Jun 29, 2010 GMTYou can put Google's command-line tools (GoogleCL) to all kinds of clever uses from publishing blog posts to accessing and editing Google Docs documents using your favorite text editor. The latter can come in handy if you want to quickly modify the existing document, bypassing Google Docs' interface and the browser altogether.To make GoogleCL work its magic, you have to install it on your machine. First off, grab the latest version of Google Data from the project's Web site and install it using the following commands: tar xvfz gdata-x-x-xx.tar.gz cd gdata-x-x-xx/ sudo python setup.py installDownload then GoogleCL, and install it as follows: tar xvfz googlecl-x-x-xx.tar.gz cd...
Jun 22, 2010 GMTNeed to quickly add a title or tags to a few photos? You can use a full-blown photo management application like digiKam for that, but the FotoTagger tool might be a better tool for the job. This lightweight utility allows you to quickly add titles, tags, and descriptions to your photos. Although FotoTagger does only one thing, it does it fast and with a minimum of fuss, which makes it a good alternative to a heavyweight photo application.FotoTagger is written in Python, and to make it work on your machine you have to install the python-qt4 and python-pyexiv2 packages and their dependencies. On Ubuntu, you can do this using the sudo apt-get install python-qt4 python-pyexiv2 command.Grab...
Jun 18, 2010 GMTWhen it comes to system monitoring tools, Conky rules the roost. Using it, you can monitor virtually any aspect of your system, and a wealth of available options provides unlimited tweaking possibilities. But this power comes at a price. All Conky's configuration options are stored in the .conkyrc file and you have to edit it manually using a text editor. If fiddling with configuration files is not your cup of tea, you'll appreciate the ConkyWizard utility which lets you configure Conky's settings using a user-friendly graphical interface. ConkyWizard is distributed as a ready-to-run binary package, so there is nothing to install -- except the required Qt libraries which you can install...
Jun 16, 2010 GMTAs you might already know, I'm a huge fan of the Bubba Two Linux-based personal server. This nifty device is the center of my home setup, and it tackles every task I throw at it, from streaming music to backing up files to the cloud. Recently I've been playing with the latest version of Bubba Two which sports two new features: a Wi-Fi interface and a completely revamped front-end software. This may sound like minor improvements, but they do make a huge difference. Let's start with the front-end. The completely redesigned interface now sports a fresh and streamlined interface which provides instant access to Bubba Two's core applications and services. The built-in applications have been...
Jun 15, 2010 GMTThere are two ways to turn your Android phone into a mobile wireless hotspot: you can either buy a device running Android 2.2 Froyo, or you can root your current Android phone and install the Wireless Tether application. I did the latter, and rooted my HTC Magic using the Amon Ra's Clear Donut ROM which includes Wireless Tether. True, rooting an Android device is not particularly straightforward, and there is a risk of bricking the device in the process, but it's really worth it. Having a mobile wireless hotspot in your pocket can come in handy in many situations, especially when you travel abroad. In some countries like Germany, you can buy a daily pass which offers unlimited data...
Jun 14, 2010 GMTdigiKam is an immensely powerful photo application, so learning all its features requires time and effort. But this capable photo management application also offers a few easy to use features which you can use to instantly improve your shots. If a photo has problems with exposure, the Color | Auto-correction menu item should be your first stop. The Auto correction feature offers several presets that can instantly improve the default exposure. The Auto Exposure preset usually provides the best result, but there is no reason why you shouldn't experiment with other available options, such as Auto Levels, Normalize, Equalize, and Stretch Contrast.As any photo editor worth its salt, digiKam...
Jun 02, 2010 GMTIf your microblogging activities are limited to the Identi.ca and Twitter services, Gwibber might be overkill for your needs. In that case, Pino is exactly what you need. This microblogging client is lightning fast, and it's not overloaded with features you might never use. But it does support multiple accounts, URL shortening, notifications, and even spell checking. Pino's interface is simplicity itself, and a main toolbar provides quick access to all the key functions. The Preferences window lets you tweak Pino's settings, and most of the available options there are self-explanatory. Installing Pino is not particularly difficult either -- especially if you are using Ubuntu. Just open...
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