Google Chrome – Your Preferences cannot be read

Logged into my Linux computer today and got this error as I tried to start Chrome. Tried the basics and it did not work, searched Google and saw many others having this same issue so I decided to document the process of fixing this issue here. I’ll start with the basic stuff first then will get into the more detailed steps.
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Using Google Public DNS

Most people connect to the internet via their ISP’s DNS servers which more than likely are not the best and more than likely is slowing down your browsing. Using a 3rd party service not only speeds up your experience online. A while ago we wrote about OpenDNS, today we’re going over Google’s DNS service.

Make sure to write down your ISP’s DNS servers.

Google Public DNS IP addresses

IPv4 addresses are as follows:


IPv6 addresses are as follows:

  • 2001:4860:4860::8888
  • 2001:4860:4860::8844

Making the changes


  • Start the Network and Sharing Center (this process varies by windows version)
  • Click Change adadpter settings
  • Right-click Local Area Connection or Wireless Network Connection slelect Properties
  • Type in your administrator password if you are promted for it.
  • Click the Networking tab
  • Under the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) or Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6) and click Properties
  • Click Advanced and select the DNS tab, write down any IP’s that are listed here for future reference in case you want to revert later on.
  • Select Use the following DNS server addresses
  • Enter the IP’s from above
  • Restart your computer

Mac OS

  • Click the Apple menu ()
  • Click System Preferences and click the Network logo.
  • Select the connection you want to configure (Thunderbolt Ethernet or Wi-Fi or Display Ethernet) then click Advanced
  • Select the DNS tab
  • Click the + icon to enter the IP Addresses (repeat for each address)
  • Click Apply then click OK


I will go over doing this in Ubuntu since that is one of the more common flavors.

  • Start System Preferences and click Network Connections
  • Select the connection you want to configure Wired or Wireless tab, then select the appropriate network.
  • Click Edit, and in the window that appears, select the IPv4 Settings or IPv6 Settings tab.
  • If the selected method is Automatic (DHCP), open the dropdown and select Automatic (STATIC) addresses only instead.
  • If the method is set to something else, do not change it.
  • In the DNS servers field, enter the IP addresses, separated by a space:
  • Click Apply
  • If you are prompted for a password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

If your distribution doesn’t use Network Manager, your DNS settings are specified in /etc/resolv.conf.

Edit resolv.conf:

sudo vi /etc/resolv.conf

If any nameserver lines appear, write down the IP addresses for future reference. Replace or add, the following lines:

nameserver 2001:4860:4860::8888
nameserver 2001:4860:4860::8844

Save and exit


Restart any Internet clients you are using.

sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart


Every router uses a different user interface for configuring DNS server settings; we provide only a generic procedure below. For more information, please consult your router documentation.

Some ISPs hard-code their DNS servers into the equipment they provide; if you are using such a device, you will not be able to configure it. Instead, you can configure each of the computers connected to the router, as described above.
  • In your browser, enter the IP address to access the router’s administration console.
  • When prompted, enter the password to access network settings.
  • Find the screen in which DNS server settings are specified.
  • If there are IP addresses specified in the fields for the primary and seconday DNS servers, write them down for future reference.
  • Replace those addresses with the IP addresses from above
  • Save and exit.
  • Restart your browser.

Windows 10 will be a free upgrade

We are upgrading all qualified PCs, genuine and non-genuine, to Windows 10.” Windows operating systems chief Terry Myerson told Reuters on Wednesday Mar 18. The plan is to “re-engage” with the hundreds of millions of users of Windows in China, he said, without elaboration. Hundreds of millions of users in the country are running a pirated version of Windows; with this move, Myerson says, Microsoft plans to “re-engage” those users.

Myerson said Windows 10 would be released globally sometime “this summer“. That is the first time Microsoft has put a time frame on the release, although it has been expected in autumn, based on Microsoft’s release history.

“Anyone with a qualified device can upgrade to Windows 10, including those with pirated copies of Windows. We believe customers over time will realize the value of properly licensing Windows and we will make it easy for them to move to legitimate copies.”

The catch is that Windows 10 will be free for the first year; after that, users will need to pay.

How to assign a static IP address in Windows

Having a home network is awesome, getting your devices to have a static address so you know exactly what devices are connected to your network and to ensure that they keep the same address is even more so. This comes in extra handy if you run a home server to share music or files for example. An extra benefit is that you will no longer get IP conflicts.

In this series (yes, it will be a series as we’ll show you how to do it for Linux and Mac as well), we’ll assume you are already connected and have an IP assigned to the device and that this will be on a wired connection. If you have wireless the process should be the same, just make amends for whatever your wireless connection is on your machine. Continue reading How to assign a static IP address in Windows

Creating your Own Minecraft server – EASY!

