How to fix Missing Date and Time in Menu Bar in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

All of a sudden, the “Menu Bar” (equivalent to what we call Taskbar in Windows) on my Ubuntu has stopped showing me date & time for some unknown reasons. My first instinct were to check the System Settings -> Time and Date

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How to change download mirror in Ubuntu

As soon as you begin installing Ubuntu or being downloading packages, the number one question is, Why is this download taking so long?

The answer is simple, probably your mirror is not correctly set and its taking longer to download files. How to fix? simply follow these instructions

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Play all media formats on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Desktop

I still remember the first time I test-drove Mandriva Linux (formerly known as Mandrake), I could run every other audio and video format out-of-the-box without downloading anything (it was a dialup modem era so downloading was a pain-in-the-rear).

Many years after, I finally installed Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on my new laptop but it does not recognize some of my mp3 files and im like “Are you kidding me?”

Im glad I found a solution, there is a package called ubuntu-restricted-extras (read the Wikipedia entry and Ubuntu documentation) that you can install and it support all major media formats, Codecs and even Flash Player. To install, you need to run

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

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Installing / re-installing and Configuring phpMyAdmin on Ubuntu

phpMyAdmin is a very common and handy tool that most of the developers use. It is available on almost every server.

Installing phpMyAdmin on Ubuntu server is even easier, you just need to

sudo apt-get install phpmyadmin

but what if we accidently skip the configuration screen where phpmyadmin makes modifications to apache?

Dont worry just do the following

Edit Apache’s configuration file (assuming you are using apache2)

sudo nano /etc/apache2/apache2.conf
# better to use the following command instead of the one above
#gksudo gedit /etc/apache2/apache2.conf

Add the following line of code inside apache2.conf:

Include /etc/phpmyadmin/apache.conf

Now restart Apache:

sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart

Go to /phpmyadmin/ and login with your mysql username and password.

Intall Apache, MySQL and PHP on Ubuntu – Part 2

Few weeks ago I wrote an article on how to setup Xampp package on Ubuntu. Today, I am revisiting this.

I came across a great article straight from the Ubuntu community, it is very simple, very strraight forward to setup Apache / MySQL and PHP on your Ubuntu box (server or desktop)

Read the article here.

Ubuntu: Setting default gateway / ip etc

If you want to specify a default gateway or ip address for your Ubuntu installation, try the following steps.

Open SSH and type this command

sudo nano /etc/network/interfaces

You can edit everything there as shown in the screenshot below (click to enlarge)

Ubuntu network interface

auto eth0
iface eth0 inet static
        # dns-* options are implemented by the resolvconf package, if installed

Intall Apache, MySQL and PHP on Ubuntu 8.10

WARNING: Please use this method to install Apache, PHP and MySQL because its more suitable for most of your needs and has options to auto-upgrade your installation. The following method is obsolete and not recommended.

After trying to install Apache, MySQL and PHP on Ubuntu 8.10 via several methods listed over the web. I opted for xampp package for linux.

It is as easy as ABC

Download the xampp linux package from their official website


(I have selected NCHC, Taiwan as the mirror to download this package, you may try another)

Extract the files

sudo tar xvfz xampp-linux-1.7.tar.gz -C /opt

Chmod the files to have nobody ownership

sudo chown -R nobody:root /opt/lampp/

Configure xampp security

sudo /opt/lampp/lampp security

Start xampp with this command

sudo /opt/lampp/lampp start

Stop xampp

sudo /opt/lampp/lampp stop

Restart xampp

sudo /opt/lampp/lampp restart

Login to ftp using the username nobody and the password that you have set up in the “xampp security”

To uninstall xampp

sudo rm -fr /opt/lampp


Download files from a http authenticated directory using wget

I wanted to download something off a sub-domain using wget that I have password protected using .htaccess
so the following command was NOT working


Luckily, we can pass two arguments to the same command and tell wget what the username and password is

wget --http-user=myuser --http-password=mypass 

Works Great!!

If you are using Ubuntu 8.10, have not enabled root user and trying to download to a directory that has “nobody” or “root” as owner then try pre-pending it with sudo

sudo wget --http-user=myuser --http-password=mypass 

How to Install Webmin in Ubuntu

From the little help that I can get over the internet, I found out that you need to install the following packages to prepare the system for Webmin installation.

Run the following command over SSH or Ubuntu Desktop’s terminal window (Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal).

sudo apt-get install perl libnet-ssleay-perl openssl libauthen-pam-perl libpam-runtime libio-pty-perl libmd5-perl 

(Learn how to configure SSH on Ubuntu 8.10 if you want to have a remote access to your Ubuntu box).

Download the latest version of Webmin by running the following command (visit webmin download section for newer versions)


Downloading Webmin
Downloading Webmin

After the package has been downloaded, run the following command to install it

sudo dpkg -i webmin_1.500_all.deb 

You should now be able to login to Webmin at the URL https://localhost:10000/ using root or any other user with sudo access.