Wednesday, July 28, 2010

How to Open Nautilus as Root in Ubuntu

Wouldn't it be convenient to work in Nautilus as root instead of working in terminal? Here's how you can open Nautilus as root in Ubuntu:

Step 1: Press the [ALT] + [F2] keys. This calls up the "Run Application" box.

Step 2: Type or copy/paste the following: gksu nautilus

And voila! You can now work in Nautilus as a root user.

While it is true you can also fire up terminal and type sudo nautilus, I would prefer to use gksu for graphical apps and keep sudo for command-line apps. For a more thorough discsussion of the differences between gksu and sudo, check out this article: Running Sudo Graphically.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Generating Placeholder Text (Lorem ipsum) in Microsoft Word 2007 and 2010

Do you know that you can automatically generate placeholder text (a.k.a. "Lorem ipsum") in Microsoft Word 2007 and 2010 using the command:

=lorem (x,y)

where x=total number of paragraphs and x=total number of lines

For example, typing:
=lorem (2,10) will generate 2 paragraphs with a total of 10 lines of lorem ipsum.

The default =lorem() will generate 2 paragraphs with a total of 6 lines of lorem ipsum.

Unfortunately, this trick does not work in Microsoft Word 2003.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Using Proxy Servers To Bypass Web Filters

Many schools, colleges, employers, corporations, and even countries employ web filters to control the sites that a person can visit. A savvy user can get around web filters through the use of proxy servers. GeekersMagazine has an excellent article, Proxy Websites to access Blocked Sites From School, College or Office, which also lists the various proxy servers and sites that you can use to bypass various web filters.

Link: Proxy Websites to access Blocked Sites From School, College or Office (GeekersMagazine)

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Free Reverse Landline and Cellphone Number Lookups

Phonelookup.com offers free (at least for now) reverse phone lookups for U.S. phone numbers. Type in the phone number in the search box and Phonelookup.com will try to locate the name and address of the subscriber.

I tested the search engine with several different numbers. Phonelookup.com is reasonably accurate with landlines, undoubtedly because of publicly available data. Cellphone lookups are more iffy.

If you are looking for a free service, this would be a good one to try.