Enabling accelerated 1080p video playback on HP Mini 311 (Nvidia Ion) netbook in Ubuntu

Enabling accelerated 1080p video playback on HP Mini 311 (Nvidia Ion) netbook in Ubuntu

Minutes after turning on my trusty HP Mini 311 netbook, it got hit by a variant of the Blaster worm. I spent several hours Googling and trying several remedies – all unsuccessfully – before deciding to give up on Windows XP; after all, Microsoft has announced that Windows XP will reach end-of-life in a few months. I wasn’t keen on forking out $$$ for a Windows 7/8 license for a 4-year old netbook, so I turned to Ubuntu Linux....

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Setup Google Apps calendar on iOS via CalDAV

You’ve been synchronising your Google Apps Mail and Calendars to your iOS device for years without incident, thanks to the power of Google Sync. One day, the IT Bosses decide that Google Sync must be turned off! There goes convenient access to your Mail and Calendars. Is this the end? Not quite. For Mail, actually it IS. Get used to not being able to check your emails wherever you are. For Calendar though – now that is a different...

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Solving the stuck at Time Machine “preparing backup”

Solving the stuck at Time Machine “preparing backup”

The hard drive I’d been using for my iMac’s Time Machine backups had died and was replaced. But frustratingly, even after 9 hours, Time Machine was still stuck at “preparing backup”! I’d of course done the usual like running Disk Utility (on both Macintosh HD and the new drive for Time Machine) and even restarted to a full reset of Time Machine – without any success! Finally, what DID work was…resetting...

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How to reset Spotlight indexing in Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion

How to reset Spotlight indexing in Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion

For no apparent reason, Spotlight kept indexing my iMac’s hard drive over and over again – for a few days! In the meantime, searching for anything using Spotlight was impossible and everything became sluggish because the hard drive kept trashing.. The solution came in the following procedure: 1. Quit all applications 2. Launch Terminal 3. Enter each of the following lines in succession into Terminal sudo mdutil -i off / sudo mdutil...

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How To Fix Repeating Items in OS X 10.8 ‘Open With’ Menu

How To Fix Repeating Items in OS X 10.8  ‘Open With’ Menu

I was getting annoyed with multiple occurrences of the same app appearing in OS X Mountain Lion’s ‘Open With” menu. Fortunately, the fix is really easy and all you need to do is paste the following line in Terminal /System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Versions/A/Frameworks/LaunchServices.framework/Versions/A/Support/lsregister -kill -r -domain local -domain system -domain user && pkill...

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What to do about “syslog-ng: Error setting capabilities, capability management disabled; error=’Operation not permitted’”

What to do about “syslog-ng: Error setting capabilities, capability management disabled; error=’Operation not permitted’”

I have been getting the following email on a daily basis on a new Debian Squeeze OpenVZ VPS  /etc/cron.daily/logrotate: syslog-ng: Error setting capabilities, capability management disabled; error=’Operation not permitted’ The solution does not seem to be widely available, so I’ll post mine here: 1. Edit /etc/default/syslog-ng 2. Uncomment (i.e. remove # before) the following statement...

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Unattended updates on CentOS 6

Unattended updates on CentOS 6

It’s been slightly more than a year since I wrote about how to keep your CentOS 5 machine automatically updated. While CentOS 5 will still be around and supported for about another 5 more years, many new linux servers are now installed with CentOS 6. So it’s about time my tutorial got updated for CentOS 6! Here we go! yum install yum-cron chkconfig yum-cron on nano /etc/sysconfig/yum-cron to modify these lines ERROR_LEVEL=1...

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