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Dashboard for Data Cards under GNU/LINUX

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Share files in LINUX over network with Samba Server

Want to share your files with other computers on the network ? Samba Server allows you do that with ease across different operating systems

Make your NTFS partition accessible over network

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New Features to look out on Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr

Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr is going to be released on 17th of this month. The final beta was released a couple of weeks ago and so am sharing with you guys, what are the new things (or welcoming changes) in Trusty Tahr.

Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr

1. Menus integrated with Title Bar :


After the switch to Unity has been made, the menu bar has always stayed at the top bar. Even when the window is resized to a smaller one, to access its menu, one has to go to the top bar. This really irked many of us. But in Trusty Tahr, you can make a choice :
  • Stay with menu being displayed the top bar
  • Get the menu on the title bar of the window (called Locally Integrated Menu)
The Locally Integrated Menu is not enabled by default in Ubuntu 14.04. But you can enable it by going to 'System Settings' -> 'Appearance' -> 'Beahviour'. Under 'Show the menus for a window section', select 'In the window's title bar'.
Locally Integrated Menus in Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr
The Locally Integrated Menu in action

2. Menu bar adjusted according to the window size :

This one is a nice addition too. Guess what will happen when you've got menu on the title bar and shrink the window horizontally ? The window width cannot be decreased below a certain level. If the window width gets smaller than what can hold all the menus, the rest of the menu are grouped into a down arrow and when you click on the arrow, you'll get the rest of the menus.

Compact Menu bar in Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr
The menu bar adjusted to the window width in Ubuntu 14.04

3. Lock Screen :

In the previous versions of Ubuntu, after the user has locked his account, a blank screen appears. Then you are presented with the Account locked window waiting for you to enter your password. But in Ubuntu 14.04, the lock screen resembles the welcome screen ( the initial login screen). When you lock your account, you are taken directly to the new lock screen.

New lock screen in Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr
The new seamless lock screen

4. Lock Account Shortcut :

The default Lock Account Shortcut in the previous versions of Ubuntu was Ctrl + Alt + L (pretty tough). But Trusty has got the same shortcut as in Windows for locking the user account - WinKey + L. In ubuntu terms, you can call it Super + L. You can also use the old key combo. Both work BTW.

5. No more recursive searching when you type file names :

The one more annoyance caused in Ubuntu 13.10 (Actually, because of Nautilus update) was when you type the file name to search for it in the current directory, it did not traverse through the current directory's matching files, but instead recursively through the subdirectories as well. This was fixed in Trusty.

One might say what is wrong with recursive listing ? Even if i want only the files with the current directory, all the recursively matched files are listed. If you want to recursively list the matching files, you can use the search option. That is the very reason why the search option exists.

No recursive file search in Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr
How the file name you typed was handled in Ubuntu 13.10 and in Ubuntu 14.04

6. Even Smaller Unity launcher icon :

The Unity launcher icons can be resized to get even smaller. I may not find it useful but some might. Too small launcher icon would be a headache too

Smaller unity launcher icons in Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr
Ubuntu 13.10 Launcher Icon Size Minimum vs Ubuntu 14.04 Launcher Icon Size Minimum

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Speed up your internet access with Squid Proxy Server on Windows / LINUX

RUNNING SQUID - CHAPTER 1 :

Are you on a local network and your bandwidth is getting consumed a lot ? Then Squid Proxy Server might help you out, saving your bandwidth and getting a quick response. Squid Proxy Server is available for both Windows and LINUX.


What is the need for it ?

Let us assume that there are lots of machines on a network that access internet through a single computer ( known as Gateway ). These machines may access the same page frequently. Each time, the machine makes a request for the page from the internet. Let us say about 20 machines try to access the same page of 1 MB size. All those 20 machines will consume a bandwidth of 20 MB. This may also result in slower response from the page.

What does Squid do ?

Squid stores the web page that is accessed the first time and the next time any machine tries to access the same page, Squid provides you with a cached version of the same page thus saving your time and bandwidth. Also, squid does not provide you the same page for the entirety of your life. You can set timeouts so that squid will get a new copy of the page and provide it for you.

