Category: Hacks

  • Automator will not save service in General in Yosemite OSX for keyboard shortcuts

    Automator will not save service in General in Yosemite OSX for keyboard shortcuts

    You might have had the same problem I just did: I tried to create a global hotkey shortcut command situation for popping up a new mail message. I’m trying hard to only look at my inbox Xx/day, but I often have emails I need to send. So, I tried to create a global shortcut using […]

  • How to set up a TP-LINK router on Apple/Mac

    How to set up a TP-LINK router on Apple/Mac

    TP-LINK routers are best sellers on Amazon, and I like my new one a LOT. I had a 5-year old Vizio router that did yeoman’s service, but had started to drop connections and in general behave like an amnesiac hash addict. I liked the reviews, which said that TP-LINK routers were dead easy to set […]

  • How to get a short link from a Google Maps location

    How to get a short link from a Google Maps location

    The Google Maps interface has changed, and it’s hard to tell how to share a location from a dropped pin or a business you want to find.Perhaps you’d like to make an easy short link to your house that you can share with people again and again. It just took me five minutes of Googling […]

  • Completely remove CrashPlan from your Mac

    Completely remove CrashPlan from your Mac

    Have you tried to delete CrashPlan from your Applications folder and gotten the message that the “CrashPlan app is locked” in a popup? Here’s the solution: Shut down the CrashPlan app in the system tray. You may need to elevate permissions or use ‘sudo’ to perform some of these commands. Open a Terminal window. You […]

  • Redirect timewaster sites with 3 Chrome extensions

    Redirect timewaster sites with 3 Chrome extensions

    I have a lot of sites that by themselves, aren’t terrible for me. I won’t spend hours on Facebook or Buzzfeed or Twitter or Gawker or Huffington Post…but I have found myself spending hours on Facebook AND Buzzfeed AND Twitter AND Gawker AND Huffpo. I looked at some helpful productivity extensions, and I like this […]

  • Defaults changed for OpenSSH config in Kubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr

    Defaults changed for OpenSSH config in Kubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr

    I rebuilt a box this morning, and when I installed openssh-server, I found a different option set as default in the config file–one that I believe is less secure. Where previously, the default Authentications section looked like this: # Authentication: LoginGraceTime 120 PermitRootLogin yes StrictModes yes The default now looks like this: # Authentication: LoginGraceTime […]

  • How to play Amazon Instant Videos on Ubuntu/Kubuntu Raring Ringtail 13.04 with Firefox

    How to play Amazon Instant Videos on Ubuntu/Kubuntu Raring Ringtail 13.04 with Firefox

    We’re all aware that there are issues with Flash and playing streaming videos on Linux. You can’t play AIV on Chrome; you’ll get that annoying “If you’re using the Chrome browser with Linux, you must disable PPAPI to continue using Amazon Instant Video. You can also use a different Web browser, like Firefox. Learn more” […]

  • Set up Kubuntu 12.10 and an HP printer for batch scanning in Xsane

    Set up Kubuntu 12.10 and an HP printer for batch scanning in Xsane

    This process needs to be much easier, but until then, here’s a script to get you set up. This is an update of an older post here: http://thetarah.com/2010/10/12/how-to-batch-scan-using-xsane/ to make this more intuitive. Instead of having you follow a long list of instructions, I’ve been testing out scripts to get my common tasks done upon […]

  • Google Chrome Will Not Start In KDE (Kubuntu 12.10)

    Google Chrome Will Not Start In KDE (Kubuntu 12.10)

    Have you had this problem in KDE? I’ve clicked a few times on a Google Chrome shortcut, and after 20-30 seconds of a bouncing Chrome icon, it disappears. The Chrome process never shows up in the System Monitor or in running processes, either. / Greetings, Madam. $google-chrome –enable-logging –log-level=0 Fontconfig warning: “/etc/fonts/conf.d/50-user.conf”, line 9: reading […]

  • How to fix KDE, LibreOffice, and dark themes in Kubuntu

    How to fix KDE, LibreOffice, and dark themes in Kubuntu

    I need to use a dark theme in KDE because I spend so much time on the computer that my eyes get tired of looking at whiteness all the time. I use a very dark theme to minimize the strain on my eyes. If you use LibreOffice and a theme such as Zvon Black, you […]