After A Long Absence…

Wow, it has been so long since I put thought to blog. If you are reading this as an original follower, I am honored that you still follow this blog. New readers, welcome. I am back and promise to share content worthy to keep you entertained during this tough time that the world is facing.

COVID-19…the Novel Corona-virus cannot be ignored. This pandemic has changed so many lives and lifestyles. Company Risk Policies have been put to the test and finally decision makers are listening to their IT personnel. Conspiracy Theories are spawning hourly, panic-shopping will soon become a word with a description in the Oxford Dictionary, World Markets are tumbling…the world was never ready!

The only advice worth adhering to is that of the medical professions and government…”maintain good hygiene, and practice social-distancing”. This is not a cure, but it will stop the virus from spreading thus buying the medical scientists time to test and develop a vaccine.

Unfortunately not all countries can afford to put in a disaster plan that includes locking down highly populated cities whilst making available a relief fund for businesses. Past fund mismanagement has put is in this position, and as much as governments need to take ownership of this and learn from it, we as the citizens also have a big role to play in making sure that we as well as our elected officials are held accountable for all we do.

Let’s starve this virus to extinction so that we can live to see a new tomorrow. The lock-downs are healing earth. Less pollution, and people are actually learning how to interact with their family members and friends.

Stay safe and please think of others in all you do. Be mindful when shopping knowing that the medical staff are too busy saving lives to go shopping, so leave them some supplies also. Even better, I challenge shopping chains to dedicate sections for only medical staff and the elderly so that they cal always get what they are looking for

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Install Webmin via apt-get on Ubuntu Server 12.04

Firstly we need to establish what kind of network scenario you have. If you are going out to the internet via a proxy server, start from point number 1, else you can start on point 2.

1: Open /etc/environment using vi (or your editor of choice), and add the following:


If your proxy requires authentication, you can include a global username and password like this:

2: Edit the /etc/apt/sources.list file on your system and add the lines :

deb sarge contrib
deb sarge contrib

3: Fetch and install the GPG key with which the repository is signed, with the commands :

cd /root
apt-key add jcameron-key.asc

If you get a Permission Denied error when accessing the /root directory, do the following:

sudo -s

cd /root

4: You will now be able to install with the commands: 

apt-get update
apt-get install webmin

All dependencies should be resolved automatically.


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“I have fought …

“I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons will live together in harmony with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for, and to see realised. But my Lord, if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

Nelson Mandela, defence statement during the Rivonia Trial, 1964. Also repeated during the closing of his speech delivered in Cape Town on the day he was released from prison 27 years later, on 11 February 1990.

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Nelson Mandela Memorial 2013-12-10

President Obama Remembers Nelson Mandela

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12 Steps to Make Exercise a Lasting Part of Your Life – by Chris Freytag


“Take care of your body, it’s the only place you have to live.” — Jim Rohn

Sometimes a new thought or a new idea is all you need to make a lasting change. You can wake up one day and decide to make your entire life change. If you are new to exercise or you dropped it for a while and you want to get back to doing it, the best way to begin is with small steps.

You don’t have to become an athlete overnight to make exercise a part of your lifestyle. It’s actually better if you commit to making small changes in your daily routine instead of reinventing yourself overnight, because you are more likely to stick with it. Small changes in habits can lead to lasting, permanent change. So think baby steps and incorporate exercise into your life with these tips.

1.  Develop a “move more” mindset.

Carving out a specific hour of a day for a workout is great (and we will get to that in a little bit) but first, start each day with the mindset to move more. By reminding your body to get more movement throughout the day, you will be more likely to do it. So sit less and stand more. Take more steps and stairs. Walk to talk with a coworker instead of emailing them.

Stretch in your chair, squat to pick something up, park far away from stores so you will walk more, stand up when you talk on the phone and do some exercises while you watch TV. There are numerous ways you can sneak more movement into your day. Begin each day with a move more mindset and you will find them.

