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This week we learned how to setup network bootable utility discs using PXE, stream video to both iOS and Android devices with Plex, “check Android OS version numbers, enable headphone jacks for simultaneous speaker/headphone output, & load files on an iPad”, found some great Geek Deals, had fun with anime wallpapers for Android phones, and more.

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Every week we dip into our tips bag to share some handy reader tips with you. This week we’re looking at tips to help you share folders between Linux and Windows installs, upgrading your Canon’s firmware, a simple way to clean your keyboard.

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The new Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal uses a Global Menu which puts the applications menus (File, Edit ,View…) on the top panel. In Firefox, this also removes the Firefox menu button in the upper left corner of the browser window. If you liked that menu button and would like to get it back then you are lucky because it can be done in just 2 easy steps!

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You may recall the Social Networking Map that appeared last year; the Great Linux World Map is a linx-centric equivalent with popular (and less popular) Linux distributions mapped over the world.

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Ubuntu has a lot of GUI-based methods for installing applications, but they take some time to search and find. Since the keyboard is usually faster than the mouse, managing your software via the command-line can be a real time-saver.

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There are lots of tips out there for tweaking your SSD in Linux and lots of anecdotal reports on what works and what doesn’t. We ran our own benchmarks with a few specific tweaks to show you the real difference.

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Are you looking for an easy way to integrate Firefox’s downloads with the Launcher Icon on the Unity Sidebar? Then you will definitely want to have a look at the UnityFox Extension. UnityFox adds a download progress bar...

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Have you been wanting an easy way to set KeePass Password Safe 2 up on your Linux systems? Then get ready to rejoice. Now you can get that KeePass goodness on your Ubuntu or Debian-Based Linux system using a PPA, the Command ...

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Are you looking for a fun tile-based puzzle game to play on your computer? Then you should take a good look at Hex-a-hop. Hex-a-hop comes with 100 levels of tile-puzzle solving goodness to keep you busy (and thinking)!

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Do you want to keep up with the latest features included in Opera Browser automatically? Then all it takes is a few minutes of your time to set up Opera’s new snapshot dev channel on your computer.

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Twitter has become an addicting, fun distraction for many of us. But since it’s mostly a text only media, why not tweet while you’re working in the Linux terminal? Score some geek points, and tweet the Linux geek’s way.

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The traditional way of turning your monitor off via a hotkey has been broken for a few versions now. A pretty simple Python script can bring that functionality back reliably and efficiently.

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With Ubuntu’s latest release out the door, we thought we’d celebrate by showing you how to make it centrally available on your network by using network boot (PXE).

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Zsync is a Linux command that allows you to compare an existing .iso with an up-to-date zsync meta file to download only the missing or out of date parts. Combine those parts with your existing file and what you are left with is a completely up to date iso without spending the time to download the entire file.

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Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal officially rolls out the door tomorrow with its’ shiny new Unity interface. To help you make the most of Unity, we have found two awesome wallpapers full of keyboard ninja and mouse master goodness.

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Are you looking for an easy way to tweak the settings for Unity 2D on your Ubuntu 11.04 system? Then we have the perfect app to share with you. Mariano Chavero has created a simple, easy to use GUI app that will let you tweak...

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Once a week we dip into our reader mailbag to answer your pressing tech questions. This week we’re taking a look at halting Internet Explorer from updating to version 9, customizing folder backgrounds in Windows 7, and customizing the Ubuntu bootloader.

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You may want to prevent changes from being made on your perfectly setup Ubuntu computer, but locking down user accounts gives annoying error messages and prevents temporary changes. With Gofris, you can accomplish this without complicated hard drive imaging.

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Earlier this week we asked you to share the contents of your flash drive toolkit. You shared your software lists and tricks; now we’re back to highlight the trends in reader toolkits.

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If you’ve played Minecraft, then it’s easy to see how much fun it can be. Running your own server lets you bring all of your friends into the same game, and you can play with rules you get to make or break. It’s the ultimate in an already addictive game!

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Have you ever needed to troubleshoot or diagnose a problematic computer and you forgot where the utility CD is? We’ll show you how to utilize network booting (PXE) with FOG to make that problem a thing of the past.

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Multitasking on the command-line can be really confusing for beginners who use Screen. Using Byobu puts a host of system stats available at a glance while making it easy for newbies to work without memorizing hard-to-remember keybindings.

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The Linux Foundation is gearing up to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Linux operating system. Check out this video and timeline to see some of the major milestones in Linux history.

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Do you love playing Chess and have a Linux system ready for more gaming goodness? Then you may want to look at PyChess. PyChess allows you to play versus the computer or go online to play against other people if desired.

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This week we learned how to backup and resurrect a dead or dying system disk with Clonezilla, use Windows 7’s Previous Versions to go back in time and save files, get 20GB of Amazon Cloud Storage for 89 cents, get past difficult levels in Angry Birds with video cheats for every level, see what your fellow readers had to say on the subject of registry cleaners, and more.

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