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Find out if processor is 32bit or 64 (Linux)

Q. How can I find out if my processor is 64 bit or 32, under linux.

A. Open shell and type:

cat /proc/cpuinfo

You will get an output, most likely of more than one CPU. Let's just pick one and look at it:

Thursday, 03 November 2011 07:14

Clear text formatting (Word)

ms office logoQ. How do I clear formatting in Word 2007/2003?

A. Here are the steps:

1. Select the text that you want to clear the formatting from.
2. On the Home tab, in the Font group, do one of the following click Clear Formatting icon: clear formatting

Tuesday, 18 October 2011 06:49

Ubuntu 11.10 move the clock from the middle

gnome2-logo-text-194Q. I've installed Gnome instead of Unity on Ubuntu 11.10, now my clock is the middle of the screen. How do I move it?

A.The process is fairly easy, once again, I don't know why they've changed it from what it was:

1. Hold Alt (it may be Windows key instead) and right-click the clock.

2. Once clicked, you'll get an option to Move or Remove From Panel. Then you can drag it around the bar.

Friday, 14 October 2011 14:59

Install Gnome in Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot)

ubuntu-logo-smHere we go again. A new version of Ubuntu is out and if you still don't want to switch from it because of Unity, you are welcome to try and install Gnome. (I didn't try removing or disabling Unity this time, but you are welcome to).

Keep in mind that the new gnome leaves a lot to be desired (like that clock in the middle of the screen) and will take some time to get used to (not as much as Unity though).


1. Open shell and run:

sudo apt-get install gnome-shell

2. Once installed, you have to reboot.

Friday, 14 October 2011 08:23

Clearing master boot record (Linux)

hard-drive-iconQ. I'm trying to wipe clean a hard drive. No matter what I do, I can't get rid of this GRUB on my screen. How do I wipe it out?

A. You have to delete the master boot record on the disk. Regular format will not do it.


Be careful, running those commands can mess up your working hard drives, if you don't specify the proper device.

1. If you are working under Linux, this is the command to clear it:

Saturday, 08 October 2011 09:36

Simple backup script (VBS)

VBSccript file format iconQ. I would like to have a simple backup script, running under windows, which would:

1. Create an archive of my files

2. Delete the archive after a period of time

A. To create an archive, we'll use RAR archiver. It can be downloaded from After you install this application, copy the file rar.exe (found in C:\Program Files\WinRAR) to C:\Windows. This way you can run rar.exe from anywhere on the system and it will find it.

For the purpose of this tutorial we'll use:

Expiration date: 15 days (so we keep the backups for 2 weeks)

Backup path (Destination): C:\backups

Files that are being backed up (Source): C:\inetpub\wwwroot (IIS websites)

Thursday, 06 October 2011 09:16

Synaptic removed in Ubuntu Linux v11.10

ubuntu-logo-smThe new version of Ubuntu Linux (version 11.10 - Oneiric Ocelot) will not have Synaptic Package Manager. This was one of the changes for the new version. I'm not sure if anyone uses Synaptic - most software installations are done through apt-get. In any case, if you really need it, this is how to get it back:

sudo apt-get install synaptic

Thursday, 18 August 2011 14:11

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