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April 2014

Sorting out the Issue with Windows 7 desktop and program icons appearing as Microsoft Word 2010

The organization I currently work for have a couple of laptops running windows 7 home edition. Recently one of my colleague brought in one of the laptops as it was experiencing a peculiar problem. All the program icons and the files on the desktop, task bar and the start menu had all changed to the Microsoft word 2010 icon. When you try to open any of these files and icons, they all open up the Microsoft word 2010 program and display gibberish.

This was the first time I had experienced such an issue, so naturally, I checked Google to see what they had to say about it. As it turns out, this was a common issue experienced by a couple of Microsoft users. The first site I visited in search of a solution to this problem was a Microsoft support site and sure enough, they had a couple of suggestions to try out. The first option involved running an automatic fix it add-on but that was not applicable in this case as I was checking for a solution from a different laptop. The second option on the article involved fixing it yourself. This option included the following instructions: Continue reading “Sorting out the Issue with Windows 7 desktop and program icons appearing as Microsoft Word 2010”


Fighting Boko Haram With Orientation and Public Awareness

Boko haram is a nuisance to the Nigerian society and they are clearly getting bolder with every successful attack. They are proving to be a difficult challenge for the government to overcome as the general public continues to loose trust in the ability of the Government to protect them. The government has failed to reassure Nigerians by carrying out reactive security measures rather than proactive ones. These reactive measures end up frustrating Nigerians and possibly expose them to further attacks as these measures are only carried out by the Government to save its face. Proactive security measures such as intelligence gathering, continuous public awareness and orientation amongst others are the first steps to take on the long road to restoring security back in Nigeria. This article attempts to suggest ways of providing continuous public awareness and orientation to the People of Nigeria.

Boko Haram Fighters
Boko Haram Fighters

The Nigerian society has always been made up of numerous and diverse communities both on the social and religious front. These social and religious communities can be targeted to continuously propagate anti terrorism messages. Nigerians of different age groups can be found in different societal structures like schools, universities, work places, churches, mosques, village community meetings, social clubs, business clubs, professional organizations and other public structures. The Nigerian public can also be reached through different media outlets like TV stations, radio stations, social media via the internet, billboards, bulk SMS messages, bulk email messages and so on. Continue reading “Fighting Boko Haram With Orientation and Public Awareness”

Sorting out the “system program problem detected” Pop up problem on Ubuntu


Ever since I installed the MTN ZTE Modem on my Ubuntu 13.10 OS, I have been plagued with this pop up message every time I boot up my system:

System program problem detected, Do you want to report the problem now?”

Pop up message that appears every time my system is booted up
Pop-up message that appears every time my system is booted up

After you click on the “Report Problem” button, you get the following message as shown in the image below:

Sorry, Ubuntu has experienced an internal Error.
Sorry, Ubuntu has experienced an internal Error.

You click on the “Continue” button and the dialogue box disappears. Presumably, a message has been sent to Ubuntu, but this pop-up message continues to appear every time the system is restarted.


A quick search on Google and I land up on this Ask Ubuntu community support page where I found a couple of potential solutions. The first suggestion I tried offered by Jason advised me to do the following:

Open a Terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T),type the following command and hit enter:
$ sudo rm /var/crash/*

You will be prompted for your password, type in your password and hit enter. As Jason states in his suggestion, “This will remove any old crashes, that might still be reported (in error). After a reboot/re-starting, any further pop-ups still need to be investigated.”

After re-booting my system, I noticed that the annoying pop-up messages had disappeared. Then I proceeded to use my Modem as usual. As soon as the modem’s application started, the annoying pop-up message appeared again. I moved over to the next advise offered by Ziyaddin Sadigov:

Open your terminal and type the following and hit enter:
$ gksudo gedit /etc/default/apport
Change enabled=1 to enabled=0, then save and exit.

After running the commands stated above, I also restarted apport with the following command:

$ sudo restart apport

You can run this command instead of restarting your system. After running all these commands, I ensured that the annoying pop-up messages were gone by disconnecting and connecting the modem back to the system. This time, the pop-up messages were gone.

 Okey Chima.

A False Sense of Security

Since the inception of Boko Haram in 2002, Nigerians have been plagued with increasing violent attacks to its citizens, Public institutions, Bus parks, religious buildings, Police, Military and politicians. High-profile locations like the UN building and the police force headquarters in Abuja have been targeted. More recently, a very busy bus park in Nyanya Abuja was attacked resulting in the deaths of at least 71 people and wounding 124 people. You can find a detailed history of the Boko haram attacks here as the Violence linked to the Boko Haram insurgency has resulted in an estimated 10,000 deaths between 2002 and 2013, and it continues to increase in 2014.

