Monthly Archives: July 2012

Disabling bluetooth on startup: Ubuntu 12.04

based on: Step 1) type in Terminal: sudo gedit /etc/rc.local Step 2) add this line to the file: rfkill block bluetooth before the “end 0″ line You will still be able to manually enable Bluetooth when needed.

Making wineprefixes and using wineprefixes

It can be crucial to reliable performance while running Windows applications under Linux using Wine to use separate wineprefixes for potentially difficult programs you’re using–the more complex the software, the more you need to make a separate wineprefix for it. The method for creating a new wineprefix has change with newer versions of Wine–here we […]

Ubuntu 12.04 idle screen dim timer

The idle screen timer in Ubuntu 12.04 comes set to dim the screen automatically after 30 seconds. You can check your current idle timer by typing in Terminal: gsettings get org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.power idle-dim-time To SET the idle screen dim timer in Ubuntu 12.04 to a longer time (e.g. 90 seconds) type gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.power idle-dim-time 90

Linux RDP NLA (Network Level Authentication) with FreeRDP and Remmina

To connect to Windows hosts requiring NLA, you must install freerdp. For Ubuntu, type in Terminal sudo apt-get install freerdp For Fedora, type in Terminal sudo yum install freerdp NOTE! You must logout/login to have RDP/NLA show up in Remmina!

Setting up Thunderbird 14 for Google Apps accounts (business/university)

If you’re setting up Thunderbird for the first time, the “Mail Account Setup” wizard will start automatically. Otherwise, click Edit>Account Settings>Account Actions>Add Account to bring up the wizard. In the first window, type your Name, Email address, and password (strongly recommend un-checking Remember password). Then click Continue, and click Manual Config. Fill in the next […]

Making hdparm setting permanent in Ubuntu 12.04

Ubuntu 12.04 and 11.10 (perhaps other distros as well) set the APM default very aggressively, leading your hard drive to hundreds and thousands of load/unload cycles in too short period of time. Typically HDD are only rated for 600,000 load/unload cycles, so it is beneficial to reduce this cycling. You can slow down the cycling […]

Installing GNU Radio in Ubuntu 12.04

This blog page is now obsolete, you should use the original reference: This procedure shows how to install GNU Radio on Ubuntu 12.04. this process may take 1-2 hours if you have a slower system and/or internet connection. Part of this process will be downloading large packages that you may not already have installed. […]

MATLAB download_agent how to run in Linux

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MATLAB 2011a & MATLAB 2012a Student Version install problems on 64-bit Ubuntu 12.04

Upon downloading the MATLAB Student Version install package from the Mathworks website, you start the installer by navigating to: /tmp/mathworks_downloads/R2012a_Student_Version or wherever you downloaded it to. Then type sudo ./install -v You will probably see a variety of errors, if you’re running Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit (x64). The first thing to try is installing ia32-libs by […]

Wine: Failed reading JPEG because unable to find

One possible fix to this error, including where the Windows program gives an Error 481 is to execute the following command at the Linux terminal: winetricks windowscodecs