Mac4Lin Linux Desktop Theme


I use a Solaris desktop at work and like using it allot. I’ve never liked the default theme that comes with the Solaris Java Desktop so I started using the Gnome desktop. But even then I had trouble finding a theme that I really liked. Until I came across the Mac4Lin “theme” on SourgceForge. It makes your Linux desktop look allot like a Mac desktop.
It was a bit of a trick to get working on Soalris, as it is more meant for Ubuntu Linux, hence its name. But I managed to get most of it working, and like it allot.
If you like the Mac desktop or would like to get it a try, have a go.

Going Back To Basics

by Matthew Armstrong
by Matthew Armstrong

When I first started this site it was more of a tips and tricks site for myself. I had a small MySQL database behind a Apache/PHP web site that I used to make little notes on how to do things. So that a month of two down the track when I had to do it again but couldn’t remember exactly how, I had a quick and simple place to look for info.
Somewhere along the way though, I wanted to turn the site into a blog so that I could share that information with more people. This went OK. I got a web host, set up WordPress and I was off. It took a while to import and tidy up my tips out of the MySQL database but I did it.
A problem came up though about a month ago when I startled to try and promote my blog. I started making posts that were basically just copies of posts I had seen elsewhere on the web. And started a hectic posting schedule.
While this wasn’t a major problem at first. I recently realized that’s not what I want. It’s not want I want this site/blog to be. I want this blog be a reference site for general computer tips and tricks, not of copy of other site. I want more originality, more reference material.
So I will be stopping the ‘copy posts’ and going back to the tips posts that I write myself. This will mean that posts will appear less often, but they will be more original.I will still do the occasional post about things I see on the internet, but they won’t be copies of other peoples posts.
Thanks for listening,

How to convert .flac files to .mp3 in Ubuntu

by HocusFocusClick
by HocusFocusClick

I downloaded some music the other day, and then discovered that it was in .flac format. While I could have listened to it using VLC Media Player, I wanted to copy it to my iPod Touch to listen to it.
Luckly the guys over at have a good guide on How to convert .flac files to .mp3 using Ubuntu Linux and Windows.
Not only that, but I was able to do it using Portable Ubuntu running off my LaCie 8GB USB key.
I have a few problems installing the gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly-multiverse package, but I found the trick was to install soundconverter application, and then use the link in the application for installing the missing MP3 codec.

Taking Ownership Of Your Performance Reviews

from flicker
from flicker

Meg Bear at Talented Apps have a great article called Missing the point, so you don’t have to. It’s about taking ownership of your performance reviews at your work. She makes some very good points.
I’ve been very careluess about my reviews of late and had begun to think that whole thing was a bit of a joke. Meg was woken me up though and I’m going to start to take a much more active role in it.
Hopefully this will result in something at review time, but I’m still a bit sceptical about that.

Stop It Right Now


Starting in June I will be doing non-technical posts on the weekends. To kick this off I have a list of 16 things that Glen from PluginID suggest you stop doing to improve yourself.
I’m OK on his First List, I  need to work on only number 1 and number 8.
But on his Second List, I need to do a bit more work.
Glen has a good site, some very helpful tips and insightfull comments there. Have a look.

TypingWeb Offers Free Typing Lessons

by 500CPM

One of the most useful things I learned early on in my computing career was how to type. I’m no typing wise, but I can touch type with a reasonable level of accuracy.  But typing software or typing courses can be expensive.
Enter TypingWeb, it offers free tying lesson on the web.
Via : Lifehacker – TypingWeb Offers Free Typing Lessons.

Manually Mount a local or remote CDROM in Sun Solaris

by ¯/¯ / /\/
I recently went to try and install Oracle 10g on a Solaris 10 server, and for some reason it wouldn’t recognize the DVD when I put it in the drive. Solaris and UNIX machines in general I think and usually good for this sort of thing. You put a CD in the drive, it detects it, and puts an icon on your desktop for the new CD or at least mounts it to something like /cdrom or /media/cdrom for you.
However, this machine on this particular day, wasn’t playing ball. So I had to figure out how to do it manually.
Here’s what I did.
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Moving a database to a new ORACLE_HOME

I recently had a request at work to upgrade a database to Now normally this would be a fairly simple request. However, on the server the customers database is running on, the oracle home in question is shared by about 5 different databases. Now I don’t want to upgrade all the databases, just this one customers.
How do I do that? Move that database in question to a new ORACLE_HOME.
This sounds like it would be a difficult task, but its not that hard.
Check out the step after the break.
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How to elevate in Vista without prompting

by coba
by coba

I was recently researching how to run an application in Vista with higher privileges, without having it prompt me with the “are you sure” message.
The best I could find was this work around that basically involves setting up a scheduled task, which you can set to run with higher privileges, then making a shortcut to run that scheduled task. I thought that sounded a bit fiddley, but it did give me an idea on how to fix my problem.
What I was trying to do was run SpeedFan at login. It doesn’t work properly unless it runs with admin rights so just putting it in the start up group didn’t work and checking ‘run as administartor’ got annoying. 
What I was able to do was create a scheduled task that runs when I logon and set it to run with higher privileges. I also had to add a delay of 1 minute to allow a few other things to start up. Other wise it seemed to be starting OK, but I couldn’t see the temp icon that was meant to be on the task bar.

Portable apps for USB Drives

by peppelena
by peppelena

The guys over at LifeHacker have a great article on how to Turn Your Spare Thumb Drives Into Feature-Packed Giveaway Drives. I don’t have as many thumbs drives laying around as they do, but I did find it a very useful list of applications. Some I was already using, other were a good find.
Keep reading after the break to see my highlights of the list.
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