First thing out of the box install firewall
ufw enable
// enables the firewall to start it at system logon :)

Logon to CUPS ( printer system )
via browser localhost:631 and enable print cancelling.

Setup Nvidia drivers

apt-get install nvidia-current
apt-get install nvidia-current-updates
apt-get install nvidia-settings

after doing that a DKMS ( Dynamic Kernel Module System )
 file will be produced as per the output here  ....

Loading new nvidia-304-304.135 DKMS files...
First Installation: checking all kernels...
Building for 4.10.0-38-generic and 4.13.0-36-generic
Building for architecture x86_64
Building initial module for 4.10.0-38-generic

Running module version sanity check.
 - Original module
   - No original module exists within this kernel
 - Installation
   - Installing to /lib/modules/4.10.0-38-generic/kernel/drivers/char/drm/


DKMS: install completed.
Building initial module for 4.13.0-36-generic

Get scripting of gmail organised with mutt ( checks gmail for a string then beeps the system speaker )

Now do this if you have dual display mode ( for example you are running a Conia LCD TV and a Samsung monitor off the same computer display card ie Nvidia )

VLC hacks

What you do need to do is go Tools -> preferences and ck. the box for "Allow only one instance"
also "play and exit"

There's a box for "Enqueue files..." then execute the file list in the section below called zlist.bat

here is an example from it

cvlc --playlist-enqueue "/media/step/BigNew/aAcidTest.mpg"
cvlc --playlist-enqueue "/media/step/BigNew/aceOfSpades2.mpg"
cvlc --playlist-enqueue "/media/step/BigNew/aciblackCulture.mpg"
cvlc --playlist-enqueue "/media/step/BigNew/aciDubmarine.mpg"
cvlc --playlist-enqueue "/media/step/BigNew/aciSpecialsRudie.mpg"

steve look in your mailbox for your list :)

now to install time checker on your computer use
apt-get install ntp

Auto Mount NTFS Drives at System Startup

  1. In the Terminal, enter sudo blkid to get the UUID (Universally Unique Identifier) of the partition you want to mount. A number like this will be displayed in a list 12345678901234567

  2. /dev/sda1: UUID="a61d3f03-acbf-4d6f-a73c-400fad01be65" TYPE="ext4" 
  3. /dev/sda5: UUID="3f1ad07f-d494-49c3-9d73-07dec19dc715" TYPE="swap" 
  4. /dev/sda6: UUID="3344deb2-99cf-4446-8678-73043e2032e4" TYPE="ext4" 
  5. /dev/sda7: UUID="a78768ec-eaf4-45d8-8261-1c081997865s"TYPE="ext4" 
  6. /dev/sdb1: UUID="12ae0553-2400-492e-b0c9-0ff7960243e9" TYPE="ext4" 
  7. /dev/sdb5: UUID="a43df8e4-540f-4935-b7a1-a4b570949da4" TYPE="ext4" 
  8. /dev/sdb6: UUID="dc251d6c-bedc-48f1-b837-5853e1cfad75" TYPE="swap" 

  9. Enter sudo mkdir /media/ntfs to create a mount point
  10. Enter gksu pluma /etc/fstab and add the following line in the fstab file:
    UUID=12345678901234565633757657 /media/ntfs ntfs rw,nosuid,nodev,noatime,allow_other 0 0
  11. Replace the above 16-digit number with the UUID you've got from step 1, then click 'Save'.

Restart the system and check if the partition is mounted.

Now we can back up and save our music from the window partition using RSync ( Remote Synchroniser ) replace in the string of text below the words WINDOWUSERNAME and LINUXUSERNAME with your own users.

sudo rsync -vrlptD /media/ntfs/Documents\ and\ Settings/WINDOWSUSERNAME/My\ Documents/A-F/ /home/LINUXUSERNAME/Backups/

sudo rsync -vrlptD /media/ntfs/Documents\ and\ SettingsWINDOWSUSERNAME/My\ Documents/G-Z/ /home/LINUXUSERNAME/Backups/

example 2 of a script

rsync -vrlptD /media/ntfs/Downloads/ /media/ntfs/back19Oct2015

now you can put the backup script in the system shutdown directory in Linux Mint here ( do a list to see )
 Runlevel 0 corresponds to shutdown, and 6 to reboot.
ls /etc/rc0.d/

some scripts you may see in there 
K10unattended-upgrades     K65vboxautostart-service

