Hardware & Gadgetry, Linux Administration, Open Source »

[27 Aug 2009 | No Comment | ]

netboot.me is a service that allows you to boot nearly any operating system or utility on any computer with a wired internet connection – without having to know ahead of time what you’ll want to boot.
netboot.me works through the magic of netbooting over http. There are a number of ways to boot a computer with netboot.me. The simplest is to download a bootable image, which is 626Kb and burn it to a CD or put it on a USB memory stick, or floppy disk. Boot off it on any networked …

Bash, Linux Administration, Open Source »

[3 Aug 2009 | No Comment | ]

I have previously written about Tilda, a gnome replacement for Yakuake. I had some issues with Tilda so I came to have a nice relationship with Yakauke. It’s important to note though, that there is another reasonable alternative to both Tilda and Yakuake and it’s called Guake.
Guake has some of the basic features of Yakuake but is still lacking in a few things. The main ones for me are:

Yakauke allows you to choose terminal width / Guake takes up fullscreen width. The advantage of this for me is that I …

Hardware & Gadgetry, Internet Goodness, Open Source »

[30 Jul 2009 | 2 Comments | ]

TonidoPlug is a tiny, low power, low cost home server based on the 1.2 GHz Sheeva processor that allows you to access your applications, files, photos, music and media from anywhere (Powered by Tonido).
TonidoPlug comes pre-installed with powerful Tonido Applications – Photos, Jukebox, Webshare, Workspace, Thots, Explorer, Torrent and Search – all running on top of embedded Ubuntu Jaunty Linux OS. Additionally, TonidoPlug can be extended by installing new applications from Tonido App store.
Not sure if we are going to see them in Australia anytime soon, and if any …

Cross-Platform, Internet Goodness, Linux Administration, Open Source »

[13 Jul 2009 | No Comment | ]

Chromium is the open source version of Google Chrome for Linux. It’s still in alpha stage but it’s been very stable for me. The biggest downside is lack of Flash support for things like Google Analytics and Youtube.

For Ubuntu, install Chromium like so:

echo “deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/chromium-daily/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main #chromium-browser” > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/chromium.list
sudo apt-key adv –recv-keys –keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com 0xfbef0d696de1c72ba5a835fe5a9bf3bb4e5e17b5
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install chromium-browser

to get Flash working:

cd /usr/lib/chromium-browser/plugins
sudo ln -s ../../flashplugin-installer/libflashplayer.so

Screenshot running on 64bit Ubuntu Jaunty Jackalope. Watching this was consuming approx 25% cpu in a single chromium process instance:

I am …

Cross-Platform, Linux Administration, Web Development »

[25 Jun 2009 | 3 Comments | ]

Today, I came across a document where I had to type a degree symbol in Linux. Thanks to this post at Arch Linux Forums, it was painless to find out how. So here it is:
In windows, apparently you hold down Alt+0176.
Linux is different and to achieve the same, hold down Ctrl+Shift and type u+00b0, though if you are writing for html, the correct symbol is
°
Alternatively you can copy and paste it from this table on wikipedia, which includes other useful symbols like Pound, Registered and Copyright.
It will actually type the …