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Specify search domains for Windows DNS

Q. I've added a server to the DNS, but when I do an NS lookup it doesn't show up, unless a fully qualified domain name (FQDN) is used. How can I fix this.

A. There are many ways to fix this.

1) Quickest way is to add the host to your hosts file:

Edit C:\Windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts file and add at the bottom:    servername

This however, leads to a lot of manual work if you want to do it on an organizational level, so the second method is probably better:

Wednesday, 23 October 2013 14:23

Volume indicator not working after xubuntu 13.10 upgrade

xubuntu-logo-icon-largeQ. My volume indicator is broken after the upgrade to Xubuntu 13.10. The sound still works.


A. This is a known bug, but can be easily fixed:


In a terminal window, run: 

sudo nano /usr/share/dbus-1/services/indicator-sound.service

Modify the line:




Friday, 18 October 2013 13:00

Force Linux reboot

This happens quite often - a file-system hangs and doesn't respond to "reboot" commands. Here's how to force it to restart - on the command line, type the following:

echo 1 > /proc/sys/kernel/sysrq
echo b > /proc/sysrq-trigger

Thursday, 03 October 2013 19:44

How to install wallpapers from older ubuntu releases?

ubuntu-logoQ. I would like to install wallpapers from older releases of Ubuntu, how do I go about doing so?


A. The process is simple. You can run the following command on the terminal:


sudo apt-get install ubuntu-wallpapers-quetzal

Depending on the version you have (and wallpapers you'd like), replace quetzal with one of the following previous versions:

Tuesday, 01 October 2013 10:34

Broken or missing icons in Windows 7/8

Q. Some of my Windows icons have disappeared and look like the default application icon. How can I fix this?

Here's an example of what it looks like:

windows 7 broken icon

A. This happens because the icon cache gets corrupted. There are several ways to fix this:

Wednesday, 01 May 2013 11:18

Redirect all except one directory in Apache

Q. I would like to redirect all but one directory in Apache. How do I do that?

A. The process is very simple, using mod_rewrite:

Let's say that "directory1" is what you would like to continue using and everything else is to be redirected:

RewriteCond $1 !^directory1
RewriteRule (.*)$1 [R=301,L]
Tuesday, 16 April 2013 11:41

List serial number of USB device

Q. Is there a way to under Linux to find out the Serial number of a device plugged into the system?

A. Yes, there is a simple command:

lsusb -v

This will produce a long output, so it's best to pipe it into a "more" or just a text file.

Monday, 08 April 2013 13:25

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