Monday 31 May 2010

Rapid Photo Donloader

Rapid Photo Downloader for Linux is written by a photographer for professional and amateur photographers. Its goal is to be the best photo and video downloader for the Linux Desktop. It is free software, released under the GNU GPL license.

Here is the original post from UbuntuGeek

Steps to install Rapid Photo Downloader:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:dlynch3/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install rapid-photo-downloader

Thursday 27 May 2010

Google Analytics Opt-Out Extension Keeps Your Data Out of Google's Tracking Service

To provide website visitors with more choice about how their data is collected by Google Analytics, we have developed the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on. The add-on communicates with the Google Analytics JavaScript (ga.js) to indicate that information about the website visit should not be sent to Google Analytics.

Google Analytics Opt-out Add-on (by Google)

Saving vertical space with Ubuntu Lucid

This post was inpired by another post from webupd8 but this time I kinda made my own little twist to it.

Ok, first I'll start from the beginning before I get all mixed up. I always been interested on saving vertical space as I own a 12" netbook. I already made some reference on saving vertical space with Firefox on this post. This post is more like a sum of different post I seen and I adopted what I thought it suited my needs. Of course everyone is going to make their own version of it, but for what it's worth here is mine.

      1.- For start I remove the bottom panel in Ubuntu only using the top panel to display everything I need. This is great for saving vertical space but at the same time it leads to some compromises of the amount of things you can display on the top panel.

      2.- Removing the date/temperature from been always visible on the top panel may save you some horizontal space for displaying other things but of course this is more of a personal choise, some people may want to have those visible all the time.

      3.- We will need to switch between windows, add to the panel the window list. I also use this to see the window title. I know there are other applications that will show the window title like window title and namebar applets (more about that on this post) but like I said I'm doing my own version. And I don't think there is a need for window title when is already displayed in the window list and I think this is enough at least for me.

      4.- Next step is to remove the window title and add some buttons to the panel for maximized windows, and there is a little application that those all that. The easiest way to install it is through this PPA, in this PPA there are also namebar and window title that I already mention. Just install the gnome-window-applets and then add the window buttons to the panel. I added mine to the very left of the panel to keep with the consistency Ubuntu look. Here is the Ambience theme for the window button applet that I got from this post

      To have the window buttons work with Chromium I recommend setting the "use system title bar and borders" option in chromium and the setting from window button will take care of the rest. 

      Make sure you check the option "Hide compiz decorations for maximzed windows" under preferences, behaviors tab in the window buttons applet.

      5.- And my last tip would be to remove the Ubuntu menu and install the LinuxMint main menu instead. You can install it from the webupd8 PPA which I already posted about. The LinuxMint main menu will save you horizontal space for displaying all the things we need to display and it's a great menu. I got my icon from "/usr/share/icons/ubuntu-mono-dark/actions/16" folder.

      ***EDIT*** 6.- I'm just going to add one more tip here about saving horizontal space by removing you name from the memenu by typing this on the terminal:

      gconftool -s /system/indicator/me/display --type int 0

      You also edit it by typing "gconf-editor" into the terminal and then going to "system->indicator->me" and changing the display value to "0".
      The valid values are:
      0 - No name 1 - with name 2 - default

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Wednesday 26 May 2010

How to install Sopcast 0.4 in Ubuntu Lucid

I don't want to take the credit but yet again but here is another post from webupd8.

I always had trouble installing Sopcast in Ubuntu but not any more, the installation was simple and easy.

Battery Status 0.1

I'm gonna continue with another post and tip I got from webupd8 yet again. Here is their original post, and here is the battery status webpage also available from webupd8.

If you are using a laptop/netbook is a good one to have.

Webupd8 ppa

Webupd8 I think is a great webside and they are doing a great job, and I already posted a few post from them. I'm just doing a recap of my interesting ones for my own.

I already saw the ppa from Webupd8 available through Ubuntu Tweak but I never knew what was on it and I never really took the time to look into it until recently, is interesting to know.

Ubuntu Start

I have been quite busy for the last while with exams, etc. and I haven't posted anything in a few days but I have a few things to post about. So, I'm gonna get cracking...

I came across at Ubuntu Start which is a script that will help you get started with a fresh install of Ubuntu Lucid.

It's a great idea and I hope it gets better and with options as the app evolve.

Ubuntu Start

Sunday 9 May 2010

Command-Line Tips

Two days ago a read this post in, about the CLI. It's always good to know your way around the CLI in Linux based systems. You never know when you gonna need it next. I liked the tip of using tab to finish commands in the terminal, I didn't know, quite handy.

