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If you are looking for something to freshen up your desktop then Ubuntu 10.10 has seventeen beautiful new wallpapers to choose from.

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We’ve already shown you how to customize shortcut keys in any Linux application, but for today’s lesson we’ll take it a step beyond—and assign a shortcut key that switches an open application to be the currently focused window.

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Ubuntu has an easy way to keep your system clock synchronized with the internet time servers, but sadly it’s not enabled by default. Here’s the quick steps required to enable it for your system.

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One of the more annoying problems with Linux has always been the lack of AutoHotkey support, so you couldn’t customize your shortcut keys—but now with the open source application AutoKey, you can do that and more.

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Google’s own Matt Cutts has the answer on how to easily switch back and forth between the Dev and Beta channel versions of Google Chrome if you’re using a Debian-based Linux like Ubuntu. Here you go:

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Over at the Atomic Spin weblog, they’ve written up an interesting tip that uses grep to recover files. Here’s the brief command you’d use, but hit the link for the full explanation.

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With Ubuntu 10.10 (the Maverick Meerkat), users and developers will have an end-to-end touch-screen framework — from the kernel all the way through to applications. Our multi-touch team has worked closely with the Linux ker...

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Just like Windows 7 and OS X, Ubuntu has the ability to create a slideshow wallpaper thanks to GNOME 2.28. Here is how you can take control of your wallpaper slideshows with a simple to use GUI tool or a down and dirty text editor.

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We all love to download stuff from the internet, and there are heaps of great download manager tools that we can use to schedule our downloads. It might just be easier to use a download manager, but there is no harm in exploring the tools that already comes with our Ubuntu and make the full use of it.

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If you’ve bought a new computer recently, you probably have a 64-bit processor and installed the 64-bit version of your Linux distribution. What if your computer is a bit older and you don’t remember?

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Have you ever needed to find all the PDF files on your drive, and organize them into one place? You could use the same technique to find all zip, tar.gz, or even MP3 files, and neatly organize them into folders.

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Want to check out the latest version of Firefox, Chromium or VLC without dealing with enabling new software repositories? Try out Kompozer or Audacity without installing a bunch of dependencies? PortableLinuxApps to the rescue.

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Sometimes only a video will do, whether it’s making step-by-step guide, capturing an epic game of solitaire, or recording an IM video stream. We’ll show you how to record video in Ubuntu using RecordMyDesktop.

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Ever needed to make a quick adjustment to the php.ini file but you weren’t sure where it was? Here’s a quick command you can use:

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Have you ever been on a system that has a whole bunch of aliases, like changing rm to rm -i, and you want it to work the way you’re used to?  There’s an easy way to do it.

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Ever forgotten to run the last command with sudo at the beginning? Here’s how to re-run the command with sudo at the beginning, without re-typing the whole thing:

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There’s lots of icon packs out there, many of them great, and many of them lousy, so when we run across one with nice icons, it’s worth a mention.

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The new Windows Home Server Beta is available to the public for testing, and you might not have an extra machine to install it on. Here we take a look at using the free VMware Player to install it so you can test it out.

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If you’ve switched into another folder with the cd command, and then want to get back to the previous one, you don’t have to remember the whole path. Just use the following command:

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If you’re a Windows Home Server enthusiast, you’re more than likely aware of the new Beta code named “Vail”. If you want to test it out without worrying about having an extra machine, we can install and use it free in VMware Server.

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You might want to reuse all of the arguments to a previous command in the shell if you realized you want to open the file with a different utility, but don’t feel like typing out the whole path again.

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Ever thought about turning your Linux Box into your own personal karaoke machine ? Well OSD Lyrics has just made it possible for us Linux users to turn our Linux into a karaoke machine.

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If you’re a Windows Home Server enthusiast you probably want to test out the new version code named Vail. You might not have an extra box to test it on, so here we take a look at installing it on VMware Workstation.

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Have you ever typed out a really long command, realized it worked great, and then wanted to save it to a file? There’s an easy bash trick you can use to do just that.

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