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Dr. lionel von frederick rawlins, a forensic criminologist and the Security Coordinator at the American University of Nigeria, Yola provides a brilliant observation in my opinion of the activities of Boko Haram:

It has got to the point where Boko Haram is killing people because Boko Haram is now proving a point that it can kill and get away with it. It has gone beyond religion, politics and ideology. It is a belief: ‘I can kill people and I can get away with it and let me show you I can do it.’ That is what it is now. It is a showman thing. I know most people won’t think of that because they always believe it is religious or political. May be it was at the beginning when they said they were formed by a governor; maybe it was religiously-motivated when they wanted to Islamise the North and bring in Sharia law; all these may be true but it has gone beyond that. It has reached the point of ‘I can kill you and there is nothing you can do,’ and they have proven it; so the more they do it, the more emboldened they become.

After every high-profile attack like the one that happened in Nyanya, Abuja on April 14, 2014, the President Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and many other politicians in power come up with reassuring statements like “Boko Haram insurgency is a temporary challenge… We will surely overcome Boko Haram.”, “Boko-Haram will not disintegrate Nigeria”, and the classic line used by the defence minister Bello Halliru Mohammed stating that once again his men are “on top” of the security situation in the north. These are just words and they are certainly not re-assuring anybody. These words are as ineffective as the measures which they have carried out to eliminate Boko-haram. Measures such as declaring a state of emergency in some Northern states, using Air strikes to bombard certain boko haram sites, calling for dialogue with the terrorists, mounting security check points on major roads, barricading certain buildings with barriers etc. These security measures have done little to reassure Nigerians, rather they cause more grieve, frustrations and inconveniences to “ordinary” Nigerians. Continue reading “A False Sense of Security”

I love these Game of Thrones House banners. I can’t wait to start the new season

House of Tyrell
House of Tyrell – Growing Strong


House of Greyjoy - We do not sow
House of Greyjoy – We do not sow


House of Arryn - As high as Honor
House of Arryn – As high as Honor


House of Lannister - Hear me Roar
House of Lannister – Hear me Roar


House of Martell - Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken.
House of Martell – Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken.


House of Baratheon - Ours is the fury
House of Baratheon – Ours is the fury


And Finally, my favourite House

House of Stark - Winter is coming
House of Stark – Winter is coming


Amazing read


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There has recently been built in Merton in south London a ‘mega mosque’ that has inevitably become the focus of much controversy. In his book The British Dream, David Goodhart, director of the centre-left think tank Demos, takes the mosque as symbolic of the unacceptable change that immigration has wrought upon the nation. The mosque, he writes, ‘replaced an Express Dairies bottling plant which provided a few hundred jobs for local people and lots of milk bottles — an icon of an earlier, more homogenised age’.

There was, in fact, a seven-year gap between the closing of the dairy in 1992 and building work beginning on the mosque. In those seven years the abandoned dairy was, according to local accounts, turned into a crack den. So, one story we could tell is that of economic forces closing down an unprofitable dairy, with the loss of a several hundred…

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Installing Visual CertExam Suite on Ubuntu Linux

For a couple of months now, my Windows 7 installation on my Compaq presario CQ62 laptop has been acting up while on battery power. I live in a country where the power supply is sporadic so at certain times of the day, there is no power supply and you are left depending on your Laptop’s battery power. While the power supply is on, my Laptop running Windows 7 works perfectly fine but once the power supply cuts off, the Windows 7 operating system grinds to a halt. Once this happens, you can’t even close an already opened application until the power supply comes back on. This particular laptop has an installation of Ubuntu 13.10 running on a separate partition and works perfectly fine while on power supply and battery power. I am in the process of sorting out the windows 7 battery power issue but while that is ongoing, I need to run some Windows applications on Ubuntu and Visual certexam is one of those applications. This article explains the installation process of Visual certexam on Ubuntu and I hope it helps anyone who needs to install Visual certexam on a Linux operating system.

Visual certexam suite is a commercial application, therefore it requires a purchase of an activation key. However, there are numerous cracked versions out there for people to download. The installation process explained here is that of a cracked version. Continue reading “Installing Visual CertExam Suite on Ubuntu Linux”

Dead Links

Websites are an extension of an organization on the internet designed to serve many purposes to its intended users. One of the most important functions of a website is to provide information to its visitors. If a website fails to provide information to its intended visitors, then no matter how beautiful or well designed the website is, it becomes useless to its visitors. A website is meant to provide sufficient information concerning most aspects of an organization that it represents. Many organizations keep certain aspects of their corporate activities away from their websites but every other aspect of the organization that should be represented on the site must be done so in a clear and precise manner.

Job hunters like myself at the moment spend a considerable amount of our time browsing the career sections of websites searching for possible Job positions we can fill. These career sections provide detailed information about current vacancies in an organization and how to go about applying for these positions. It also gives the applicant an idea of the organization’s culture and beliefs and the kind of people they want working for them. If there are no vacancies, it is clearly stated and occasionally, certain organizations will provide information about the periods of the year they post vacancies. Continue reading “Dead Links”

The Internet: A Sobering Thought

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