Web fonts do not show if www missing

You may experience a situation when the locally served Web fonts used in your website do not show if the address is entered in the browser without the leading “www” part, for example, instead of “www.example.com” you type it in simply as “example.com”.

The simplest solution is to just redirect all request that are missing the “www” part to the correct address with an .htaccess file like this:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^example\.com$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^ http://www.example.com%{REQUEST_URI} [R=301,L]


Generating nice and ordered random names

You may want to generate random names, ordered by alphabet, which sound nice, instead of using total random gibberish or, on the opposite, using standard “alpha”,”bravo” etc. naming convention.

This may be useful for naming product versions or any other purpose where you need a sequential indexing of items.

One solution is to use wordoid.com, enter the first letter in accordance to your current version, and pick one name to your liking from the generated results.

Photoshop PSD thumbnailer for Gnome file manager

This script generates a system script and associated meta-information for displaying Adobe Photoshop .PSD image thumbnails in Gnome file manager. It is intended to work with Nautilus, but also works with Nemo in Linux Mint 18.2 Sonya Cinnamon, even though “Add GConf Hooks” section of the script fails.

Run the script with sudo and reboot afterwards.

The script was acquired from askubuntu.com here, and it is actually preferable that you get it from there, because here it may be automatically reformatted and fail at execution. It is posted here only for archival purposes.


# ———————————————————–
# — Write psdthumbnailer
# ———————————————————–
sudo cat <<‘EOF’ # bin/bash # Arguments / Parameters %i %o %s f_in=$1 f_out=$2 f_size=$3 # Execute Convert PSD to PNG through ImageMagick exec convert “psd:$f_in[0]” -scale “$f_sizex$f_size” “png:$f_out” EOF ) > $OUTFILE
# ———————————————————–
# — Write photoshop.thumbnailer
# ———————————————————–
sudo cat <<‘EOF’ # bin/bash [Thumbnailer Entry] TryExec=/usr/lib/psdthumbnailer Exec=/usr/lib/psdthumbnailer %i %o %s MimeType=image/vnd.adobe.photoshop; image/x-photoshop; image/x-psd; EOF ) > $OUTFILE
# ———————————————————–
# — Set File Permissions
# ———————————————————–
sudo chmod 0755 /usr/lib/psdthumbnailer
sudo chmod 0644 /usr/share/thumbnailers/photoshop.thumbnailer

# ———————————————————–
# — Add GConf Hooks to parse thumbnails
# ———————————————————–
sudo gconftool-2 –set /desktop/gnome/thumbnailers/image@vnd.adobe.photoshop/enable –type bool true

sudo gconftool-2 –set /desktop/gnome/thumbnailers/image@vnd.adobe.photoshop/command –type string “/usr/lib/psdthumbnailer %i %o %s %i %o %s”

# ———————————————————–
# — Install Dependencies
# ———————————————————–

sudo apt-get install imagemagick

Run a process in VirtualBox from outside

You can launch a program within an Oracle VirtualBox virtual machine from the host system’s command prompt.

Example 1:  Run notepad in MS Windows 7 virtual machine named “7” as user “user” with password “1” from Ubuntu:

  • VBoxManage guestcontrol "7" run --exe "C:\\Windows\\notepad.exe" --username user --password 1

Example 2: Output guest network info:

  • VBoxManage --nologo guestcontrol "7" run --exe "c:\\windows\\system32\\ipconfig.exe" --username user --password 1 --wait-stdout


  • You must have Guest Additions installed
  • The user account must have a password

Disable VirtualBox clock synchronization

For whatever reason you may want to disable the time/date synchronization between the VirtualBox guest system and the host OS.

See the example below to do that for an example virtual machine “myName”:

  • vmname=”myName”; printf “Disabling clock sync for vm: \”$vmname\”\n”; VBoxManage setextradata $vmname “VBoxInternal/Devices/VMMDev/0/Config/GetHostTimeDisabled” 1; VBoxManage setextradata $vmname “VBoxInternal/TM/TSCTiedToExecution” 1;

Unfortunately this is ignored when the virtual machine is shut down and then started again. The clock of the virtual machine will be forcefully synchronized to the host system clock. If you know a workaround, please post it in comments.

Using HP LaserJet 2010 printer with Linux Mint

The problem: HP LaserJet 2010 printer gets recognized by Linux Mint but fails to print.

The solution:

  • Remove all automatically installed printers
  • sudo hp-setup -i

Let it download the HP plugin and accept defaults, then print test page (you must not be root or the print will fail).

Thunderbird does not start

This may happen after a crash.

Problem: You attempt to start your Thunderbird, but its GUI window does not show. You can see it running as a process in the background, but nothing else happens.

Cause: The problem may be caused by a surviving lock file in the user profile directory.

Solution: Navigate to .thunderbird in your user directory, select the appropriate profile directory and delete or remove file .parentlock therein.