Incorrent Time on Windows/Linux Dual Boot System

If you work on a dual boot system you might experience that when you log off from Windows, onto Linux, and to Windows again, the time that is shown in the bottom right corner might be an hour or more off the actual time. This will correct once you refresh it by loading the time ... Read more

Fix “System error 1290 has occurred.” error on Windows

This error usually comes up when you try to start a new service that would get the same service ID as another service in the process: System error 1290 has occurred. The service start failed since one or more services in the same process have an incompatible service SID type setting. A service with restricted ... Read more

Getting information about your system from dxdiag on Windows

DirectX Diagnostic tool dxdiag is a useful tool on Windows that gives you loads of information about your system, such as GPU, CPU and BIOS info. It is common that tech support asks you to attach your dxdiag report to support requests since it helps to narrow down the problem. Before Windows 8, dxdiag was ... Read more

Restore missing d3dx9_26.dll file on Windows systems

Errors concerning a missing d3dx9_26.dll usually come up in connection with games and have to do with DirectX. If you are facing such an error, there are two steps you can try out to fix the issue. Before we get to these however, be warned: Do not download any dll files separately from websites offering ... Read more

Reorder accounts in Thunderbird (Windows)

There's one important feature missing in Thunderbird that you will need when working with many different accounts, that is, reordering them. You won't find any option for this in the settings, nor is there any obvious way. The only one I found involved editing the prefs.js file (close Thunderbird while doing so!), that is located ... Read more

Activate the title bar in Mozilla Thunderbird 17 again

Starting with the Mozilla Thunderbird 17, the classic title bar has been hidden in Thunderbird. To get the classic title bar back, follow these steps: Start Mozilla Thunderbird. Open the config editor by clicking on Tools -> Options -> Advanced -> General -> Config Editor (button) Navigate to the setting "mail.tabs.drawInTitlebar" in the config editor and set ... Read more

Change screen orientation in Windows

In the age of widescreens, Windows offers a really helpful function for viewing documents, or just play pranks on your friends. With a simple key-combination, you can rotate your screen into any direction - flip it upside-down, or lay it on the side: To rotate the screen, press Ctrl + Alt + Arrow key. The ... Read more

Switch between English and German keyboard layouts on German keyboards (Windows)

German keyboards are usually QWERTZ keyboards, named after the first line of letters up to the first that differs from the English layout, which is QWERTY. You can switch between these two using the key combination Alt + Shift. This switch may be the cause of your keyboard behaving strangely - for example if you ... Read more