Encrypt Your Flash Drives In Ubuntu Linux Using Disk Utility

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It’s amazing how simple flash drives make life. Have a couple songs or documents you need to move from your work computer to your home computer, or from your desktop to your laptop? Simply plug in your flash drive and transfer the files. It only takes seconds, and the flash drive is small enough to […]

Use The Google Chrome Flash Plugin in Firefox in Ubuntu

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Google Chrome and Firefox are both excellent web browsers. Firefox has for years been gaining in popularity against the long-standing “champion” Internet Explorer, and lately Chrome’s popularity has exploded. They both offer a huge variety of extensions and plugins and both have users who swear by them. Of course, many users have both web browsers […]

Prepare Wallpaper/Screensaver Images For The Nook Classic

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Many computer users take advantage of the fact that there are hundreds and hundreds of available themes available to give their computer a customized look.  There are different window and button controls, color schemes, icon sets and cursors, not to mention thousands and thousands of different wallpaper options.  On devices such as the Barnes and […]

Add Local Weather Information To Your GNOME Shell Panel

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Most extensions for GNOME Shell can be installed quite simply.  Head over to the GNOME Shell Extensions website, find what you want, and click the On/Off toggle switch.  You’ll be asked to confirm installation, and within seconds the extension will be installed and running.  It’s really that simple. Unfortunately, the GNOME Shell Weather Extension isn’t […]

Use the Nook Classic With Adobe Digital Editions In Ubuntu

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In a previous article, we talked about how simple it is to get Adobe Digital Editions up and running on Linux computer, either to read epub books or to download them from the library.  What that article did not cover, however, was how to get Adobe Digital Editions to recognize a mounted ebook reader, such […]

Install Adobe Digital Editions In Ubuntu Linux

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Libraries have been around for quite some time.  One of the nice things about living in the digital age, however, is being able to check out books from the library in digital form.  Ebooks, in other words.  In order to take advantage of this, a computer user needs to have a library card, access to […]

Automatically Edit MP3 Metadata From The Terminal With Beets

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If you have a music collection that has been obtained through a variety of methods (some purchased from online stores, others coming from CDs you have ripped yourself), then it’s likely that the ID3 tags in your music aren’t entirely consistent.  Maybe, for instance, some of your music is by a group called “The Beach […]

Configure Windows Update’s Automatic Update Checking

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Every operating system will tell you that your computer will run best, and will be safest, if you keep it up-to-date.  This is a no brainer, really, and so there are dozens of good reasons to have your system’s automatic update checker turned on, and to have those updates installed automatically as well. On the […]

Configure Windows Live Writer’s Image Handling Settings

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If you’ve just started using Windows Live Writer as your blogging client of choice, you may notice that it has some interesting presets for how to handle images you want posted in your blog.  For instance, let’s say your blog has a a template so that images should be 580 pixels wide.  That’s how they […]

Use Firefox’s About:Config Settings To Speed Up Web Browsing

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You can do a lot with extensions to modify how Firefox looks and behaves.  Of course, with every extension you install, more memory is being used.  Sometimes an extension can be poorly written so that it eats memory beyond what it’s intended to, while other times having so many extensions can simply bog down your […]