Installing and Using VNC Ubuntu 14.04

Change settings in Desktop Sharing for local remote connection

In my Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty OS I needed to first make some changes to the Desktop Sharing.

To do this search your Linux computer for Desktop Sharing.

Open Desktop Sharing, and check or unchecked the following:

Know your system.

Command lsb_release -a gives you the system information

You will see Distributor ID: Ubuntu

Description: Ubuntu 14.04.5 LTS

Codename: trusty

Preform updates and upgrades before installing VNC

Anytime you are getting ready to do install you should run updates and upgrades

Run sudo apt-get update

Then sudo apt-get upgrade

Install VNC on your Linux system

Now is the time to install VNC on ubuntu 14.04

sudo apt-get install tightvncserver

After install is completed set screen resolution as follow;

 vncserver -geometry 1366×768

Run vncserver

You should now see your <computername>:: 1

To make sure vnc server is running on your Linux os type


Note: to end vnc server you would enter.

vncserver -kill :1   (:1 is the session number running, it could be :2 )

You will see a message that reads Killing xtightvnc process ID ####

ALWAYS a good idea to end your VNC connection!

To start vnc server just type vncserver

You will see a message that reads, New X desktop is <computername>:1

To connect from your Windows computer to your Linux OS you need to know the current ip address of the Linux OS. Remember I’m using Ubuntu could be different in Fedora.

Install and run netstat -l to confirm port

See what port is listening, it should be 5900?

To do this do netstat -l | less     Note:(lower case L)

IF you need to install netstat fo the following;

sudo apt-get install netstat-net

                   Now try netstat -l |less

My computer shows 5901 is listen! Note the port that listen on your system.

Run ifconfig to get your current IP Address

Type the following: ifconfig

You should inet addr: <ipaddress> note the ip address is this line. Example in my case the ip address is

Install and run tightvnc on your Windows machine

Now in tightVNC Viewer  (client ) enter the ip address as 198.168..0.105:: 5901 Note two colons and 5901 is the port number!

What if you get a gray screen.

If you get a gray screen, this means you made a completed connection using VNC but we need to edit the xstartup using vi  or vim.

To do this do the following:

cd  .vnc/

Run command ls to confirm that you see xstartup

Run vi xstartup

Add this line to bottom of the file


As shown.

Note that these instructions are for installing VNC on a Ubuntu 14.04 operating system and my be different on other Linux systems, such Fedora. You may have to do some research for your operating system and or version of OS.

What you will learn by installing and using vnc remote.

Working with Desktop Sharing

  1. lsb_release -a
  2. sudo apt-get update
  3. sudo apt-get upgrade
  4. sudo apt-get install tightvncserver
  5. run vncserver to start the service
  6. vncserver -kill :1 to end the session 1
  7. netstat -l | less to look at short list of ports
  8. if need sudo apt-get install netstat-net if netstat is not installed
  9. ifconfig to your IP address information and more
  10. Using tightvnc viewer which would be installed on your windows system.


Clean the junk from your computer

One of the utility program that many of my students ask about is “CCleaner”. CCleaner is easy-to-use, and very affordable, because it’s free or purchase the Professional version for 25.00 dollars. Well known as “number-one” tool for cleaning Window PC. Removes unwanted files from your computer within minutes. It also helps to protect you privacy while online. To find CCleaner, type in key word CCleaner in Google.

P.S. while on their web site check out Recuva, it’s a free file recovery program that works. For those you who have wiped out your wife’s photos from the computer. It’s truly a life saver! I also use the Defraggler on my personal computers.

Backup Solution

Seagate 1TB Backup Drive

It’s not very often that I recommend a hardware device because what may be easy to install and use for me may not be that easy for someone else. However I have to recommend Seagate Backup Plus portable drive. Also know as Slim or plus external drives. You can purchase the  1TB USB drive, and installed the Seagate Dashboard, ran a full system backup on your system within minutes. You can schedule the program to run a backup daily or monthly. It was very easy to install and very easy to run the backup. A feature that many of you would be interested in, is the ability to back up all your social media files.  Just a side note, schedule a full backup once a week and incremental backup every day.

Application to Install After System Restore

When you do a system restore on your computer, or have new computer, there are some applications you want to make sure you install; Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash Player, Adobe Shockwave, Google Chrome browser, which is the most popular web browser, a virus protection software.

Also make sure all the updates have been installed for the operating system you are running, such as Windows 7  or Windows 10 security patches and service packs. Extra bonus try using CutePDF Writer which is a print driver used to convert your documents to pdf format.  Yes, I know you have the ability to convert Word documents into a PDF format, but you will be surprised by the number of times you use CutePDF Writer for other applications. I also like to run “CCleaner” which is used to clean up unwanted files and cookie from your computer. Be sure to step backup schedule for your entire operating system and applications after you have installed all the essential programs.

Visually Learning Microsoft Office 2016

If you are new to Microsoft Office 2016, then you will be interested in this article. There are three text books that I recommend to new user of Office 2016. These text books are affordable and easy to use. They are Teach Yourself Visually Word 20016, Teach Yourself Visually Excel 20016 and Teach Yourself Visually PowerPoint 2016. The key word here is visually! What I like about these text books is that you can work from home, visually follow step by step of instructions, and become very savvy with Microsoft Office within a month. These text books cost under $20.00 to 25.00 each and can be purchase from

How do you know what version of Office you have

Interesting questions came up the other day, “How do you know what version of Office you have”?  To a guy who has been around technology for years, I never thought about shown my students on how to check what versions of Microsoft Office they are using.  So here is the quick rundown of the steps to check for the version in Office 2003, Office 2007 and new Office 2010.

Office 2003:

Open Word and at the top of the menu bar you have File, Edit, View, Insert, Format, and Tools, and so on…select the Help drop down menu. In the dropdown menu select About Microsoft Office Word.

In this window you will see the first line of text will tell you the version of Office you are using.

Office 2007:

Open Word, select the Microsoft Office Button then select Word Options. In the Word Options window, select Resources then select in the right window About. You will see another window that reads About Microsoft Office Word. There in the first line of text you will see the version of Microsoft Office you are using.


Office 2010:

Office 2010 is much easier to view the version, simple open Word, select File from the menu, and select HELP. In the windows just below Product Activated, you will see that the first line of text shows you the version of Microsoft Office you are running, and below that you will see a listed of products contained in this version of Office 2010

Work with GridLines in Word 2007


I received a call from a user who somehow turned on gridlines within Word 2007 and had no idea how to turn them off.  The gridlines are great option to use when working objects within Word.  When you turn on the gridlines you get a visual grid that helps to adjust objects to the text or other objects.
There are two methods to turning on the gridlines.  The first is to select VIEW tab and under the group SHOW/HIDE, select the box next to text that reads GRIDLINES.  When you uncheck the box, the gridlines will go away.
The other method is to select the object you have on your document,  now the Format tab will appear. How there is a group that reads Arrange, to the right of Align select the down arrow for the dropdown menu to appear.  In this menu select Grid Settings.  In the next window that reads Drawing Grid, check the box under Show Grid, now hit OK