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What You Need to Know About Multiple Desktops and the Workspace Switcher

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A wonderful feature of Linux has been the use of virtual (and multiple) desktops. This is something that Windows users have never had the privilege of using for some time now.

Of course, with this feature being added to Windows as well, it’s surprising to see that it is being removed from a number of Linux distributions.

So, here how you can activate it for your use, if you consider it necessary:

Firstly, you have to look for the Workplace Switcher, which is a series of grid or rectangles, and that aren’t enabled by default.

In Ubuntu, you would do this by going to All Settings>Appearance>Behavior and select the checkbox titled ‘Enable workspaces’. After you exit, you’ll find the Workspace Switcher on Unity’s dock.

This can also be done in the Cinnamon, KDE and Gnome version of Linux Mint as well but you’ll have to look through the Menus to find out how to add this feature if it isn’t enabled already.

When it comes to using the workplace switcher, clicking on it will give you an excellent overview of the workspaces and the applications open in each workspace. In other traditional desktops, this feature will just allow you to click between desktops.

All of them will allow you to drag and drop windows or even select which workspace to move the application to in a drop-down menu. Of course, there are additional mouse actions and keyboard shortcuts that can be used to carry out tasks in the Workplace Switcher.

In that sense, you can use different windows of the Workplace Switcher for different applications pertaining to work or fun.

3 Things to Consider Before Switching to a Tablet from a Laptop

With iPads and other tablets improving in performance every other day, it becomes really tempting to consider making a clean switch to a tablet from a laptop.

Best part: not only is it good for play but most definitely for work as well.

But before you do this, here are 3 things to consider before making the switch:

#1: Need a keyboard and mouse?

Just the onscreen keyboard will not help when it comes to being productive when using a tablet. At some point, you will have to consider getting a mouse and optional keyboard too. That is, if you want to get any serious work done at all. All these modern-day tablets have optional keyboard covers apart from accessories available.

#2: Which Platform to Use?

The next question that you need to ask is which platform (Android, iOS or Windows) suits you best. If you need MS Office for your work, then it would be Windows even if there’s Office 365 for iOS as well. Of course, if you work with Google Apps, then just about any of these platforms would work just as well. A good way to start would involve looking at the app catalogs that will give you an idea on which platform works best for you.

#3: Need additional storage?

As for additional storage, most tablets come with storage amounting to 16 GB while Windows tablets offer  minimum of 64 GB. Others only have about 32 GB in storage. If you need more space, cloud storage is always available apart from SD slots that one can add external hard drives to.

What You Need to Know About Add-Ons on Google Drive

It’s been two years since Google has added third-party app integration for Google Apps for Enterprises.


Now, it’s also available for those who use Google Drive as well – in other words, for the rest of us.


How this will help Google Drive users is that it will add extra functionality to both Google’s sheets and Docs.


Speaking of extra functionality, with this new add-on integration feature, users can avail of options such as label creation, bibliography formatting and even use popular services such as HelloFax and UberConference.


So, if you have been using Google Drive already, these add-ons are already available to you and can be easily installed as well. However, there is one catch: You need to update the Sheets Refresh first so as to use these add-ons for spreadsheets.


That said, in order to access these adds-ons, all you have to do is go to the top of the page and click on “Add-ons” and “Get add-ons” from the drop down list. It doesn’t matter if it’s a spreadsheet or a word processing document – this process is the same.


Once you click the option, a pop-up window appears which is very similar to the add-ons store not very different from Google Chrome’s Web Store.


Finally, all you have to do is select the add-on of your choice by clicking on the blue button – the price button. Most of these add-ons are free right now but that’s going to change in the coming days. Once you click the installation button, then all you have to do is click ‘Accept’ after you agree to allow the add-ons the permissions required.


Immediately after this, the add-on will be installed as you go back to the word processing or spreadsheet app where you will receive a notification that the add-on is now ready for use.

The Workings of the Outboard Motor

The outboard motor is one of life’s modern miracles, allowing men and women to easily transport themselves across water without the use of the wind or a large crew to help. Mercruiser is dedicated to helping people get the most out of their marine engine. For years people have entrusted Mercruiser parts to keep their boat running strong.