copy your script into it make sure its before unmounting drives ( the script umounntfs sounds like it is the unmouter )
so give it a number less than that

then copy to shutdown directory

cp /whereverYouPutIt/ to  /etc/rc0.d/

and copy to reboot directory

cp /whereverYouPutIt/ to  /etc/rc6.d/

Now for some browser stuff

Install James White style into Google's browser ( Chrome ) only need to do this once then it will come from the cloud just go to settngs and untick Use system styles and borders .... ( go to settings and appearance then get themes ) here is a screenshot ( click for larger version of the image ) also note the text on icons shows ROT13 font and you can get plugins for the browser to do text obfuscation like the picture ( click on it for larger one) below or ObfuBot script here 

  1. This trick gets rid of autoplay videos for sites like Facebook

  2. Click the menu icon on the upper-right corner and select Settings.

  3. Then scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the Show advanced settingslink.
  4. Scroll down further until you find the Privacy section. Click the Content settingsbutton.
  5. In the resulting Content Settings dialog box, scroll down to the Plug-ins section. Select Click to play, then click the Done button in the lower-right corner.
  • Visit for all sorts cursors and stuff which may or may not work with Cinnamon on Linux Mint; however, mouse cursors (“X11 Mouse Themes” as they are called on should work.
  • Pick and download a theme. I wanted BIGGER mouse cursors – unfindable mouse pointers are the bane of tons of screen real estate and small default cursors; nothing to do with my age and eyesight – so I downloaded the Obsidian Cursors 1.0 or the Aero theme, but there are other choices.


  • You’ll get a .bz2 file; uncompress it and you will find two folders and an “index.theme” file.  Here’s where the above-mentioned bugs come in; sadly, you can’t yet in Linux Mint 15 “Olivia” just right-click that file and install the theme. :(
  • Create the directory ~/.icons if it does not exist. In the shell, this can be accomplished by running mkdir -p ~/.icons
  • Move the directory containing your downloaded cursor theme to ~/.icons.  In my case, I did mv ~/Downloads/Obsidian ~/.icons

  • hmm had probs with 17 and above so i changed ~/.icons to /usr/share/icons
  • Go to Menu > System Tools > System Settings > Themes > Other Settings > Mouse Pointer. You should now be able to choose Obsidian or the one you chose. 
  • now close down and restart the settings app and you can then resize the pointer or cursor.

  • apt-get install aptoncd
     Warning these next procedures for AptOnCD can destroy your system if you use the wrong version of your deb files if you are running 16 on one computer and put 17 version of Mint's deb files over the top you can get kernel conflicts or worse system not starting ( and copy your mint 17 deb files like Virtual Box etc to other mint 17 machines using aptoncd or manually using explorer tool like nautilus then get the command like and dpkg -i *.deb to do the lot then use apt-get install -f to fix dependencies if any needed ) oh just a reminder in case you forgot in the beginning very important ha ha  just another reminder to start firewall .....

    apt-get install redshif

    // then go to startup applications
    // and set this line so the program will execute on startup its a small command line ute to change 
    // the color intensity of the monitors white by shifting it to the red.
    redshift -O 4500 
    // this tones down white colours on the monitor ha ha cool !!!!
    Install Night Mode Pro in your browser plugin for Firefox to tone down brightness by reversng

    Some other help for more programmer related tools
    for VirtualBox install here and VBoxManagement utility if you want some of the lovely Mint icons above ( wabbit tools blue W goes to facebook yellow W goes to Twitter yellow G to GMail etc here so you have a quick link for help ) or ntfsclone to back up your windows partition before you do any upgrade to Linux 17 ( a good precaution )

    then setup xscreenshaver with 

    sudo apt-get install xscreensaver-screensaver-bsod unicode-screensaver
    apt-get install xscreensaver
    apt-get install xscreensaver-gl
    apt-get install xscreensaver-gl-extra

    and then add this to startup applications in the menu ( and disable the old screen saver as there will be 2 saver apps in the menu now )
    xscreensaver -nosplash

    Time server setup

    apt-get install ntp

    pluma /etc/ntp.conf

    To use this pool zone, add the following to your ntp.conf file: for australia

    sudo service ntp restart
    Check swapiness to speed up non server systems.... 
    cat /proc/sys/vm/swappiness

    maybe gives you something like 60 so....
    do this in your text editor and add to bottom of this file
    gksudo pluma /etc/sysctl.conf
    # Decrease swap usage to a more reasonable level