Amarok is a wonderful application for managing and playing your music collection, but the default settings aren't optimized for speed when it comes to large collections of music. The problems are especially noticeable while trying to use the search box.
WinSCP is by far and away the best SCP/SFTP client for Windows users, but the default settings don't use keepalive, so you get disconnected far too often. I like to leave the client open while I'm doing work, and this causes a serious problem with my workflow.
Hidden away in the Windows directory is a separate utility that can be used to perform certain user administration functions not provided in the normal interface. Instead of typing "control userpasswords2" into the run box, you can just add it as an icon in your Control Panel.
Has this ever happened to you? I created a new virtual machine running Ubuntu on my VMware server before I left home, but forgot to install the ssh server... so I couldn't get to that machine at all from my remote location. Rather than driving back home I decided to find a solution.
One of the biggest security holes you could open on your server is to allow directly logging in as root through ssh, because any cracker can attempt to brute force your root password and potentially get access to your system if they can figure out your password.
If you've got a home computer that you put into sleep mode, you might be irritated that you have to enter your password every time it wakes up.
If you frequently download files from suspicious sites, it's probably worth it to check for viruses Before you download, instead of waiting to see if your regular anti-virus software will catch it after you download.
A reader on the forum asked yesterday why his password kept expiring on his Windows Vista installation, so here's the answer for everybody: Windows XP Professional, Windows Vista Business and Windows Vista Ultimate all have a built-in feature to allow user accounts to have a password expiration.
If you use the built-in file encryption in Windows Vista, you might be interested in adding an option to the right-click menu to more easily encrypt and decrypt your files, rather than having to use the file properties dialog.
If you've got drives in My Computer that you never access, such as a USB Flash drive that you are using solely for ReadyBoost, a floppy drive, or a network drive only used for a particular piece of software, then you might want to simply hide the drive from your computer.
Many people have reported problems with synchronizing their clocks with the internet time servers, especially time.windows.com, which seems to have a ton of problems with uptime. We'll go through a few workarounds to fix this issue.
Windows Vista's AutoPlay options are a great improvement over Windows XP in terms of flexibility, but unfortunately there are so many options that it can be confusing, especially since there's no specific mention of USB Flash drives in the options.
Microsoft Word is a wonderful tool for writing documents, but did you know that you can now use it to post to your blog as well?
If you allow Firefox to store your passwords you might be worried about the recent security holes found in the password manager. The solution to these problems is to use the Secure Login extension to prevent Firefox from automatically filling in password fields
The new Parental Controls in Windows Vista will allow you to filter the content your children can view on the web.
If you want to access your remote database from a client tool like the MySQL Query Browser, normally you'd have to open up access from your local IP address...
If you've been using the default movie player in Ubuntu to play videos, you might have noticed that there's no way in the application to clear the recent history of watched movies.
What you may not realize is that you can backup or restore the list network logon credentials using a mostly hidden control panel utility.