How To Create Multiple Firefox Profiles

September 27, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: firefox, linux, Ubuntu, windows 

Although it's possible to create separate login profiles on both Windows and Linux, it's often inconvenient when sharing a computer with other household members to start a whole new login session when someone just wants to quickly access their webmail or homepage. A more convenient solution is to create separate user profiles in Firefox to manage different homepages, bookmarks, etc. Read more

Ubuntu Video Configuration on a Dell Inspiron 2600

September 21, 2008 by · 4 Comments
Filed under: HowTo, linux, Ubuntu 

Update Nov. 9, 2008 - While trying to get Ubuntu 8.10 working on my 2600, I remembered one key detail to getting 8.04 to work. I've only gotten it to work with BIOS revision A08. Here's a link to the Inspiron 2600 BIOS A08 on the Dell website. Unfortunately, this is a Windows executable to make a bootable floppy, so obviously you'll need access to a Windows machine to make the BIOS boot disk. Read more

How To Install Avast! in Ubuntu

September 13, 2008 by · 8 Comments
Filed under: HowTo, linux, security 

Avast! antivirus offers a free desktop edition for Linux. I've already shown how to install avast! in Windows XP, today I'm going to show how to install the Linux version on Ubuntu. The first step is to go to the avast! website and download the .deb package. After the download has completed, you should be able to double click the .deb and then click on Install Package. The system will prompt you for your password and then the installation should start. If you'd prefer to use the command line for this task, open a terminal and change to the directory where the new .deb file is saved. Then enter the following command: (adjust this for the name of the .deb package you just downloaded.) Read more

Review: HP 2207 22″ Flat Panel Monitor

September 10, 2008 by · 2 Comments
Filed under: gadget 
I've been using the HP 2207 Flat Panel Monitor for a few months now and overall I'm quite pleased. I've been spoiled at work for quite a while with a large 23" monitor for CAD work, so it's been nice to have something similar at home. I won't bother with listing the full technical specs here. If you want to see the specs, they are available at and are the things I like about this monitor. Read more

How To: South Paw Logitech LX8 in Linux

September 6, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: bash, gadget, HowTo, linux, Ubuntu 

I've been using the Logitech LX8 at work and at home for a couple of weeks now. I'd been searching for an ambidextrous mouse and the LX8 has been a pleasure to use. One of the frustrations at work is that our Windows XP machines are pretty well locked down, so all I can configure is swapping buttons 1 and 2 through the control panel mouse configuration. Well, at home I can do whatever I want, so I wanted to swap the functions of the side buttons in Linux so that the Firefox "Back" button was on the thumb side for left handed use. Read more

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