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The Greatest Music Player of All: Clementine

I’ve used my fair share of media players and organisers in my life, on both Windows and Linux platforms. I thought I’d take you through my journey to discovering the best of them all. Back when I was a young child, I can vaguely remember using Windows Media Player 6 casually, but as soon as […]

Simple Domain Controller With Samba

I’ve had many people ask me over the last week how to set up a simple Windows domain with a Samba primary domain controller. This is a pretty complex topic and can get really messy really fast. This “guide” (if you can call it that) assumes that you have Ubuntu 12.04 installed on a server […]

Recover RAID Array With dmraid

I woke up this morning and what do you know, one of my RAID arrays in my workstation was degraded. Just great. This particular array was made up of 3x 1TB disks in RAID level 5 running on an Intel RST fakeRAID controller. After Ubuntu had some serious difficulty communicating with the drive on bootup, […]

Filesystems Matter – Here’s Why

A filesystem in the most simple terms is a hierarchy of how the information is stored on computer storage media such as hard drives, SSDs and RAID arrays. Many people don’t think that filesystems pose a significant impact on the performance of a system and therefore do not think much of them. In fact, most end users […]

XAML “Assembly Not Found” Error Might Be Caused By Your Network

While working on a new Windows WPF application today, I ran into a serious problem. I had made a UserControl class and wanted to use it in my application. After defining it in the XAML of the main window, Visual Studio said that the entire assembly could not be found. I spent several hours checking the code: namespaces, assemblies, […]

Encrypt Your Life With GPG

  With privacy becoming a greater and greater concern every day, encryption is proving to be a very viable option for securing our most sensitive data. One of my favorite encryption systems is the GNU Privacy Guard (GnuPG or simply GPG). GPG first came into existence in 1999, and is inter-operable with the very popular PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) […]

Never Install 3rd Party Drivers

Driver – every Windows user cringes at the utter sound of the word let alone the thought of having to deal with one. Regardless, they are required in order for your software to interact with hardware properly (or at all). The manufacturers of computer peripherals and components usually provide the drivers for their own equipment, and so […]

Chromium Adds Support for Everything GPU Accelerated

It seems that as of Chromium 13 build 85800, there is now support under about:flags for using the GPU to accelerate all webpages, not just ones with canvases. It seems to make browsing a little faster. Get your own snapshot of the bleeding-edge Chromium: http://build.chromium.org/f/chromium/snapshots/

Hide Chromium’s Toolbar for More Screen Space

If you are using a new build of Chromium 13, you can now go to “about:flags” and enable “Compact Navigation”. After restarting, you can right click any tab and select “Hide the Toolbar”. If you also hide the bookmarks bar, you can make Chromium take up only as much space as the title bar. So […]

Best GPU Overclock Software: MSI Afterburner

Being an extreme computing fan, I’ve been involved with overclocking for a long time. GPUs overclock very differently than CPUs do, because for the most part, they do not have a user editable BIOS. (There are tools out there for making custom BIOSes but they have a high tendency to brick graphics cards, so I […]