Monthly archives: February 2009

Use Notices as your Pidgin status message

While surfing the net feeling bored  (after waking up in the middle of the night and finding it hard to sleep. well that is quite another story) I found a cool pidgin plugin called pidgin-identica-status what it does is Use your  (or infact any ) Identica feed as your pidgin status message
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A Great way to handle mounted Devices in Gnome

They say its the little things in life that counts, fortunately this is also true with Desktop Environments. Recently i found a little applet that has greatly improved my gnome desktop experience in a huge way. It provide an Integrated and intuitive means of handling devices mounted on my machine. This Tiny applet of not more than 50kb in size is the Gnome media applet. some of its features include

  • Easily mount / unmount devices
  • support actions on devices
  • support notifications
  • support network devices
  • Nice user interface

It provide an easy way for mounting and unmounting USB storage device, cd media and even Network device, with just a  few clicks.

Here are some screenshots showing some of its Features

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How to install Scilab-5.1 on Ubuntu LInux

Scilab is a scientific software package for numerical computations providing a powerful open computing environment for engineering and scientific applications.

Scilab is an open source software.

Since 1994 it has been distributed freely along with the source code via the Internet. It is currently used in educational and industrial environments around the world.
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Control PulseAudio streams with gnome-pulse-applet

Back in late 2007 i started seeing  news about some revolution that was coming to  sound in Linux . I remembered reading   about it being the:

next generation sound server for Linux, making all sorts of “ear-candy” possible: from dynamically changing the volume of individual applications to hot-plugging support for many different devices.

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Stand up for Freedom – Join The New Zealand Internet Blackout

Join The New Zealand Internet Blackout to protest against the Guilt Upon Accusation law ‘Section 92A’ that calls for Internet disconnection based on accusations of copyright infringement without a trial and without any evidence held up to court scrutiny. This is due to come into effect on February 28th unless immediate action is taken by the National Party


Right May be you don’t live in New Zealand, but remember

First They Came for the Jews
First they came for the Jews
and I did not speak out –
because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the communists
and I did not speak out –
because I was not a communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists
and I did not speak out –
because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for me
and there was no one left
to speak out for me.

Already This evil practise is been allegedly  used by   Starcomms in Nigeria to arbitraryly disconnect the Internet lines of many of their customers for downloading pirated media, without giving the customers a chance to defend themselves.

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Blueman – An Awesome Bluetooth manager for Ubuntu

Bluetooth support has always been shaky in gnome. The default bluetooth manager is often very basic and unintuitive. Things like connecting to an audio or input device and Connecting to 3G/EDGE/GPRS via dial-up were either impossible or  not easy and straight forward to set-up. Bluetooth support took a nose dive in Intrepid Ibex when even the basic bluetooth support  got broken, when i updated to Ubuntu 8.10. sending files from my laptop to my Nokia Internet Tablet become chore.  sometimes it worked, most times it doesn’t. “well shit happens you cant always have it all” that was my attitude to the whole bluetooth problem till i found out about Blueman.
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Configure Apache and public_html on Ubuntu

I was trying to do this Today at work for my local webserver. but i couldnt find a definite guide on how this could be achieved on Ubuntu. After some trial and errors i was able to figure it out, and thought to share in case anybody out there is trying to implement this

First we installed apache with LAMP ( The linux webserver stack stands for Linux Apache MySQL PHP)
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How to install SGeMS on Ubuntu Hardy Heron

SGeMS is a software for 3D geostatistical modeling. It implements many of the classical geostatistics algorithms, as well as new developments made at the SCRF lab, Stanford University.
SGeMS relies on the Geostatistics Template Library (GsTL) to implement its geostatistical routines, including:

* Kriging
* Multi-variate kriging (co-kriging)
* Sequential Gaussian simulation
* Sequential indicator simulation
* Multi-variate sequential Gaussian and indicator simulation
* Multiple-point statistics simulation

For news, tutorials, and an FAQ, visit the SGeMS wiki.
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