Archive for January 2013

Start button in Windows 8 with Classic Shell

Classic Shell logoAre you annoyed by the fact that there is no start button in Windows 8? Do you dislike the new ‘metro’ interface that Microsoft introduced with Windows 8? Well, Classic Shell might be the solution for you.

Classic shell is a collection of usability enhancements for Windows. The main features are:

  • Customizable start menu with multiple styles and skins
  • Start buttons for Windows 8 and Windows 7
  • Toolbar and status bar with lots of options for Windows Explorer
  • Caption and status bar for Internet Explorer.

You can download Classic Shell for free from their website.

Classic Shell Windows 8

XBMC: The best free media player out there

XBMC logoXBMC (or Xbox Media Center) is a free and open source media player for digital media. Release 11 ‘Eden’ is available for OSX, Linux, Windows, Apple TV and iOS. The latest test version 12 ‘Frodo’ is also available for Android and Raspberry Pi. XBMC is a non-profit project and developed by volunteers all around the world. Right now, it’s available in more than 30 languages.

Nowadays, XBMC can be used to play almost all audio and video formats. It was designed for network playback, so you can stream your content from anywhere in the house or directly from the internet. XBMC can play media from CD’s, DVD’s and even files inside ZIP and RAR archives. XBMC will scan your entire library of data to create something personal complete with box covers, descriptions and fan art.

For more information about XBMC:

XBMC 12 Beta








How to install: Exchange 2013 on Windows Server 2012

In this videotutorial I will show you how to install Microsoft Exchange 2013 on Windows Server 2013.

Link to prerequisites:


Free official OpenVPN application for iPhone and iPad

OpenVPN logoOne of the most popular VPN tools is now available for iPhone and iPad. OpenVPN Connect is the official application with full support for iPhone and iPad clients. The iOS version allows users to add .ovpn-profiles via iTunes, OpenVPN Access Server, Private Tunnel or via browser URL import. You can download the application via the Apple AppStore.


  • Easily import .ovpn profiles from iTunes, OpenVPN Access Server, Private Tunnel or via a browser link.
  • Improved power management – preferences setting allows VPN to pause in a low-power state whenever network is unavailable.
  • Support for multi-factor authentication using OpenVPN static and dynamic challenge/response protocols.
  • Full IPv6 support (at both the tunnel and transport layer)

OpenVPN iOS application


CentOS 5.9 is out!

CentOS logo

CentOS 5.9, the open source version operating system based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, is the successor to CentOS 5.8.

New features include:

  • The UOP added native MySQL support to postfix. More information can be found here. You might consider moving from the postfix-mysql package from the centosplus repo to this package if you are using the centosplus package only for mysql support. The centosplus package also has postgresql support, so if you need that you will still need to use the centosplus package.
  • java-1.7.0-openjdk (Java 7) support has been added in CentOS-5.9. java-1.6.0-openjdk (Java 6) is also still available and most things java in the distribution still use Java 6.
  • ant17 (Ant 1.7.0) has been added to CentOS-5.9. The older ant (Ant 1.6.5) is also still available.
  • Microsoft Hyper-V drivers have been added to allow CentOS to be more efficient as a Virtual Machine when installed on Microsoft Hyper-V server.
  • A newer version of rsyslog (name rsyslog5) is included. The original rsyslog (rsyslog version 3.22) is still available and the version installed by default.
  • The samba3x packages have been rebased on samba-3.6.x. This provides the smb2 protocol and a newer network print server.

Upgrading from CentOS 5.8 (and older releases)

If you are already running CentOS-5.8 or an older CentOS-5 distro, all you need to do is update your machine via yum by running :

‘yum update’

Mirror list (European mirrors)