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Variety wallpaper changer on Ubuntu 14.04

After upgrading to Ubuntu 14.04, I noticed that Variety, the desktop wallpaper changer I’m using, stopped updating the desktop wallpaper (xfce here), although it continued to change the photos (by updating the application’s indicator icon). So, I started looking into

Duplicity fails on 3GB /tmp

Backup application Duplicity has just filled up my /tmp, located on / partition with 3GB free space, during verification of a full backup and, finally, reported ‘failure’!After quitting Duplicity, I have 1GB less free space on my / partition. I

“Hidden” gems of VLC

Today I found out the power of the “Devices” items in the VLC application.With that I mean the option to record: a videocast with the computer’s camera [Video capture]Video effects, although can be seen on screen, are not recorded. the

“Bad request Error 400” for GMail on Firefox

For the last 2-3 days I had an unusual situation to deal with. Whenever I tried to visit my GMail account using Firefox, the response was: Bad requestError 400  At first I checked with the other browsers (Chrome, Opera and

No editor toolbar on WordPress

Just a quick note for me and anyone else with a similar problem: If the rich-text editor on a WordPress blog is not displayed correctly (i.e. no visible toolbar or no access to writing area — I recently had both

Think like a virus!

Not related to L.A.M.P. technologies, but a useful quote to remember if you are a net admin: As a network administrator, you have to think like a virus.How can I get into a network?Which points are the most vulnerable?Once in,

How to hide “Mark all as read” in new Google Reader

With the new redesign of Google Reader (the Google+ look-alike), I’ve noticed a new annoying behavior today. The “Mark all as read” in now a button that takes and keeps focus. This means that if you press it once with

How to hide the new Facebook news feed

In case you are using Firefox and you want to hide the new Facebook right-column news feed, here is a quick hack. At first, you need to install Stylish Stylus, if you don’t have it already. Add a new blank

How to forward a Google+ post to your email inbox

While we ‘re still waiting for the full Google+ API to be available in public, I recently asked in twitter for “an easy way to save GooglePlus posts for later reading or archiving” and this is the solution I found

Re-enabling Google FriendConnect gadgets

Re-enabling Google FriendConnect gadgets

In case you see blank boxes in your Firefox, instead of Google FriendConnect (GFC) gadgets, you can try searching the configuration window of the HTTPS Everywhere add-on. For me, it was the GoogleServices option, which I had to deactivate in

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