Category Archives: How to’s

Step-by-step guides mostly for general public.

Fixing Windows Update: what to do when wuauserv refuses to stop

Every now and then my virtualized Windows 10 would stuck at “Checking for updates” or “Downloading updates: 0%”. The solutions on various websites suggest stopping the related system services (net stop wuauserv and net stop bits) and trashing the contents … Continue reading

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How to load VirtIO storage drivers in Windows System Restore

If you need to load VirtIO block storage driver (aka viostor) in Windows System Restore (aka Windows Recovery Mode) to recover your Windows virtual machine, take the following steps. (Also please read my note below).

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How to add an existing virtual disk to Proxmox

It’s trivial to create virtual disks in Proxmox, but what if you want to add an existing disk to a new virtual machine?

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Run Django dev server with Gulp

This is basically an extract from this excellent article by Caktus Group’s Calvin Spealman.

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Add a printer via command-line in OS X

Goal: add a network printer via Remote Desktop’s command-line to numerous Macs.

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Concisest guide to setting up Time Machine server on Ubuntu Server 12.04, 14.04 & Debian

“This worked much better than more recently published guides.” How to quickly set up Time Machine server on Ubuntu Server 12.04/14.04/16.04 and Debian without using extra repositories, unnecessary packages and redundant configuration. Backing up tested on OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, … Continue reading

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Word 2011: paste unformatted (plain) text with Cmd+V shortcut

The following video shows how to assign pasting as plain text (without formatting) to Cmd+V keyboard shortcut/hotkey in Microsoft Word 2011 for Mac OS X. Note that it is not the same as “Paste and match formatting”, which first pastes rich … Continue reading

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Receive “net send” messages in Mac OS X via Growl

Quick recipe to receive “net send” messages (usually sent from Windows) in Mac OS X via Growl. I worked it out while helping user kamlay @ habrahabr.

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WordPress network with any domains and paths, no plugins required

Goal: host several blogs from a single WordPress installation. Each blog should be reachable from a any domain and directory. For example: http://example1.com/blog http://example1.fr/blog http://example2.com/something-else http://example3.com … etc. It turned out to be possible without 3rd party plugins. You’d only … Continue reading

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Switch input language by caps lock in Windows

(Эта статья также доступна на русском языке). One and half years ago I wrote an article called “Select input language by Caps Lock in Mac OS X” and later it started appearing in Google results for users searching the same … Continue reading

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