Welcome to My Computer Tips

My Computer Tips is a list of computing tips and tutorials covering many areas of computing from programming to Linux Distributions, added for my own reference should I ever encounter the same problem twice. My Computer Tips was launched in 2015. Select a category below or view my latest tips, newest first.


Latest Tips & Tutorials

Computer Ramblings

Block websites using the Sky Broadband Shield

Posted: 8th of May 2021

Views: 28

Ubuntu Mate

MATE Desktop Environment, how do I edit the main menu

Posted: 5th of May 2021

Views: 49

Ubuntu Mate

Open website with no browser toolbars in Chromium or Google Chrome on Ubuntu Mate

Posted: 18th of April 2021

Views: 84

Retro Software, Magazines & Games

USB To 34Pin Floppy Drive Connector Linux

Posted: 18th of April 2021

Views: 153

Ubuntu

How to find out what date you installed Linux on your machine

Posted: 13th of April 2021

Views: 136

CSS

Alternating div background colours using CSS

Posted: 9th of April 2021

Views: 108

Computer Ramblings

ICY BOX IB-173SSK Mobile Rack for 2.5

Posted: 1st of April 2021

Views: 154

Computer Ramblings

SKYQ apps versus FreeSat apps for YouTube and other services

Posted: 27th of March 2021

Views: 110

CSS

How I created rounded boxes in the early days of the web using HTML tables and Photoshop

Posted: 6th of March 2021

Views: 235

Caja File Manager

Copy and paste the path to a folder using the location bar in Caja file manager

Posted: 28th of February 2021

Views: 129

Ubuntu Mate

Neofetch, display system information in the terminal on Ubuntu and Ubuntu based distributions

Posted: 25th of February 2021

Views: 186

Retro Software, Magazines & Games

Extract and list the contents of an Amiga .adf file using the terminal in Ubuntu

Posted: 22nd of February 2021

Views: 240

Ubuntu

Install bashtop in Ubuntu and Ubuntu based distributions. Monitor your cpu, memory, disks, network and other processes

Posted: 21st of February 2021

Views: 181

Ubuntu Mate

Install the Fira sans font on on Ubuntu Mate

Posted: 15th of February 2021

Views: 292

Ubuntu

Ubuntu 20.10 Groovy Gorilla installation error, installer crashed

Posted: 3rd of February 2021

Views: 418

Ubuntu Mate

Install psensor on Ubuntu and Ubuntu based distributions to monitor hardware sensors

Posted: 31st of January 2021

Views: 261

Ubuntu

Find out what version of Ubuntu you are running, using the terminal

Posted: 29th of January 2021

Views: 214

Ubuntu Mate

Output graphics card details in Ubuntu and Ubuntu based distributions using the terminal

Posted: 22nd of January 2021

Views: 215

Ubuntu Mate

How do I calibrate a Joystick or Gamepad in Ubuntu or Ubuntu based distribution

Posted: 14th of January 2021

Views: 322

Linux Terminal

Kill multiple processes using the pkill command in Linux

Posted: 5th of January 2021

Views: 259

Computer Ramblings

HP Deskjet D1560 printer, old printers

Posted: 4th of January 2021

Views: 285

Computer Ramblings

PayPal smart buttons. Create a Pay Now button for your website

Posted: 28th of December 2020

Views: 324

Emulators

Install dosemu2 dos emulator in Ubuntu and Ubuntu based distributions

Posted: 24th of December 2020

Views: 544

Ubuntu Mate

USB floppy drive, Formatting floppy disks to work in Windows using Ubuntu Mate

Posted: 22nd of December 2020

Views: 306

C++

Basic user input and output using C++ in Linux

Posted: 19th of December 2020

Views: 242

Linux Terminal

Display free memory using the terminal in Linux

Posted: 17th of December 2020

Views: 321

Python3

Learning Python 3, check user input is an integer

Posted: 11th of December 2020

Views: 284

Retro Software, Magazines & Games

Microsoft Flight Simulator Version 5

Posted: 8th of December 2020

Views: 315

Emulators

dosbox, disable mouse capture inside dosbox window

Posted: 8th of December 2020

Views: 474

Python3

Learning Python3, Generate a random number using Python3

Posted: 8th of December 2020

Views: 241

Python3

Learning Python 3, getting basic user input and printing the results

Posted: 7th of December 2020

Views: 260

PHP7

What version of .php are my hosts running

Posted: 3rd of December 2020

Views: 228

Python3

Learning Python3, System calls on Linux

Posted: 1st of December 2020

Views: 259

Linux Terminal

Using mlocate to find files by name, extension using the terminal in Linux

Posted: 27th of November 2020

Views: 286

Ubuntu

Install Redshift to automatically adjust the colour of your screen depending on time of day on Ubuntu and Ubuntu based distributions

