I use Linux on a daily basis and absolutely love it. When it gets developed, Ubuntu is twice a year for example, you can always see improvements. That’s not to say there isn’t problems or bugs, there are, but then OS’ are horrendously complex systems. Most of these articles will be a mix of praise for Linux (Ubuntu and Mint usually) or solutions for some Linux problems I’ve bumped into.

Ubuntu won’t boot without USB stick

by Paul Joyce

As some of you may remember, a few weeka ago I posted an article about installing Ubuntu from USB (If you can’t remember, check it out!), which explained how to get an ISO running on a machine without an optical device. Well it turns out that wasn’t entirely the end of the situation for some… […]

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MCrypt – Securing your Linux files with Twofish Cryptography

by Paul Joyce

With more and more details being stored on computers, it’s getting exponentially more important to keep them safe and secure. From internet banking to Facebook, renewing car tax to ordering presents on Amazon, you have entered a lot of data onto your computer. But how do you keep files of a sensitive nature secure?  Could something called […]

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Installing Ubuntu from a USB Stick

by Paul Joyce

Need to install the Ubuntu operating system from a USB device but not sure how? Perhaps you’re installing it on a netbook and don’t have a CD drive. Here’s a short article explaining how to get the ISO on a USB FDD and how to get that all installed on your PC.

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RipperX not encoding MP3s

by Paul Joyce

A quick summary article here to help those people (and myself) fix the fact that RipperX doesn’t encode MP3 files natively. The main purpose of installing RipperX on your Linux / Ubuntu system is likely to be the fact you want to create a digital copy of all those shiney CD’s you have laying around. […]

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Howto: Disable the Guest Account in Ubuntu 12.04

by Paul Joyce

Sometimes I’m sure its very useful to have a guest account on your machine, perhaps your partner or friend needs to browse the internet and you’d rather not let them access your account as you’ve got all your code / files / swiss bank accounts open. Alas, for me the guest account is just an […]

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Bug: gedit & apps not being listed in Unity when open

by Paul Joyce

Usually in Ubuntu any open applications show themselves in Unity with an icon and a tiny white arrow. Multiple white arrows donate an application or window opened several times, e.g. the image on the right shows Thunderbird, Skype and Chrome open. Active windows have an additional white arrow on the other side of the icon, […]

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Howto: Make Ubuntu 12.04 Hibernate Successfully

by Paul Joyce

Ubuntu has always had problems getting their system to shutdown successfully into a state of hibernation. There’s never been a single solution that fits all machines or all machines. This article is a combination of resources explaining how to enable hibernation by default, or use TuxOnIce to patch the kernel.

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Howto: Fix Ubuntu 12.04’s Blank Window Power Statistics

by Paul Joyce

Well it’s hardly ground breaking, in fact it’s been on every laptop ever probably, but after finally replacing my broken battery I can now run my laptop without it being plugged in. (Yay) This also makes the power statistics and power management functions in Ubuntu infinitely more relevent. Within minutes of running Ubuntu 12.04 Precise […]

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How to restore a Thunderbird Email account

by Paul Joyce

A few days ago I posted an article on backing up a Mozilla Thunderbird account profile. This article is the other important 50%, how to restore that account profile. These two article should help with system restores, data loss or migrating emails on mass to a new machine. First off, make sure you’ve followed the […]

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How to backup Thunderbird Emails and Settings

by Paul Joyce

So it turns out its time to leave Linux Mint, which means it’s time to backup Mozilla Thunderbird so all the settings aren’t lost. (If you’re interested, I’m leaving Mint for this unresolved issue, which ironically might be related to Thunderbird) It doesn’t take long to setup Thunderbird again, however it does take a very […]

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