Install WICD network manager on Linux Ubuntu/Mint

It may occur that by default your computer won't connect to wireless networks after starting up the system. A way to solve this might be to install the WICD network manager which is available in the Ubuntu repositories. Just fire up Synaptic Package Manager and search for WICD. During installation, you will be asked to ... Read more

Install Gimp 2.8 on Ubuntu 12.04 and Mint 13

Don't do this on prior releases of the operating systems. There are reports of severe crashes (for me, there were only dependency errors but you never know)! Gimp version 2.8 is now available as sourcecode and via ppa. It comes with an often requested single-window mode and a few other features. If you have any ... Read more

Google Earth alternative – Marble (Linux, Windows, Mac)

Google products have the tendancy to not be liked for several reasons, such as installing additional stuff like updaters and managers. For the popular Google Earth application, there is an alternative, originally developed for the Linux KDE desktop environment, but now available for the major operating systems including Windows and Mac. Marble lacks the detailed ... Read more

Change Log-In Screen Background Image on Ubuntu Linux

If you want to make your Ubuntu installation a little less purple and orange, but don't see a solution that covers the change of log-in screen background picture change, try Simple Lightdm Manager. It is a tool that lets you turn the log-in screen into any image you have on your computer. To install, open ... Read more

Change System Sounds on Windows 7 (Including Startup)

This article will deal with two aspects: handling the regular sounds which are accessible in Control Panel as well as changing the system startup sound, which is hidden inside a .dll file and quite tricky to get at. The regular sounds can be accessed by entering the Control Panel and browsing to Control Panel\Hardware and ... Read more

Encrypt Folders (Ubuntu Linux)

To encrypt folders on Linux Ubuntu there is a simple program called Cryptkeeper which, while active, lets you mount and dismount password protected folders. While unmounted, the encrypted folders are invisible to the user. While mounted, you need to enter the password to access its contents. To create a new encrypted folder just click on ... Read more