4/17/2013

Tip: How to remove / disable metro UI windows 8

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

For those of you who installed Windows 8 and don’t like the new Metro UI there is a simple way to revert back to the old familiar look of Windows 7. Here is how you do it:

Open the Regedit by typing regedit or by pressing the Windows Key + R combination and type regedit and click OK.
Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer
Find the key RPenabled and change the value from 1 to 0.

7/1/2012

‘Leap Second’ Bug Wreaks Havoc Across Java Production Systems

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

On Saturday, at midnight Greenwich Mean Time, as June turned into July, the Earth’s official time keepers held their clocks back by a single second in order to keep them in sync with the planet’s daily rotation, and due to many production problems we were faceing here at Wix.com with our Java systems, and also according to reports from across the web, some of the net’s fundamental software platforms — including the Linux operating system and the Java application platform — were unable to cope with the extra second.

Many computing systems use what’s called the Network Time Protocol, or NTP, to keep themselves in sync with the world’s atomic clocks, and when an extra second is added, some just don’t know how to handle it.

We had problems with Hadoop, Tomcat, Jetty, Flum, Tyrent, Tokyo and other systems. One major symptoms we saw was system crushing and CPU overload.

Fortunately we found a solution which is simply to run the following linux command:

date; sudo date `date +"%m%d%H%M%C%y.%S"`; date;

This should solve your problem and you don’t have to restart your java applications

3/21/2011

Make Add-ons Work In Firefox 4

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Mozilla is soon to release a new version of the popular browser, Firefox 4, many add-ons will stop working. A big hurdle for people is switching to the new browser is that some plugins are not compatible with the new browser version. Luckily there are few workarounds to make old plugins work with Firefox 4

The first one is an extension called Add-on Compatibility Reporter After installing the Add-on Compatibility Reporter, your incompatible extensions will become enabled for you to test whether they still work with the version of Firefox or Thunderbird that you’re using. If you notice that one of your add-ons doesn’t seem to be working the same way it did in previous versions of the application, just open the Add-ons Manager and click Compatibility next to that add-on to send a report to Mozilla.

Another method is to simply add a new configuration to Firefox. Here is how its done:

In the address bar type: about:config
Right click on the setting page and select: New->Boolean
Type: extensions.checkCompatibility.4.0 and set the value to false

9/29/2010

Graphic Designer’s Journey: Freelance to Freedom (Infographic)

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

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1/22/2010

Make Extensions Work With Firefox 3.6

Filed under: — Aviran

As Mozilla released a new version of the popular open source browser, Firefox 3.6 many add-ons will stop working. Previous workarounds to enable extensions may not work. However there are two new workarounds that will make your favorite plugins work with the new version of Firefox.

The first one is an extension called Add-on Compatibility Reporter After installing the Add-on Compatibility Reporter, your incompatible extensions will become enabled for you to test whether they still work with the version of Firefox or Thunderbird that you’re using. If you notice that one of your add-ons doesn’t seem to be working the same way it did in previous versions of the application, just open the Add-ons Manager and click Compatibility next to that add-on to send a report to Mozilla.

Another method is to simply add a new configuration to Firefox. Here is how its done:

In the address bar type: about:config
Right click on the setting page and select: New->Boolean
Type: extensions.checkCompatibility.3.6 and set the value to false

1/5/2010

Understanding Windows 7’s ‘GodMode’

Filed under: — Aviran

Windows enthusiasts are excited over the discovery of a hidden “GodMode” feature that lets users access all of the operating system’s control panels from within a single folder.

Enabling God Mode is very simple all you need to do is to create a new folder and then rename the folder to the following:

GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

Once that is done, the folder’s icon will change to resemble a control panel and will contain dozens of control options.

7/23/2009

How to Make Extensions Work with the Latest Firefox

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

When you upgrade you version of Firefox some extension might stop working, however most of the times they will work fine with the new version of Firefox. There is an easy way to make Firefox stop checking for compatibility.


1. Open Firefox and type about:config in the address bar. Then click the button promising to be careful.

2. Right-click anywhere on the screen, choose: New > Boolean and name this boolean:

extensions.checkCompatibility

Press OK. Then set it to false and press OK again.

3. Now right-click again anywhere choose New > Boolean and make the name of this one:

extensions.checkUpdateSecurity

and set the value of that one to false.

3/17/2009

Tip: Schedule Restart After Hours

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

When you run a server or even you own desktop you probably do not want to restart your machine during work hours, this especially concern servers which should run 24/7. However sometimes when you install a new program or after you run Windows Update you need to restart the machine in order to complete the installation. Fortunately you can schedule the time your machine restart by using Windows own task scheduler.

