• November 1, 2013 /  Android, iOS, Tutorials and Guides
    Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg with Globe execs

    Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg with Globe execs

    Recently, my telecom provider, Globe Telecoms, started offering free Facebook to its subscribers. This would be offered to you via a link on the Facebook app itself as you browse your Newsfeed. Much like any other Facebook app, you will be asked to authorize access to some of your info. Pretty standard stuff, really. And that’s it! You now have Free Facebook, indicated by “Free¬† Data” plastered on top of your Facebook App! It even gives you a helpful warning whenever you’re clicking on an outside link to help you avoid data charges.

    Now, this all seems fine and dandy, until you realize a few problems: Read the rest of this entry »

  • FacebookRSSHave you ever had those times where you “Like” a Facebook Page and you really actually like it that you can’t wait for their next post’ , only to find out that some of their posts got buried by the flurry of Newsfeed posts from your friends (some of whom you may like less than the aforementioned fan page)? Yeah, I thought so. One thing you can do is to visit each of those fan pages’ timeline and check out all their posts there, OR you can opt for a more elegant solution by creating its own feed in your preferred RSS reader. And that’s exactly what we’ll do in this GeekMadness tech tip!

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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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  • 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.

  • January 22, 2010 /  Tools, Tutorials and Guides, Wifi

    What would you do if you were in the middle of the desert and you needed to access Google Maps or read some email or YM your boss (I said “what if”, just play along.:P ). Just to make matters worse, you haven’t installed the drivers and software of your phone on your Windows box and (gasp!) you didn’t bring along the driver disc! Well, if you were running Ubuntu, this wouldn’t be a problem. Ubuntu Karmic Koala enables you to connect your phone quickly and easily, no drivers needed. I tested this on Karmic Koala with a Sony Ericsson G502, but the steps should be the same for most phones.

    Here are the steps to quickly connect your phone to the internet.

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  • 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 /  Tutorials and Guides, Ubuntu

    No, I’m not talking about corn-in-a-cup.

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    Last night, I upgraded my laptop to Intrepid Ibex, just about a week before the newest version of Ubuntu, Jaunty Jackelope, comes out. Go figure. But before I could perform the upgrade, I was warned that my 7gig root partition on my small 40gig hard drive needed a few more free space. So I was wondering where that free space went; it couldn’t be because I installed the XFCE window manager (which I removed anyway). From Tombuntu, I learned that I could free up more space by removing old unused kernels.

    How much free space? I freed 757megs by removing 6 old unused kernels!

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  • September 12, 2008 /  Mac, Miro, Tutorials and Guides, Ubuntu, Windows

    In line with our celebration of our new wordpress server, here is the second post for the day. In this post, we discuss a video player I’ve been using for over a year, but seems that not enough people are using it. It’s not just any video player. It’s Miro.

    Miro Video Player

    Miro Video Player

    I know a lot of people who love watching videos at YouTube. And among them, there are also plenty who like downloading their favorite videos. The problem though is that YouTube doesn’t freely provide this service. Instead they have to rely on Firefox extensions, download websites (which are either full of ads, possibly virus-laden, or just plain dubious), and other such hacks.

    That was how I found Miro. I’ve been using Miro for about a year now, and it has improved over the past year in terms of both usability and stability. But Miro is more than just another YouTube downloader. Advertised as an Internet TV player, it does what it says and does it well.

    Downloading YouTube Videos

    Downloading Videos

    Downloading Videos

    With Miro’s integrated video search feature, you can search videos from YouTube, Daily Motion, Veoh, and other video websites without starting your browser. You then just choose your search results and Miro will start downloading them into your library. I find this feature really nice, especially when downloading a long or large video, when I want to show something to some friends, or when I’m just too busy to watch them immediately. WIth the video in my library, I can load it up anytime at my convenience, whether I’m on the train or relaxing after cooking/eating dinner.

    Internet TV with Miro

    Viewing The Contents of a Channel

    Viewing The Contents of a Channel

    Miro comes with a few default channels and lets you add more channels. There are plenty of channels to choose from the integrated Miro Guide, which offers you some of its recommendations or you can search for a particular interest. Miro uses the open RSS standard for its channels, so it’s compatible with practically all feeds on the internet, including iTunes podcasts.

    The beauty of using channels is that you can set it to auto-download New content or All content to download even old videos you haven’t seen yet. For example, I am subscribed to the WebbAlert channel, which offers an almost-daily 5-minute round-up of what’s new on the Internet and computing in general. When I get home and turn on my computer and Miro, it will automatically download new episode(s) if any, for my viewing pleasure, at my own leisure. It’s like turning on your TV to your favorite daily program, only you’re not bound by stiff schedules.

    More Cool Features

    Video Playback

    Video Playback

    Miro’s core functionalities are wonderfully complemented by the options that Miro’s intellgent engineers came up with.

    Afraid you’ll run out of disk space? That shouldn’t be a problem when using Miro. You can easily set Miro to make sure to leave a gigabyte or two. And if space is a problem, the expire feature comes in very handy. Some people unfamiliar with this concept might be wary at first, but trust me, you’re not going to be watching last week’s podcast episodes anyway. YouTube videos also expire in the default 6 days, but you can choose to keep a video indefinitely by clicking on the “keep” button. Of course, there’s also a “delete” button, in case you downloaded a loser video or this week’s podcast episode just sucks.

    Each channel also displays the number of unwatched videos you have, which conveniently turns into a play button when you move your mouse over it, giving you instant access to unwatched content. There’s also a “New” item in the sidebar. Just like the channels, it displays the number of unwatched videos across all your channels and clicking it plays it. By default Miro is set to play all videos consecutively in a section (be it a channel, New, or your library), but if you prefer watching one at a time (like me), you can turn it off in the options.

    Miro is available for GNU/Linux, Mac, as well as Windows. Download it now from http://www.getmiro.com

    While you’re downloading Miro, click on over here to read more about how Miro does what it does. And if you’re interested in making your own videos or channels for Miro, http://makeinternettv.org is a good resource for information.

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