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This week we learned how to cleanup a Windows 7 login screen and remove unwanted logon items, play SNES Games on an iPad with Wiimote support, “harmonize dual boot systems with Symbolic Links, upgrade a Canon Camera’s firmware, & use an easy method to clean a keyboard”, found out how you like to keep your notes, made out like bandits with some great Geek Deals, 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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Now that Firefox has officially kick-started the new Beta Channel, you may be eager to try it out on your Ubuntu system. All that it takes is a few minutes of your time to add the new PPA to your system and you will be ready ...

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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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This week we learned how to optimize Manga and Comic collections for Kindles, make use of more tools & techniques to remove image backgrounds in Photoshop, asked and found out what your geek hobbies are, made out like bandits with this week’s Geek Deals, and more.

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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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A few weeks ago we covered installing Tomato, an open-source router firmware, on your Linksys WRT54GL. Today we’ll be going over how to install OpenVPN alongside Tomato, and setting it up to access your home network from anywhere in the world!

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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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This week we learned how to use over 50 tools & techniques to remove image backgrounds in Photoshop, save paper by highlighting and commenting on PDFs, “halt automatic IE updates, change the background image on Windows 7 folders, & customize the Ubuntu bootloader screen”, upgrade an Ubuntu ISO without re-downloading, found out how you keep track of your passwords, and more.

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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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This week we learned how to set Firefox up to use Google Apps for opening everything, use Virtual PC to install Windows 7 into a virtual machine, what an equalizer is and how it works, had fun adding an artist’s touch to our desktops with a special customization set, where to score sweet geeky deals on laptops, HDTVs, & free apps, and more.

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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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Ever wonder how your home network ranks on the geek scale? The good folks over at 7 Tutorials have put together an interesting post detailing the results of a survey on what the average geeky network really consists of.

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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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