Author: Matt Fahrner

  • That dang “Unused Icons” popup…

    Drives me crazy when Windows XP pops up the “There are unused icons” balloon and unfortunately it isn’t as intuitive as you’d think to turn it off.

    Fortunately the guys at “” have the directions to turn it off here.

  • My Resume

    I’ve worked in professionally for a large discount retailer in the systems, networking, security, and programming arenas for the last 20+ years, much of it in leadership or management roles.

    My resume is here.

    More versions of it as well as more information in general, can be found here.

  • Handy Fedora Upgrade FAQ

    If you need to upgrade Fedora in place via “yum”, this FAQ is invaluable:

    It tells you exactly what you need to know and the various caveats when doing the upgrade.

  • Another one bites the dust…

    It’s a little sad, yet another Linux holdout has fallen to the Microsoft world:

    In some sense it’s probably a good thing – much as I like Linux, the world is run on Microsoft and getting used to its interface is probably more useful to children than Linux. On the other hand, a lot of servers run Linux and a Linux laptop would offer a lot more options to learn how to maintain these systems and possibly program. I could theoretically see “gcc” installed on a “100 Dollar Laptop”, but Visual Studio seems out.

    It’s a bit sad that Microsoft can’t leave at least one market alone, and it’s hard to believe this isn’t “monopolistic” in some sense. Anyway, here’s another related post:

    I realize it’s the way of things, but it does seem to close a lot of doors.

  • How to disable graphical boot on Linux

    On Fedora, edit “/etc/sysconfig/init” and set:


    Also edit “/boot/grub/grub.conf” and remove the “rhgb” option on kernel options line (“rhgb” standing for “Red Hat Graphical Boot”).

    If you want to disable X11 automatic startup, change “/etc/inittab” default run level:




    You will then have to start X11 manually if you want to use X11.