How To Quickly Remove Obsolete PPAs In Ubuntu/Linux Mint

List available third party PPAs
When installing third party applications in Ubuntu / Linux Mint, one needs to specifically first add the PPAs (Personal Packaging Archives) and then install the related required applications. Now over a course of time, it may happen that these added PPAs may become obsolete or are simply no longer existent. This will cause errors when updating Linux Mint/Ubuntu systems as the updates won’t be...

How To View CPU And Memory Usage Graphically In Ubuntu / Linux Mint

CPU, memory and network usage info in System Monitor
Just like Microsoft Windows has it’s default task manager that can display list of runninng services, utilization of CPU and memory as well as other system resources, Ubuntu / Linux Mint too comes with it’s own task manager. It is termed “System Monitor” and can be easily used to view how much RAM, CPU and what kind of processes are running in an easy to view graphical format. To...

Quickly Test The Quality Of Internet Connection

Running the internet connection quality test
For a stable internet connection, jitter factor should be as low as possible. Simply put, this means that the internet connection with low latency are the ones with low jitter and one with high latency have high jitter. Such high latency/jitter connections can have a significant degrading impact on many bandwidth hungry applications including VOIP programs like Skype, online gaming, multimedia streaming...

A Simple Linux Shell Script To Export WordPress MySQL Database

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One of the earlier posts explained how to backup WordPress databases directly through the Linux Terminal. Here is an example of a simple shell script that will ask for the password of MySQL user that has access to the particular WordPress MySQL database to be exported and  dump it into the the directory specified . (To know what are Linux shell scripts and how to make them, please refer to the basic...

How To Install Opera Browser In Linux Mint

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The popular Opera browser can be installed quickly in Linux Mint  directly from the Terminal. To do this, open Terminal and type : sudo apt-get install opera Enter the admin password and wait till the installation is complete. The installed browser will show up in Menu > Internet > Opera in Linux Mint.  After installation, a quick way to see where Opera stores bookmarks, cache, plugins etc...

Turn Off Recently Accessed Items From Being Displayed In Ubuntu Unity Dashboard

Turn off history for Ubuntu dashboard items
When using Ubuntu unity dashboard, all the recently accessed documents and items are shown by default. To turn this off and also to make sure none of the upcoming documents or other items are visible in the dashboard : 1. First, go to System Tools > System Settings and then select Privacy. 2. Then in the “Recent Items” tab , select “All” for the “Forget activities”...