Week in Geek: Mozilla Gets a New Boss Edition

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By Akemi Iwaya on October 17th, 2010

This week we learned how to convert DVDs, ISOs, & AVI videos to play on an iOS device, use Photoshop Channels to elegantly remove backgrounds from images, customize Windows 7 taskbar icons the easy way, get started with the new Windows Live Mesh 2011, use Rainmeter to display system stats on the desktop, and more.


Photo by alacoolb.

Weekly Feature

We have something a little different for you with this week’s feature:

Severed Fifth, a music group founded by Ubuntu community manager Jono Bacon, has announced the release of a new album called Nightmares By Design. It is distributed under a Creative Commons license and is available for download from the group’s website. [via Ars Technica]


Photo by Severed Fifth.

Download Severed Fifth’s “Nightmares By Design” Album

Note: Album can be downloaded as a whole or as individual songs. There is also a PDF lyrics file available.

Random Geek Links


Photo by Mozilla.

Geek Video of the Week

Have fun watching Batman’s continuing adventures with Superman and the Justice League. In this installment the Justice League and a completely ordinary human save the city.


Photo by CollegeHumor.

The Dark Knight Meets Superman Part 2

Productive Geek Tips


Photo by Matt Hamm.

  • Preventing Repetitive Strain Injury the Geeky Way
    Most of us spend our days working in front of a workstation and the wrong workstation settings can cause a serious problem called “Repetitive Strain Injury” or RSI for short. Do not ignore the pain in your hand and thinking that it will go away or get better by itself.

Sysadmin Geek Tips


  • How to Setup a “Split Tunnel” VPN (PPTP) Client on Ubuntu 10.04
    Sometimes you need to use a VPN connection to grant access to remote network resources and for that you use a VPN, but if you don’t want all of your client traffic to go through the VPN link, you’ll need to setup your VPN to connect in a “split tunnel” mode. Here’s how to do it on Ubuntu.
  • How to Setup a VPN (PPTP) Server on Debian Linux
    VPN-ing into your server will allow you to connect to every possible service running on it, as if you were sitting next to it on the same network, without individually forwarding every port combination for every service you would like to access remotely.

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  • GoToMyPC 7.0
    GoToMyPC from Citrix is an easy to use Remote PC solution that let’s you access your Mac or PC from anywhere. The connection between machines is secure which uses 128-bit AES encryption, and is protected by two passwords for end-to-end user authentication.
  • Connectify 2.1
    If you travel a lot, sometimes you arrive at a hotel with no Wi-Fi and you need to connect your portable devices to the Internet. If you have a Wi-Fi enabled Windows 7 Laptop or Netbook along with an Ethernet connection, you can turn it into an instant Wi-Fi Hotspot.
  • Virtual CD Version 10
    Virtual CD 10 is a unique app that will virtualize all off your optical media. You can virtualize CDs, DVDs, HD DVDs, and Blu-ray Discs. This is different than a just a virtual CD drive, as it creates images of your optical media, and allows you to manage it.

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The Geek Note

That is it for this week. We hope that you enjoy the rest of your weekend before heading back to work! Remember to keep those great tips coming in to us at tips@howtogeek.com.


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Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 10/17/10
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