Extending Nautilus context menus with Nautilus-actions

There are literally dozens of plugins and extensions for Nautilus, the default file manager on the GNOME desktop environment, but there is just one that allows you to customize the Nautilus context menu items. The Nautilus-actions extension enables you to add customized entries to the context menu such that, when you right-click a file, the context menu will show options specific to that file.

Virtualization in Linux: A Review of Four Software Choices

From Techthrob.com:

Virtualization is the technique of running a "guest" operating system inside an already-running OS; for example, Windows inside Linux, or visa-versa. This week Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu Linux, announced a partnership with Parallels, maker of the Virtualization products Parallels Workstation and Parallels Desktop for Mac. This article compares four virtualization products available for Ubuntu Linux: the free, open source Qemu; the closed-but-free versions of VirtualBox and VMware-Server, and the newly-available, commercial Parallels.

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Latex - Small Tutorial

Today I would like to introduce you to the world of TeX, specifically LaTeX. As LaTeX is complex, I have divided this document into these parts:

Ubuntu Tweak - Get Under the Hood With This Configuration Tool

Ubuntu Tweak is a utility created to make it easier for users to configure and change a variety of system settings. You can use it to quickly adjust settings for GNOME Panel, Compiz, and Nautilus, along with some more advanced security settings.

How To Do Seamless Window and Folder Integration with Ubuntu & VirtualBox

I’m going to outline today how to setup seamless window integration with Ubuntu and Virtualbox. If you missed yesterday’s post you might want to take a look at the seamless integration screenshot. No, that is not Photoshop’d, its really my desktop. I’ll also outline how to setup a shared folder between the two systems so that the icons and folders available on your XP desktop are available on your Ubuntu dekstop. So lets go ahead and dive in.

Text2Mp3 - Turn your text files into MP3s with Festival

This tells you how to create MP3 files from your text files, using Festival and LAME. Great to convert e-books to listen to on the road.

Mount an ISO file as a CDROM

I use this tool a lot as I have lots of ISOs in my Hard Disk, you maybe know it, but for those of you who don't here it is:

Glipper: Clipboard Management for GNOME

One of the things that has annoyed me most about GNOME as I've played with it lately is the lack of a clipboard manager comparable to Klipper on KDE. However, as I was looking for a package in Synaptic, I managed to come across a program that does the job quite well: Glipper.

Howto Setup Bluetooth Keyboard and Mouse in Ubuntu

If you have a Bluetooth Keyboard and Mouse here is the procedure to follow howto setup in Ubuntu?

How-To: create a self-signed certificate

This tutorial will explain how to create a self-signed certificate that you will be able to use with apache in order to provide ssl support.

GLPI - IT and asset Managemet Software

GLPI stands for “Gestionnaire libre de parc informatique”, GLPI is the Information Resource Manager with an additional Administration- Interface. You can use it to build up a database with an inventory for your company (computer, software, printers…). It has enhanced functions to make the daily life for the administrators easier, like a job tracking system with mail-notification and methods to build a database with basic information about your network-topology.

Howto: Delete Files Permanently and Securely in Ubuntu

We all know that when you simply delete a file, it's possible to recover it later. Sometimes this is useful, if you accidentally delete something important; but usually this is a problem, and you really want that file gone forever. This howto will explain how to delete a file in linux securely and permanently, so it can never be recovered. Hard drives store data magnetically; when you delete a file in Linux (on the ext3 filesystem), that area of the hard drive (the "inode") is overwritten with zeros (this isn't the case with the older ext2 filesystem, or with the Windows filesystems; see the section below on "passes and filesystems"), but the magnetic traces of that section's previous contents remain lingering until it is overwritten many times. These tools work by writing lots of random data and zeros over your old file[s], making sure that even the most advanced recovery methods aren't able to read what was once stored in that part of the hard disk.

VLC - The Universial Media Player

VLC (VideoLan) is a cross-platform universial media player. It supports a variety of different inputs, including DVD, VCD, MPEG, AVI, WMV, MP4, and MOV. It has full subtitle support, as well as built-in video filters. There are skins for VLC available at the developer website.

Eliminate Slow Boots Because of Disk Checking

If you have been using Ubuntu for a while, you probably know that after 30 boots Ubuntu runs a check on the hard disk. This “Fsck” check slows down booting a lot. AutoFsck runs the check on shutdown instead, and asks you if it is a good time first. If the occasional slow boot is a problem for you, AutoFsck is perfect.

gnome-schedule - graphical interface for at and crontab

at and crontab are command to schedule tasks on your Linux, this way repetitive tasks can be arranged so you can forget about them and be sure they are going to be executed, while cron jobs are used for repetitive tasks at is used for tasks that are going to executed in the future but only once.

Get a daily dose of comics

When I first started learning to read, my primary motivation was to gain the ability to read the comics in my local paper. I had no idea at that time that there were so many comics in the world. Now I know that there are comics all over the Web, but who has time to go to each site each day and read the latest strip? Thanks to the world of open source software, you can gather all your favorite comics on one page automatically, ready for you to read each morning.

Howto: Delete Files Permanently and Securely in Linux

From Techthrob.com:

We all know that when you simply delete a file, it's possible to recover it later. Sometimes this is useful, if you accidentally delete something important; but usually this is a problem, and you really want that file gone forever. This howto explains how to delete a file in linux securely and permanently, so it can never be recovered.

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Add Search Forms to the Firefox Search Bar

Wouldn't it be cool if you could add search plugins for any search form to the Firefox Search Bar, instead of having to create the plugin yourself or wait for the site owner to stop being lazy and make one?

Setup Vidalia TOR GUI with Ubuntu and surf anonymously

Do you want completely anonymous internet access? For Free? Tor is the open source leader to anonymous connections on the internet, you can anonymize your internet presence from AIM/ICQ/MSN/ Jabber/IRC/WWW/FTP and you can even issue a torify command at the command prompt to anonymize your wget/ssh/lynx/ftp/perl or whatever.

Clean up your Ubuntu with deborphan

If you want to clean up your Ubuntu or Debian machine and delete unnecessary (orphaned) deb packages you can use utility deborphan. It finds packages that have no packages depending on them. The default operation is to search only within the libs and oldlibs sections to hunt down unused libraries.

Digitizing records and tapes with Audacity

You've been ripping CDs for years, but what about those dusty cassette tapes in your attic and all that bargain-basement vinyl at used book sales? With Audacity, you can capture those vintage tunes, clean up their sound, and carry them around on your MP3 player.

Setting time the right way, the Linux way

"Does anyone really know what time it is? Does anyone really care?" It's a fine song lyric for Chicago, but when it comes to computers, the answer is, "Yes, we really care. We, really, really care that our all are computers' servers logs, e-mail date and time stamps, and our backups agree on the date and time."

Streamline with a Jinzora media server

All good geeks have access to a spare server. And in most cases that server, whether it is a hosted server, a spare one at work or home or a friend's, is probably underutilised. Put that spare capacity to work with Jinzora and access your media files over the Internet, no matter where you are.

Howto make Ubuntu to read feeds for you

Akregator is a KDE application for reading online news feeds. Install Akregator using the following command:

Sunbird - A Powerful Standalone Calendar from Mozilla

Sunbird is a calendar application built by the people at the Mozilla Foundation. It s entirely standalone: it doesn't require the bulk of another application to manage all of your appointments and events.

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