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Swap Vista Default Using Vistalizator

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Need to change the factory-installed language setting? Can't? YOU CAN NOW! .. using Vistalizator and any language packs you prefer.

So you bought a new PC somewhere where the native language isn't English, maybe in Spain like me.

.. and when you kick the thing up, the interface is foreign.

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A Splendid Surprise Out of the Blue

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Blogging, at least in the early days, can be a lonely thing (sobs). You may know the deal .. you shove out loads of posts that only Mum reads, tap your fingertips raw until Google realises you are one of those (relatively) rare breeds that actually writes original, half-decent content. Fact is, it takes a while to build ...

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“Microsoft Swindles” – Fighting the Cartel Caper Con Scam, Tsssk!

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So I bought a new machine last week and, gparted, have been busily treating it to Ubuntu.

It's cooler now. Literally.

And I figured, I'm fed up of being forced to pay for an excuse of an operating system that I don't want.

Damn, I wanted to buy a computer, not all the crap bundled on it:-

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Setting Up Ubuntu’s Koala – the_guv’s Verdict

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Following on from my Ultimate PC Setup Guide, installing Jaunty, here's a look at the new kid, Karmic Koala. What's new, worse, better? My verdict ..

Karmic Koala's out in a couple of weeks. As promised, I'll be updating the Jaunty install guide for the new edition and, as a prequel ...

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Jaunty Install Problem with AMD Laptops

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FATAL: could not load modules.dep is a message you may have been pulling your hair out over, especially as after that the Ubuntu 9.04 installation fails. It seems to affect AMD Athlon laptops where the disc is being read from an external drive.

Fear not! There is a solution, care of a certain mr_raider at the Ubuntu forums.

Thing ...

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Maintain Unmanaged VPS – Part 3: Setup openSSH for Linux-to-Linux

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This guide steps out how to set up openSSH, complete with an authenticating key pair, so that you can access your Linux host securely from your Linux PC at home or at the office.

Using this method:-

  • encrypted data/password transfer
  • password-free login (I type ‘guv'!)
  • tighter server security ***

*** for this, edit your ...

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Is Woopra Gambling Dangerously on the Cool Factor?

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Desktop live web statistics service Woopra is gambling – dangerously, inevitably or both – with it's ratecard rollout, selling the cool factor to the ‘Web 2.0' crowd.

Maybe you heard, Woopra has announced an end to its 2-year beta programme, signalling costs for established web sites. The tracking service remains free for startup sites and ...

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VPS Bible Reflects New Nginx/WordPress Versions, with Future Commitment

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The VPS Bible has been updated to reflect the latest stable Nginx release – 0.7.62 – the effect that this has on the overall setup and, while we're about it, the latest stable WordPress release too.

You may have noted this on the relevent Bible post comment sections but I figured it was important enough to post up as well, particularly for those of you wondering how to upgrade ...

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Virtually the Best Web Dev PC on the Planet

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This all-in-one reference guide steps out how to set up Linux Ubuntu Jaunty with all the trimmings for a fun box and a second-to-none web development system.

Er, hold on guv …

Isn't this guide a bit dated?


Unless you are still using Jaunty, this post is outdated because Ubuntu Karmic Koala 9.10 has superceded Jaunty 9.04, as have versions 10.04 ...

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Holiday’s Over, Now Coming Up

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OK, so I'm aware most of my subscribers are Statesiders, and I know you folks don't really do the whole holiday thing 😛 Being one of those antique Europeans, on the other hand, I'm a lazy sod and, being Spanish, my wife is even worse, so we kind of take a few weeks out.

This year, I'd planned to ...

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