Using spindown to prolong the life of old hard disks

Many people leave their computers on around the clock. This usually implies that all the attached hard disks are always spinning. Constantly spinning up a hard disk normally increases the chances of drive failure. When a disk is not powered it should last longer than if it was spinning.

Encode Video for the iPod Touch or iPhone

Now that you have your iPhone or iPod Touch syncing in Linux, how about putting some video on it? These iPods are picky about video formats, but the excellent Avidemux video tool can encode your videos to be compatible.

Three Linux HTML editors reviewed

Today's Web development tools offer capabilities that go beyond basic HTML editing. I compared three Web editors for Linux -- Screem 0.16.1, Bluefish 1.0.7, and Quanta Plus 3.5.7 -- to determine how well they handle today's Web editing needs.

Make Gnome menus Faster in Ubuntu

If you want to make Gnome menus Faster in Ubuntu follow this procedure. You need to Edit the file /home/your_user_name/.gtkrc-2.0 file:

Bacula: backups that don't suck

Good systems administrators know that implementing a robust backup procedure is one of their most important duties. Unfortunately, it's also one of the most complex and least fun. When the phone rings and there's a panic-stricken user on the other end who has just lost a crucial document, you need to be confident that you can promptly recover his missing files. Failure to do so can bring about a speedy end to a promising career in systems administration. So what's a budding sysadmin to do? Download the latest release of Bacula and watch those backup woes disappear into the dark of night.

S01E04 - Such an Easy Question

Ciemon Dunville, Alan Pope, Dave Walker and Tony Whitmore present the fourth episode of the Ubuntu UK Podcast.

S01E04 – Such an Easy Question

Ciemon Dunville, Alan Pope, Dave Walker and Tony Whitmore present the fourth episode of the Ubuntu UK Podcast. In this episode:-

3x the fun…Triple Monitor Gaming!

A while back I posted about Dual Monitor Gaming - it didn’t really work too well for the games I wanted to play, because basically you end up with the crosshair right in the worst spot possible - between the monitors. However, I broke down today and added a second GeForce 8800GTS 512 card and a third iiyama ProLite B2403WS monitor to my rig. Sweet.

20 Wicked Rss Feeds From The Linux Community

Rss Feeds for people searching linux news.Some of the most important sites, news aggregators and interesting blogs are gathered here.

Dragbox bridges command line and desktop

The GNU/Linux command line and desktop are both sophisticated interfaces, but they are mostly separate realities. You can drag text into a virtual terminal from the desktop, or use Edit -> Copy to move text in either direction, but by default moving files and directories between them is impossible -- a problem that often requires extra switching between them if you frequently work in both. Dragbox is designed to solve this problem and connect the two interfaces -- at least if one of them is GNOME -- through what might be described as a combination multiple clipboard and simple file manager.

Media collection software in GNU/Linux

Around three years ago, when I began my adventure with ‘the penguin’, I had been looking for an application to catalog CDs. They were either ugly, or limited in functionality, or simply couldn’t handle all disk types (e.g. DVD)… some other apps were required for installation, and/or involved many “weird” libraries (which I didn’t know what to do about). I quickly gave up my research, realizing that nothing could match software like WhereIsIt?.

Hardy Cheat Sheet

FOSSwire has a new cheat sheet for the Heron:

Running SPIN (Promela Model Checking) on linux

Continuing on from my posts on running academic tools on linux, here I'll show you how to run SPIN on Linux. For those interested in SPIN, SPIN is an interpreter for Promela (Process Meta Language) and is used for verifying the correctness of distributed software (software design) in a rigorous and mostly automated fashion. If you have done any courses on parallel and concurrent programming or on Distributed systems, you would have definitely heard of Spin and SMV. Here are the steps.

Open source applications Keep You Safe

Personal data safety is big business lately. There are a variety of ways to protect your identity or keep your personal information from the prying eyes of dishonest people, but Eric Wolbrom has what he believes is a unique service. Keep You Safe makes it possible for subscribers to store all their personal data securely in a virtual online "safe deposit box," and share the key with someone they trust. When Wolbrom, a self-described "security geek," finally had the chance to launch Keep You Safe, he knew that building it on Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP (LAMP) was the best way to keep his customers' data secure.

Easy Customization of Firefox With Configuration Mania

Power Firefox users will know that they can ‘hack’ the Firefox via the about:config option. However, most of us out there don’t even know the existence of about:config, and for those who do, there is another issue of understanding the technical jargons and find out what the settings do.

Luminotes: No-frills wiki notebook

Imagine an application that combines the features of a wiki and a Web-based notebook. It may sound like an unusual mix, but Luminotes wiki notebook is living proof that this combination works rather well.

Ubuntu Forums upgraded

The Ubuntu Forums has upgraded the forums software to vBB 3.7. This will add many new features, including tagging and social groups. Please check it out and let us know what you think.

Create Seperate Home partition with existing Drive or Partition without a livecd

I recently wanted to create a seperate /home partition since I installed home on / and didnt want the hassle of waiting for the livecd to boot, so here is an easy tutorial that will explain how to setup a seperate /home partition with an existing empty drive or partition you already have without using a livecd.

Add faceted search to Thunderbird with Seek

Do you struggle to keep tabs on your Thunderbird inbox? The SIMILE Seek extension might be the answer to your problems. The extension adds faceted browsing to Thunderbird, which allows you to search and manage your email messages in a radically different way than you are used to.

Wirelessly Sync an iPhone or iPod Touch with Ubuntu

Apple has made it as difficult as they could to sync the iPod Touch and iPhone to any application other than iTunes. As a result, syncing an iPod Touch or iPhone in Linux is still no easy task.

9 secrets for Shell enthusiasts

A list with ubuntu commands that will help every shell coder to write faster and better code.

While Everyone Else Is Awaiting the Release of Hardy Heron, I Am Not

I see counters on websites. Only four more days to the official release. Only three more days. And then what? The wait will be over. The counter will increase to six months until Intrepid Ibex. And what exactly will happen on the 24th anyway?

Ubuntu 'reaping Linux dividend'

The public perception of open source software is changing fast, said Mark Shuttleworth, who leads distribution of the Ubuntu operating system (OS). A new version of Ubuntu, a version of the Linux OS, is released on Thursday.

Get your fingerprint reader to work in Ubuntu

The fprint project aims to plug a gap in the Linux desktop: support for consumer fingerprint reader devices.
Previously, Linux support for such devices has been scattered amongst different projects (many incomplete) and inconsistent in that application developers would have to implement support for each type of fingerprint reader separately. For more information on where we came from, see the project history page.

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter - Issue 87

The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 87 for the weeks April 13th - April 19th, 2008 is now available. In this issue we cover: Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Release Candidate, Release Candidate Testing, Ubuntu Open Week, Abiword 2.6 needs testers, reviewers, and sponsors, ShipIt 8.04 CD orders, Hardy Heron release parties, FISL (5th International Free Software Forum) in Brazil, Ubuntu Desktop training, Ubuntu ported to ARM, and much, much more!

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