July 11th, 2015 2 comments

It’s been a while but once again here is the latest instalment of the series of posts where I install the major, full desktop, distributions into a limited hardware machine and report on how they perform. Once again, and like before, I’ve decided to re-run my previous tests this time using the following distributions: Debian…

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July 1st, 2015 No comments

It has been quite a while since the first release of CoreGTK back in August 2014 and in that time I’ve received a lot of very good feedback about the project, what people liked and didn’t like, as well as their wishlists for new features. While life has been very busy since then I’ve managed…

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May 3rd, 2015 No comments

It has been a while since I made any mention of my side project CoreGTK. I’m sure many people can relate that with life generally being very busy it is often hard to find time to work on hobby projects like this. Thankfully while that certainly has slowed the pace of development it hasn’t stopped…

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March 29th, 2015 No comments

Say you are travelling, or are at a neighbourhood coffee shop, using whatever unsecured WiFi network they make available. You could either: trust that no one is sniffing your web traffic, capturing passwords, e-mails, IMs, etc. trust that no one is using more sophisticated methods to trick you into thinking that you are secure (i.e….

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December 7th, 2014 No comments

In my last post, I discussed several Docker containers that I’m using for my home media streaming solution. Since then, Plex Media Server has updated to 0.9.11.4 for non-Plex Pass users, and there’s another update if you happen to pay for a subscription. As the Docker container I used (timhaak/plex) was version 0.9.11.1 at the time, I figured…

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November 23rd, 2014 No comments

I recently took it upon myself to rebuild a general-purpose home server – installing a new Intel 530 240GB solid-state drive to replace a “spinning rust” drive, and installing a fresh copy of Ubuntu 14.04 now that 14.04.1 has released and there is much less complaining online. The “new hotness” that I’d like to discuss has been the…

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November 8th, 2014 No comments

Recently the Kitchener Waterloo Linux Users Group held a couple of presentations on setting up your own personally hosted cloud. With their permission we are pleased to also present it below: I am currently running a variety of distributions, primarily Linux Mint 18.Previously I was running KDE 4.3.3 on top of Fedora 11 (for the…

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October 13th, 2014 4 comments

It’s been a while but once again here is the latest instalment of the series of posts where I install the major, full desktop, distributions into a limited hardware machine and report on how they perform. Once again, and like before, I’ve decided to re-run my previous tests this time using the following distributions: Debian…

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September 16th, 2014 No comments

This assumes you want to set a static IP address on the network device eth0. Open up the interfaces file sudo nano /etc/network/interfaces and remove or comment out the line that says iface eth0 inet dhcp then add the following lines in its place: iface eth0 inet static address [static IP address, i.e. 192.168.1.123] netmask…

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August 4th, 2014 No comments

The initial version of CoreGTK, version 2.24.0, has been tagged for release today. Features include: Targets GTK+ 2.24 Support for GtkBuilder Can be used on Linux, Mac and Windows CoreGTK is an Objective-C language binding for the GTK+ widget toolkit. Like other “core” Objective-C libraries, CoreGTK is designed to be a thin wrapper. CoreGTK is…

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August 4th, 2014 1 comment

A big part of my move from Windows to Linux has been finding replacements for the applications that I had previously used day-to-day that are not available on Linux. For the major applications like my web browser (Firefox), e-mail client (Thunderbird), password manager (KeePass2) this hasn’t been a problem because they are all available on…

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June 15th, 2014 2 comments

With the recent questions surrounding the security of TrueCrypt there has been a big push to move away from that program and switch to alternatives. One such alternative, on Linux anyway, is the Linux Unified Key Setup (or LUKS) which allows you to encrypt disk volumes. This guide will show you how to create encrypted…

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June 15th, 2014 5 comments

If you are not familiar with the concept of virtual hard drive volumes, sometimes called file containers, they are basically regular looking files that can be used by your computer as if they were real hard drives. So for example you could have a file called MyDrive.img on your computer and with a few quick…

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June 8th, 2014 3 comments

If you’ve used KeePass on Windows you may be very attached to its auto-type feature, where with a single key-combo press the application with magically type your user name and password into the website or application you’re trying to use. This is super handy and something that is sadly missing by default on Linux. Thankfully…

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June 8th, 2014 No comments

If you’ve had issues trying to get Thunderbird to send your PGP signed e-mail using anything other than SHA-1 there is a quick and easy fix that will let you pick whichever hash you prefer. 1) Open up Thunderbird’s preferences 2) On the Advanced Tab, under General click Config Editor… 3) In the about:config window…

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April 28th, 2014 2 comments

I recently invested in a NAS device to add a little bit of redundancy to my personal files. With this particular NAS the most convenient way to use the files it stores is via the Windows share protocol (also known a SMB or CIFS). Linux has supported these protocols for a while now so that’s…

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April 28th, 2014 No comments

If, like me, you’ve recently upgraded to Ubuntu 14.04 only to find out that for whatever reason you can no longer VNC to that machine anymore (either from Windows or even an existing Linux install) have no fear because I’ve got the fix for you! Simply open up a terminal and run the following line:…

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February 21st, 2014 No comments

I’ve recently become addicted to Minecraft. I realize that I’m late to this game, having only recently discovered it despite its popularity over the past couple of years. As readers know, I typically switch between a few different machines throughout my day, and indeed between a few different operating systems. Luckily, Minecraft is portable and…

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February 9th, 2014 2 comments

This past year I purchased a laptop that came with two drives, a small 24GB SSD and a larger 1TB HDD. My configuration has placed the root filesystem (i.e. /) on the SSD and my home directory (i.e. /home) on the HDD so that I benefit from very fast system booting and application loading but…

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February 9th, 2014 1 comment

The default sort order in Nautilus has been changed to sorting alphabetically by name and the option to change this seems to be broken. For example I prefer my files to be sorted by type so I ran dconf-editor and browsed to org/gnome/nautilus/preferences. From there you should be able to change the value by using…

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