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Set Up a Web Server and Cloud at Home

November 5, 2014 -- William
Last modified on January 2015
Home server

In this tutorial we will go through each step needed to set up a Web server at home using an old computer, an Internet connection (with access to the configuration of your router) and some spare time. In the end of this tutorial you will have a server that displays web pages, serves files in a cloud, works with FTP, sends e-mail alerts, does automatic backup of data and, of course, that you can access from anywhere in the world.

Tutorial category: 
GNU/Linux
Command Line
Web Development
Open Source Hardware
Duration: Several hours

VIM Commands - Survival Kit

October 30, 2014 -- William
Last modified on August 2016

VIM is a great text/code editor but not so user-friendly. Take some time to learn how to use it and it will seem much more friendlier then. On VIM you need to enter the ---INSERT-- mode to be able to edit your file like a regular text editor. To do this press the "i" key and you will see the 'insert' message at the bottom. Press Escape to exit the insert mode. Keep in mind that the commands below will not work if you are in the insert mode so you have to keep pressing "i" and "Esc" to get in and out of the insert mode. Now try some of the other commands:

Tutorial category: 
Free & Open Source Software
GNU/Linux
Command Line
Duration: 5 minutes or less

5 - Configure your router to access your server from the Internet

October 28, 2014 -- William
Last modified on August 2016

This is a tricky part of this tutorial because it involves a lot of exploration and uncertainty. Every network and every router is different and I can't provide instructions for all of them. This page will give you the general concepts that will help you to find what we are looking for in your particular network.

Tutorial category: 
GNU/Linux
Web Development
Duration: +- 15 minutes

4 - Automate your tasks (power on, backup, update)

October 27, 2014 -- William
Last modified on December 2014

These configurations are optional too, you don't have to do this if you just want to tinker with a server.

Automatically reboot after power failure

Servers should usually stay turned on all the time. In the event of a power failure you can configure your server to turn on as soon as the power is back. Of course, if you have a no-break that can keep your server running it's even better but even no-breaks can run out of battery.

Tutorial category: 
GNU/Linux
Command Line
Duration: +- 30 minutes

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