If you’re new to boating, though, you may be at a loss for what parts you need. You might not even know how your engine works. So let’s solve that problem right now.

When you’re talking about personal watercraft, like a speedboat, you’re almost always talking about an outboard motor. These have become the industry-standard. The engine’s operations are all self-contained, meaning outboard motors can easily swapped off one boat and onto the back of another. Even their steering is linked directly to the motor as a tiller sticks into the boat and allows the user to aim the propulsion in various directions.

For the most part, these engines work the same as the one in your car. Gas is the fuel used, except instead of a battery, most outboard motors run on a manual start much the same way as a lawnmower. Once started, the propulsion from the gas moves the propeller so forcefully that it can actually move the boat and its contents.


Boating Today

If you spend more of your time down nautical miles, you know that the life in the high seas (or the lake) isn’t as easy as how it’s portrayed in the televisions. It’s some serious business – especially choosing the right motor for your boat and the maintenance of those boat motors.

Typically, there are known brands out there that supply high-quality motors, boat parts and accessories that are great for those looking into buying additional units for their use. However, for those who already have their bits of machinery, trading up isn’t normally a viable solution.

While some boat motors have been improved with the influx of innovations provided by modern technology, such as Mercruiser Sterndrives, which are typically an inboard/outboard drive propulsion system combining inboard power with outward drive (as power is carried from the inboard engine to a propeller below the waterline to propel the boat), others may not be as up-to-date with their integrated technologies. As such, it goes without saying that maintenance for these, and also purchases of replacement parts are usually different for different brands and different models.

One thing that you have to always keep in mind is that you have to periodically check your motors, and never hesitate to replace parts that have been worn out beyond use, as continued use may result into much graver consequences. Never just settle for quick-fix solutions and generic parts as they may just produce the same consequences as never getting them fixed at all.

4 Steps to Compressing (and Uploading) Your iPhone Photos

Whether you’ve taken too many photos or are upgrading to the latest version of iPhone, at some point of time or the other, you’ll need to save your photos somewhere.

With Flickr being the best option online, you’ll still need to compress them, thanks to limited space (about 1 Terabyte), before uploading these pictures.

So, here are 4 steps to compressing iPhone photos:

Step #1: Import Photos to iPhoto

The first step involves connecting your iPhone to your Mac so as to open iPhoto. Create a new folder and add your iPhone photos to this folder. Now, select all these photos.

Step #2: Export Photographs and Progress

Once you’ve selected these photos, then click File and Export. Under Size, select ‘Custom’ which will open up a drop-down box. The reason for this step is to decide the reduced file size for each photo that you would like to upload online. Now select Export and save these compressed images to another folder created on your Desktop. A progress bar will appear indicating progress.

Step #3: Upload to Flickr

Once you’ve completed exporting all the photos to that file, now log in to Flickr, and look for the ‘Upload’ button on the top task bar. Before you upload your pictures, determine whether you want to these photos to be kept private or public.

Step #4: Photo Upload Action and Progress

When you click Upload, the photos will be added from your folder. However, remember to add only 200 photos at a time as that’s the limit allowed. In fact, the upper right hand corner of our screen should have a button titled ‘Upload 200 Photos’. Once you’ve selected this, then you can watch the photos being added to your Flickr account by means of a progress bar.

Why You Should Get Better Boat Parts

There are very few things in this world that is as exhilarating as being at sea. There is just no beating the feel of the cool sea breeze in your hair and the feel of salt on your skin. Whether you are a yachtsman, a speed boater, a diver or a watersports aficionado, the sea just feels like home; beautiful and inviting.

If you have the spirit for nautical adventure and marine sports and are looking to take it seriously, you would need a good boat. If you are a yachtsman, then obviously your boat is like an extension of your body and as such, you want it to be in tip top shape. Divers and watersports aficionados meanwhile need to own a good boat in order to support their hobby. When you have your own boat, you do not have to be dependent on the availability of rentals.

