Installing updates from behind a firewall

If you are behind a web-proxy then installing packages or updating your system requires that the environment variable http_proxy is defined first – this then tells the system to use a web-proxy. The only problem is that you need to remember how to define the environment variable and if your proxy server requires authentication you also need to include your user name and password making it easy for anyone nearby to see your credentials as you enter them on the command line.
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Setting the screen resolution and refersh rate on Tru64 UNIX

Another rather obscure post as I have finally figured out how to set the screen resolution and more importantly the refresh rate on Tru64 UNIX 5.1B.

In common with some other modern screens my new LED monitor only supports a refresh rate of 60Hz, so I had to limit the refresh rate to 60 Hz to avoid getting the message ‘input out of range’. The key was finally finding the guide to adjusting your screen settings on Tru64 UNIX, which was very useful.
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Compairing version numbers

There are differences between versions of some of the relatively common utilities that occasionally make it necessary to check which version is installed in a script, but comparing version numbers in a script is quite hard – fortunately if you use Debian there is are a couple of commands that let you do this.
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Setting the screen resolution and refresh rate on DEC Windows

A long time ago when I first had access to a VMS Workstation with DEC Windows you didn’t really need to worry about the screen resolution or refresh rate as the graphics options were essentially fixed by the hardware.
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Disabling unused DECnet interfaces

As may be obvious from some of my other recent posts I’ve been ‘playing’ with my AlphaServer DS10 recently. Actually it is more of an AlphaStation now as I’ve installed an ATI Radeon 7500 (3X-PBXGG-AA) which works quite nicely under both VMS 7.3-2 and Debian (lenny).
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