Posted: 26th of November 2020

Views: 467

Python3

Create a new window using GTK and Python in Ubuntu and Ubuntu based distributions

Posted: 19th of November 2020

Views: 235

SQlite

Install SQlite3 in Ubuntu and Ubuntu based distributions, create table, insert data

Posted: 19th of November 2020

Views: 241

Linux Terminal

Capture screenshots of websites using cutycapt in different formats using the terminal in Ubuntu and Ubuntu based distributions

Posted: 15th of November 2020

Views: 406

Ubuntu

PulseAudio, Pavucontrol not saving settings after reboot on Ubuntu and Ubuntu based distributions

Posted: 11th of November 2020

Views: 1678

Ubuntu

No sound after installation of Ubuntu or Ubuntu based distribution, install pavucontrol

Posted: 9th of November 2020

Views: 286

Linux Terminal

Display a calendar in the terminal

Posted: 6th of November 2020

Views: 344

Retro Software, Magazines & Games

OctaMED SoundStudio for the Commodore Amiga

Posted: 2nd of November 2020

Views: 638

Debian

Installing Debian for the first time, download the non free version

Posted: 1st of November 2020

Views: 288

Ubuntu

Shutdown Ubuntu and Ubuntu based distributions at a specific time or within (x) minutes

Posted: 30th of October 2020

Views: 355

Emulators

Vice Commdore 64 Emulator will not launch on Ubuntu and Ubuntu based distributions

Posted: 30th of October 2020

Views: 794

Ubuntu

Open and edit files using Visual Studio Code from FIlezilla FTP Client on Linux

Posted: 27th of October 2020

Views: 2692

Retro Software, Magazines & Games

Put your old Blackberry Playbook to use in 2020

Posted: 25th of October 2020

Views: 2680

Vanilla Javascript

Clear all form fields using Javascript

Posted: 25th of October 2020

Views: 501

PHP7

Running .php scripts from the terminal using Ubuntu

Posted: 23rd of October 2020

Views: 296

Ubuntu

Download Microsoft Edge preview version for Ubuntu and Ubuntu based distributions

Posted: 22nd of October 2020

Views: 371

Linux Terminal

Create a simple cronjob in Linux

Posted: 20th of October 2020

Views: 442

C++

Install Visual Studio Code in Kubuntu, Ubuntu and Ubuntu based distributions. Compile and execute C++ script

Posted: 18th of October 2020

Views: 371

C++

Create a simple c++ script using Ubuntu and other Ubuntu based distributions

Posted: 17th of October 2020

Views: 323

Firefox

Firefox site information, connection to website, padlock is showing as insecure

Posted: 12th of October 2020

Views: 310

PHP5

Convert all characters to Upper or Lower case in PHP5

Posted: 7th of October 2020

Views: 351

Image Editors

Photopea advanced image editor. A Photoshop alternative online

Posted: 6th of October 2020

Views: 411

Xubuntu

Install Putty in Xubuntu and other Ubuntu based distributions

Posted: 5th of October 2020

Views: 333

Cups (Common UNIX Printing System)

Start, Stop and Restart the Cups print Server in Linux using the terminal

Posted: 30th of September 2020

Views: 575

Cups (Common UNIX Printing System)

Cups, Unauthorized Enter your username and password or the root username and password to access this page.

