Thursday, May 28, 2009

Save Output Of A Command Entered In Ubuntu Terminal To A File

Here's a small tip which would help you save the output of a command entered in Ubuntu to a file. This can be very useful if you would like to keep a copy of it to a file, or send it to your friend etc.This can be also useful for automation scripts to save outputs as logs. So here's how you do it :

In this example, I would like to save the output of ifconfig to a file called debug.txt. So in the terminal I have to type ifconfig > debug.txt . This will save the output to debug.txt which will be located in your home folder . If you want it to be on your Desktop , then just enter the full location to your desktop, example : ifconfig > /home/username/Desktop/debug.txt

Monday, May 25, 2009

Interview With Erick Bryant Of eSlick Reader

Usually we only discuss popular Linux OS such as Ubuntu, OpenSuse, PCLinuxOS etc. However the real power of Linux is harnessed by several handheld electronic gadgets.
eBooks are among them. We invited Foxit Software's Erik Bryant to tell us about the exciting things going on in the eBook world.

 So Erik, tell us some thing about the eSlick Reader.
eSlick Reader is a simple device that helps you to read any PDF document on the go. You can store thousands of books and PDF documents on the device and read for a couple weeks on a single battery charge.

 The OS is Linux based, right? Tell us some thing about it. 
Yes, eSlick uses Device OS Linux . We found that embedded Linux is small in size and it suitable for our device with 32MB NAND flash.
 Why Linux and not any proprietary software?
Linux is free and Open Source and useful for small devices, we can customize all the UI items our self. It would not have been possible with proprietary OS.

 Which formats can be used with the eSlick?
With the included software, any printable document can be converted to PDF and supported by eSlick. eSlick natively supports PDF and TXT. eSlick also supports MP3 format.

 How did you manage to achieve the low prize of $229?  
That was our starting introductory price and we did this to get many devices out in the market. We now sell at $259.99 for a limited time. The MRP is $299.99.

 What is being planned for the next version?
The next version will have wifi and more buttons. And the version after that will have some way to input text.

 What factors differentiate the eSlick Reader from other eBook Readers?
eSlick can natively support PDF much better. We have many viewing options with PDF files and they are displayed correctly and faster. Also, Foxit has a lower price than many competitors.

 What future do you see for eBook readers? 
The future has many great new advancements to come. There will be color possibly next year. The eBook readers will have larger screens and be thinner. More books will be available and there will be multiple ways to input information into the eBook reader. eBooks will never replace a computer. But in the future, books will be more readily available. The prices of the devices and books will go down. There will be screens that can roll flat and unroll for easy viewing. There will be many ways to take notes on the device.

 Why should a consumer choose an eBook reader over say, the iPhone?
The reason why a consumer would choose an eBook reader would be:
1) Battery life. A user can read thousands more pages on a battery
2) Simple to use. eBook readers are normally more simple to use than iPhone
3) Larger screen. Can read more text without having to turn the page as often
4) Healthier. The electronic ink does not harm eyes like an LCD screen would after reading for hours.

Thanks Erik, and I hope you guys enjoyed reading that.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Set Numlock Key 'ON' By Default In Kubuntu

As with most Linux distros Kubuntu 9.04 has the numlock key 'OFF' by default. For someone coming from Windows background this got very frustrating. You meant to type a "2" but you lose your place in your spreadsheet because the damn numlock key was off. I became sick of numlock resetting to off every time I log in, and I was determined to either find a solution or take my frustration out on the keyboard by smashing it.Fortunately there is an easy fix.
Go to System > System Setting > Keyboard & Mouse > Keyboard Settings

Now select the 'Turn On' option. Next time you login take time to thank me :P

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Add Tomboy To The Ubuntu Panel

The Ubuntu desktop comes preloaded with a fantastic note-taking application called Tomboy. Tomboy is a desktop note-taking application for Linux and Unix. Simple and easy to use, but with potential to help you organize the ideas and information you deal with every day.
While the application can be easily accessed from the desktop Applications menu (under the Accessories sub-menu), it can me cumbersome to have to remember to launch this application each time a desktop session is started.
Fortunately, the tomboy application can be added to the desktop panel in a convenient form. Just right click on an empty area of the panel, and choose Add To Panel. In the resulting window, under the Accessories section, find and double click the Tomboy Notes. Now you should have a little notepad icon in your desktop panel. Click on this icon to access all your notes instantly, or to create new notes.
Using this method will also ensure that the Tomboy application gets added to your panel on every startup, ensuring that you'll always have quick access to your notes.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Install Adobe AIR In Ubuntu

To install Adobe Air do this:

1. Open the Terminal
2. Download the Air installer file :

3. The name of the file is AdobeAIRInstaller.bin
4. Save the file in the Home folder (Places > Home Folder)
5. Run this command:
         chmod +x AdobeAIRInstaller.bin
6. Now run this command:
         sudo ./AdobeAIRInstaller.bin

The normal installer will open, install it. 
From now whenever you download a .air file, just double click it and it will be installed.

Random News...Kubuntu and Twitter!

Most of you know I dislike Kubuntu and KDE in general. I had tried to love KDE many times in the past but simply couldn't. It used to crash, stop working and was a big pain in the arse for me. After my horrible experience with Kubuntu 8.10 I had decided to never try KDE again. But after reading about KDE 4.2's stability, I decided to give it a try.
I installed Kubuntu 2 days ago and my exprience so far has been AMAZING!!
Kubuntu 9.04 looks beautiful and it is very fast.
I am planning to write an article about it. Will take some time. In the mean time if always wanted to try out Kubuntu, now is your best chance!