So how do i install it ?

Squid proxy server is available as ready to install for Windows and comes packaged in most LINUX distributions' repositories. You can also download the source package and then compile them manually, but that might be a tedious job (haven't tried it though).

Visit the squid download page to know more information about them

The next post in this series will be Configuring Squid... Soon...

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Download NVIDIA Driver v331.49 for GNU/LINUX

Hey folks, NVIDIA has released an update (version 331.49) to their GNU/LINUX driver series just recently. This driver update comes with some fixed bugs as well as added support for two new graphics cards.

NVidia GNU/LINUX driver
NVIDIA & TUX

NVIDIA Driver 331.49 - Highlights :

  • Added support for GeForce GT 710 & GeForce 825M
  • Fixed a bug (actually, regression) that prevented nvidia-installer from cleaning up directories created as part of the driver installation.
  • Added a new X configuration option "InbandStereoSignaling" to enable/disable DisplayPort in-band stereo signaling. See "Appendix B. X Config Options" in the README for more information.
  • Fixed a bug that caused PBO downloads of cube map faces to retrieve incorrect data.
  • Fixed a bug in nvidia-installer that resulted in spurious error messages when opting out of installing the NVIDIA kernel module or source files for the kernel module.
  • Added experimental support for ARGB GLX visuals when Xinerama and Composite are enabled at the same time on X.Org xserver 1.15.

Download the Driver :

The driver can be downloaded from the official NVIDIA drivers page.

Download the 32 bit driver from here.

To download the 64 bit driver, click here.

Installing the driver :


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Skype Not Working on 64bit GNU/LINUX with NVIDIA Graphics Driver - Solved

Installed Skype on Ubuntu 13.10 64 bit recently and faced a great challenge in getting it to start. Everytime i tried to run skype, i was in dismay because it did not start. Then, when i started skype from the terminal, i got this error message :

error while loading shared libraries: libGL.so.1: wrong ELF class: ELFCLASS64




When i searched over the internet, regarding this error message, it seemed the error was because of the following
  1. Skype relies on 32 bit libGL.so.1
  2. But it first finds the 64 bit libGL.so.1 file and tries to use it for the rendering, which results in the above error : wrong ELF class
Skype not working on 64bit GNU/LINUX - Wrong ELF Class  ELFCLASS64
Skype not working on 64bit GNU/LINUX - Wrong ELF Class  ELFCLASS64
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So in order to make skype get the correct libGL.so.1 file, we want to make it recognize the 32 bit libGL ELF. For that, do the following :

Open Terminal and type the following :
cd /usr
find ./ -name libGL.so.1

Finding the path of the appropriate libGL.so.1 file
Finding the path of the appropriate libGL.so.1 file

For each line of the result displayed, copy the line and enter the command until you find ELF 32-bit in the result of the command as follows :
file <paste the line copied> e.g. file ./lib32/libGL.so.1
In the ./lib32/libGL.so.1 (or whatever path you found out), replace 'libGL.so.1' with the text after 'symbolic link to '. In my case it is 'libGL.so.331.20'. So the next command will be 
file ./lib32/libGL.so.331.20 (Or your file, of course)
Check whether the command's output has ELF 32-bit in 
Repeat this sequence until you find the 32bit libGL ELF.

So, for me the file is under "/usr/lib32". 

sudo vi /etc/ld.so.conf.d/skype.conf

Add the following entry into the file :
/usr/lib32 ( Or your path, if yours is a different one )

Save the file and run the following command in the terminal :
ldconfig

Now start the skype. It must have started like it did for me .

