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I always found Dashboard pretty useless, and I just notice it exists when by mistake I press some key which switches the desktop to it. So, here is how to get rid of it; I write this post mainly for future memory for myself. From this article: $ defaults write mcx-disabled -boolean YES $ […]

Looks like with the plugins I installed recently on my blog, the spam is completely gone away. I didn’t want to install captcha, since they are quite annoying. But it looks like they are effective against spam. I found “Conditional CAPTCHA” which works in the correct way: the user insert the comment, if the bayesian […]

Being a Unix user (Linux/OSX) I need sometime to run some Windows utility in a Virtual Machine. But I don’t want to break the virtual machine, installing and uninstalling things, or accidentally, or by the wast hordes of viruses and malwares that infestate Windows. So, here I found how to do it: How to discard […]

If you have more than one laptop/computer on your desktop, you may find yourself jumping from a keyboard to another to make use of them. In this article I explain how I configured my laptops to share keyboard and mouse using synergy. It is always a good thing to have a second monitor, for example […]

Wake on LAN

Many modern computers and network enabled devices support the functionality to be turned on remotely. This is commonly referred as Wake on LAN or Remote Wake-Up. Technically this is done sending a datagram packet in broadcast to all the computers in the same network, on any port (the usual one is port number 7); the […]

I used to create launchers in Linux for command line applications, to place on the desktop or in some bar. On Linux, that is as easy as specifying the launcher command or bash script, tell if you want run it in a console or not, and specify an icon. On OSX (...) read this article. […]

I discovered today that in Karmic there is an option to format encrypted usb disks. But first of all you need to install the support for this feature; from the terminal: $ sudo apt-get install cryptsetup When you plug in your USB disk, and mount it, you'll see an icon on your desktop. Right-clicking on […]

Some tips for iTerm

I just installed iTerm and I'm quite enthusiast. It's not easy to configure, but it has everything needed. Cool prompt, with iTerm dynamic title I don't like the default prompt provided in OSX. So I want the more familiar (for ubuntuers) "user@hostname:/current/work/dir$" path. The following one also keeps the terminal title updated with the current […]

Finally Tomboy is available on Mac! It's the best note taking application I've ever seen. Give it a try. Update: latest version: Mono 2.2 Tomboy 0.13.4

I've never been a great TV watcher when I was in Italy. Here in Germany I don't watch TV also because I don't understand German. But sometime I miss some Italian news shows, like Anno Zero. The public URLs are the followings: RAI 1 mms:// RAI 2 mms:// RAI 3 mms:// RaiSport+ mms:// Unfortunately the […]


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