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OpenOffice Save As .doc by default

To get OpenOffice to Save in Microsoft Word .doc format by default, follow these steps:

Tools > Options
Load/Save > General
In the bottom right of the window, look for “Always save as” and pick your poison 😉

I know that saving in a proprietary format over an open standard is bad practice, but sometimes in Business you need … Read more »

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Adding Calendar functionality to Mozilla Thunderbird

In a business environment, people who switch from Microsoft Outlook to Mozilla Thunderbird often miss having the calendar/task features in Outlook. Fortunately, you can add Calendar and Task functionality to Thunderbird with the Lightning add-on.

Go to the Lightning download page
Right click on the download link and Save As… (If you don’t, Firefox might try to … Read more »

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Log rotation on Plesk 8

A few of our websites receive high traffic and, as a result, the apache log files grow very large, very quickly. By default, Plesk rotates logs every 2,025,139 KB (2GB). This is way too large for a virtualised server such as ours, which provides 10GB of precious disk space.
To combat this, I set up … Read more »

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Install smartctl on Ubuntu

To install smartctl (and smartd with it):

Why would you want SmartMonTools?
The smartmontools package contains two utility programs (smartctl and smartd) to control and monitor storage systems using the Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology System (S.M.A.R.T.) built into most modern ATA and SCSI hard disks. It is derived from the smartsuite package, and includes support for … Read more »

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Upgrading Ubuntu Server from 6.10 to 7.04

Earlier today I upgraded from Ubuntu Server 6.10 to 7.04 from the command line in just a few simple steps:
Make sure we have the latest updates
Check for updates:

Install any updates:

Now prepare to upgrade to 7.04
Install the latest upgrade manager:

Run the upgrade tool for servers:

And everything went smoothly. The only issue I had, was that I … Read more »