Archive for June, 2011

Fedora GNOME 3 show desktop keyboard shortcut.

June 26th, 2011 13 comments

The Ctrl-Alt-D keyboard shortcut to show the desktop no longer works by default in Fedora 15’s GNOME shell. This can be very frustrating if you have many windows open and need to get to the desktop quickly.

Let’s fix it. Click your username in the top right of the screen and select System Settings.

Gnome3 -> System Settings

Under  Hardware click Keyboard.

Gnome3 -> System Settings

Switch to the Shortcuts tab, and click Navigation in the left column. Scroll down and select Hide all normal windows which has a default value of Disabled.

Gnome 3 -> Keyboard Shortcuts -> Navigation

Set the shortcut to whatever you want.

Synology – A customer service success story.

June 24th, 2011 3 comments

I’ve recently purchased a Synology DiskStation DS410 and stuck 8TB of storage in it. Although I am slowly coming to grips with it and all of the features and flexibility it offers, I did have an initial problem with it out-of-the-box. The unit would not power up properly either by means of pressing the power button on the front of the device or by WOL (Wake On Lan). WOL is used to send a magic packet to the device whilst it is in a low power state (1W) to make it start up, which can be done remotely from anywhere with an internet connection with properly forwarded ports.

The issue that I was facing is heavily discussed here and there are even youtube clips which demonstrate the issue here and here.

I was not so bothered at all about the unit not powering up by means of the the physical power button, but it really bugged me that the WOL would stop working altogether after some time after being shut down and left in the low power state. Apparently the problem lies in the factory shipped power supply to the unit.

For this reason, and as per the suggestions in the forum thread above, I decided to contact Synology to get this issue resolved. What followed was nothing short of perfect when it comes to talking about customer service which I will outline below.

  • Initial email sent to Synology support with reference to the problem and link to related forum thread.
  • Response from Synology (Tashi) politely apologising for the inconvenience caused and to check a few things on my setup and to provide a shipping address.
  • Response to Synology that I confirm the issue is still present.
  • Response from Synology (Tashi) thanking me for my confirmation that the problem is still present and for providing a shipping address and to wait for a shipping tracking number.
  • Response from Synology (Tashi) with a UPS tracking number.
  • Replacement power supply received 3 days later.

5 days later and after heavy testing, I am happy to announce that the issue is now totally solved and that I am extremely happy with the way Synology handled this, wishing that many more companies would treat their customers like this. On the same note, it was nice to be handled by a single support representative (Tashi) all along the whole process as opposed to having to exchange faceless emails with different people. It may not be relevant, and I can only compare the experience with calling my ISP’s (CytaNet) customer support line whereby you get to speak with at least 3 different people and need to explain everything from the very beginning each and every single freaking time – a highly frustrating thing to have to do in my book.

For the record, I will add that the replacement power supply was totally free including shipping.

Tashi, thanks!!!

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Categories: All, Technology

If you have problems adding rpmfusion repos to your distro…

June 21st, 2011 1 comment

Whilst installing a fresh copy of Fedora Core today, I found that the repo mirror was not responding. A quick google search provides the solution. Simply replace download1 with download2 in the URL.

For instance (depending on your distro), instead of:

su -c ‘yum localinstall –nogpgcheck’


su -c ‘yum localinstall –nogpgcheck’

Sick and tired of inability to use PS3.

June 18th, 2011 No comments

I finally got sick and tired of trying to reset my password on my PS3 and trust me, I have tried everything under the sun to just reconnect myself to the playstation network (not the store, the network).

As I hate having stuff that doesn’t work on any of my gadgets, it is time to reset the damn thing to its factory defaults and then yes, just register the stupid thing with a fake address (way to go sony, NOT!).

Would you believe it? 14 hours and 26 minutes at 2% to format a measly 250GB hard disk. Don’t believe me? Check it out:

As you might have guessed, I bought the wrong television too. I really liked the idea of bravia sync so that I could use my television’s remote control to start/stop/pause/rewind/forward a movie on the ps3, but hey… this will no longer be a deciding factor when I am next shopping for a tv. Sony do not seem to understand the knock-on effect that their failures have caused… and when the consumer has nowhere else to turn to, this is the result. I could somewhat come to terms when they disabled OtherOS but only because I didn’t get a chance to enjoy it before it was disabled.

Categories: All, Technology

Getting back the missed minimize/maximize buttons in GNOME 3.

June 17th, 2011 3 comments

Struggling to get used to it, I was very much missing the minimize/maximize buttons on my applications in GNOME 3.


I have finally found a solution to get these buttons back and if you are looking for a solution, this should work for you too:

  • $ sudo yum -y install gnome-tweak-tool
  • $ gnome-tweak-tool
  • Click on Shell
  • Change Arrangement of buttons on the title bar from Close only to All
  • Log out or Restart
  • Log in
  • Enjoy!

Automatically download and merge multiple PDF files with a Unix shell.

June 14th, 2011 No comments

This is a simple little script which I wrote to download multiple parts of some weekly newspapers and then merge them all up into one PDF file. I have no idea why they post these broken up into many pieces instead of just one and it’s a pain to close and open multiple files just to read the paper.

To use this script, you must know the exact filenames of the PDFs you want to download and you need pdfmerge, installable with yum ($ sudo yum install pdfmerge) from the updates repo.

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CloudFlare threat control. Require captcha by country.

June 8th, 2011 6 comments

CloudFlare has a cool feature whereby you can force visitors to enter a captcha code prior to entering your site. This is particularly useful if you are receiving an uncontrollable amount of spam from a country which is geographically of little or no interest to you. Although I have no need for this functionality myself, I like how CloudFlare themselves are maintaining their own ip-to-country lists and are extending this control via a simple interface.


What I would personally have liked to see is the option to totally deny access rather than offer the captcha. This way, if you were doing something like this with say, apache, you would no longer need to worry about updating and maintaining ip-to-country lists of your own.

I do not and have no intention to block any country from my sites, but still, it would be a nice additional feature to have available.

Cyprus online Media Links

June 7th, 2011 No comments

I’ve added a small drop down in the right sidebar of this blog with some quick links to various online media which is available in Cyprus, primarily some radio stations and newspapers. It isn’t complete and is a work in progress.

Feel free to suggest new links via the contact page.

Categories: All, Cyprus

Android 3G settings for Cytamobile-Vodafone

June 3rd, 2011 No comments
  • Go into Settings.
  • Then Wireless and networks.
  • Then Mobile networks (Set options for roaming, networks, APNs).
  • Then Access Point Names

If you already have an entry there for CyTA, then select it to edit it, otherwise add a new APN. Now, just make sure everything matches these settings:

  • Name: whatever_you_want
  • APN: internet
  • Proxy: <Not set>
  • Port: <Not set>
  • Username: <Not set>
  • Password: <Not set>
  • Server: <Not set>
  • MMSC: <Not set>
  • MMS proxy: <Not set>
  • MMS port: <Not set>
  • MMS protocol: WAP 2.0
  • MCC: 280
  • MNC: 01
  • Authentication type: <Not set>
  • APN type: <Not set>

Save, exit and enable 3G.