Tag Archive: Operating system

Mar 01

How to: “Change product key” in Windows 8 or in Windows Server 2012

How to: “Change product key” in Windows 8 or in Windows Server 2012 I’ve learned over the years to not activate a Windows product until I am confident it is stable. I say that because I used to activate Windows right after installation and either because of third party update, malfunctioning hardware, etc. I had …

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May 04

How to: Create directory in /var/run/ at startup in Ubuntu

How to: Create directory in /var/run/ at start-up in Ubuntu As you probably have already noticed, the /var/run directory is temporary storage used by your Ubuntu system. It is mapped to your RAM disk (Ubuntu uses I think about 10% of your RAM and creates a disk mount for it. This is used for folders …

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May 04

How to: Make a directory structure in Ubuntu only if the directories do not exist

How to: Make a directory structure in Ubuntu only if the directories do not exist Lately I have been working on start up scripts but because I use temporary storage for some mounts the information contained within them is cleared with each reboot (shutdown / turn on – Windows Azure). This means that the folder …

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Mar 25

Resolved: Microsoft Office has detected a problem with your Information Rights Management configuration. Contact your administrator for more information.

Resolved: Microsoft Office has detected a problem with your Information Rights Management configuration. About a week ago one of our client computers started facing issues regarding the ability to access the Information Rights Management IRM server. We use Windows Azure’s IRM service (Azure Rights Management) so there are a few things you need to do …

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Mar 12

How to: Configure Swappiness in Ubuntu

How to: Configure Swappiness in Ubuntu In one of my previous articles on how to setup virtual memory / swap memory in Ubuntu I covered how to install a swap space for a Windows Azure VM. I deployed swap mostly as a precaution against running out of memory which could result on applications unable to …

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Feb 19

How to: Add or Remove Symbolic links in Ubuntu

How to: Add or Remove Symbolic links in Ubuntu Unlike Windows, in Linux based systems symbolic links are use quite frequently. The advantage of using symbolic links is that they allow you to have the same file in multiple locations, but the content to remain the same across all of them regardless of where you …

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Jan 17

How to: Install Security Updates from the command line in Ubuntu

How to: Install Security Updates from the command line in Ubuntu Lately as I log in to an Ubuntu box I get messages indicating that there are security updates available for Ubuntu but I have struggled to get them installed. 13 packages can be updated. 13 updates are security updates. Traditional¬†one would use apt-get update; …

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Dec 21

How to: Determine your Memory Usage & Free Memory in Ubuntu

How to: Determine your Memory Usage & Free Memory in Ubuntu One thing I have discovered with Ubuntu is that there is more than one way to skin a cat. All won’t yield the same result but you can achieve similar things through different approaches. Finding out how much memory you have used, how much …

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Dec 11

How to: List all available Hard Drives / Partitions in Ubuntu

How to: List all available Hard Drives / Partitions in Ubuntu Managing hard drives, partitions and mounting points in Ubuntu requires knowing a few commands in order to list/view what is available on the system. Fortunately Ubuntu offers a few command lines that can help you visualize how your storage is organized so you can …

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Dec 06

How to: Change what ‘Country’ the Windows Store in Windows 8 displays

How to: Change what ‘Country’ the Windows Store in Windows 8 displays To my surprise all applications in the “Store” that comes with Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 does not show all applications created. There are different flavors of the Store depending on which country you are. Developers can therefore target their applications and restrict …

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