Productivity Sauce

Dmitri Popov
Squeeze More Battery Life from Your Linux Netbook with Jupiter

Jul 02, 2010 GMT

One of the major selling points of Eee PC netbooks is their impressive battery life which is achieved by utilizing the Asus Super Hybrid Engine (SHE) technology. While it's designed to work under Windows, you can take advantage of this technology if you're running a Linux distro on your Eee PC, courtesy of the Jupiter utility. Although this tool is designed primarily for Eee PC netbooks, it works well on pretty much any notebook. So if you want to squeeze as much battery life from your machine as you can, Jupiter is worth a try. Jupiter's Web site provides DEB and RPM binary packages, so you can easily install the utility on any Linux distro that uses these package formats. If you are...
Connect Your Favorite Text Editor to Google Docs Using GoogleCL

Jun 29, 2010 GMT

You 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 installDownload then GoogleCL, and install it as follows: tar xvfz googlecl-x-x-xx.tar.gz cd...
Tweak Photo Metadata with FotoTagger

Jun 22, 2010 GMT

Need 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...
Configure Conky with ConkyWizard

Jun 18, 2010 GMT

When 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...
Bubba Two Revised

Jun 16, 2010 GMT

As 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...
Turn Your (Rooted) Android Device into a WiFi Hotspot with Wireless Tether

Jun 15, 2010 GMT

There 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...
Five Simple Photo Fixes with digiKam

Jun 14, 2010 GMT

digiKam 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...

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