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28Jun/11Off

Get on The Beta List For Moviepass

Moviepass is an all-you-can-eat Netflix style subscription service for movie theaters. If you want to get on the beta program early use this link.

Site Moviepass.com

28Jun/11Off

PiTiVi with Effects in Ubuntu

 

The default version of PiTiVi in Ubuntu does not include the effects. Version 0.14 comes with all the cool effects and features.

The best way to get the newest version, and stay up to date is with the PPA.

Enter into the terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gstreamer-developers/ppa 
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

 

Now I can stop booting into Windows and using the painfully slow Premiere Elements.

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23Jun/11Off

How To Get The XP Version of Solitaire and Spider Solitaire in Newer Versions of Windows

 

Recently I was setting up a new Windows 7 machine for a client, and one of the first questions he asked me was, "Can you put the XP version of solitaire on the new machine, since I hate the Windows 7 version?" Now, I'm used to answering lots of questions when setting up a new machine, but this was a first. Luckily it's really easy to transfer the solitaire program from Windows XP to Win7 (or Vista :-P).

First you need a machine still running Windows XP. Copy sol.exe and cards.dll from C:/WINDOWS/system32 on your XP system to the Windows 7 machine. Do not put the files in the system32 folder on Win7. I created a folder on the root of C: (C:/Solitaire).

Create a shortcut to sol.exe on the desktop, and now the client can play the legacy version of solitaire.

You could also make it show up in "Games" by copying the desktop shortcut to the Games folder.

[Update]

You can do the same thing with Spider Solitaire, by copying spider.exe from the system32 file to the new system.

7Jun/11Off

Try Mozilla’s Webian Shell

Webian Shell is a full screen web browser (simular to Chrome OS) with a minimal interface, and is very web standard compliant. It's still in a very early stage, but worth checking out if you've been following Chrome OS.

You can download it from Webian.org

To run in Windows and Mac OS, you unzip the file and run the executable.

In Linux, download and run:

tar -zxvf webian_shell_0.1-linux_xx.tar.gz
cd Webian\ Shell/
./Webian\ Shell

 

To install Webian Shell in Ubuntu, so you can run it by just typing webian in the terminal:

tar -zxvf webian_shell_0.1-linux_xx.tar.gz
sudo cp -r Webian\ Shell/ /usr/share
sudo ln -s /usr/share/Webian\ Shell/Webian\ Shell /usr/bin/webian

 

Now you only have to type webian into the terminal to run, regardless of directory. You could also create a launcher that points to /usr/bin/webian.

Official Project Page

7Jun/11Off

Install/Compile Linux Kernel 3.0 In Ubuntu

An RC for the Linux Kernel 3.0 was recently released. The change in the version number is mostly to mark the 3rd decade of the Linux Kernel, it doesn't bring any major changes. Still, why not try to setup the new version on your system?

There are two ways of going about this.

26May/11Off

Downgrade Miro From 4.0 to 3.5

Miro Database Error

 

Miro is a great open source application for managing video podcasts. However, when I upgraded to version 4 I was having issues with the program. So I tried to downgrade it by downloading and installing an old version from here, which resulted in this database error.

Luckily, Miro creates a backup of your database when performing  an update. To get the old version working again, you need to replace the new database file with the old one. If you can still open Miro, go to Help > Diagnostics to view where the database is stored.

If you can't open Miro, use the list below to find the database for your OS.

Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\(yourusername)\Application Data\Participatory Culture Foundation\Miro\Support\sqlitedb

Vista/Win7: C:\Users\(yourusername)\AppData\Roaming\Participatory Culture Foundation\Miro\Support\sqlitedb

OS X: /Users/(you)/Library/Application Support/Miro/sqlitedb

Linux: ~yourhome/.miro/sqlitedb

 

In the same folder as the sqlitedb file, there should be a dbbackups folder. Rename and copy the most recent database backup, from the dbbackups folder, to sqlitedb and replace the newer sqlitedb file with the backup. Now you can run the old version of Miro without losing all the feeds and playback info.

If you haven't tried Miro, check it out at getmiro.com

25May/11Off

Recover Deleted Files From ClearOS Flexshares

The Accidentally Deleted File

 

By default the recycle bin is enabled on ClearOS shared folders. So don't panic when someone deletes one of your super important files.

Get started by going to the shared folder the file was deleted from. To access the ClearOS recycle bin, you will need to enable "Show hidden files and folders." If you haven't done so already, click Tools at the top of the window. Then click "Folder Options"  select the View tap, then click the radio button next to "Show hidden files and folders." (If you use a Linux desktop, you only have to press Ctrl+h)

24May/11Off

Make Backspace Go Back in Firefox for Linux

Over time I've developed a habit of pressing Backspace to go back a page when web browsing, but the Linux version of Firefox doesn't do this by default. You can use Alt+Left Arrow to go back.

Making backspace go back only requires a simple configuration change.

Open up Firefox and type about:config into the address bar.

If you get  the message that says "This might void your warranty!" just click "I'll be careful I promise!"

Type backspace into the filter bar.

Double click the only line that shows up, which should be browser.backspace_action

Change the value from 2 to 0

Click OK and close Firefox. When you re-open Firefox the backspace button will go back a page, like it should.

19May/11Off

ClearOS Rick Rolling Content Filter

Inspired by a segment on hak5. I customized the ClearOS filtered site page to give the users a more entertaining experience when someone tries to access a blocked site.

You can download the custom filter page here.

First backup the original filtered.php

cd /var/webconfig/htdocs/public/
cp filtered.php filtered.bak

 

Now override the filtered.php file with the custom one and copy an .mp3 of the song named NGGUP.mp3 to /var/webconfig/htdocs/public/. That's it! When someone goes to a blocked site, they'll get Rick Roll'd.

17May/11Off

Get the Ubuntu Font Family in Windows

You can download the .zip file directly here. Extract and install just like any other font. Then the Ubuntu font option will be available in all your programs.

In Vista and Windows 7, you can just double-click the .ttf files and they will install.

In Windows XP:

Click Start -> Control Panel

Double-click fonts (If you don't see the Fonts icon in the Control Panel, click "Switch to Classic View" on the left side of the Control Panel)

Click File -> Install New Font...

Now all you have to do is use the old style folder browser at the bottom of the Window, and navigate to where you extracted the .ttf files.

Archaic Folders

Select All and click OK. Now you can enjoy creating documents and whatnot with this great looking font.

Ubuntu Font Download Page

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