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How to use Reason with ReBirth RB-338 on 64-bit Windows 7 or 8

Probably because I'd been listening to some Acid Techno earlier in the week, I woke up this morning with the urge to play with a 303. So the obvious thing to do was to dig out ReBirth RB-338 and run it through Reason. … Continue reading

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Building wine from source on 64-bit debian

If you need a particular version of wine to run a particular windows programme, you may well need to build wine from source. Most windows programmes need 32-bit wine so you can't simply build the package from source on your 64-bit installation … Continue reading

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Warning about large hard discs, GPT, and Gigabyte Motherboards such as GA-P35-DS4

Or, Gigabyte BIOS considered harmful After changing the motherboard, a computer became unbootable because the Gigabyte BIOS created a Host Protected Area (HPA) using sectors already allocated to a disc partition, corrupting the partition table and overwriting data. What Gigabyte are … Continue reading

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Monitoring several log files in one terminal window using screen

When debugging website problems I often run tail on /var/log/apache2/error.log or on /var/log/apache2/access.log. Today I needed to monitor both at the same time. One solution is to open two terminal windows, however this uses up valuable entries in the alt-tab … Continue reading

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Steam Hardware Survey: All Linux distributions increase in popularity

Valve's Hardware Survey for July 2013 shows an increase in usage for every recorded Linux distribution, with each distribution seeing increases between 7-22%. As every single distribution seems to be increasing in popularity, I interpret this to mean that as … Continue reading

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dkms.conf: Error! No 'BUILT_MODULE_NAME' directive specified for record #0.

I recently had an error crop up with an installation of Linux Mint Debian Edition. When upgrading a kernel, or adding/removing certain software packages, or typing "dkms autoinstall" the following error appeared: dkms.conf: Error! No 'BUILT_MODULE_NAME' directive specified for record … Continue reading

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Dealing with website forms that disable pasting

Occasionally I run across a website that thinks its a good idea to arbitrarily restrict fundamental functions of my browser. Recently I signed a petition which asked for my email address twice. Obviously I'm not going to type it twice, I'm … Continue reading

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Improving the fonts in Linux Mint Debian Edition with Infinality

It turns out that the fonts in LMDE look a bit different to those in say Ubuntu. This is partly because of Ubuntu's theme, and partly because Debian's font rendering is a little dated. There is a guy over at … Continue reading

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Copying Thunderbird settings from Windows to Linux (or vice versa)

One of the benefits of cross-platform software such as the Thunderbird mail client is that its often quite easy to transfer data from one platform to another. The data that Thunderbird creates (that contains your account settings, downloaded emails, mail … Continue reading

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Installing Steam on 64-bit Linux Mint Debian Edition

One of my motivations for installing Linux Mint Debian Edition was to see for myself the efforts Valve have been making over the last few months, porting most of their games and their Steam platform to Linux. It turns out … Continue reading

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Removing Linux Mint Debian Edition's Chromium search page

When you install Chromium in the latest version of Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE), typing anything in the search/address bar takes you to an awful custom search engine that wastes loads of space and hurts my eyes. So, how do … Continue reading

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Installing Linux Mint Debian Edition via a USB stick

I installed 64-bit Mint Debian Edition today (LMDE) but I had a problem getting the image onto the USB stick. I used LinuxLive (LiLi) Usb Creator version 2.8.22 released June 1st 2013, however the default settings resulted in a usb … Continue reading

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Compiling Octave from source on Linux Mint Nadia (Ubuntu 12.10)

I recently needed to build GNU Octave from source, as the version available in the Ubuntu repositories (3.6.2) had a crash that reliably triggered when I attempted to run a matlab script from a lecture I had been watching (a … Continue reading

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grub-probe: error: not a directory. (grub 1.99 in Ubuntu Linux 12.04)

I upgraded some packages earlier (including a kernel) and received an odd error from grub (version 1.99-21ubuntu3.9) $ sudo grub-install --recheck /dev/sda /usr/sbin/grub-probe: error: not a directory. Auto-detection of a filesystem of /dev/sdb1 failed. Try with --recheck. If the problem persists … Continue reading

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Strip audio from a video in Ubuntu Linux

Lets say you have a video you recorded on your mobile phone, and you want to send it to someone but there is a noisy audio track which is irrelevant to the subject. Stripping out the audio track is fairly … Continue reading

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