How to install GNOME on Ubuntu

I’ve been using Ubuntu as my primary operating system for a couple of years now, but choose to support the default Unity shell which has recently been announced to be ending. This guide documents the simple steps I’ve taken to install GNOME without reinstalling Ubuntu. To install GNOME itself: sudo apt install gnome gnome-shell During […]

Fixing “HACKED+BY+CELLATREIS” message on WordPress

There are many out there hacking into WordPress sites and defacing them. This post seeks to help anyone who’s got the “HACKED+BY+CELLATREIS” or similar message. This one is simply encoded text in the wp_options table of the database. To check this is the cause: 1. Goto the wp-options tables in your WordPress database 2. Find […]

Fix “Unknown Error Reported” in BlackBerry Desktop Manager

After a week of swearing at BlackBerry Desktop Manager for refusing to backup or sync my BlackBerry to my laptop, I finally managed to resolve this, and thought I’d share, in-case this helps others. The Error I was getting an “Unknown Error Reported” error message everytime I clicked “Synchronize” or “Backup” in the BlackBerry Desktop […]

iTunes – Get artwork to stay on top of other windows – e.g. Enhanced Podcast Images

I’m a big fan of the BBC’s “Best of Chris Moyles” podcast. This is available as an “enhanced podcast”, which basically means the artwork changes through the podcast, to give you a better experience, with pictures changing through the podcast, as designed by the podcast producer. I’ve remained subscribed to the enhanced podcast for years, […]

Are high performance car light bulbs worth it? – the experiment

This post came from an assumption that the standard “generic” bulbs I was buying meant I was possibly sacrificing visibility, and therefore safety in my bulb choice. Particularly having seen the claims of market leader Osram with their “up to 90% more light” “up to 10% whiter light”, and up to 35 metres more visibility, […]

Watch UK TV online for free – or stream to TV when poor signal locally

With some maintenance going on one of my local TV masts over the last week, I’ve only been able to get “group 1” digital TV (mainly BBC channels, no ITV, Channel 4, E4, Channel 5…). After some frustration at this, and several attempts to tune into other masts (using manual search based on UHF channel […]

Virus Removal – Win32/Patched.FM and Win32/Patched.FL

Having been given a neighbours laptop that has been attacked by viruses, I found that the main issue was a Win32/Patched.FM and Win32/Patched.FL which had infected explorer.exe and winlogon.exe. The issue with these viruses is that they “patch” Windows files to include themselves. This means critical system files like explorer.exe are infected, making removal more […]

Activities to perform a PC Healthcheck

Having been given a friends laptop with issues (booting very slowly, and throwing regular errors). It hadn’t been maintained for a longer time, so I went searching the Internet for some ideas for a PC healthcheck (having drafted a basic list myself), but found very little of any use at all. This entry aims to […]

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