• March 2, 2012 /  Geeking Out, Tech Stuff, Ubuntu
    Ubuntu for Android

    If ever there was a time where the Linux world is abuzz with no equal in the Mac and Windows worlds, it would be this week! Today we’ll talk about the USB-stick-sized computer, Cotton Candy, the Raspberry Pi development PC board that’s the size of a deck of cards, and Ubuntu for Android.


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  • January 25, 2012 /  OpenShot, Tutorials and Guides, Ubuntu

    timelapsed downtown torontoLast time, I taught you how to create a time-lapse video using FFMPEG and the Terminal or (GIMP for animated GIFs) in Ubuntu Linux. But not many people are comfortable using the command line. I for one certainly made that post so that I wouldn’t forget how!

    This time around, I have a simpler, easier solution that won’t get your shutter fingers dirty using OpenShot Video Editor.

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  • August 18, 2011 /  Ubuntu, Windows

    I always thought hell would freeze over before this happened. Apparently, either it’s already freezing down there, or MS finally realized that if you can’t beat them, join them.

    Anyway, this is too nice not to share.

    An animation that Microsoft made to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Linux kernel was shown this morning during Linux Foundation executive director Jim Zemlin’s opening keynote at LinuxCon. The video comically depicts the rivalry between Linux and Windows, but concludes with the suggestion that peaceful coexistence is possible.

    In the animation, a cartoon penguin throws rocks at the Windows logo after being frightened by Bill Gates wearing a pumpkin on his head, a reference to the now-infamous Halloween Documents in which Microsoft laid out an aggressive plan for destroying Linux. Later in the animation, a cartoon representation of Bill Gates brings a birthday cake to the penguin’s igloo.

    Microsoft’s relationship with Linux was one of several topics that Zemlin discussed during his keynote. He showed a classic quote from Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who infamously described Linux as a “cancer” in 2001. Joking that Ballmer’s hostile characterization of Linux was only partly accurate, Zemlin pointed out that Microsoft is one of the largest contributors to version 3.0 of the Linux kernel by code volume.

    Microsoft’s code contributions largely revolve round enabling improved support for running Linux instances in the company’s Hyper-V virtualization software. This reflects the growing importance of mixed-platform deployments among Microsoft’s own customers. It’s increasingly clear that Microsoft needs to support Linux and open source software in order to remain competitive in the server space.

    Over the past few years, Microsoft has built ties with the Apache Software Foundation and other key communities that play a role in the open source server stack. It’s not surprising that the company is looking to improve its relationship with Linux. Will the old caustic rivalry turn into friendly competition? As Zemlin discussed during his keynote, Microsoft’s aggressive posture towards Linux vendors on patent issues still poses an impediment to closer collaboration…

    Original article from Ars Technica.

  • April 15, 2011 /  Geeking Out, Tech Stuff, Ubuntu

    Saw this AWESOME laptop mod in the Ubuntu Forums and all I can say is joparox (owner of this laptop), you rock!

    I’ve considered modding some of my old laptops before, maybe adding stickers or sport a new custom paint job. But this guy DRILLED through his laptop case with a sanding bit, installed a couple of LEDs, and then covered it up with the clear acrylic from a CD jewel case before gluing it all together with silicon glue!

    Taking things further, here’s a steampunk laptop mod from Datamancer. Read the rest of this entry »

  • April 13, 2011 /  Movies and Animation, Tools, Ubuntu

    So I installed WinFF the other day from the repository. I’ve used WinFF before and it’s a great cross-platform FFMPEG frontend for converting and transcoding videos and audios.

    When WinFF is all set up, it works like a charm. However when installing it for the first time, or in my case setting it up again after a long period of time, problems revolving around codecs usually come up.

    The problem isn’t particularly difficult, it’s just frustrating. Read the rest of this entry »

  • April 12, 2011 /  Games, Tutorials and Guides, Ubuntu, Wine

    For quite some time now, I have been watching on the sidelines as hordes of people get sucked in and hypnotically waste countless hours at this little game called Angry Birds.

    People play it with their iPhones or Androids or PSPs on the streets, in cars or buses or trains, while waiting for their turn at a reception area, and another handful more play with it on their Windows PC at work and at home.

    So it got me thinking, what does someone without an iPhone or a Droid who was an Ubuntu user like me need to do to get their hands on this phenomenal time-waster? Read the rest of this entry »

  • November 11, 2010 /  Tutorials and Guides, Ubuntu, Uncategorized

    Blogging?Recently laptops have been coming out with multi-touch scrolling and have been marketing it as new technology. The truth is, Macs and PCs with Synaptic touch pads already had this capability for years; it’s anything but new. The hardware was there, but Windows never really used it and you needed to install additional third-party software to use it.

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  • July 8, 2010 /  Tutorials and Guides, Ubuntu

    In one of my earlier posts, I taught you how to install anything in Ubuntu. While I was browsing the Community Ubuntu Documentation on Games, I realized I’ve forgotten something.

    Imagine if you were browsing a site explaining how to setup, say, a system that automatically downloads new episdodes of a show. Wouldn’t it be better and much simpler that instead of telling you “Step 1: Go to this website, Step 2: download the installer, Step 3:  run it on your computer”, you’re just given a link that says “Step1: Click here to install Miro“? (Note: If you’re running Ubuntu, that link will really ask to install Miro. Try it)

    For the majority of you who have been using Windows for most of your life, when you hear installing programs with a browser, one thing that pops into your minds is downloading a program off the ‘net and installing it after you’ve downloaded. Or choosing a plugin for Firefox (which isn’t exactly what I meant with this topic).

    One advantage of having a package manager in an operating system like Ubuntu is this level of integration that it provides. And this is one serious example.

    In order to be able to do this, you must be running Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) or later. If you are using an earlier version of Ubuntu, you will have to install AptURL and setup a compatible browser (see here for instructions).

    When you have that up and running, you can create an AptURL link simply by using the URL




    And that’s it! When someone visits your site and you wanna tell them about this hot, new game or software you’re using, don’t just tell them what it is. Give them an AptURL install link.

  • June 8, 2009 /  Games, Tutorials and Guides, Ubuntu

    For a lot of people, one of the first problems they encounter when switching to Ubuntu is that they don’t know how to install stuff. Granted there’s already a lot of stuff pre-installed from a fresh install of Ubuntu, here are some ways of installing programs starting from the easiest.

    P.S. Yes I know I said I’ll be posting about iPod and Ubuntu. Don’t worry, we’re getting there.

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  • April 17, 2009 /  Lifestyle, Ubuntu

    Read this from Inquirer just a few minutes ago:

    …Local retailer Puregold is deploying a Linux-based point-of-sale or POS system, as it looks to cutting down costs on security while expanding its network of stores…Puregold has ordered more than 2,000 licenses of TPLinux software, according to Paderborn, Germany-based Wincor Nixdorf, which sells niche solutions for banks and retail firms…

    …“We wanted to cut the cost of buying anti-virus licenses and save on the cost of the license of (Microsoft) Windows per POS,” said Ruel Magat, Puregold’s IT Manager…

    Read the rest of the article: http://technology.inquirer.net/infotech/infotech/view/20090416-199780/RP-retailer-goes-for-Linux-based-system

    If you found this information useful, buy me a coffee.