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Little Fluffy Clouds: Deploy a Bitnami ownCloud Stack on Linode

I recently gave a presentation at the Boise Cloud Computing Meetup on deploying a Bitnami ownCloud Stack on Linode. The presentation includes material from Bitnami, used with permission. It also incorporates an official ownCloud Community Edition promotional presentation created by community member John Smith. Linode was kind enough to donate some promotional merchandise to those… (read more)

Searchin: Remove Unwanted Search Box Changes From Firefox 34

Firefox 34 introduced a new search user interface. One of the features added in this version is the ability to use an alternate search engine on an individual search by clicking a tile in a window that pops up under the search box when it is being typed in. As long time user of DuckDuckGo,… (read more)

Control I’m Here: GFI TakeControl For Linux

NEP Control Remix

It’s no secret that I prefer to work in Linux. It’s where I am most comfortable. My staple tools are readily available and my habits are instinctual on that system. I use Max RemoteManagement on a regular basis and that platform uses its own version of TeamViewer known as TakeControl. If you are a Linux… (read more)

Postfix authenticated relay broken after upgrade (Solved)

If you recently upgraded your Postfix mail server and found your outbound mail being refused as if it wasn’t even trying to authenticate, that actually may be the exact problem. Postfix 2.10 introduced the new setting of smtpd_relay_restrictions which can result in authenticated relay being disabled until you add a value to the new setting…. (read more)

Asus X75A WiFi Hardware Disabled (Solved)

While setting up Ubuntu 13.04 on an Asus X75A, I encountered a most frustrating error message on the wireless networking: “Wi-fi disabled by hardware switch”.  Having just used the interface in Windows, I knew it shouldn’t be disabled, but I tried the key combination to toggle it to no avail anyway. The card was Atheros… (read more)

Oh, Numpad, How I Have Missed You

My netbook has been my primary PC for some years now. Recently it has been spending a lot of time hooked up to an LCD monitor which is a dramatic improvement over the native LCD display’s spatial shortcomings. To complement the convenience of the improved display, I have been using an old macally ikey4 USB… (read more)

Logitech MX Revolution & Synaptics Touchpad In X

I have been running Ubuntu on my netbook for around three years and using Linux for long enough that the UNIX-style highlight to copy and middle-click to paste is automatic to me.  The Synaptics trackpad on the netbook only has two buttons, but three button emulation (where pressing both buttons sends a middle-click) wasn’t foreign… (read more)

Root File Management In Xubuntu

root file manager launcher

I recently contributed to a project detailing how to start using OpenPGP email using Thunderbird, Enigmail & GPG4Win over at the Freedom Feens blog.  As an outgrowth of that, I have been talking with the Feens about GNU/Linux on occasion.  I had something I wanted to share with the Feens to help simplify filesystem management… (read more)

Quantal Upgrades Mostly Painless. Mostly.

Ubuntu 12.10, codenamed Quantal Quetzal, was released October 18th.  I upgraded my netbook over the internet and my wife’s netbook via a bootable USB flash drive made with Ubuntu’s Startup Disk Creator.  Both methods were relatively painless and required the expected post upgrade maintenance of re-enabling third party software repositories. There were of course some… (read more)