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Anonymous proxy? Hide yourself online.

Ever want to go somewhere on the net where you shouldn’t be without the “man” knowing? Come on. Get your mind out of the gutter. Think of something like playing fantasy football at work. We all do it. We just don’t want the boss to know how much we do it. If this is the case then you need to use an anonymous proxy server.


How to Install Wine in Ubuntu

Are you running Ubuntu? Do you like to watch Lost online like I do? Well you can’t with Linux because the Move Network Player that uses is only compatible with Windows based IE or Firefox. Install wine and you can install the windows based version of Firefox and watch all 4 seasons of Lost online ( other shows and windows based programs work too, but not all).


How to install the Compiz Setting manager in Ubuntu.

By default Ubuntu leaves out the compiz settings manager. This utility allows allows you to tweak all the settings avaiable in compiz so, it is kind of important to have.

Open a terminal windows and type:

sudo aptitude install compizconfig-settings-manager

That’s it. Pretty painless.

Your should now have an option on the system preference panel.

To open the Settings Manager, […]

How to enable DVD playback in Ubuntu

Warning: Depending on the country you live in this might be a violation of your local laws.
In order to play DVDs on your Ubuntu system you have to do the following:

1. Open a terminal window.
2. Execute the following terminal command to install the necessary packages (approve any prompts):

sudo apt-get install totem-xine libxine1-ffmpeg libdvdread3

3. Execute the […]

How to disable that annoying startup sound on your Mac.

Does anyone know why every operating system needs an annoying startup sound? My guess is it is included to scare the crap out of the cat. I could be wrong. Anyways here is how you get rid of it on your Mac.


How to kill a non responsive application in Ubuntu.

This is a pretty easy tip:

Hit Alt + F2
When the run box shows up enter xkill.
You cursor will turn to a skull and bones. Simply click on the application you want to kill.

Your PC can cure disease, discover ET, solve the mysteries of the universe and much more.

Do you feel like you just don’t do enough for society and you want to actually contribute something even if it is just 1’s and 0’s. Then here are 10 great programs that you can install and run on your PC when you have to go back to work cause your incompetent boss, who claims to know everything, just deleted the finance department share from the network. (omg.. it’s the second time this month!!)


Remove Windows XP balloon pop up madness.

If you use Windows, you know about balloons. Every day I get at least one telling me to take a shower or to fall asleep on the edge of a cliff. (my computer hates me) Luckily, I’m the sadist in the relationship. Here is a little registry edit to remove those annoying pop up balloons…


How to recover a Windows domain account password.

We have all been there. The user just changed their password and now they can’t remember it. Alzheimer’s Disease is an epidemic where I work. Anyway here is a useful method for recovering a user account password on a Windows 2000/2003 domain.

The best damn way to learn Photoshop (rated R)

I was playing with Photoshop the other day and couldn’t figure out how to blend a picture of my ex-girlfriend with another picture of a bi-plane flying upside down… she was going to be falling out of it. (I figure since I fell for her…) Bad jokes aside, I came across this AWESOME site that teaches you how to do some cool things in Photoshop…