Skype on GNU/LINUX
Skype on GNU/LINUX


 If so, Hurray !!! If not, post your terminal output in the comments below, so that we can help you out. Or else post in the forum

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Boot Ubuntu based GNU/LINUX directly from ISO


There is a great possibility that you want to try out the newly downloaded GNU/LINUX distribution, but unfortunately you are running out of pen drives or DVDs. This post shows you how to boot directly from an ISO


Note : This method requires an existing LINUX Operating System. (For Windows, there is a software called EasyBCD which provides us the advantage to boot from ISO , but it doesn't work with LINUX ISO, atleast as far as I have tried ) We take advantage of the GRUB 2's capability to boot from the ISO to use this method. Let us see how this is done :

Disk Utility - sda5
  1. Open Disk Utility
  2. Make a note of the device name and the volume id. Here in my case it is sda and 5. Let us write it in the form of (hdx,y). 'a' in sda means x=0, sd'b' means x=1 and so on. y=3. So for me it will be (hd0,5)
  3. Make a note of the path of the bootable ISO file.
  4. Open Terminal and type the following :
  5. gksu gedit /etc/grub.d/40_custom
  6. Now add the following lines to the file :
  7. menuentry "Try LINUX" {
    set isofile="<path_to_iso_file>/<filename>.iso"
    loopback loop (hd0,5)$isofile    (Replace 0 and y with the values as calculated above)
    (For 64 bit systems : ) linux (loop)/casper/vmlinuz.efi boot=casper iso-scan/filename=$isofile noprompt noeject
    (For 32 bit systems : ) linux (loop)/casper/vmlinuz boot=casper iso-scan/filename=$isofile noprompt noeject
    initrd (loop)/casper/initrd.lz
    }
  8. Save and close the file.
  9. Now run the following :
  10. sudo update-grub
    (or)
    su root
    update-grub
  11. Then restart the system and boot into the "Try LINUX" entry you just created. This will boot the system directly from the ISO. After the system has booted, open the terminal and enter the following : ( important )
  12. sudo umount -l -r -f /isodevice

Now you can install the distribution and continue with the  installation process.

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Setting multiple home pages in Firefox and Chrome


Bidding Farewell to 2013 and welcoming 2014 with a big smile all over the face, a very happy new year to all of you guys.

Want to set multiple home pages in your browser and dont know how to do so ? Then here is your answer :



In this article, i will tell you how to set multiple home pages in Firefox / Chrome.

Firefox :


In firefox, go to Preferences Dialog box. This will be available in either of these locations depending on your OS :

  • Edit Menu -> Preferences
  • Tools -> Preferences

Click on General Tab. In the home page text field, enter the pages you want seperated by the pipe symbol ( | )

For example,
http://www.pctips4u.com|http://www.techalice.com|http://www.techfishy.com



Chrome :


In Chrome,

  • Click on the Settings icon, then select 'Settings' option. 
  • Under 'On Startup' section, select 'Open a specific page or set of pages '.  
  • Then Click on 'Set pages'. Then enter the URL of the pages one by one

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Protect your privacy online with these tips

Are you tired of being stalked while browsing online ? Do you get the same annoying ads about the things you searched over the internet recently. Well, you are not alone. There are thousands of millions of people who are irked by this "INVASION OF PRIVACY".

Invasion of Privacy
Well they may call it the targeted ads, but for us its something about grand annoyance. I do not go against any particular organization or company, but in general against all those who peep into others private matters in that regard.

So How do I protect myself from being tracked online ?


  1. This is the first thing that every computer nerd would say when it comes down to online privacy : "TOR". Tor Browser helps you safeguard your online privacy. Click here to download TOR
  2. Use TOR browser for searching products online or to do some other private stuff online.
  3. Use a Mail Client such as Outlook or Thunderbird for viewing Emails.
  4. Always use Firefox for things such as Social Networking and viewing web mails ( I do not personally have any grudge against other browsers, but i find a certain browser slower than Firefox, which can be tracking me all the way along my browsing trail ).
  5. Do not install any addons in your web browser unless it is absolutely necessary and you too have complete faith in it.
  6. Always use random search engines to make things easier. Do not use only a particular search engine. This way it will certainly track your browsing patterns.
  7. Disable javascript and other unwanted plugins. This can also save your bandwidth a lot and also protect your privacy online.
With these tips I can assure you that your privacy will remain safe to a greater extent if not to its completeness. You cannot possibly hide from the entire internet stalkers but limit them.

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