HowTo: Setup Darik’s Boot and Nuke (DBAN) to automatically erase storage devices via PXE boot

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Darik's Boot and Nuke (abbreviated as DBAN) is a popular tool used by many organisations and individuals to securely erase hard-drives prior to disposal, or perhaps just to fix Windows problems ;) . It typically comprises a small 15MB ISO image that you can burn to CD or make a bootable USB stick from so you can boot up a PC on it and set about erasing all detected storage devices. When you're doing a lot of machines, however, booting a CD is tedious, especially when you accidentally scratch the disc and need to burn a new one. Using a USB stick and either misplacing it, or forgetting to remove it before erasing starts means you lose the content of the boot stick too. Wouldn't it be nice to be able…
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HowTo: Pair a Sony PlayStation3 DualShock controller with Ubuntu

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The ubiquitous Sony PlayStation3 DualShock controller. This controller has been around for ages now and IMO it's one of the nicest multi-button game controllers out there. One of its nicer features is that it has USB and Bluetooth connectivity.   [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="320"] The Sony Dual Shock 3 controller[/caption] It's already been proven that you can connect a PS3 controller to Ubuntu using a standard USB cable, which is fine, but it'd be kinda cool to use Bluetooth as well. The thing is that the PS3 controller doesn't follow the complete Bluetooth specification with regards to pairing. The reason for this is deliberate - you don't want people being able to steal control of your PS3 controllers or your PS3 remotely, so pairing is performed manually using the USB cable.…
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Mini-Review: Transcend JF V60 32GB USB Flash Drive on Ubuntu

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It was only just 10 years ago that some of the first USB Flash Drive storage solutions became available in the form of highly expensive sticks that only had a capacity of upwards to 32MB (yes, Megabytes) and had transfer speeds that were slower than molasses on sandpaper. Today, we now have 32GB USB Flash Drives that go for a paltry AUD$95, and this is a review of Transcend's offering. (more…)
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Mini-Review: The Fujitsu Dynadisq III 320GB USB Portable External HDD

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Actually, I tell a lie - the full title for this product is the "Dynadisq III High Speed USB 2.0 Portable Storage & Backup Solution for Fujitsu 2.5" SATA Disk Drives" (say that in one breath 5 times)! Title aside, this is one of yet another series of pre-packaged drive & enclosure solutions being bandied about the market today. These solutions are gaining interest with a lot of consumers because they generally manage to undercut the combined cost of buying the same hard-drive and enclosure separately, so much in fact that many users who only need the drive, buy the solution package, rip out the drive and discard the case because in some cases (pun not intended), it can be cheaper this way. Cost aside, what if you simply need…
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