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Stopping kdm (or gdm) from running at startup

Posted by grigsby on October 11, 2009

Situation: I have a system that spends most of it’s time running as a server but occasionally I need a GUI so KDE is installed. 95% of the time I don’t want KDE or even KDM eating resources. When I want it, it’s easy enough to launch from a command line on demand. How do I remove it from the start up. Easy way is to start deleting files from the rc.* directories. The approved way appears to be the following:

sudo update-rc.d -f kdm remove

To add it back:
sudo update-rc.d kdm defaults

VMware Server Console – where’s my icon?

Posted by grigsby on January 25, 2009

As maybe obvious if you’ve read anything here, I have a love for virtual machines. VMWare and virtual box are the two I use most often. I use a lot of VMWare server installs. I must manage 10 of them at various locations.

Good, right? Well now the part that bothers me. 1) I do NOT like the VMware server 2.0 interface. It is painfully slow. So most of the servers I have are still running Sever 1.0.x as I can still use my beloved Server Console (really VMWare? No console for version 2? WTF were you thinking? Seriously. W. T. F?!?!?) Most of the desktops that I use are linux. Ubuntu to be specific. I love Ubuntu. With all it’s faults is still better than XP and Worlds better than Vista. Anyway, I was talking about Vmware Server Console. When I install the console using the tarball package all is well, EXCEPT I get no icon. I’m more than comfortable with the command line. In fact I LOVE the command line. But why should I have to drop to a command line to launch a GUI app? I know I could use alt-F2 and launch it that way, but no launch icon. Really. Anyway, I create one. And I always, always, forget where the icon image is. Always. So I am now going to document it for future reference. The VMware console Icon is located in the /usr/share/doc/vmware-server-console directory.

Charlie the Unicorn – Audio only

Posted by grigsby on December 21, 2007

A co-worker asked me to strip the audio from the ‘Charlie the Unicorn‘ video. Don’t know why I did as I never wanted to see or hear that again, but I did. He also mentioned he was surprised nobody had done it before. Well, now somebody has and I’ll save it here to save some other poor fool the trouble….

Saving autotext and toolbars to a new master template file.

Posted by grigsby on August 30, 2007

I hate Word. I really do. This should be much easier and better documented, so here it is.

  1. Open Office.
  2. Start a new document and save it as a template.
  3. Select Tools – Templates and Add-ins – Organizer
  4. Select the Autotext entry
  5. copy the autotext entries from the global template to your new template
  6. Do the same for the toolbars tab
  7. Close the Organizer
  8. Save the template and exit Word
  9. Copy the template to C:Documents and Settings%USERNAME%Application DataMicrosoftTemplates
  10. Rename the existing
    to something else (
  11. Rename the new file to
  12. Bob’s your Uncle.