Dreaming of an internet without Google

I want to buy a Chromebook Pixel 2015. It’s made by Google, and therefore comes with Chrome OS and all the other software Google produces, but that’s not part of my decision to purchase, since I just want the hardware so I can install Linux on it. I’ve had a Macbook Pro since 2012, which […]

Can I delete my Skype account?

No, or at least not easily. They’d rather you just obfuscated your account details. If you actually want your handle removed, you must contact customer services. From Skype’s FAQ: Remove any personal details you provided. You can replace your details in the fields with random characters such as “qwerty” or “xxx” because empty fields cannot […]

Installing a Netgear WNCE2001

The WNCE2001 is a wireless bridging device. If you don’t have equipment that supports WPS, you will need to manually configure it. The device’s function is very handy – it can be used to link ethernet-only devices to your wireless network, such as a certain games console that’s official wireless adapter is sold at an […]

Ubuntu Update Manager: “Could not download release notes”

If you’re one of the many looking to download a new version of Ubuntu the moment it’s released (Natty Narwhal at the time of writing), you’ll receive the “Could not download release notes” error from the Ubuntu Update Manager if you’re using the main Ubuntu servers (or even your country’s main server). This can easily […]

Revert google.com/ncr (No Country Redirect)

If you’ve clicked the “Go to Google.com” link at the bottom of your local Google Search page, you may have found that all subsequent visits to google.com won’t redirect you to your local equivalent anymore. If you find this irritating (eg. you like to access your local Google by typing google in the address bar […]

Windows exe icons under GNOME

This post explains how to configure GNOME and a file browser that supports thumbnailers (such as Nautilus) to generate icons embedded inside Windows executables. Dependencies: icoutils (can be found in most repositories). This guide will allow your file browser (Nautilus is used in this guide, but with some amendments other browsers supporting external thumbnailers should […]