Posted: 30th of September 2020

Views: 383

Search Engines (SEO)

How to do I generate a sitemap in .xml format and import this to Google Search Console to get my website listed in Google

Posted: 30th of September 2020

Views: 382

Computer Ramblings

Sell or re-purpose your old computer cables and components

Posted: 3rd of September 2020

Views: 421

Computer Ramblings

Making the switch from Windows to Linux, here are some things to think about

Posted: 31st of August 2020

Views: 523

Linux Terminal

Create a new folder and file using the mkdir and touch commands using the terminal in Linux

Posted: 16th of August 2020

Views: 459

Ubuntu

Create a really simple banner using GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) in Linux

Posted: 7th of August 2020

Views: 533

Linux Terminal

Convert a PDF document to text or html using pdftotext, pdftohtml in Linux using the terminal

Posted: 3rd of August 2020

Views: 713

Emulators

BBC Micro emulator beebem for Ubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu, Mint and other distributions

Posted: 28th of July 2020

Views: 763

Retro Software, Magazines & Games

BEEBUG FOR THE BBC, Retro magazine for the BBC Micro 1984

Posted: 26th of July 2020

Views: 598

Ubuntu

Install the tree package to list folders and files in a tree like format inside the terminal on Linux

Posted: 22nd of July 2020

Views: 470

Linux Terminal

List files in a directory using the ls command

Posted: 22nd of July 2020

Views: 479

Xubuntu

Open thunar file manager as root user on Xubuntu

Posted: 16th of July 2020

Views: 2304

Kubuntu

Enable Desktop Cube in Kubuntu

Posted: 11th of May 2020

Views: 436

Thunderbird Email Client

How do I disable paragraph spacing when composing emails on Thunderbird

Posted: 8th of May 2020

Views: 753

Thunderbird Email Client

Change the default web browser for opening links inside emails on Thunderbird Linux

Posted: 7th of May 2020

Views: 1067

Python3

How to create a basic Python3 script in Ubuntu and Ubuntu based distributions

Posted: 28th of April 2020

Views: 646

Computer Ramblings

Websites that prompt users to turn off their ad blocker, or block website content

Posted: 28th of April 2020

Views: 593

Kubuntu

How do I remove widget / application icon from the menu panel in Kubuntu 19.10

Posted: 21st of April 2020

Views: 491

Ubuntu Mate

How do I find out what version of Caja file manager I am running

Posted: 16th of April 2020

Views: 582

Android

How do I turn off Chrome notifications in Android

Posted: 15th of April 2020

Views: 559

CSS

Using CSS grids to create a simple grid layout

Posted: 10th of April 2020

Views: 689

PC Maintenance

My computer powers up for a few seconds then shuts down

Posted: 4th of April 2020

Views: 628

Xubuntu

Understanding themes and icons in Xubuntu, XCFE

Posted: 2nd of April 2020

Views: 732

Retro Software, Magazines & Games

YouTube channels featuring retro computers, games, software, and peripherals

Posted: 26th of February 2020

Views: 628

Xubuntu

How do I create a new menu panel in Xubuntu or other Linux distribution that uses XFCE4

Posted: 22nd of February 2020

Views: 884

Xubuntu

Where are the desktop wallpapers located in Xubuntu. /usr/share/xfce4/backdrops

Posted: 18th of February 2020

Views: 1712

Xubuntu

How do I reset the menu panels in Xubuntu, XFCE4

Posted: 18th of February 2020

Views: 967

Thunderbird Email Client

How to import Thunderbird profile from newer to older version, thunderbird --allow-downgrade

Posted: 5th of February 2020

Views: 1156

HTML

How do I display a popup calendar using HTML5

Posted: 4th of February 2020

Views: 802

Linux Terminal

How to access HP Linux Imaging and Printing System set up on Ubuntu using the terminal

Posted: 13th of November 2019

Views: 1180

Emulators

C64 Forever, C64 Forever, Free Express edition. Commodore 64 Emulator running on Ubuntu and Ubuntu based distributions using Wine

Posted: 26th of October 2019

Views: 1339

Thunderbird Email Client

Linux, Thunderbird is already running but not responding error

Posted: 24th of October 2019

Views: 1160

Linux Terminal

Where are the log files located in Linux

Posted: 16th of October 2019

Views: 879

Linux Terminal

Oracle VirtualBox, Unable to insert virtual optical disk

Posted: 11th of October 2019

Views: 4058

Linux Terminal

Oracle VirtualBox only displaying 32-bit version(s), when setting up new Virtual Machine on Linux

Posted: 11th of October 2019

Views: 1026

Ubuntu

Ubuntu 4.10, Warty Warthog. The first Ubuntu Linux Distribution

Posted: 6th of October 2019

Views: 1723

Retro Software, Magazines & Games

Microsoft Office Standard, 3.5" Floppy Disk version . Word, Excel, Power Point and Mail. Windows 3.1, MS-DOS

