Category Archives: HOWTOs

RDP VirtualBox without the proprietary Oracle extension pack

These days, virtualisation is all the rage. The various competing virtualisation products have reached a level of maturity where they can be reliably used for server consolidation. VirtualBox is one of the easiest to use, most featureful programs available in … Continue reading

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How to build MySQL Workbench on Ubuntu Precise (pre-release)

Update 2012-04-25: mysql has appeared in the universe package archive. You should be able to install it with a simple: sudo apt-get install mysql-workbenchsudo apt-get install mysql-workbench Read on if you still want to compile from source. Right now (2012-04-04), … Continue reading

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Ubuntu on Amazon ec2 from scratch

Update: I’ve now rolled this blog post into the Ubuntu wiki’s: EC2 Starters Guide page. Hopefully this helps out the Ubuntu community! The informatics team here at MalariaGEN have been working with ec2 since before I joined them. So naturally, … Continue reading

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Ubuntu’s Ambiance: selected items in unfocused windows are invisible

I have a confession to make: I really like Ubuntu’s design, its look and feel, and its colour scheme.  And it seems to get better with each release.  The new Natty theme is really beautiful, and the dark window decorations … Continue reading

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Installing Ubuntu on the lenovo ideapad S205

My girlfriend’s laptop died recently, and as her birthday was coming up I thought I’d buy her a new netbook to get her up and running again (well, really, to get my mac back).  For £300 from Amazon, we had … Continue reading

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Gridengine the Ubuntu/Debian way

I’ve had Sun GridEngine running on our cluster of 12-core HP blades from its earliest days. What has not been working is the the inter-host communication (the ability of the system to schedule and distribute jobs across the nodes). I … Continue reading

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Resizing a VirtualBox Hard Drive HOWTO

Update: There’s another method here that skips the use of clonezilla and does everything with gparted: Re-sizing a VirtualBox Virtual Disk Image File VirtualBox doesn’t currently offer any tools for directly resizing a hard drive image (VDI). This method, using … Continue reading

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How to change a headlight bulb on the Honda Varadero XL125V

I couldn’t find any info on this on the internet, and the French version of the user manual doesn’t have any info on this simple task either, so once I worked it out I figured I might as well post … Continue reading

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TempMate HOWTO

I just got a query based on my earlier FridgeMate HOWTO.  Adam asks how to wire up one of these TempMates from CraftBrewer, so I worked up a wiring diagram based on that from the FridgeMate.  If you have any … Continue reading

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Fridgemate HOWTO

Here’s my quick HOWTO in pictures for wiring up a Fridgemate temperature controller. Keep in mind here that you’ll be working with 240V, so if you stuff it up you could die, burn down the house, or the world could … Continue reading

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