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Disable Login User List in Ubuntu 14.04, Trusty Tahr

The latest and greatest Ubuntu 14.04 is out, with a mountain of new features: “Ubuntu Linux version 14.04 LTS (code named “Trusty Tahr”) has been released and available for download. This updated version includes the Linux kernel v3.13.0-24.46, Python 3.4, Xen 4.4, Libreoffice 4.2.3, MySQL 5.6/MariaDB 5.5, Apache 2.4, PHP 5.5, improvements to AppArmor allow […]

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Syndicated 2014-04-25 00:30:29 from random neuron misfires

Disable Login User List in Ubuntu 14.04, Trusty Tahr

The latest and greatest Ubuntu 14.04 is out, with a mountain of new features: “Ubuntu Linux version 14.04 LTS (code named “Trusty Tahr”) has been released and available for download. This updated version includes the Linux kernel v3.13.0-24.46, Python 3.4, Xen 4.4, Libreoffice 4.2.3, MySQL 5.6/MariaDB 5.5, Apache 2.4, PHP 5.5, improvements to AppArmor allow […]

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Syndicated 2014-04-21 05:59:16 from random neuron misfires

Updating Legacy Fedora Linux Distributions to Use Archive Repositories

I run a VMware ESXi server here that hosts ~500 separate VMs, clones, templates and test builds of operating systems for testing, development, personal playground and other roles. Some of these VMs are older Fedora, Ubuntu, Debian and various other Linux distributions. Since those distributions are no longer active, maintained by the community, the update […]

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Syndicated 2013-11-24 20:43:33 from random neuron misfires

SOLVED: Fixing Perl Plug-ins for XChat Azure in OS X Mavericks 10.9

I’m a heavy user of IRC and have been since the late 90′s. I use X-Chat for IRC on almost all machines, including Mac and Windows, not just the Linux environment that it was created upon. When I recently upgraded my OS X Lion (10.7.5) machine to OS X Mavericks (10.9), I started seeing a […]

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Syndicated 2013-11-05 21:50:37 from random neuron misfires

How Many Java Versions is Enough for Mavericks, Apple?

A lot of software outright fails to work on Apple OS X Mavericks. It’s a disaster. Almost nothing works right. Not only is the entire OS noticeably slower, by several orders of magnitude over the previous Lion (10.7.5) was running until a few days ago on my 11″ MacBook Air, but there are dozens and […]

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Syndicated 2013-10-27 15:11:19 from random neuron misfires

SOLVED: Remove annoying duplicate users in your WordPress blog

This happens quite a bit, and I’m surprised the default WordPress install doesn’t have this fixed, but here’s a fix for cleaning up the duplicate users that will end up in your _users table in WordPress. In my multi-site installation, that table is called ‘wpmu_users’. If you didn’t change the defaults for your site, it’s […]

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Syndicated 2013-10-11 01:14:57 from random neuron misfires

SOLVED: Transparent icons on XFCE desktop

Another quick and dirty XFCE desktop hack, this one to add transparent icon backgrounds to your desktop icons. If you’re tired of looking at ugly icon label backgrounds, and really want transparent backgrounds, the fix is simple! Here’s the code: style "xfdesktop-icon-view" { ## opacity of text background (0 - 255, 0 = transparent) XfdesktopIconView::label-alpha […]

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Syndicated 2013-09-23 22:02:17 from random neuron misfires

HOWTO: Fix the broken “Open Terminal Here” menu icon in XFCE

If you’re using XFCE, specifically version 4, you’ve probably seen this issue come up a few times. It looks like this: The fix is pretty simple and straightforward. Here’s how: Go up to your “Applications Menu” and choose “File Manager”. This will launch your configured, default file manager (most-likely Thunar, unless you’ve changed something). Choose […]

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Syndicated 2013-09-23 21:37:31 from random neuron misfires

HOWTO: Create a Warrant Canary, or NSL Dead Man’s Switch

Thanks Slashdot for carrying your users over to my blog this morning! The rsync team has been doing this for quite awhile, and I had an idea. Why not share this more broadly? So I created a quick little script to generate my own “warrant canary”. Instructions follow below. Note: Based on the direct emails […]

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Syndicated 2013-09-09 12:52:01 from random neuron misfires

HOWTO: Disable Usernames from Login Managers for Linux and Windows

With all the news flying around about security, the less we give a potential malicious attacker, the better. To that end, here’s how to disable the list of usernames or the last logged-in user on your machine(s) for Windows and Linux (gdm) when you boot them up and get to the login screen. Disable Usernames […]

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Syndicated 2013-09-08 00:35:08 from random neuron misfires

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