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Facebook hands over your privacy to Booking.com and a number of other websites

Today, all my alarms about internet privacy (or rather lack thereof) rang out loud. I was checking my Facebook wall when I came across one of those ads we’re getting of late: it was Booking.com advertising hotel rooms available in Nazaré (a tiny little village in Portugal). Nothing to worry about, if it weren’t because … Continue reading »

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Howto fix: black screen / adjust brightness after resume (Linux)

. In some computers with Intel graphics (maybe others as well), I’ve often come across this problem: when resuming from sleep (standby) mode, I can’t adjust the screen brightness. There is a very well known fix for this: to pass the “acpi_backlight=vendor” option to the kernel at boot. However, in my two last KDE installs, … Continue reading »

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Howto fix: Linux (Mint, Ubuntu) install from USB failure, drops to busybox.

More often than not, when trying to install several Linux distributions (or releases) via a USB stick created from the downloaded iso live or install image, I’ve experienced the frustration of being dropped to a busybox (which is the Linux way of not ending up in a Windows-like blue screen, but exactly as useless. Who … Continue reading »

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Get rid of Acrobat’s upgrade notification popup

. Are you tired of the annoying “update acrobat” Acrobat icon popping up in your screen’s lower right corner every time you switch your computer on, or access any pdf document? For getting rid of it, you can go to the heart of the problem and get rid of it once and for all… until … Continue reading »

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gstatic.com makes websites slow

. For the past week or so, I’m experiencing a sensible slowness in my browsing experience: recently I often don’t manage to open Google maps, and at the same time some other websites, having -theoretically- nothing whatsoever to do with Google, slow down to a crawl. What the hell’s going on?, said I to myself. … Continue reading »

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Fix for Macbook white screen of death. Shame on Apple!

. If some day, upon booting your Macbook (probably after you did some modification to your hdd), you hear the startup chime and you get an empty white screen showing no activity at all for hours and hours, you’ve come across the dreaded white screen of death. How to fix it? First you can try … Continue reading »

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Gingerbread: Google Getting Greedier

(Or why Google starts sucking.) At the beginning of times, when Earth was created, Google was Good. They had the “do no harm” philosophy; you were totally free to use their services or not, and when using them, you weren’t forced to anything else, nor you had to pay with your data or your privacy. … Continue reading »

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No icons in QT apps on Xfce

. If you ever experience this problem: QT apps showing no icons in their menus when running in Xfce desktop, you can fix it issuing these commands on a console: gconftool-2 –type boolean –set /desktop/gnome/interface/buttons_have_icons true gconftool-2 –type boolean –set /desktop/gnome/interface/menus_have_icons true .

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