Archives January 2014

ubuntu unrar multiple files

I usually use the unrar command from the terminal. You may need to install it with ‘sudo apt-get install unrar’.

After that you just ‘unrar -x filepart1.rar’ It will usually detect if it’s a multi-file archive and move on to the next file.


ubuntu brother MFC-7440N printer driver

usually out of the box printers just work with ubuntu / linux but suprisingly the brother mfc7440n didnt

so i just downloaded a deb from here

I used the cupswrapper driver

then went to add new printer, delected bother and then brother cups supplement driver in list and voila it worked, also worked wireless with the same driver

i got this error from the package manager but just clicked continued and it installed it !! Workspace 1_056


ubuntu 14.04 release date

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Release Dates

In keeping with the release schedules for the last 2 release cycles, Ubuntu (proper) will participate from the final beta milestone onwards.

Ubuntu’s siblings, Xubuntu, Lubuntu, Kubuntu & co, will be available for testing sooner, with two alpha and beta milestones available to them.

  • Alpha 1 – December 19th (for flavours)
  • Alpha 2 – January 23rd (for flavours)
  • Beta 1 – February 27th (for flavours)
  • Final Beta – March 27th
  • Release Candidate – April 10th

With the final release scheduled for:

  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS – April 17th

create bootable mac osx usb install

want to fresh reinstall your mac from a usb key  Selection_055

if your updating your mac from the itunes store download diskmakerx from here

start the download of from itunes and plug in at least a 8 gig usb key

when the download finishes it will want to start the install, before you start the install run disk maker and it will find the install image downloaded for maverick and then proceed to find the usb key and confirm you want to use it, when you select this is fine you wait around 10 / 15 mins and you have a bootable usb key with maverick ready to go.

Pop into you mac / imac and turn on with the alt key selected which will offer you the choice to boot from the usb !! nice fresh install 🙂



unsecured network? not sure? could be dangerous



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dell sputnik xps screen brightness problem

if you have the ubuntu edition of the dell xps sputnik and have upgraded your kernel and now your screen brightness doesnt work correctly then here is a quick work around to have a bright screen instead of a dim screen !

get a terminal up and run this

echo 0 | sudo tee /sys/class/backlight/intel_backlight/brightness



ubuntu WYSIWYG web editor

there isnt a lot of WYSIWYG editors about for linux im afraid but give this a whirl works a treat on ubuntu

Selection_051get your terminal and do the following

Open a terminal and enter the following lines exactly. If the line does not begin with “sudo” don’t add “sudo”…. just put it in as you see it here:
wget -q -O – | sudo apt-key add –
sudo sh -c ‘echo “deb precise-getdeb apps” >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/getdeb.list’
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install bluegriffon