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openSUSE Tumbleweed: Basic Installation Guide

openSUSE is one of the most popular Linux distributions available with some claiming it to be the best Linux desktop environment for sysadmins and desktop users alike. It comes in two flavours; Leap, which is a complete regular-release distribution, and Tumbleweed, a rolling release distribution that gives you quick and easy access to the latest updates.

This guide describes the basic steps to get up and running with the default openSUSE Tumbleweed installation.

Ubuntu Linux: Invert scrolling on Synaptics trackpad

With the modern age of smartphones and tablets, people are getting used to the more natural scrolling offered by these devices, but your average laptop trackpad still uses the standard, un-natural scrolling.

This guide describes how you can configure natural scrolling within Ubuntu Linux

Carbonades Flamande (Flemish Beef Stew)

Carbonades Flamande is a favourite in Flemish regions of Belgium, made with their local dark abbey-style beers such as Leffe Brune or Brugse Zot Dubbel. Most will prefer to use onions in the recipe, but I used leek in mine to change it up a little bit as I have a family member who is intolerant to onion.» Continue reading...

Forcibly eject CD on a PowerPC-based Mac

The Apple Mac has always been a piece of equipment heavily based around design. As a result, you end up with a beautiful piece of kit, but lacking in some simple functions; one of these being an eject button on the CD drive!


I have on numerous occasions found that I have inserted a bad CD, usually a bootable CD of some sort, and then found myself unable to eject the disc.» Continue reading...

Mac OS X: Show Hidden Files

By default, as you’d expect from any good operating system, certain system files are hidden from the view of the user. This is often for security or simply to stop the user breaking their system by moving/editing/deleting files that they don’t understand. In some cases, however, you may need to be able to view these files. » Continue reading...

My last.fm account has moved

For those who follow me on Last.fm (all one of you, likely), I have decided to bring my Last.fm account in line with my online presence. I have a few reasons, one being that my username, “xmbo”, is not used anywhere else. I go by the name “Nimraynn” absolutely everywhere, so I’ve created a new account to reflect this.» Continue reading...

Scripts Section

As you may or may not know, I work in the IT sector, specifically as a Production Support analyst dealing with server & application support.


I am not a big fan of mundane and tedious tasks, who is? We’ve had a lot of talk about PowerShell in the office recently, but very few people seem to understand what it is, how to use it, or have the patience to learn any sort of scripting, so I’ve taken this as a great opportunity to get myself involved and learn this great language.» Continue reading...

We are the famous Crystal Palace…

…and we’re going back to Wembley!



What a weekend. Palace are through to the FA Cup Final for the first time since 1990, and it looks to be a cracker against Manchester United. A replay of the 1990 Final, could this be Alan Pardew’s sweet revenge? Let’s hope so!


It is good to see the team playing some great football again.» Continue reading...