Also if anybody wants to follow me on twitter you can @iampriteshdesai I promise I'll follow.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Get Amarok 1.4 In Kubuntu 9.04

Amarok 2 hasundone all the good work done by Amarok 1.4
Almost everyone who loved the 1.4 Amarok hates the new Amarok 2. Even I didn't like the new buttons.
Unfortunately Kubuntu comes with Amarok 2 by default. However if you prefer Amarok 1.4 you can install it by follwing these instructions:

Add the PPA to your sources by creating a new file for the Amarok PPA:
gksu gedit /etc/apt/sources.list.d/amarok.list

Then in that new file add the following two lines:
deb jaunty main
deb-src jaunty main

Add the key for the PPA:
sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver \

Now update your sources, remove Amarok2 and install Amarok1.4:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get remove amarok
sudo apt-get install amarok14


Saturday, May 9, 2009

Erase CD-RW/DVD-RW In Ubuntu

Ubuntu comes with Brasero (since 9.04), you can use it to erase a CD-RW/DVD-RW
But, in case you want a quick and dirty way to erase CDs and DVDs with a terminal command you are in luck.
1. Insert your CD or DVD in the tray.
2. Fire up the terminal and issue the following command:
umount /dev/cdrom

cdrecord dev=/dev/cdrom blank=fast
Thats it, use your shiny CD/DVD for burning any movies or things. 

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Best Music Player For Ubuntu Jaunty

It has been quite some time since Jaunty has been released. Most of you must have tried it out. Amarok 2 has been getting not-so-good reviews, so I thought I'd rather share a better alternative to Amarok with you all. This is an old article which is still relevant.

One of the reasons why I love Linux are music players. On Windows you get WMP 11 which is a decent thing to play MP3's however there is no support for fetching album art, lyrics and other stuff. The other alternatives aren't so so good either, iTunes is a resource hog (1GB of RAM to play Maddona, you are kidding!).

On the other hand Linux music players have been simply amazing! I have been hooked on to Amarok for quite some time now, however I tried Exaile the other day and now it has become my most favorite player for Ubuntu, perhaps even overtaking Amarok. Read on to know more about Exaile:

Exaile tries to be for Gnome what Amarok is for KDE. The developers started with this aim and hence the final product is an amazing player which matches, if not betters many of Amarok's strength. Exaile is written in Python. The first thing you will notice is the size of download package. You will be surprised to find out that Exaile weighs in at only 1 MB! Installation can be done by either using Synaptic or by grabbing it from the downloads page.

Since Exaile is an native Gnome app, it starts up almost instantaneously as compared to Amarok which requires quite some time to start up, since it needs to load various KDE libraries. It also integrates better with my Ubuntu setup. Exaile tries to mimic Amarok very closely. Long time users of Amarok will find themselves at home with Exaile.
One of the my most favorite feature in Exaile which sets it apart from from other Gnome players like Banshee is the Volume Controler, most Gnome players like Banshee and Totem have the dropdown volume controller which is so Windows 95. Exaile has an proper slider volume button. I know it isn't a big deal for most, but still it is these small things which go on to make a big difference in the user experiance. Exaile also offers tabbed playlists.

Like Firefox, Exaile's features can be extended by installing various
plugins. Thankfully installing plugins is an one click process. You can add or remove plugins by going to Edit > Plugins. Exaile loads a list of available plugins and you have to merely check or uncheck the plugins which you want or don't want.
As with all Linux Players Exaile too comes with features like Wikipedia integeration, fetching cover art from Amazon, Lyrics and On Screen Display (like the one at the top of this blog). Surprisingly iPod support is absent in Exaile however it can be added to Exaile by the means of a plugin.

Exaile has an album art collector. The main benefit is that you can get album art for your entire music collection with one click, and oh no credit card required (listening Apple?).

There are still few minor flaws, which I am sure will be taken
care of in the later releases. Namely as I said before, lack of iPod support out-of-the-box, better Wkipedia integeration, the current integeration is more like Firefox in a music player and how about Cover FLow or atleast displaying cover art in the layouts as in WMP 11?

I would definitely recommend you to try out Exaile. It makes Banshee look like a monkey.

Although Exaile cannot play videos as of yet, however come version 1, I am sure we are gonna get one player which will topple Amarok out of the number one position!
You can download Exaile here.
Please Digg This article if you found it useful.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

The Best Virtual Drive For Linux

Virtual DVD drives are really handy because there are various discs which we tend to use regularly and there is always a risk of damaging those discs because of scratches etc.

GMount ISO is a virtual drive for Linux. It is a frontend to the ‘mount -o loop -t iso9660 foo.iso /mountpoint‘ command.
You can use it to convert your CDs and unprotected DVDs into “virtual CDs” — disc images that run directly on your hard drive, replacing physical discs and saving wear and tear on your CD-ROM drive . The access rate for the virtual disc is about 200 times faster than that of a physical CD.

To Install GMount:
Open terminal From Main Menu - > Accessories -> Terminal and type the following commands ..

sudo apt-get install gmountiso

You can also install it from Synaptic Manager and from Add/Remove Programs..

Autocomplete Address In Firefox

Here is a cool tip which would definatily make you more prouctive. Firefox comes with with 3 keyboard shortcuts which will help you auto-complete the .com, .org and .net addresses in the location bar without the need of typing them. These are:

Ctrl+Enter - auto-complete .com address
Ctrl+Shift+Enter - auto-complete .org address
Shift+Enter - auto-complete .net address

For example, type google in the address bar, then Ctrl+Enter. Both www. and .com parts will be auto-completed.

Linux Conquers 1% Of All Desktops!

 Hurray! Linux has finally gained 1% of desktop market share! I know 1% isn't too much, but hey! its a good enough.
MarketShare have their numbers for April out. And Linux useage is at 1.02%
So finally Ubuntu Jaunty did its trick.

Here is the link of the MarketShare article.

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