If you are a Microsoft Windows user then no doubt you’ll be quite familiar with the concept of right-clicking on a USB flash drive icon under My Computer, selecting the context menu option ‘Format’, and then formatting your flash drive so that it is nice and sparkly empty. Unfortunately for us though, that tried and tested method isn’t quite supported under Ubuntu Desktop. Using Ubuntu 12.04, this is one of the ways in which you can however format your USB flash drive. First, plug your USB stick in and wait for it to mount. Then open the Ubuntu Unity dashboard and type in “Disk Utility”. Launch the resulting application and select your USB flash drive which should be listed in the left hand side device list. Scroll down the resulting page until the ‘Format Volume’ button becomes visible. Click on this button, select the file system you want to use (9 out of 10 times, stick with FAT as this is supported by the widest range of devices) and hit the Format button. Finally, marvel at how the application merrily discards all data currently on your USB flash drive before returning control of it to you, all sparkly empty.
Of course, the ability to delete videos that you uploaded is a must, and so, YouTube gives you the necessary tools to achieve this – though that said, I couldn’t figure it out the first time around, meaning a short trip to Google would have to solve it for me. And now that I know, I may as well record it here for future reference. How to delete a YouTube video. First, log in to YouTube and then click on your username in the upper right corner of any YouTube page. From the resulting drop-down menu, click on the Video Manager menu option. Identify the videos that you wish to delete from the list of videos, and mark the checkbox for each corresponding video to delete. Now click on the Actions button at the top of the page and from this resulting drop-down menu, select Delete. One confirmation screen later and you will be good to go, your YouTube footage now lost forever in the mists of abandoned digital pixels… Nifty.
Last Friday night I was having fun developing my first ever WordPress plugin (a thumbnail archive page if you must ask), that I happily stayed awake well past midnight to work on it. Now of course this was at the end of a week long slog at work so I was pretty tired as you can well imagine (yes, yes, I’m not as young as what I used to be!), but the excitement over what I was busy getting up to was more than enough to keep me awake, fingers glued to the keyboard as I furiously typed away at my PHP code. But as it is with all good things, I had to eventually call it a night, as my mind and eyes slowly succumbed to the alluring call of bed, and I finished up with what I was busy and logged out of the FTP manager. Now properly tired, I thought hang on a minute, it is past midnight so my Google Analytics stats would have updated, meaning we can have a quick peek at Friday’s numbers, right? So I duly logged into Google Analytics, checked the numbers, and then did something silly. Because at a stage I also ran Touchwork’s Txt and Tell project’s analytics under my private account, I have two main Analytics accounts under my main Dashboard view. Seeing as I am no longer associated with the Txt and Tell project, I decided to delete that account, and so happily clicked away through the dialogs [...]
LastPass is a fantastic password vault application available over a number of different platforms and with a huge range of rather useful features that includes things like automatic form filling, one-click login, synchronization across browsers and of course bullet-proof password management/storage. Our quick little how to today deals with how to easily delete all your stored vault items at once.
To delete a system user account in Ubuntu is really even more simple than adding it in the first place. Simply run the following command:
Although there is tons of documentation on creating new SVN project repositories for your shiny Ubuntu SVN (subversion) server, there isn’t all that much mention of how you actually remove a project repository should you no longer need it.
It’s sometimes pretty valuable to reuse array structures if you’re kind of doing a task over and over again, and don’t necessarily want to recreate the array’s keyed structure from scratch with each iteration.
Craig Lotter is an established web developer and application programmer, with strong creative urges (which keep bursting out at the most inopportune moments) and a seemingly insatiable need to love all things animated. Living in the beautiful coastal town of Gordon's Bay in South Africa, he games, develops, takes in animated fare, trains under whichever martial arts dojo is closest at the time, and for the most part, simply enjoys life with his amazing wife and daughter.
Oh, and he draws ever now and then too.
This is a collection of things that he has managed to find the time to scribble down since 2007.
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