Monitor HDD Temperatures in Debian

Modern storage drives (harddisk/ssd) support S.M.A.R.T (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology) and allow to examine the current drive status through a standardized interface. The design goal during S.M.A.R.T’s development was to anticipate drive failures before they actually happen. HDDTemp utility can read out the temperature of your hard drive by reading the data from S.M.A.R.T […]

Dropbox error about monitoring file system

On Linux, the Dropbox client or in general all applications are subject to a default file system limit regarding the number of directories and files an application can monitor for changes. Dropbox sooner or later will notify you with the following warning: “Unable to monitor the filesystem – Please run: echo 100000 | sudo tee […]

Optimize Debian/Ubuntu for SSD

Original post: http://askubuntu.com/questions/1400/how-do-i-optimize-the-os-for-ssds I have successfully used several different techniques to improve the way Ubuntu uses the storage device, whether that be solid state or traditional drives. For SSDs you are looking to minimise the number of times the drive is written too, as reads should not add wear to the drive. 1) Manage the […]

Unbranded Firefox in Debian

Mozilla Firefox is a widely used web browser in many GNU/Linux distibution, including Debian OS. Debian uses a slightly patched version of Firefox and due to the brand/name restrictions isn’t allowed to call their version Firefox anymore. Therefore, Debian re-brands the Firefox browser and calls it Iceweasel. (Same restrictions apply to Thunderbird which is called […]