LINUX IS CONFUSING. THESE ARTICLES SHOULD HELP.

When it comes to home servers, Linux is king. It’s free, it’s efficient, and the possibilities are endless! Join us as we go through the many ways to keep your open-source server streaming and serving up stuff for you.

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Oh no! How will that poor Ubuntu system ever survive such a vicious attack from Windows malware?!

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If you have missing GPG keys you’ll get an error like the one above in the screenshot if you are using Synaptic Package Manager and a similar one if you use the terminal. “Launchpad-getkeys” is a script that imports these missing keys automatically.

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Windows/Mac/Linux: If you take your wallpaper acquisition and rotation needs seriously, Wally is a powerhouse of a wallpaper management tool. Download wallpapers automatically, rotate them, and more.

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This week we learned how to help prevent drive-by viruses using ActiveX filtering in IE9, reorganize the All Programs section on the Windows 7 start menu, store private files securely using a portable file encryption tool, auto mount partitions at Linux startup the easy way, enjoyed looking through a roundup of the best Windows Home Server apps, and more.

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Whether you want to listen to music on your smartphone or watch movies on your iPad, you may need to convert you media files from one format to another depending on what your devices support.

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Usually making Ubuntu mount a partition at startup would require fiddling with the “fstab” which is confusing. The easiest way to mount your partitions automatically when you turn on your computer is by reading this article. So let’s get started!

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It’s that Ask HTG time of week again where we dip into our reader mailbag and answer your pressing tech questions. This week we’re looking at BIOS support for USB keyboards, disabling URL warnings in Office, and accessing Linux partitions in Windows.

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This week we learned how to add apps to the Windows 7 Explorer favorites list, customize the date format in the Windows taskbar, saved money with the latest set of Geek Deals, had fun decorating our desktops with a Photographer’s Desktop Customization set, looked back at the most popular posts for August, and more.

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By Default, Ubuntu uses apt-get to install packages and updates. Apt-get is a good tool but you can get much faster download speeds using Apt-Fast when downloading and updating your Ubuntu box.

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Once a week we dip into our reader mailbag and answer your pressing tech questions. This week we’re taking a look at what makes portable apps, well, portable,  how to set up an Ubuntu-based Firefox kiosk, and tangle-free headphone storage.

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This week we learned how to “set up credit card processing on Android phones, resize a Windows 7 partition, & use an Android phone as a data modem”, prioritize your network traffic with DD-WRT, use Conditions & If-Then statements in shell scripting, found out how you use virtual machines, improved the view on iPad screens with an outdoors wallpaper collection, and more.

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Earlier this week we asked you to sound off with your Virtual Machine adventures, tips, and tricks. Now we’re back to highlight what you said in this week’s recap.

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We’ve covered enough of the basics in our guide on shell scripting that you should feel comfortable experimenting. In this week’s installment, we’ll be tackling some of the more fun stuff, like conditions and “if-then” statements.

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Linux has grown exponentially in the last 20 years; check out this then-and-now style infographic to compare everything from lines of code to user base to number of top super computers running the OS.

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Technology often yields ridiculous conveniences, like being able to turn on your computer from miles away without pushing the power button. Wake-on-LAN, has been around for a while, so let’s see how it works and how we can enable it.

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This week we learned how to cut a Linux PC’s boot time in half with E4rat, create a Windows event log notification system, found out how you stay connected when away from home, downloaded a free action pack of the best HTG Photoshop effects, had fun decorating our desktops with a Google+ customization set, and more.

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Linux is pretty quick to boot on modern computers, but why not pare it down some more? If you’re hurting from a lack of SSD or just want to boot faster, E4rat will easily shave down your boot time.

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Once a week we dip into the tips box and share some of the gems we find there. This week we’re looking at how to easily generate secure passwords with a personal algorithm, upgrade the font rendering in Windows, and manage your Android volume more effectively.

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Whether you’ve been searching with Grep or looking at programs that can batch rename files for you, you’ve probably wondered if there was an easier way to get your job done. Thankfully, there is, and it’s called “regular expressions.”

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Have you ever wondered where Firefox keeps all of the history it has remembered from your previous browsing sessions… not just URL’s but saved password, form data and certain preference values? The answer, quite simply, is inside of SQLite databases in your Firefox profile folder.

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You’ve learned how to create scripts, use arguments, and build for loops. Now, let’s take a look at some more basic commands, text file manipulation, and redirecting input and output to files and other commands.

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Apple, like most companies, doesn’t really offer Linux support, so it’s a great thing when the community can deliver much-desired functionality. By adding a repo and installing a package or two, you can get tethering working via USB or Bluetooth.

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Windows Home Server (WHS) is one of the most reliable and feature rich network attached storage devices on the market. However, WHS 2011 removed some key features. If you’re looking for an upgrade without losing features, look no further than Amahi.

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This week we learned how to setup a powerful Wiki on a Windows PC, “replace a missing battery meter, repair VirtualBox hard-drives after improper moves, & understand hard-drive spin downs”, how Linux file permissions work, the methods you prefer for streaming your media, celebrated the release of the final Harry Potter movie with a terrific desktop customization set, and more.

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