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Ubuntu 18.04 no video output from Laptop Docking Station!!


If you are using Kernel version 4.15.0-44 on a laptop in a docking station and suddenly find that the display output isn’t working after log in you might be affected by this bug. The bug was reported on the 28th of January and by the 29th of January a fix was available for testing. We should have…

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ODBC driver (MySQL) Install and Setup on Ubuntu 16.04


I am writing this documentation after having spent a couple days trying to figure this out. Install some Ubuntu packages apt install unixodbc odbcinst Why? If you don’t have unixodbc you will not be able to use the isql command, and without odbcinst you will get this lovely output when trying to install the driver:…

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FFMPEG – Stabilize video in two commands


ffmpeg2 -i video_file.MOV -vf vidstabdetect=shakiness=5:show=1 video_file.MOV ffmpeg2 -i video_file.MOV -vf vidstabtransform,unsharp=5:5:0.8:3:3:0.4 video_file.MOV

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FreeBSD on the PC – Not a Linux replacement!


Over the weekend I decided to give BSD a try. The last time I messed with any BSD OS was years ago, and it wasn’t good – that’s all I remember. But I thought after over 5 years I’d give it another try – thinking things probably got a lot better. Now I know I…

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Ubuntu 16.04 + PBIS


(Update 17-Aug-2016: This article has been revised and now incorporates the latest version of PBIS) The setup is pretty similar to the setup with Ubuntu 14.04 (See: http://swissperience.ch/techtalk/ubuntu-14-04-3-pbis-ad-domain/) Before we get started I need to point out a few things … The following steps will be based on these specifications: MS Windows Server 2012 Domain Name:…

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Ubuntu 14.04 + FreeRADIUS + WiFi


Looking for a tried and proven solution for using enterprise-level encryption for your Business (or indeed your Home) which is completely free-of-charge and makes use of Open Source software? Here is one such solution which I use on a Business level. The WiFi hardware I use is the UniFi AP hardware, with the FreeRADIUS/Ubuntu setup…

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Ubuntu 14.04.3 – PBIS – AD Domain


Ok, I have gotten this down to working well enough that a few people are using it in our company. Before we get started I need to point out a few things … The following steps will be based on these specifications: MS Windows Server 2012 Domain Name: techtalk.local Domain admin username: administrator Domain user…

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Thinkpad X230, X240 and X250 …


A couple comparison videos … 😉    

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Thunderbird and Google Calendar


There are a few methods for getting your Google Calendar to show up in the Thunderbird mail client, the most common method I see is using the Lightning Add-On coupled with the Provider for Google Calendar Add-On. Some downsides to this solution is:– It has happened in the past that there were incompatibilities between the…

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KeePass vs LastPass – Ubuntu 14.04


Passwords. Login credentials. Those things which seem to continue to add up – no matter how many accounts you close you always end up with more login credentials at the end of the day. I have been a user of LastPass for years. It’s become a tool which I simply cannot do without. LastPass works…

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