I would like to add a couple more tips:

  • The first one is not a tip but a refrase of one of the tips in the named post. Just to say that the command "~" is the address of your home directory and it can be used to change, copy or anything.
    cd ~
    cp ~
    And you can also use it like that
    cd ~/Documents/somethingelse/etc/
  • And another tip a friend told me is you can use ctrl+alt+f1 to access the comand line, you can use from f1 to f6 for the command line, and f7 to go back to GUI
  • If you want to kill all the processes:
  • Kill an rogue application using it’s name. Instead of hunting around the System Monitor to kill a rogue application, just killall it
    killall app_name
  • But sometimes is just better to kill what ever is messing with you system, in that case use:
    Look for the process in particular and then use:
    kill 5689 (the number of the Id of the process)
  • If you like using top, install htop is a better version of top.
    sudo apt-get install htop
    To start it just type:
  • Ever entered a command but left off the ‘sudo’ ? Instead of typing the entire thing again, or back-arrowing to the start, just type the following to run the previous command as root.
    sudo !!
  • 2 commands I'm always using and I always forget:
    tocompress: tar -czf nametarfile.tar.gz namefolder
    toextract: tar xvzf tarfile.tar.gz

Reclaim vertical space with Firefox 3.6

Not so long ago a saw this post on where I picked up a couple of good tips on saving vertical space, quite handy if you are using a neetbook or small laptop. I always hate the way if you are not careful firefox eats lots of space with toolbars and other crap.

My other two suggestions on top of the, are:

  • Tiny menu Replace the standard menu bar with a tiny menu popup.
  • The other is not an addon but for network tweaks you could also install Swiftfox

Script To Close Dropbox After The Synchronization Is Done [Linux]

Today I have been very busy and I didn't have time to post about this earlier but webup8 has posted a brilliant post on how to close the Dropbox once synchronization finishes and applying a crontab you can have running at intervals.

I'm not going to say anything else, follow the link is all there. And have a look also on the link it supplies about the original post in ubuntuforums.

Monday 3 May 2010

How to install ted in ubuntu lucid 10.04

Ted is an acronym for torrent episode downloader. Is a nice application which as the name suggest it downloads the torrents for the episode you select and it does a rather good job of it. It also tells you when the next episode will air, etc. Ted is programmed in java and it's a stand alone application, but if you want to install it in Ubuntu and run it in your startup applications here are the steps:

First of all download ted from here

Extract and copy the folder name "tedv09715" into your home folder and rename it ".tedv09715" to make it invisible. Once you do that and refresh nautilus you won't be able to see the folder anymore, if you want to see the hidden folder go the "view" in nautilus and click "show hidden folder" option. Browse for that folder again and double click it, inside should be another folder named "tedv09715 2" double click and inside should be the "ted.jar" we are looking for. Right click on "ted.jar" and choose properties, go to the third tab "permissions" and check the "Allow execute file as program".

Once you have done that we will add a menu option in gnome, to do this go the System->preferences->Main menu. First in left side "menus" choose internet and then select new item on the right side.


Name: ted

command: java -jar /home/yourusername/.tedv09715/tedv09715\ 2/ted.jar

comment: torrent episode downloader

For the icon browse to ted folder "/home/yourusername/.tedv09715/tedv09715\ 2/" and select the "winicon.ico"

To add ted in the startup menu, go to System->Preferences->Startup Applications, select "add" and enter the same options as in the menu option.

Here is ted wiki for anyhelp.

How to install electricsheep screen saver in Ubuntu Lucid 10.04

Electricsheep screensaver is in Ubuntus repositories. To install:

sudo apt-get install electricsheep

But for some reason it didn't work for me. Well, electripsheep was installed and run just fine. Even gnome-screensaver detected the screensaver and run a preview, but went the time came to run as a screensaver it just showed a black screen.

So, after trying a few things, what actually worked for me was. I uninstall gnome-screensaver and install xscreensaver instead from synaptic, then I started xscreensaver from the menu, system->preferences->screensaver

But xscreensaver didn't show electricsheep on the menu, I didn't know how to make it show up and I'm sure there are better ways to do this, but I just took the first screensaver option that was there for me, which was the antspotlight and click settings, once the window with the settings came up click the advance tab and in the command line delete what is there and write down "electricsheep" instead...

After that xscreensaver will detect electricsheep, and it will be in on the option in the screensavers list.

Saturday 1 May 2010

How to fix boot logo in Ubuntu lucid 10.04 (splash screen)

Since I started using Ubuntu Lucid the logo in the splash screen always look kinda ugly to me but I never gave it to much thought, until today when I saw this article today in softpedia. Now the Ubuntu logo looks goods during boot, I'll posted here for future reference like everything else.


sudo apt-get install v86d
gksu gedit /etc/default/grub
- Replace the following line (line number 9):
with this one:
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash nomodeset video=uvesafb:mode_option=1280x1024-24,mtrr=3,scroll=ywrap"
- Replace the following line (line number 18):
with this one:
Back in terminal:
gksu gedit /etc/initramfs-tools/modules
When the text window appears, add the following line at the end of the file:
uvesafb mode_option=1280x1024-24 mtrr=3 scroll=ywrap
Back in terminal:
echo FRAMEBUFFER=y | sudo tee /etc/initramfs-tools/conf.d/splash
sudo update-grub2
sudo update-initramfs -u