VirtualBox - How to increase hard disk size of Linux guest

Ever since my desktop broke down six months ago, I was without a Linux machine. Lately the urge to get back to Linux kicked in and immediately setting up a VM came to my mind. I had already used VirtualBox earlier so I got started and installed Linux Mint. During the installation I had setup the HDD size to be 8GB and dynamic which could grow if required. Within a week as Dropbox and Thunderbird sync started the free space came to zero very quickly....

December 2, 2012 · 4 min · Mr. Kamath

Configure Beetel 110TC1 ADSL2+ Router for BSNL

Last week I had to buy the Beetel 110TC1 ADSL2+ router from the open market after my Huawei router purchased from BSNL broke down due to power fluctuations. The steps to configure Beetel 110TC1 router for BSNL broadband (Dataone) is as follows, the steps remain the same regardless of the operating system (I have Linux Mint 12 in my system): Connect the Ethernet cable, telephone line and the power line to the modem and switch on your machine and the modem....

March 11, 2012 · 2 min · Mr. Kamath

Firestarter configuration to allow VPN

Yesterday I had installed Firestarter (A Linux Firewall) in my Linux Mint desktop to act as the first line of defense against network based attacks. Things were fine till today evening which was when I faced an issue with VPN. Although Firestarter allowed me to connect to the VPN, it was blocking me from doing a remote desktop to my work machine or another other machine in the network for that matter....

February 9, 2012 · 2 min · Mr. Kamath

Resolve Mic sound problem in Linux Mint 12

After starting the year with a new fresh installation of Linux Mint 12, almost all the things worked out of the box except one thing. The microphone (mic) was not capturing the sound (absolutely no sound) so that meant that I had to keep my old installation of Mint 10 intact so that when required I could switch over to it and use Skype. After just over a month I finally got into my debugging shoes today to figure out what the problem was....

February 5, 2012 · 2 min · Mr. Kamath
Network Speed

Monitor net speed in Xfce

After shifting from Gnome to Xfce one of the things which I missed a lot when browsing the net and when connected to VPN was the netspeed applet which was available in Gnome. So after a quick search I landed on the page askubuntu.com where I found the answer. There is a xfce4-netspeed-plugin already in development and can be downloaded and complied. Here are the steps: Install the dependencies required to compile the xfce4-netspeed-plugin using the command: sudo apt-get install intltool xfce4-dev-tools libxfce4util-dev libgtk2....

February 4, 2012 · 1 min · Mr. Kamath