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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

Running external command (VBS & WSH)

VBSccript_file_format_iconThere are various ways to execute an external command from VBS. Here are a few examples.

1. Using Exec

If you want to run an application in a child command-shell, providing access to the StdIn/StdOut/StdErr streams:

Example 1: Capturing the exit code:

Dim WshShell, oExec
Set WshShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")

Set oExec = WshShell.Exec("notepad")

Do While oExec.Status = 0
WScript.Sleep 100

WScript.Echo oExec.Status

Wednesday, 17 August 2011 12:39

"View Source" in Firefox 6 - now

firefox-logoQ: After being there for 5 versions the "View Source" option is gone from View View Source. Where is it?

A: New changes bring new problems. I have no idea why that was removed - I think it can be filed under "change for the sake of change".

a) You can view the source by right-clicking on the page and selecting View Source


b) You can press Ctrl+U and it will pop-up the page source window

Wednesday, 17 August 2011 07:45

Display "From" field in Outlook

outlook_2003_logoQ. How can add a From button to Outlook 2007?

A. First, open Outlook.

2. Click on "New Message" (or Ctrl+N as a keyboard shortcut).

3.Click on "Options" → "Show From" button

Wednesday, 10 August 2011 12:34

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