enable the registry editor when disabled by administrator “registry editing has been disabled by your administrator”

run “gpedit.msc”, navigate to “user configuration > administrative templates > system” and deactivate the option “prevent access to registry editing tools”

change the default terminal window size

to change the default terminal window size you have to edit the file

gksudo gedit /usr/share/vte/termcap/xterm

and change the line (10) which reads something like


where co#132 means 132 columns and li#26 means 26 lines .. dunno what the it#8 stands for .. it did not change anything altering it …

vnc requires to enter password for keyring ‘default’ to unlock on remote machine

i’ve set up my fit-pc2 running linux mint 9 isadora and wanted to remote control it via vnc .. every time i wanted to log on i was asked for the password of my keyring ‘default’ …

following the tutorial i’ve reset the password for the keyring to be blank .. now i can connect without having to enter a password on the remote machine …


as i only access it within my local network and i am the only user on that machine no big security risk …

beep on suspend hibernate

lately i was wondering why my laptop was beeping when going to hibernate or suspend mode .. it turned out that i decreased the volume pushing the volume-minus button until (i thought) it would be mute …

but you have to push the mute button to mute the laptop .. minimizing the volume does not result in mute (like in windows) but beep sounds …

Remmina Remote Desktop Manager Vnc Rdp

after trying grdesktop, vino and vinagre .. which all worked but you had to use one program for each protocol .. i was looking for something similar to http://remotedesktopmanager.com

finding this blog entry http://blog.computer-tipps.info/2010/12/07/remmina-fernwartung-aus-einer-hand/ showed me that there is a programme to do just what i wanted …

installing remmina as usual

sudo aptitude install remmina

and if you are missing the symbol in the systray you can install the following package …

sudo aptitude install remmina-gnome

to add it to the taskbar right-click on the taskbar, choose “Add to Panel…” and select “Remmina Remote Desktop Client Applet”

Disable Wireless (Wifi) By Default On Startup

booting the machine with the physical wireless switch enabled the wifi was always enabled but the wwan was not …

as i would like to choose whether or not to enable any wireless connection i wanted to disable it by default …
i started by disabling the option “Connect automatically” at my wireless connection .. but that would not stop the wireless to start up enabled …

finding this forum post http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=53&t=58107#p353685 describing how to enable it .. it was just a matter of switching the boolean

open /etc/rc.local

sudo gedit /etc/rc.local

and add the following line right after the last line starting with a “#” and just before “exit 0”

dbus-send --system --type=method_call --dest=org.freedesktop.NetworkManager /org/freedesktop/NetworkManager org.freedesktop.DBus.Properties.Set string:org.freedesktop.NetworkManager string:WirelessEnabled variant:boolean:false

Replacing Openoffice With Libreoffice

when i saw the article http://drupal.txwikinger.me.uk/content/libreoffice-now-available-ppa-ubuntu-1010-and-1004 i followed the steps to

remove openoffice

sudo apt-get remove "openoffice*.*"

add the new repository and update

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa
sudo aptitude update

installing libreoffice and the gnome-package

sudo aptitude install libreoffice
sudo aptitude install libreoffice-gnome

Iphone Installation To Sync Music With Rhythmbox And Enable Tethering

i experienced an issue that the iphone won’t tether when i connect it the first time …
i have to plug it in ..
wait for it beeing mounted ..
remove the usb cable ..
and plug it in again …
that way tethering works …

installing the needed packages for sync and tether

to install iphone drivers you first have to add a new repository and update all by typing

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pmcenery/ppa
sudo aptitude update

then install the following packages

sudo aptitude install gvfs ipheth-dkms ipheth-utils libimobiledevice-dev libimobiledevice-utils

tethering with usb

connect the iphone with tethering enabled you will get a new device eth1

syncing music

to sync music i use rhythmbox

problem of dissappearing device

when i first started rhythmbox with the iphone connected it showed the iphone listed under “devices” for like 2 seconds and then it disappeared

to fix that do the following else continue to “preparing to sync”

  • close rhythmbox
  • open your home folder and show hidden folders/files by pressing “CTRL + H”
  • navigate to .gconf/apps/rhythmbox/state/ipod and delete the file “%gconf.xml”
  • start rhythmbox

preparing to sync

  • created a new playlist “iPhoneSync”
  • added all the music i want onto my iphone and then
  • rightclick the iphone-symbol in rhythmbox listed under “devices” and select “properties”
  • select the tab “sync” and the playlist i just created

close that window and you may now sync the iphone by right-clicking it and select “sync with library”