Category archives: Gnome

Encode and sync music to your portable music player in linux

Ok so today turned out to be a not so good day for me, and like all not so good days I try do something which would distract me, something i love doing. Hence this post. Nope I don’t want to talk about it.

So some months ago I got me an E71 Nokia phone, among other things I was hoping to use it as a music device so I slammed in an 8gb memory card, and was all set but for one factor: 60% of my music collection are in ogg format and nokia default music player does recognize ogg. Sure there are some 3rd party music apps for E71 which can play ogg files out of the box but they all lack the kind of integration which you get with the Nokia default music player. While in confused mode I decided to call up a friend nucco and he gave me the tip about .is_audio_player.
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The Ultimate Blogging Client for Linux

How it all started

Ever since i started a blog i had always wanted a wanted a application which would allow me do my blogging (preferably offline ) without having to use the web browser. One of the reasons for this was because i (as at then) did not have a stable Internet connection and had to go to Internet cafe to do my blogging which wasn’t really convenient. I wanted a way to do my blogging offline and then upload later. Even when i had a stable Internet connection i still prefer to having to use a browser for blogging. Unfortunately for me most of the blogging applications ( Drivel BloGTK KBlogger gnome-blog) i tried on Linux just didn’t cut it, some didn’t work with wordpress and the once that did weren’t powerful enough or were buggy or just too basic.

I gave up and resigned my self to the web for blogging. This was until recently when (I Cant quite remember how it happened) i found about about Bilbo Blogger and Beng. Read more

Get Thunderbird to minimizing to tray instead of closing

One of the first set of things i do when i install a fresh (k)ubuntu is change the default email client. Both evolution (ubuntu) and kmail (kubuntu) don’t just cut it for me, they always seem bloated and buggy. I am a KISS guy -not that kiss (fine am that kiss too but the kiss i refer here is the Keep It Simple Stupid kind of kiss ūüėÄ ) hence i find thunderbird to be the email client that just suits my needs. It doesn’t try to take over the world or make dinner for me. Its first and foremost an email client and its keeps with the Unix philosophy of do one thing and do it well.

However one thing i have always wish it had was the ability to run in the background so that if i close thunderbird i want it to minimize to the system-tray/notification area and inform me real time when i have a new mail. Read more

How to Fix Pidgin and Yahoo Issues

Lots of people (including me) have been experiencing issues trying to connect to their yahoo messenger account via pidgin. The reason for this issues seem to be that Yahoo are updating their servers and are using a new authentication system?

Thankfully i found a workaround
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An easy way to Spilt or Merge PDF Files in Linux

I work as¬† the IT guy of a school that runs free software on all our computers. So far majority of our computing needs has been¬† met by free software. ( all of them if we exclude matlab and some freedom hating multimedia¬† codecs.) One area that has been quite shaky is a good tool that can be used for merging different pdf files into one. There is a tool called pdftk but its command-line and while i don’t have a problem using it,¬† its hardly the tool i want to recommend for our¬† staffs and students,¬† so when this morning i saw a dent on identi.ca about a tool called PDF-Shuffler which among other things provide an easy way to merge PDF files i decided to to Investigate.

PDF-Shuffler is a small python-gtk application, which helps the user to merge or split PDF documents. You can also rotate, crop and rearrange their pages using an interactive and intuitive graphical interface.

Source: Softpedia
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Give Ubuntu Jaunty An Apple Flavour

So this month i decide to give my laptop an apple flavor, God knows how much i hate Macs and some element of their interface, like¬† the lack of right click-right out of the box (i initially stated that right clicks doesn’t work out of the box because the mac mini we have at work doesn’t do right-clicks but i have been informed that right-clicking on the mac does work if you have the right mouse), most of all the lack of freedom and ownership it and every other proprietary Operating system makes me feel.
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Use Identi.ca 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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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.

source:  http://arstechnica.com/open-source/news/2007/10/pulseaudio-to-bring-earcandy-to-linux.ars
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Resetting Keyring in Intrepid

One of the things i find very annoying on ibex is the gnome keyring. It is suppose to provide a secured means for applications to store password. But as always with security stuff it can get very annoying especially if you use a WPA secured wireless and you authenticate your login from a finger print reader. I get this keyring prompt every time i start my system. it can be very annoying i hate typing password. and although i use my finger print for my login authentication. Having to type the keyring pass code every time i login defeat the purpose. i tried searching but it seems there is no way to disable the keyring. This surely is a bug (used to exist in hardy heron but was fixed by updates). my only solution was to reset the keyring password and put in a low level passwd. something i can easily type. and remember. sure there are security implications for this so i wont advise you do this on an enterprise machine. to reset the gnome keyring you have to delete this file login.keyring found in this hidden directory .gnome/keyrings/ Read more