Monthly Archives: November 2012

Firefox Save Tabs on Exit

It only takes a couple of steps in order to Save Tabs on Exit for Firefox. The first step in order to Save Tabs on exit in Firefox run the following command in the internet URL (address bar), be aware of this warning that pops up and agree to the disclaimer:


The second step is to check the following setting:


The browser.showQuitWarning must be set to true. If the setting is on false double click the browser.showQuitWarning line and it will toggle to true.

The final step is to test the changes by opening a few websites in tabs and then close Firefox. Firefox should now prompt you to Save Tabs on Exit, this is the prompt you should receive:

At the time of writing this my version of Firefox 16.0.2.

In some cases additional settings may need to modified, see the following site for more instruction: Mozilla Support Forum – Firefox Save Tabs on Exit.


Basic Linux Commands

Here are some basic Linux commands I think will help beginner users… Obviously if you are a Linux admin you need to know much more. A beginner to Linux should know that these commands are run from a terminal, if you do not know what a terminal is then this post is probably not for you. If you want to know what a terminal is I suggest you GOOGLE it. You should also be aware that these commands are for Red Hat based systems (Red Hat, Cent OS, Fedora Core)

man program-name — this command is short for manual, when you run “man vi” this will display the manual for vi. vi is a text editor in Linux

which name — this command tells you if the specific command is in your path, the path being your environment variables

exit — this will close the terminal or exit the current users session

rpm — Red Hat Package Management

yum — Yellowdog Updater, Modified

whoami — tells you which user you are

ls — list directory contents

cd — change directory

clear — clear screen

history — shows the history for previously executed commands

mkdir directory-name — make a directory

cp — copy a file, directory, etc
cp file1.txt file2.txt

mv — move a file, directory, etc
mv file.txt file1.txt

The above commands are very basic and will help get a user started with Linux/UNIX with the terminal or command line. There are many more commands and I will add/update this post from time to time. If someone thinks I have missed an important command for beginners please let me know and I will be sure to post it!

Should I upgrade to Windows 8?

If you are asking “Should I upgrade to Windows 8” then my answer is that depends.

For a short time Microsoft is offering Windows 8 upgrade for a discounted price of $ 39.99 CAD (Upgrade to Windows 8 PRO, expires January 2013).

If you already have Windows 7 I would probably hold off on upgrading to Windows 8. If however you have a need or desire for the following then I would consider and even recommend upgrading to Windows 8:

  • Easy to use Tile/App Start Menu
  • SkyDrive built in (requires a free account with Windows Live – if you run Windows 7 you can download the SkyDrive client)
  • Internet Explorer 10 (still some kinks that need to be worked out)
  • Built in Anti-Virus (still worth looking at getting third party protection)
  • Hyper-V (in order to use Hyper-V your system needs to meet certain hardware requirements)

So far I have enjoyed using Windows 8. I actually purchased 3 copies of Windows 8 upgrade from the Microsoft website. I chose to upgrade to Windows 8 simply because I wanted to try it. I feel that it is also required for someone working in IT. The other major and main reason was to try out Hyper-V.

Overall my experience with Windows 8 has been up and down. If you are running Windows XP or Windows Vista I would upgrade to Windows 8.

For more in depth reviews or comments please check out Maximum PC or using GOOGLE.


VMware Server 2.0 and Windows 8 Pro Compatibility

VMware Server 2.0 and Windows 8 Pro are not compatible. Last weekend I upgraded my Windows 7 Ultimate PC to Windows 8 Pro. I was running VMware Server 2.0 and after the upgrade to Windows 8 Pro the VMware service would not start.

I tried to uninstall and re-install VMware Server 2.0 but it does not like Windows 8 Pro. If anything changes I will be sure to post back. The Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant indicated that VMware Server was compatible but my “hands on” experience indicates otherwise.

Microsoft now includes Hyper-V for Windows 8 Pro. I can rebuild my virtual machines in Hyper-V which is nice. Be aware though Hyper-V only supports certain Operating Systems: Guest OS Support. You also need hardware which supports Hyper-V.

In addition to the above Hyper-V Guest OS support the following Linux Guests are supported but a Microsoft add-on is required: Hyper-V Linux Guest Support