My family is big on genealogy. Years ago, my mom researched the genealogy of the British Royal family. She was able to trace the royal line all the way back to Adam. Sounds impossible? Well, not according to a book published years ago back in England tracing the royals all the way to King Solomon of Israel. From there, you can use the Bible to trace the royal line all the way back to the first man, Adam. Hmm… interesting.

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Sax Solo

I’m currently working on saxophone solo of Sonata #3 by G. F. Handel. I’m scheduled to perform special music at church on Feb. 8, 2003. The first item on the agenda was to start on the solo portion of the piece and then work with the accompaniment afterwards. With the aid of a computer, I entered the solo in a music program called “Music Write.” Then, I had it played back to get familiar with the notes and rhythm of the song. Sounds like cheating? Not really. I think it’s a great tool for any amateur musician.

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Tar Command

Tarballs are life savers. I have use the tar command exclusively for backups. The tar command is used for creating a tarball. It is also used for viewing, adding, and extracting files to and from a tarball. There are 4 important tar commands that every Linux administrator should know.

Creating a tarball ==> “tar -cvf tarball.tar files”
Adding files to a tarball ==> “tar -rvf tarball.tar files”
Extracting files from a tarball ==> “tar -xvf tarball.tar dir”
Viewing the contents of a tarball ==> “tar -tvf tarball.tar”

“files” = can be substituted as a single file, wildcard entries or a directory.

Creating and removing softlinks

Are you tired of typing out long and wordy directories in Linux? Linux links can simplify your life by taking advantage of the ls command. You can make two types of links, a hardlink vs. a softlink. Softlinks are more common due to its flexibility.

To create a softlink, you need to issue the “ln -s filename linkname” command at the shell prompt.

To remove the softlink, simply issue the “rm linkname” command.