Posted: 3rd of October 2019

Views: 1507

Linux Terminal

The Linux uptime command

Posted: 3rd of October 2019

Views: 1232

Emulators

Install Fuse ZX Spectrum Emulator in Ubuntu and Ubuntu based distributions

Posted: 27th of September 2019

Views: 3017

HTML

HTML select menu, displaying counties in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

Posted: 26th of September 2019

Views: 1279

Firefox

Turn off push notifications in Firefox web browser

Posted: 24th of September 2019

Views: 958

Linux Terminal

Using GParted in Linux to format a hard drive, flash drive, SD Card

Posted: 17th of September 2019

Views: 2115

MariaDB Database

Perform basic SELECT queries in MariaDB using the Linux Terminal

Posted: 15th of September 2019

Views: 1058

MariaDB Database

Create a new database, table and insert data, using MariaDB in the Linux Terminal

Posted: 12th of September 2019

Views: 1039

Wine

What version of wine am I running

Posted: 12th of September 2019

Views: 1076

Ubuntu Mate

Wine application icon missing in Ubuntu Mate menu

Posted: 9th of September 2019

Views: 1666

Linux Terminal

Copy .iso image to USB flash drive using dd command in Linux using the terminal

Posted: 3rd of September 2019

Views: 711

MariaDB Database

Create a new user using MariaDB database in the Linux Terminal

Posted: 30th of June 2019

Views: 1373

MariaDB Database

Install MariaDB database in Ubuntu based distributions 2019

Posted: 16th of June 2019

Views: 1397

Lubuntu

Where are the Desktop wallpapers located in Lubuntu

Posted: 30th of May 2019

Views: 2443

Emulators

Install Commodore Amiga Emulator FS-UAE on Ubuntu and Ubuntu based distributions

Posted: 25th of May 2019

Views: 2291

Lubuntu

Open pcmanfc file manager as root user on Lubuntu

Posted: 25th of May 2019

Views: 5035

Ubuntu

Sim City 4 Deluxe Edition Install Wine Linux. Trouble installing from CD/Disk 2

Posted: 19th of May 2019

Views: 1655

Linux Terminal

Switching from Windows to Linux, three ways to Install and try a Linux distribution without dual booting

Posted: 26th of January 2019

Views: 1845

Linux Terminal

Nemo file manager not showing thumbnails of images

Posted: 22nd of November 2018

Views: 4780

Vanilla Javascript

Generate a random number between 1 and 5 using Math.floor and Math.random commands in Javascript

Posted: 22nd of October 2018

Views: 1566

Vanilla Javascript

Using document.getElementByID() in javascript to send form data

Posted: 15th of October 2018

Views: 1408

Vanilla Javascript

Using document write() in javascript.

Posted: 14th of October 2018

Views: 1728

Linux Terminal

Remove files and folders from inside directory on Linux

Posted: 15th of September 2018

Views: 1794

Wine

How do I uninstall a programme in Wine

Posted: 13th of September 2018

Views: 1461

Wine

Remove wine menu entries in Ubuntu and other distributions

Posted: 28th of June 2018

Views: 2462

Linux Terminal

How do I access the cups server, common unix printing system

Posted: 27th of June 2018

Views: 3668

Wine

Can't find wine programme launcher after installation on Linux Mint

Posted: 14th of June 2018

Views: 1612

Linux Terminal

Find my username using the terminal

Posted: 5th of June 2018

Views: 1789

Ubuntu

Where are the fonts located in Ubuntu and other Ubuntu based distributions

Posted: 3rd of June 2018

Views: 1593

MariaDB Database

Create a new user in MariaDB and GRANT ALL privileges (Part 2)

Posted: 28th of May 2018

Views: 1418

Ubuntu

Install MariaDB Database in Ubuntu and other Ubuntu based distributions (Part 1)

