How to Change the UUID of a Linux Partition

Change partition UUIDDuplicated UUID’s can be a big problem on your machine. But luckily it is easy to change the UUID of a Linux partition and can be done in roughly 1-2 minutes!

The UUID of a Linux partition is the Universally Unique IDentifier of that partition. I would say with a fair bit of confidence that in this and most scenarios, the Linux partition UUID has more of a local machine scope.

Faster DNS Servers….

DNS Servers are like phone books, they translate the the readable name of www.google.com to the IP of 173.194.41.131. In short, the quicker your DNS servers, the quicker the initial lookup/connection to the website…. check out namebench to find the fastest DNS servers for you!

How to a Set Static IP in Ubuntu

Some recent changes to Ubuntu have changed the way we set a static IP in Ubuntu 12.04 and 12.10. Previously we could change the /etc/resolv.conf file adding in our static IP details. But due to some internal changes I’m finding it more stable to make changes in the graphical interface…. nm-connection-editor, as these new changes are overwriting the file with some generated content.

UPDATE: I have written some instructions on how to set a static IP in a more ‘Linux’ fashion. Check them out here (for wired connections only)

Remove Scrollbars From any Div with CSS

Recently I’m seeing quite a few people asking how to remove scrollbars from their page, both vertical and horizontal scrollbars. What I’m going to explain isn’t just for removing scrollbars but can also be used to make them appear permanently.

Install MySQL 5.5 From Source (Load Data Local Infile Issues?)

Install MySQL from sourceWhy?…. LOAD DATA LOCAL INFILE?

I recently updated my home machine to Ubuntu 12.04 and found MySQL 5.5 installed as default. As happy as I was to have the latest stable MySQL server, I was a bit gutted to find that LOAD DATA LOCAL was disabled as default, due to security issues. These issues may be valid but this is my local environment and I’ve got projects that require it so thought I’d waste utilize some free time fixing it.

Move Minimize, Maximize and Close Buttons – Ubuntu 12.04

gconf-editor - GNOME configuration editorI don’t know why Ubuntu has decided to keep window controls (window controls being the minimize, maximize and close buttons) in the left corner of the window. For some reason, with every release of Ubuntu I expect the window controls to be moved to the right! I keep trying to change my ways but always reach for the right corner when minimizing or trying to close – maximizing I could probably do without!

Ubuntu 12.04 is no different, time to change some settings again…