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Successfully running x11vnc as a Systemd Service in Xubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus)

I found many posts about running x11vnc at boot up on various flavors of Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus). None of the posted suggestions would work for me as-is. I ended up finding a solution that works on Xubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus), so am posting just the Systemd service file here as a suggestion of what works for me:

[Unit]
Description=x11vnc VNC Server for X11
Requires=lightdm.service
After=lightdm.service

[Service]
Type=forking

Fixing DHCP Network Interface with Network Manager in Xubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr)

A very annoying problem came back to a Xubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr) system quite suddenly and annoyingly would not go away. This system would not obtain a DHCP address. The Network Manager tray icon was not even the "spinning" icon indicating it was trying to obtain an address from the DHCP server. I checked around the Internet for suggestions how to resolve this issue. Nothing we located and tested resolved the issue.

Custom assembled attractive dark blue theme for Xfce with Clearlooks, Gion, and Moheli

Previously while on Ubuntu with the classic GNOME 2 desktop environment, I had developed a customized theme. Please if interested in that refer here: http://www.lueckdatasystems.com/Custom_assembled_attractive_dark_blue_th...

HOW-TO: Add Panoramio User's KML to Google Earth

Panoramio photo sharing website includes capabilities to put an X mark on Google Maps / Google Earth where you were standing when you took the photo. The site several years ago used to have URL links to member's personal KML files. KML stands for Keyhole Markup Language. The Panoramio site still has such capabilities, though the link to the personal KML seems to have vanished from the current Panoramio interface.

The URL syntax for locating the KML of a particular member is as follows:

http://www.panoramio.com/panoramio.kml?user=######

HOW-TO: Getting started survival guide for Comodo Free Internet Security Premium Version 5.12 for Windows

I blogged about the free Comodo AntiVirus / Firewall software some time ago. (Please see
HOW-TO: Getting started survival guide for Comodo Free Firewall + Antivirus for Windows
) I never got around to creating a newer blog post for their version 5 product, so doing so now to capture the knowledge of installing that "best ever version" of their product.

Getting mouse control back from Vinagre Remote Desktop Viewer VNC session

I found myself trapped within a Vinagre Remote Desktop Viewer VNC session to a remote Linux server console. Trying all keys to find the magic key to pop mouse control back to my local Linux system, finally I found it: the F10 key! In the mean time, I had found the key to make the Vinagre on-line help come up, was navigating through it using keyboard only... and what few help suggestions there were, they always told to go to the Vinagre menu to click on something...

Adding back Skyrocket screensaver to Xubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin)

I knew how to add my favorite screensaver, Skyrocket, to Xubuntu based on having researched it before: http://www.lueckdatasystems.com/Adding_back_Skyrocket_screen_saver_to_Ub... However this time, the Really Slick Screensavers GLX Port entries did not show up in the list of screensavers. So I went searching how to get them to become available.

I discovered in this file:

/usr/share/doc/rss-glx/README.xscreensaver

that I should perform the following:

$ ps aux|grep xscreensaver

"Who keeps touching / overwriting /etc/resolv.conf?" Parallels Virtuozzo / Power Panel

I was quite perplexed at what kept touching / editing the /etc/resolv.conf file on a server I was setting up. A web search turned up suggestions that perhaps this OS configuration included Network Manager, which when installed becomes responsible for that file. I checked and Network Manager was not on any of the available servers I could check, including the server with the issue.

I found other suggestions to simply use the chattr command thusly:

chattr +i /etc/resolv.conf

"CiviCRM on Drupal for Missions" Presentation from 2011

I offered a presentation at the 2011 ICCM conference about our work implementing CiviCRM running on Drupal this past year for Christians in Recovery. The presentation includes a general overview of CiviCRM's capabilities, and also how the CIR site is making use of CiviCRM.

Presentation in PDF format

HOW-TO: Fixing Bad Updates for Windows 2000 / Win2K Security Update For Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 / 2008 KB2467174 and KB2467175

Recently my trusty Microsoft Windows 2000 computers requested to apply Security Update For Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 / 2008. At first I thought how kind of Microsoft to even include Windows 2000.

Security Update For Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 / 2008 KB2467174 and KB2467175

Boy was I mistaken! Horror of horrors, said updates are not compatible with Windows 2000! If you get bit too, here is how you easily go back:

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