Recover Stolen Laptops with Prey

There are quite a few laptop recovery software available in the market. Unfortunately, most of them are expensive and often require installation of additional hardware. Recently, we came across a possibly viable alternative called Prey.

The concept behind Prey is really simple. Basically, Prey works by monitoring a specified URL (such as http://stolen.techie-buzz.com/prey.txt). If it exists, Prey assumes that your laptop has been stolen and starts its sleuth activities. It collects a wide range of data on the user including

  • Status of the computer
  • List of Running Programs
  • Active Connections
  • Network and Wi-Fi information
  • Screenshot of the Desktop
  • Picture of the Thief (if the laptop has a camera)

Recovery Stolen Laptops with Prey

The data is collected at regular intervals and sent to you via email. In order for this to work you also need to set up a SMTP server. Don’t worry if you don’t have one; you can simply use Gmail.

There is a big downside to software based laptop recovery solutions like Prey – they become useless if the thief simply formats the system. However, many thieves tend to dig around the stolen system in search of private data like credit card numbers before formatting – giving Prey enough time to do its work. Prey can’t compete with hardware based laptop recovery solutions, but is worth a try because it consumes minimal system resources and if you are lucky it may just save the day.

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Fedora 11 Available For Downloads

Fedora the popular Linux distro has finally released Fedora 11 an update over Fedora 10 which was just released around 7 months ago, this new release includes several changes to Fedora Desktop among other things.

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You can view the major changes in Fedora 11 by visiting the Fedora 11 tour wiki page or you can take a look at the Fedora 11 screenshot tour.

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Which Linux distro do you prefer to use? Are you a Fedora user? Do let us know.

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Smart Playlist Generator For Linux

Surprise yourself with a list of songs from your favorite genre and those that match in frequency. GJay is a smart playlist creator, which will search your collection of songs, gather information about each song, using   – the frequency ‘fingerprint’ methodology and beats per minute, and create a smart playlist of songs that match in frequency and beats.

You can describe and rank your music and assign each song a color. GJay then builds a playlist based on the characteristics you’ve set for each song. You also have option to set the relative importance of various features between songs. GJay will match all the features and build a playlist of songs matching your highest priority.

GJay is still emerging, so do not expect something extraordinary, but it does manage the job pretty efficiently.

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To create a playlist:

> Create a list and copy all the songs into it.

> If you’ve set rules then songs below the set rating will be cut-off

> Choose the starting song randomly, either by user or by color.

Follow the instructions step by step as mentioned on GJay’s site :

  • (*) Pick a random subset of the working list. The random subset’s size varies by the user’s randomness parameter; the more random the playlist, the fewer songs in this subset.
  • Sort this subset with a ranking algorithm. The most appropriate song to go next in the list will be first in the list. Each factor is weighted by its user-defined importance. If a factor is marked as maintain, we calculate the difference between a given song and the first song in the playlist; otherwise, the most recently added song to the playlist is used for comparison.
  • Repeat (*) until the playlist is done

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Practical Linux Find Command Examples

Linux commands are not that easy, however there are websites which come up with brilliant tutorials that make learning Linux that more easier, just like our have been useful in the past, the Geek Stuff has been coming up with useful that would help make you a better Linux user.

This time around the Geek Stuff has come up with 15 Practical Linux Find Command examples, and mind you the find command can be pretty useful, when you need to search files, locate text in files or more.

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How To View IP Configuration in Linux?

Viewing your IP configuration in Windows is quite easy and you can do it with a simple command like ipconfig, you can also view all connected applications and services using ipconfig /all.

Linux on the other hand also has a similar command that shows you the IP configuration of the machine.

To view the IP Configuration type in the command ifconfig, this will show you the IP address and other information related to your network cards/wireless adapters.

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