2.  Commit to regular activity.

You may not be the type of person who wants to train for a triathlon and that’s perfectly okay. You don’t have to become a fitness buff to benefit from exercise and movement. Start by committing to getting activity regularly. Schedule exercise like any other appointment on your calendar and treat it as a commitment rather than something you squeeze in if you have time. Even if you can only allot 15 minutes at a time, schedule it.

Take a short walk. Walk at a leisurely pace at first if exercise is new to you. You can build up to a power walk. If that’s not your thing, take a fitness class, swim laps or sign up for dance classes. Whatever exercise you start, build up slowly so you don’t overwhelm yourself and give up. If your body isn’t accustomed to regular exercise, build up slowly day by day so you don’t get too sore and throw in the towel altogether.

3.  Find your favorite exercise.

I know people who commit to a form of exercise and hate it. How long do you think they will keep that up? We aren’t inclined to dive in or stick to things we despise. Out of all the forms of exercise out there, find one you just love. Get really specific. Don’t just say, “yoga” discover what form of yoga is your favorite. If swimming is your thing, do you prefer swimming laps or water aerobics? Or maybe you’d dread a step class but you can’t get enough of Pilates.

A good way to identify what type of exercise is right for you is to first figure out if you like to exercise alone, with a partner or in a group setting. You may have to experiment a little bit before you know. Try different forms of exercise until you find one that energizes you physically and mentally. Find your favorite exercise—one where excuses won’t even enter the equation when it’s time to exercise.

4.  Focus on health and strength and what it means to you, and not on numbers on a scale.

Many people can get easily discouraged and give up when there’s too much emphasis on weight loss. Rather than an exclusive focus on weight loss, focus on the joys of exercise and movement instead. Take pride in your body getting stronger or your new ability to able to exercise longer, even if it’s just in baby steps. Think about the great way your body feels after exercise and the exhilaration you feel. Taking the time to consider what really connects you to exercise on an emotional level, is powerful because you can use those thoughts to motivate you.

Most likely what motivates you runs much deeper than getting skinnier or being a specific set of three numbers on a scale. Identify what it is for you. Maybe you want to have more energy for your children or grandchildren or you want to be in more control of your health—whatever is your core motivation—connect to it.

5.  Add strength training to your weekly routine.

Exercise isn’t just cardio alone. Strength training is critically important to retain muscle as you age, have a strong body and an effective metabolism. Even if you focus on just one muscle group a day and do three different exercises with three sets of 15 each for that muscle group you will benefit. You can divide strength training up throughout the week. Try two days a week to start and work up to three. Strength training will change how you feel, help you conquer your workouts with all that new muscle you are developing, and it’s the secret to a revved up metabolism.

6.  Put yourself first.

Stressful situations can take your focus away from properly caring for yourself. If you neglect yourself for the sake of external problems, you will be creating more problems than you are solving. Make sure you consider what you need and do something—however small—for yourself each day. Even if you only have 15 minutes, just commit to 15 minutes. It all goes back to the oxygen philosophy you hear about on planes flight attendants advice: “Put your own oxygen mask on before assisting others.” Put the mask on you first and then your children. You aren’t able to effectively take care of anyone else if you don’t take care of yourself first. Keep that in mind.

7.  Exercise with a group.

Exercise doesn’t have to be a solo sport. Make it an outing with friends and family. When you join up with others to exercise, not only do you get the immediate benefits of exercise, you also get time spent with friends—a double deposit into your well-being. When you discover physical activities and forms of exercise you love, you develop a sense of camaraderie and community with others. Accountability works.

8.  Think of how exercise boosts your sense of well-being.

You probably know exercise can help you live longer and go a long way to disease prevention, but what you might find more rewarding is to think about all the immediate benefits exercise provides to your well-being. While the long-term benefits are numerous, let’s face it, many of us aren’t motivated by what we can prevent decades down the road. Think short-term instead. All of us can use exercise today to get more energy, alleviate stress, increase productivity, improve our outlook, sleep better and feel happier—today! Think about what you stand to gain if you work out today. Maybe it’s a sunnier disposition or the satisfaction in knowing you pushed your body. Just give it some thought or better yet, make a list.