Here is how you do it:

  • Go to Start->All Programs->Accessories->System Tools->Scheduled Tasks
  • Double-click Add Scheduled Task
  • Click Next and on the next screen click Browse
  • Under %SystemRoot%\System32 folder, select the program called Shutdown.exe
  • In the next screen choose the name and select One time only
  • Click Next and fill in the time you want this shutdown (and restart) task to run
  • Click Next and fill in your user name and password
  • Click Nextand CHECK the box named: “Open advanced properties for this task when I click Finish”
  • Click Finish - Now the advance screen will appear
  • This is very important step: In the Run box you need to add parameters to the command line in order for the system to restart. After shutdown.exe add the parameters -r -t 00 so you’ll end up with something like this in the Run box: C:\WINDOWS\System32\Shutdown.exe -r -t 00
  • Click OK and you are done. (You may need to enter your user name and password again)

1/14/2009

Tip: Command Prompt Here In Vista And Win 7

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

If you are a power user you probably know Windows XP power toy called “Open Command Prompt Here” which adds a context menu item to open a command prompt at the selected folder in the windows explorer.

In Windows Vista and also in Windows 7, you can simply hold the Shift key down while selecting the context menu (right click on a folder) to see this option. If the current working directory is a network location, it will automatically map a drive letter for you.

7/1/2008

Change Screen Resolution For Ubuntu Running Under VirtualBox

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

I’m experimenting with VirtualBox, and having Ubuntu 8.04 running on it I could not find an easy way to increase the screen resolution higher than 800X600.

Note: Although this guide was originally written for Ubuntu 8.04 it also works on Ubuntu 8.10, Ubuntu 9.04, Ubuntu 9.10

Luckily I found this great tip that shows how to configure the screen resolution in Ubunto 8.04 running as a virtual machine under VirtualBox.


Start up your Ubuntu 8.04 guest. In VirtualBox, click Devices->Install Guest Additions and your virtual Ubuntu should recognize a new CD. Open a terminal and run this command:
sudo /media/cdrom/VBoxLinuxAdditions.run

The installer should prompt you that it’s time to restart the virtual machine once it’s done. Just logging out and back in should work.

This is where things get sticky. For Ubuntu 8.04 guests, the VirtualBox video driver will not be enabled because of the minimalistic xorg.conf file.

Open your guest machine’s xorg.conf file:
gksu gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf

Find the device section, which should look like this:

Section "Device"
  Identifier "Configured Video Device"
EndSection

And replace it with this to enable the VirtualBox driver:


Section "Device"
   Identifier   "Configured Video Device"
   Driver    "vboxvideo"
EndSection

Changing screen resolutions in Ubuntu 8.04 is done with RandR, which is not supported by VirtualBox. So you’ll also need to set a resolution manually. Find the screen section, which should look like this:


Section "Screen"
   Identifier    "Default Screen"
  Monitor    "Configured Monitor"
  Device    "Configured Video Device"
EndSection

And replace it with this, but change 1024×768 to your preferred resolution:


Section "Screen"
   Identifier    "Default Screen"
   Device    "VirtualBox graphics card"
   Monitor    "Generic Monitor"
   DefaultDepth    24
   SubSection "Display"
     Depth    24
     Modes      "1024x768"
   EndSubSection
EndSection

Save, exit the editor, and log out. You should now have a large virtual machine window, as well as mouse pointer integration.


9/5/2007

How To Make Active Virus Shield Obtain Updates

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Active Virus Shield is an AOL rebranded Kaspersky anti virus. Recently AOL stopped offering the anti virus and starting September people who installed AVS can not obtain signature updates since AOL do not post them on their servers.

Since AVS is basically a Kaspersky anti virus you can make a simple hack that will make AVS to update the signature files from Kaspersky servers instead of the AOL server, thus keeping your anti virus program updated with the latest virus signatures.

All you need to do is update your HOSTS file. Follow these steps:

  • Open your file explorer and navigate to: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc
  • In the etc folder you’ll find a file named hosts. Edit this file in Notepad
  • Add the following line to the bottom of the hosts file:
    127.0.0.1 download.newaol.com
  • Save the hosts file and close Notepad
  • Right click your Active Virus Shield tray icon and select Update in the menu

That is it. Now AVS will obtain the updates from Kaspersky server

5/23/2007

How To Disable Reboot After Windows Automatic Update

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Microsoft released an update via windows update which causes your windows to reboot after the update is installed. This causes lost of work to many users who did not plan to restart their computer. I just wanted to remind you about a way you can Disable Reboot After Windows Automatic Update

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