If you decide to get yourself a boat, you need to make sure that you have excellent equipment to ensure smooth sailing. You will need a top quality and reliable power plant and drivetrain. When building a boat, make sure to get quality parts from top manufacturers like Mercruiser Parts and Suzuki Marine Parts. By sticking with tried and tested brands, you make sure that your boat is safe and reliable so that your nautical experience is never compromised. For the dedicated man of the sea, only the best quality parts and equipment will suffice.

3 Ways to Browse Safely With Firefox

Is Firefox the most secure browser to use over the internet?

At least, a majority of users believe so but that depends on the settings – a few of them have to be manually enabled.

So, here are 3 ways to browse safely with Firefox:

#1: Use the master password option

Unlike Google Chrome, Firefox offers an option where you can encrypt all the saved passwords on its list. When you enable it, you will have to enter the master password if you want to use these saved password – once per browser session. Better still, you will have enter the Master Password again so as to view the saved passwords.

#2: Ensure that security options are enabled

Much like any other browser, Firefox has basic privacy and security features that are enabled. However, not all of them are – so you have to check for that and make sure that some of these important features aren’t disabled.

Enable options such as “Warn me when sites try to install add-ons”, “Block reported attack sites” and “Block reported web forgeries”. In the Privacy section, select “Tell websites I do not want to be tracked”. In the content tab, select “Block pop-up windows”.

#3: Use add-ons for additional protection

There are security add-ons that one can use for extra protection. Some of the most popular ones include NoScript, Adblock Plus, Web of Trust (WOT) and HTTPS Finder. Each of these serve important purposes when it comes to the security of your PC and is worth doing some research on.

Keep Logs Accurate With Truck Tracking

Truck tracking systems are used by many delivery companies for local and long distance deliveries. Many trucking companies use tracking systems instead of the traditional trucking logs. This not only improves the accuracy of the logs but also prevents drivers from falsifying the information to cover unscheduled stops or layovers. The systems are simple and easy to use and can be purchased as portable units for older trucks that do not have them automatically built in.

Tracking systems have greatly improved the delivery systems of many trucking companies. Employers can easily find any truck and any driver they choose just by transmitted information sent by the tracking systems. Deliveries are now faster with little down time by the drivers.

If you’re looking for GPS fleet tracking systems or brand names such as Promiles you can find them at They have all the latest tracking equipment and many of the major brand names. Browse the site today to find the brand name you want. If you are searching for a particular brand name it’s easy to find by searching online. All you need to do is type in the brand name tracking system you’re looking for to find websites that sell that brand name. You can also search by type of tracking equipment such as GPS or Lojack. A great advantage to shopping online is that you can easily compare prices. While you are searching be sure to check out sales or discounts where you can take advantage of even cheaper prices.

How to make Ubuntu 12.10 look like Windows

With Windows 8 taking computing to the next level, most users are compelled to move to a simpler and customizable operating system – Linux.

With that said, the degree of customization with Ubuntu, a popular distro, is at a level where it can be made to look like earlier versions of Windows, making it easy for the user to work on a computer just as before.

With Ubuntu’s latest release being 12.10 and with Unity as its desktop, it must be said that it isn’t the most flexible desktop available yet it is possible to give users that Windows look by running a few commands from the Linux terminal.

If you’re new to Linux and Ubuntu, you’ll probably be scared of using the terminal but you won’t have to do much other than copying the commands from this post and hitting the ‘Enter’ key.

First off, hit the ‘Super’ key and a window (known as the terminal) will pop up. In order to make Ubuntu 12.10 look and work like Windows, we’ll have to install a package, and in this case, Windows 7 theme pack.

So, here is what you need to enter at the terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:upubuntu-com/gtk3
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install win2-7

Now that the Windows theme is installed, now it’s time to enable the widget, icon and window border theme, and for this, you’ll have to enter other commands while hitting the ‘Enter’ key each time.

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface gtk-theme ‘Win2-7-theme’
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences theme ‘Win2-7-theme’
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface icon-theme ‘Win2-7-icons’

You can use Firefox for Ubuntu to find a copy of the desktop wallpaper for Windows and right-click so as to set it as your new Desktop Background too.

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