (considering the fact that i useually describe to her what i do and she's a little bit familiar with what i do)?!

And i realized that sometimes more than half of the words i use when i'm talking technical are expressions and abastracted , multipli meaning words like bash, SEO, terminal, BT, PHP, RTBC, etc.

I think i can all it a different language!!

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Mail Logger, Drupal's most have module for all websites

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Drupal

Unfortunately there is no way to know that the email has been correctly delivered right after sending it. Therefore when someone send a message using Drupal's Contact form or any other modules, he may receive a "Successful message" but the site owner may never receive that message due to the wrong email address , network failure , mail server problem or blocking by spam protector.
This might cause some misunderstanding , loosing a great job opportunity or etc.

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