9.  Look to the future

Don’t get caught up in guilt or regret because you haven’t worked out or don’t beat yourself up if it has been a while. Guilt and regret only make you feel badly, they don’t get you where you are headed. With a simple decision in your mind, you can let go of what you did or didn’t do and just start again. Look forward. If you are feeling badly about yourself, you are less likely to make positive change. Start over with a clear plan of what you will commit to doing each day for your health.

10.  Avoid stop and start and stop again syndrome

One great way to kill your confidence is to constantly start and stop your exercise routine. It’s common for people to get psyched up and dive in to working out and then drop it altogether when the craziness of life intervenes. But if you start and stop all the time, you are setting yourself up for a never-ending cycle, where you won’t see any progress. Don’t tackle the world in a day. Think baby steps. Think of what you can do and schedule today even if it’s small increments of time that you eventually build upon. Commit to what you can achieve, at least at first.

11.  Remind yourself daily of your why.

It’s easy to get off track if you aren’t reminding yourself of why working out and eating healthy is important to you. This goes back to your core motivation that we addressed earlier. If you make it automatic to wake up and remind yourself of why exercise is important to you, you will be more likely to keep your commitments to yourself. You also will be putting exercise front and center on your day instead of treating it as an afterthought that you skip at day’s end. Wake up thinking of what exercise you will do today and it becomes a priority.

12.  Stretch post workouts.

An effective exercise regimen involves cardio, strength training and stretching. Stretching after exercise can help relax and balance tension caused by the workout itself. Post-workout, when your body is warm is the ideal time to stretch. The risk of muscle injury is much lower, and you will save yourself from tight, sore muscles the following day. Plus, the calm, relaxing feeling of a good stretch is a great way to end a workout.

Try some of these steps to make exercise a part of your life. Remember, a great way to avoid skipping workouts is to ask yourself how you will feel afterward. You can feel proud of your dedication and gain the exhilaration of accomplishment, or you can be disappointed and defeated that you skipped, again.

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My Blog – 2012 In Review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 6,500 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 11 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

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UEFA Champions League 2012/2013 – Last 16 Draw


Galatasaray v Schalke

Celtic v Juventus

Arsenal v Bayern

Shakhtar v Dortmund

Milan v Barcelona

Real Madrid v Manchester United

Valencia v PSG

Porto v Málaga


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Manchester United – “Take Me Home, United Road”

Manchester United Logo

Manchester United Logo

I Was Born To Be United
Daddy Told Me When I Was Just A Baby
When I Was Five, I Went Down The Warwick Road
Now Im Addicted To the Only Place I Go

Take Me Home United Road
To The Place I Belong
To Old Trafford
To See United
Take Me Home United Road

All My Memories Bobby Charlton
George Best And Cantona
They Came To Us From Heaven
Then In Nou Camp In 1999
On Sir Matt Busby’s Birthday
It Was Party Time

Take Me Home United Road
To The Place I Belong
To Old Trafford
To See United
Take Me Home United Road

I Watch The Reds
I Feel the Noise
The Crowd Is Roaring
The Stretford End Is Singing
And The Fans Are Going Wild
And When Im Gone I Get The Feeling
That I Should Have Been Home Yesterday

Take Me Home United Road
To The Place I Belong
To Old Trafford
To See United
Take Me Home United Road

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Red Bull’s Stratos Space Jump – Felix Baumgartner

This was insanely AWESOME!


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Move Multiple Files From One Directory To Another – Linux

Run this command to show you which files meet the criteria you specified:

# find . -mtime +130 -type f -xdev -ls

Run this command to move the files to a specified folder:

# find . -mtime +130 -type f -xdev -exec mv {} /new/location/ \;

This will show and move files that haven’t changed in atleast 130 days.

The xdev prevents us from searching other filesystems within the selected mountpoint.


This command can also be used to delete a certain criteria of files in a folder.

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