Sunday, May 31, 2009
The pipe (|) metacharacter connects the output from one command to the input of another command. This let's you have one command work on some data, and then have the next command deal with the results.

$ cat /home/tech-slave/bills.txt | sort | less

This command lists the contents of the /home/tech-slave/bills.txt file and pipes the output to the sort command. The sort command takes the names of the bills that begin on each line of the file and sorts them alphabetically, and pipes the output to the less command (to page thru the output).

Thanks to the O'Reilly Linux Bible 2008 Ed., their text was altered to show an example on my system.
I have bought my friend a netbook so he could learn Linux and I chose to get one from System76. I got their Starling Netbook and then gave him some pdf copies of books so he could begin learning about Linux. Now when he worked at the NSA (ex-military) he had begun learning UNIX but had forgotten a great deal. Seeing him get back into the swing of things and learning to hack his G1 to act as a wifi-hotspot for his netbook has been just awesome.

More later I have reading to do :)
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Hey got my desktop set up for 9.04 Ubuntu

Take a look:

Dude I love that background!

Ok more to come later as I keep plugging away at this
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Wow! Today the calls don't stop and it is never ending stuff. The only one interesting was troubleshooting a 3rd party domain for email. I was over at Fear Computer Solutions and looking at their guide for installing a Zimbra Mail server. Sexy cool :-)

More later
Sunday, May 24, 2009
You read things and say to yourself, "Hey a second way to do stuff, NEAT!" Then your try out keyboard shortcuts to move around through BASH and nothing! Grrrr! I love learning new ways to do things but it frustrates me when I find a source that is suppose to be distro neutral and there is something not letting the keystrokes work. Heck moving on!!
Saturday, May 23, 2009
$ echo $PWD


I do like my job helping people but there are days I want to refer them to my favorite web comic Questionable Content and tell them there torture is to be devised by Faye and Pintsize with Dora keeping score for creativity. I have the coolest boss in the world right now and I am trying to help the team out while I learn more to take the test.

Going over BASH (Bourne Again SHell) commands right now before I go scope out what I need to keep moving forward. This makes me think of Indie Linux geeks whipping out with commands testing there coolness rather than with bands that no one's heard of. Oh well enough for now more tomorrow.
Sunday, May 17, 2009

Welcome to the Linux Professional Institute testing with Prometric

The Linux Professional Institute is a non-profit organization sponsored by the Linux community to offer a vendor neutral approach to certification in the Linux operating system. It is a comprehensive series of exams which will test you in the various aspects of the system.

For general information about, please visit

Exams are based on objectives clearly laid out at these Web pages;

US & Canada +1-800-294-3926 (Toll free)
Latin America: +1-443-751-4300
EMEA: +31-320-239-800
APAC: +61-2-9414-3663
Japan: +0120-387737

To become Linux Professional Institute Certified - Level 1, candidates must pass LPI exam- 101 and LPI exam -102.

To become a certified Level 2 graduate candidates must have their Level 1 certification, and also pass LPI exam-201 and LPI exam-202.

LPI also offers the Ubuntu Certified Professional Exam: 117-199. For additional information see:

The LPIC-3 program consists of a single exam for LPIC-3 "Core" designation. A number of specialty" exams are proposed as additional designations on top of the LPIC-3 "Core" certification. Proposed specialties include the following: Mixed Environment, Security, High Availability and Virtualization, Web and Intranet, and Mail and Messaging. The first such "specialty" designation, "Mixed Environment" will be available in January 2007.

The LPI 301 Core and LPI 302 Mixed Environment are available now.

For details on training and participating in this program, please contact us;

Please check the website for further information;

Thank you for your support of LPI.

Available Test Sites

6 test sites are available in ARIZONA. To view other sites, choose a different location.

You may want to confirm directions with the Test Site prior to your exam date.

Test Sites


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Dr Geeks Inc
Mesa, ARIZONA 85210
Phone: 480-545-5459 Site Code: az56

3050 S Country Club Drive
Suite 25

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Phone: 602-973-8945 Site Code: AZ000

1951 West Camelback Road
Camel West Plaza

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Phoenix, ARIZONA 85012
Phone: 602-266-8500 Site Code: AZ6

3110 N Central Ave
Suite 160

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B and B Evaluation Services
Phoenix, ARIZONA 85040
Phone: 6024386595 Site Code: az83

4022 E Broadway Rd, Ste114

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New Horizons Computer Learning Center
Phone: 520-290-5600 Site Code: AZ24


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Clear Canyon Technologies, Inc
Tucson, ARIZONA 85715
Phone: 733-3004 Site Code: AZ45

1350 N. Kolb Rd Suite 124

Test Center Locator

Linux Professional Institute Testing Test Centers in Arizona, United States
Test Centers - Sorted by CityTelephoneAddressDirections
Mohave Community College928-704-7799
3400 Hwy 95
Bullhead City,Arizona86442
Northern Arizona University928-523-1070
NAU College of Business, Building 81
20 McConnell Drive, P.O. Box 15066
Mohave Community College928-692-3046
1971 Jagerson Avenue
Mohave Community College928-855-7812
1977 Acoma Blvd. West
Lake Havasu City,Arizona86403
Dr. Geeks Inc.480-545-5459
3050 S Country Club Drive
Suite # 25 On The West Side Country Club
Between Elliot Road & Guadalupe Road
Mesa Community College480-461-6100
145 N. Centennial Way, 4th flr.
TechSkills LLC -480-785-7900
1910 S. Stapley Drive
Suite 101
Anthem College602-279-9700
1515 E. Indian School Road
Interface Technical Training602-266-8500
Interface Technical Training
3110 N Central Ave
Suite 160
TechSkills LLC602-955-5888
10835 N. 25 th Ave
Suite 125
Yavapai College928-717-7673
1100 E Sheldon St
Building 19 Room 222
New Horizons Computer Learning Center480-736-9300
9200 E. Pima Center Parkway Ste. 160
University of Arizona South520-458-8278
1140 North Colombo Ave.
Sierra Vista,Arizona85635
New Horizons Computer Learning Center520-290-5600
6377 E Tanque Verde Rd
Suite 200
Arizona Western College928-344-7641
College Community Center building 3C
2020 S. Avenue 8E
P.O. BOX 929
1st this certification kinda cost less

The test is around $75 and the study guide is around $40 plus shipping and handling. However, they have not worked out a deal with testing centers so you currently have to go to a conference and take it there. Here is the calendar that is scheduled:

Site Events

Event BSDDay Argentina (Buenos Aires, Argentina, from May 29, 2009 06:00 PM to May 30, 2009 03:30 PM)
Event devGuide_London (London, UK, from Jun 12, 2009 03:00 PM to Jun 12, 2009 05:00 PM)
Event devGuide_Amsterdam (Amsterdam, Netherlands, from Jul 31, 2009 03:00 PM to Jul 31, 2009 05:00 PM)
I could dig the UK but I don't know if I will have the money in time to go there. Sad Padawan :( but I have not given up hope yet you never know if I can get a convention locally to have an exam room.

Hey feel free to bug me on twitter.

Later, = The main program

These are the first Linux certifications I am going for because of the online training I can do this at work and my boss is so mega cool that between calls (yes folks I do tech support) I can work on my notebook and the training courses.

Yes this mega cool blog is being written by a lowly employee of a call center wishing to pull himself from the dregs of the wage slave into a career where he actually gets to use his brain.

::Turns to the lady at the counter ::

"Why yes throw some bitter in my coffee," grins the blogger. In a few I will post the BSD certification I am going for as well.

Saturday, May 9, 2009
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