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How to Change System Language in Ubuntu

How to Change System Language in Ubuntu

When you first install Ubuntu on your computer, you have the option to change the system language to your preferred language. However if you have set English as the default language and later wish to change to another system language, there is an easy way to do so in the System Settings. Here is how you can change the system language in Ubuntu.

How to Install Unity Smart Scopes in Ubuntu 13.04

How to Install Unity Smart Scopes in Ubuntu 13.04

The Unity Smart Scopes is a powerful search tool for the Unity Dash in Ubuntu. It was left out of Ubuntu 13.04 because of stability issue. If you are one of those who love to try bleeding edge stuff, here is how you can install Unity Smart Scopes in Ubuntu 13.04.

How to Configure The Tabbed Inbox In Gmail

How to Configure The Tabbed Inbox In Gmail

Google has recently introduced the new tabbed inbox in Gmail which will auto-sort your emails into various tabs and help you to be more productive. This new tabbed inbox interface is not activated by default. This article will show you how you can activate and configure the tabbed inbox in Gmail.

Use Keyboard Shortcuts to Access Taskbar Items in Windows

Use Keyboard Shortcuts to Access Taskbar Items in Windows

In Windows 7 and 8, each of the item that you pin on the taskbar is associated with a shortcut. This allows you to quickly access the icon. The keyboard shortcut associated with the taskbar icon is “Windows key + number from the left”. For example, if Windows Explorer is pinned as the first icon […]

How to Record Terminal Session in Ubuntu

How to Record Terminal Session in Ubuntu

If you are a frequent terminal user, you may come across situations where you need to debug the code or copy the output of a script for future reference. Here is one way that you can use to record terminal session in Ubuntu to obtain the log file of all the input commands you have entered and their outputs .

Prevent Spotlight From Indexing a Particular Folder [Mac]

Prevent Spotlight From Indexing a Particular Folder [Mac]

By default, the Spotlight feature will index everything in your Mac and return the results when you do a search. Here is how you can prevent Spotlight from indexing a particular folder. 1. Go to “System Preferences -> Spotlight”. 2. Click the “Privacy” tab. 3. Click the “+” button to add the folder that you […]

Linux Mint 15 Review

Linux Mint 15 Review

Linux Mint 15 was released recently and it is even better than before. There are plenty of changes that made it even more user friendly and easier to use. Check out our review for the details.

How to Easily Create An Encrypted Directory in Ubuntu

How to Easily Create An Encrypted Directory in Ubuntu

If you are using Ubuntu and you have some private documents that you don’t want them to be publicly accessible. You can create an encrypted directory and store all your files in this folder. With Gnome Encfs Manager, it turns out to be an easy task.

Get Skype Indicator in Ubuntu 13.04

Get Skype Indicator in Ubuntu 13.04

If you have installed Skype in Ubuntu, you will notice that it doesn’t come with an indicator displayed in the system tray. Use this method to install Skype instead: In the terminal, type: sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://archive.canonical.com/ $(lsb_release -sc) partner" sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install skype && sudo apt-get -f install This will install […]

How to Keep SSH Connections Alive In Linux

How to Keep SSH Connections Alive In Linux

For those that need to work constantly on SSH, it can be very frustrating when the system cut you off after a period of time. This article shows you the method to keep SSH connection always alive until you disconnect it.

Resize Window More Efficiently in Mac

Resize Window More Efficiently in Mac

When resizing application windows in Mac, there are a few tricks that you can do to make the resizing more efficient. 1. Move your cursor to the edge (side or top) of the window. You should see the cursor change into a double arrow. 2. Click the left mouse key together with any of the […]

Speed Up Mac OS X By Disabling Window Animations

Speed Up Mac OS X By Disabling Window Animations

If you are a Mac OS X user, you can speed up your Mac by simply disabling the window animations. 1. Open the terminal. 2. Type the following command: defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSAutomaticWindowAnimationsEnabled -bool false That’s it.

Auto Generate Passwords in Google Chrome

Auto Generate Passwords in Google Chrome

If you are creating a new account on a site, Google Chrome can automatically generate a new secure password for you and insert into the password field. 1. In Google Chrome, type “about:flags” in the omnibox. 2. Scroll down the list till you find the field “Enable password generation“. Click “Enable”. 3. Relaunch the Chrome […]

Convert FAT to NTFS Without Losing The Data in Windows

Convert FAT to NTFS Without Losing The Data in Windows

In Windows, you can easily convert a storage format from FAT/FAT32 to NTFS without losing the data within. This will allow you to store files more than 4GB. 1. In Windows, open a command prompt. 2. type convert drive_letter: /fs:ntfs For example, convert E: /fs:ntfs would format drive ED: to the NTFS format. Note: This […]

Making Good Use Of Middle Mouse Click in Browser

Making Good Use Of Middle Mouse Click in Browser

Do you know that the middle mouse click is not as useless as it seems to be? There are several useful things that it can do in a browser. 1. Clicking the middle mouse button (by pressing down the scroll wheel) on a link in a browser will open the link in a new tab. […]