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  New to Ubuntu? Read this!

This website was designed to be a helpful guide for Ubuntu Linux users! You will find quick tutorials on useful programs, changing appearance, speeding up your system, Unity, and much more.

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  How To View BIOS Version of Your Chromebook

To get the firmware of chrome your chromebook is running using CLI in dev-mode [crosh/shell] type:

/usr/sbin/chromeos-firmwareupdate -V | grep “BIOS version”

To view in the GUI (in chrome itself) type:

  Changing the Start Screen Background

From your keyboard:

Win+R and type in gpedit.msc

Go to Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, Control Panel, Personalization

Double click on Prevent changing the start menu background

Set it to Disabled

Win+C brings up the Charm bar

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  How to Find Wi-Fi Network Passwords from Command L...

Given the complexity of some wi-fi network passwords combined with the general infrequency of entering them and that they’re typically saved on use, it’s not terribly unusual to forget what a specific routers wireless password is. Fortunately, if you’re on a Mac, there are a few ways to go abo... Show More
  Re-start System without Rebooting

If you press Ctrl+Alt+Delete, Linux Mint brings you a menu to log out your system. But for some reason you might encounter that the system freezes, the mouse cursor can't move, neither pressing Ctrl+Alt+Delete can work.

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Pressing the Win+S key brings up the Smart Search.

You can search for files on the computer, web content using Bing, Windows settings .

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  Must-Know Linux Commands For New Users

One of the beauties of Linux-based systems is that you can manage your entire system right from the terminal using the command line. The advantage of using the command line is that you can use the same knowledge and skills to manage any Linux distribution.

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  5 heroes of the Linux world

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  6 Linux-based mobile operating systems

Linux pretty much owns modern computing. Everything from mighty supercomputers to puny routers run on Linux -- in many cases users aren't even aware they're using Linux.

One area where Linux clearly dominates the consumer space is

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  10 Tips to Help You Get the Most Out of Windows 10...

Windows 10 combines the best of Windows 7 with the innovations of Windows 8. Here's how to use it to the fullest.

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  Everything you need to know about Windows 10

Your starting point for learning all there is to know about Windows 10.

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  Windows 10 review: Hold off if you use Windows 7

Windows 10 is what Windows 8 should have been, but it has too many rough edges to attract Windows 7 users. Continuous upgrades could change that as early as this fall.

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Wed, 17 Dec 2014 - Can you link 4 wire case fans in series?


No. If they were wired in series the wrong voltage would be delivered to each and if in parallel 1 wire carries a signal relaying Fan RPM and the other allows the Motherboard to control speed.

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