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Set Opera Web Browser To Update Automatically Or To Notify Of New Opera Updates Only

As of Opera 10 you can set Opera to update automatically, notify of updates only, or to not even check for updates. I don’t use Opera daily however I probably do use it at least once a week for various tasks such as torrent downloads. Recently when I launched Opera it let me know that an update was available and asked if I wanted to download and install. I quickly clicked yes to upgrade Opera but realized that there was another option that was checked to upgrade Opera automatically in the future. I personally like to be notified about upgrades and then run the upgrade myself when it is convenient so I needed to modify this setting back to only notify me of new Opera updates. Below are instructions on how to set Opera web browser to upgrade automatically, notify you of Opera browser updates, or to not even check for new updates available for the Opera web browser.

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How to Completely Remove Microsoft Office 2007 Registry Entries After a Failed Uninstall

Today I had a computer brought in where some basement Craigs list technician  had installed a hacked version of Microsoft Office on a womans computer and she was getting a error message saying it was not genuine. She brought it in to me along with a fresh new copy she had purchased and asked me to install it.  I tried to install it over the hacked copy but I kept getting all kinds of install errors in Spanish or Portuguese or some thing. I then tried to remove the hacked copy and got the same errors along with some that said “Your computer does not support the language of the uninstaller”. After a frustrated morning I found a tool which removes all traces of Office 2007 from the registry and makes it possible to delete the folder afterwards or use a 3rd party uninstaller program.

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Find The Ram Speed in Linux from a CLI Shell

Here is the next in my series of posts as I tweak the new tools server to reach its full potential. I recently added a Intel i7 965 Extreme chip to the server and I am trying to get all the kinks ironed out. One thing I suspect is that the ram is not operating at its full potential. Both the ram and the chip list that they are capable of reaching a 1600 MHz speed so I want to get them running at that speed. Normally these things are fairly easy in Windows where we have a GUI and all kinds of fancy oveclockers tools but as you know from previous articles this server is a extreme definition of hybrid and it also runs a server version of Cent OS so we have no GUI. This has brought me to discover many new and interesting Linux CLI tools. Today I will show two different ways to check your ram speed and also get some other useful information.

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PostgreSQL Log Entries: CDTLOG: statement: SHOW client_min_messages

I was troubleshooting an issue at work the other day regarding some PostgreSQL connections that were not closing. They were left IDLE, never closed, and eventually used up all of the possible connections (which totaled 100) configured in the  postgresql.conf configuration file. In the process of troubleshooting I noticed a bunch of Postgres log entries that I was unable to immediately pin down to what was causing the entries. Below I describe the view of the idle Postgres connections, the PostgreSQL log entries that were unfamiliar, and the cause of both.

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Covert a Image to Vector Graphics Format for Free

I had one of my clients call me today and say he wanted to make some T-shirts with his logo picture, that I was using on his website. I said OK and sent him the .jpeg file. He called me back twenty minutes later and said his T-shirt guy wanted the image in a vector graphics format. Now I am not sure why the T-shirt guy wouldn’t have the software to convert it however thats not my problem. In any case I always like to try to find free software to complete tasks like this. I have used a program called Inkscape in Linux many times but I had no idea what to do in Windows. Fortunately, there is a version of Inkscape for windows.