Monthly Archives: October 2012

How to mount LUKS encrypted partitions manually

In the last days I played a bit with Slackware Linux on my netbook. But I play a bit too much and I had to recover some important files from my home folder but it is encrypted. The system wasn’t able to boot successfully. I had to boot from an usb-stick. But the problem was to decrypt the partition with my home folder.

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How to mount a LUKS encrypted partition on boot

In order to automatically mount a LUKS encrypted partition on boot you have to find out its universally unique identifier (UUID) first. Open a root shell and enter
$ blkid
The program lists all mounted volumes and their UUIDs. Read the rest of this entry

How to set up TOR from source

In this post I’ll show you how to set up TOR (The Onion Router). You can use TOR to surf anonymously but I recommend NOT to use services with logins which can be connected to your real identity, e.g. email, instant-messanger, etc. You don’t know how the TOR-exit node is configured.
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How to disable the monitor sleep mode

A week ago I changed the linux distribution from Ubuntu to Slackware. I also changed my windowmanager from Gnome 3 to XFCE. But whatever I set in the power manager XFCE puts the monitor to sleep every 10 minutes. Here is a fix that worked for me.
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How to transcode a directory of audio files to AAC with FFmpeg

I recently started to backup my CDs as lossless flac files on my home server. The problem is, my mobile phone cannot play back flac files, so I wrote a little bash script that transcodes a directory of audio files to high quality variable bitrate AAC files that I can play back on my mobile phone. Read the rest of this entry