Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Check Open Ports on your Linux Computer

It is always a good idea to keep an open eye on ports listening on your computer.
The easiest method to do that is to install Nmap (
sudo apt-get install nmap), and run sudo nmap localhost soon after installation.
That should tell you what ports are open out of the box.
Run Nmap often and if you see a new entry in the list of open ports that you are not familiar with, try to access it from a browser (
localhost:XYZ, where XYZ is the port number).
If that does not tell you anything useful, consult Wikipedia's
List of TCP and UDP port numbers

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

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Uninstalling a VMWare Product on Linux

VMWare is a deep install - means it has many components that interface with the system very closely. So when it comes time to uninstall it, we find ourselves in a flux.
There is a script called vmware-uninstall that you can use which will help you get the job done.
$sudo vmware-uninstall 

After we run this script it shows that it's deprecated (in version VMWare Workstation 5.0.1) and you should use vmware-installer --uninstall-product product-name. So we try it.

$sudo vmware-installer --uninstall-product vmware-workstation

where vmware-workstation is the product I have installed here.

Hmmm, this did the job for me, but I remember another time when this failed for me. In such circumstances we can manually uninstall a VMWare Product.
Read on to see the link to the official page and this date's (June 2011) version.

Monday, June 13, 2011


Okay! Perhaps the last one didn't actually look beautiful, more gory so! Well, I am not one to be satisfied with that so I went ahead and looked for latest versions of the components.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Thursday, June 2, 2011


In a quick fix soundconverter helped me quickly get an album transcoded. Nice simple program with just the goal of audio conversion in mind.
Great peace of software! Simply great!