We showed you how to create a Minecraft server on Linux, here’s how to do it on Windows. Go have fun 🙂

Minecraft has many qualities that assisted it to turn into a gaming phenomenon: ever-expanding environments to explore, the freedom to craft complex things from simple materials. But one of my favorite aspects of Minecraft is how easy it’s to host your own Minecraft server. With only a Windows computer, a decent internet connection (with a static IP), and some computer knowledge, anyone can build a private world for a few friends to share.

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Setting up Family Safety on Windows 8

Family Safety helps you set limits on your child’s PC time, as well as the websites, apps, and games they can use (and when). To set up Family Safety, you’ll need to sign in with an administrator account. Before you get started, make sure that each child you want to monitor has a standard user account or a child’s account. Family Safety is turned on automatically if you create a child’s account, but it can be turned on later on standard accounts.

What can Family Safety do for me?

Microsoft Family Safety is a free parental monitoring app to help make it easier to keep your kids safe online.  With Family Safety, you can give them some independence but still keep tabs on their computer activities.  Family Safety allows you to:

  • See which websites your kids have visited, and which apps and games they’ve used
  • Block or allow websites, apps, games, or other content.
  • Limit the amount of time they can spend on the PC

To create a new child’s account

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Settings, and then tap Change PC settings.
    • (If you’re using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, click Settings, and then click Change PC settings.)
  2. Tap or click Accounts, tap or click Other accounts, and then tap or click Add an account.
  3. Tap or click the Add a child’s account link.
  4. Do one of the following:
    • If your child already has an email address, enter it, tap or click Next, and follow the instructions.
    • If you want to get a new email address for your child, tap or click Sign up for a new email address and follow the instructions.
    • If you want your child to sign in to this PC only, tap or click Add a child’s account without email, and follow the instructions.

Family Safety begins monitoring the new account automatically. Continue reading Setting up Family Safety on Windows 8

Microsoft Releases Security Update For Internet Explorer 0Day Exploit

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Microsoft is releasing a security update for Internet Explorer that closes a gap that allowed attackers to take complete control of a computer. It also issued the update to Windows XP users, despite dropping support for the older operating system last month.

The update will go live at 10 a.m. Pacific time Thursday.

Adrienne Hall, general manager of Microsoft Trustworthy Computing, said in a statement that the company decided to fix the problem quickly for all customers, saying it takes the security of its products “incredibly seriously.”

Microsoft reported the problem Saturday, saying it was aware of “limited, targeted attacks” and that the vulnerability affected Internet Explorer versions 6 through 11

The company said users with automatic updates enabled don’t need to take any action.

Active 0day attack hijacking IE users threatens a quarter of browser market

If you are still using Windows and live your online life using any version of Internet Explorer you will want to keep up with this. My suggestion? Start using an alternate browser like Firefox or Chrome.

No patch available yet for critical bug affecting all supported versions of IE.

Attackers are actively exploiting a previously unknown vulnerability in all supported versions of Internet Explorer that allows them to surreptitiously hijack vulnerable computers, Microsoft warned Sunday.

The zero-day code-execution hole in IE versions 6 through 11 represents a significant threat to the Internet security because there is currently no fix for the underlying bug, which affects an estimated 26 percent of the total browser market. It’s also the first severe vulnerability to target affect Windows XP users since Microsoft withdrew support for that aging OS earlier this month. Users who have the option of using an alternate browser should avoid all use of IE for the time being. Those who remain dependent on the Microsoft browser should immediately install EMET, Microsoft’s freely available toolkit that greatly extends the security of Windows systems. Continue reading Active 0day attack hijacking IE users threatens a quarter of browser market

Microsoft Copies Canonical’s Convergence Idea, Cripples It

Canonical has been working on its vision of complete OS convergence for quite a while now and the first results have already appeared, but it seems that Microsoft is also trying to do the same and it has called it Universal Apps. Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Canonical, started talking about platform convergence a long time ago, and the first efforts towards this goal have already been made. Just remember that Ubuntu TV and Ubuntu for Android have already been presented as working technologies for some time now.

The true convergence that Mark Shuttleworth is talking about hasn’t arrived yet because it’s about having the same codebase on all the platforms.

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Windows 8.1 Tips

Pinning apps to your Start screen in Windows 8.1

After an app is installed from the Store, you’ll find it listed in the Apps view with all the other apps on your PC. You can pin the app to your Start screen so it’s easier for you to find and use later.

Step 1

On the Start screen, slide up from the middle of the screen to see the Apps view. (If you’re using a mouse, click the arrow The arrow button near the lower-left corner of the screen.)

Step 2

Press and hold or right-click to select the apps you want to pin.

Step 3

Tap or click Pin to Start. The apps you pinned will appear at the end of your Start screen.

You can rearrange pinned apps, resize tiles, and group related apps together. For more info about personalizing your Start screen. Continue reading Windows 8.1 Tips