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Making KDE look a little more like Gnome

There is a dilemma with linux which I think is partially why it has never truly made it to the desktop.  There are two major interfaces – KDE and Gnome.  These two have been battling it out for as long as I can remember – some people prefer the ‘Gnome look’, others prefer KDE. I’ll …

I am now a Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator (LFCS)

I have been using Linux since Slackware arrived on a bunch of floppy disks, and while Linux changes constantly many of those techniques are the same.  So I figured it would be nice to get some sort of recognition to show what I know.  This certification seemed to fit that need nicely. I highly recommend …

Cheap Bluetooth car headunit JSD-20158

I have recently purchased a JSD-20158 and installed it in to my car.  I had trouble finding any reviews to answer the questions / reservations I had in buying this so I will endeavour to provide all the answers I can here. Why did I buy a cheap car stereo headunit? My goal was to …

pfSense Firewall on an intel NUC

An Intel NUC is a perfect device to use as a pfSense firewall.  Here’s why. Pros: Low power Quiet Reliable Very small – smaller than most modems / routers! Upgradeable Fast! Cons: Can be expensive Cheaper models come with Realtek ethernet chipsets, the i3 model comes with Intel chipsets which will work. Only one Ethernet …

Removing Suggested Apps from your Windows 10 Start Menu

The Windows 10 November update has come with a new setting that (by default) shows suggested apps within your start menu, to encourage you to visit the Microsoft Store.  If this is not to your liking it is possible to disable this feature by following these steps. Go to your settings app by selecting settings in …

Installing Windows Mobile 10 (wm10) on your Windows Phone

This has worked for me on my Nokia Lumia 720. Back up all the data and pictures on the phone Hard reset the phone (For a beta OS its better to start from a clean phone) After hard reset, DO NOT restore from backup. Set up as new phone. Download Windows Insider App Select fast …

Hard Reset your Windows Phone

If your phone is unresponsive and you can’t reach Settings , you may be able to reset your phone using the hardware buttons. On Nokia Lumia phones (and some others), do the following to reset your phone: Press and hold the Volume down and Power buttons at the same time until you feel a vibration …

Making Windows boot first in grub

Copy your original /boot/grub/grub.cfg to /boot/grub/grub.orig as a backup Find your grub include files – usually /etc/grub.d Move 30_os-prober to 09_os-prober so that it is now located before 10_linux Run grub-mkconfig and check that things are in the right order Run grub-mkconfig > /boot/grub/grub/cfg (you will need to sudo su for this) Then reboot. If …

Microsoft Edge Malware Popup

Just today I managed to get this annoying popup happening: Something I didn’t think possible in Windows 10’s new browser.  The popup incorrectly identifies the browser as “chrome” and warns that I have been infected with “TRJ.DealWare.Stealth”, with the only answer to call 1-800-037-636. Windows defender (installed by default) picked up nothing. I installed spybot …

Microsoft Volume Licensing Tips

After having spent significant time trying to find answers, and constantly hitting brick walls with vague or non-existant terms, hopefully this list of hints regarding Microsofts Volume Licensing will help someone. User CALs / Device CALs You need 1 User/Device CAL for each user/device that uses any of the services of your windows server, including …