Posted: 26th of May 2018

Views: 1478

Ubuntu

Convert .mkv video to .png images using ffmpeg

Posted: 24th of May 2018

Views: 3731

Linux Terminal

List hardware information using the terminal

Posted: 20th of May 2018

Views: 1442

Ubuntu

Shutdown Ubuntu using the terminal

Posted: 20th of May 2018

Views: 1409

Wine

How do I install .msi file using Wine

Posted: 3rd of May 2018

Views: 3600

Linux Terminal

Batch resize images in Linux using imagemagick and the terminal

Posted: 14th of October 2017

Views: 2022

Linux Terminal

Install multiple .deb files

Posted: 17th of March 2017

Views: 5570

Xubuntu

Xubuntu, Gigolo opens FTP connections in Firefox instead of Thunar

Posted: 29th of May 2016

Views: 2733

Ubuntu

Running Sketchup 8 in Wine. Sketchup was unable to initialize OpenGL, Linux

Posted: 29th of May 2016

Views: 4206

Linux Terminal

Change the default text editor in Filezilla, Linux

Posted: 26th of April 2016

Views: 2883

Ubuntu

How do I install a .deb package using the terminal

Posted: 17th of April 2016

Views: 2297

Linux Terminal

How to view files on a Linux partition in Windows

Posted: 13th of April 2016

Views: 2125

Linux Mint

Access FTP server using the Nemo File Manager in Linux Mint

Posted: 27th of March 2016

Views: 9196

Linux Mint

What happens when a file is owned by root in Linux Mint

Posted: 23rd of March 2016

Views: 2203

Linux Terminal

Unable to access files on external drive, change ownership and group using chown -R

Posted: 23rd of March 2016

Views: 2313

Ubuntu

Unable to set the correct time in Ubuntu Gnome

Posted: 17th of March 2016

Views: 2015

Linux Terminal

Crossover Linux 19, the easy way to install Windows Applications and Games

Posted: 8th of February 2016

Views: 1422

CSS

Simple CSS responsive menu for websites and mobile devices

Posted: 26th of January 2016

Views: 1429

Xubuntu

Volume control is missing from my panel and plugins in Xubuntu, how do I restore it?

Posted: 20th of January 2016

Views: 2471

Linux Terminal

Show hidden files in a specific directory using the terminal in Linux

Posted: 18th of January 2016

Views: 4541

PHP5

Get the day of the week for a specified date using PHP5

Posted: 17th of January 2016

Views: 1980

Xubuntu

Xubuntu, Panel Preferences notification area greyed out

Posted: 16th of January 2016

Views: 2333

PHP5

How to upload files larger than 2MB using PHP5

Posted: 14th of January 2016

Views: 2154

Ubuntu

Enable ufw, uncomplicated firewall in Ubuntu and Ubuntu based distributions

Posted: 26th of December 2015

Views: 2500

Thunderbird Email Client

Back up emails, accounts and contacts in Thunderbird on Ubuntu based distributions

Posted: 24th of December 2015

Views: 2941

Linux Terminal

How can I view all of the bash history?

Posted: 23rd of December 2015

Views: 1360

Ubuntu

Install a very basic LAMP server using Ubuntu 15.10

Posted: 21st of December 2015

Views: 2254

PHP5

Preserve line breaks in PHP. nl2br function

Posted: 21st of December 2015

Views: 4415

Ubuntu

Create a simple bash script in Ubuntu

Posted: 18th of December 2015

Views: 2358

PHP5

Convert a Unix timestamp to date and time using PHP

Posted: 18th of December 2015

Views: 2282

Linux Terminal

Mail delivery failed: returning message to sender. No Such User Here

Posted: 17th of December 2015

Views: 2222

Ubuntu

Install Perl in Ubuntu, and create a perl script

Posted: 17th of December 2015

Views: 3973

Ubuntu

View hard disk information in Ubuntu, sudo fdisk -l

Posted: 17th of December 2015

Views: 4744

Linux Terminal

Import - Export MySQL / MariaDB database using the terminal in Ubuntu Linux

Posted: 15th of December 2015

Views: 2245

PHP5

How to validate a form using PHP5

Posted: 15th of December 2015

Views: 1235

PHP5

Count the number of elements in a PHP array using the count() function

Posted: 15th of December 2015

Views: 1102

MySQL Database

Create a new user, assign all privileges using MySQL / MariaDB using Linux

Posted: 28th of November 2015

Views: 1716

PHP5

Pass ampersand through query strings in URL using PHP5

Posted: 27th of November 2015

Views: 2515

MySQL Database

MySQL / Maria DB Basic Security

Posted: 21st of November 2015

Views: 2070

Gnome3

How do I change the font size of the top menu panel in Gnome3

Posted: 25th of September 2015

Views: 2636

Ubuntu

Install dosbox in Ubuntu based distributions.

Posted: 18th of September 2015

Views: 4440