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Snippet: Make Windows Live Messenger Minimize to Status Bar

Snippet: Make Windows Live Messenger Minimize to Status Bar

If you are using Windows 7 and the Windows Live Essential software, you will notice that your Windows Live Messenger (and Mail) does not minimize to the status bar. Instead it will show a highlighted icon on the task bar, which I find it rather annoying and disruptive. Here’s a quick way to take it […]

Snippet: Recover the Icons For the Ubuntu System Menu

Snippet: Recover the Icons For the Ubuntu System Menu

I give you a minute and you tell me what is missing from the Ubuntu menu bar. Time up! Still can’t find the fault? If you have been a detailed person, you will notice that the all the icons are missing from the System menu. Look for the screenshot below for illustration. This is not […]

Want Your Privacy Back? Install and Run Tor in Ubuntu

Want Your Privacy Back? Install and Run Tor in Ubuntu

Have you ever felt that you are being watched in whatever you do online? Websites seem to know who you are and can greet you with your name when you visit them. Google always seems to know what you are searching, even before you started the search. Getting scared? Perhaps it’s time to turn your […]

Using Google Public DNS to Speed Up Your Internet Connection

Using Google Public DNS to Speed Up Your Internet Connection

DNS (Domain Name System) is the online service that maps a web url to an IP address. Whenever you surf the web, your ISP will perform a DNS lookup to translate the URL to its IP address before it can render the pages. As web pages become more complex, the number of DNS lookup increase […]

Build Your Own Ubuntu-based Distro With Novo Builder

Build Your Own Ubuntu-based Distro With Novo Builder

There are many reasons why people want to create their own linux distro. It could be that they are not satisfied with all the existing distros out there and wanted to build one that can fulfill their needs, or they just want to try out something new and show off their “geekiness”. Whatever the reasons, […]

7 Great Free Media Players to Get You Started

7 Great Free Media Players to Get You Started

This is a guest post by James Adams The world has no shortage of media players, and most of them are free. If you just started out listening to music and are looking for some guide to help you filter out all the noises. We have got you covered. To figure out what combination of […]

How to Sync Your iPhone Contacts to Ubuntu One

How to Sync Your iPhone Contacts to Ubuntu One

Note: As of June 1, 2011, Ubuntu One contacts sync for mobile (including iOS) will no longer be active. For more information, please refer to this post. When Ubuntu One first launched, we all thought that it is just another file storage service, just like Dropbox, with the limitation that it is only available for […]