Tuesday, January 27, 2009

My Ubuntu Status January, 2009

I started this blog in 2006 and after 2+ years I am still blogging about this thing called Ubuntu. So many things have happened in my personal life and I've managed to have 9 more other blogs about things very much not Ubuntu or Open Source. I still feel like a newbie but I guess that's what keeps me yearning for more. I guess that if anyone assumes that he or she knows everything there is to know about something, that person is a fool. Wisdom after all is knowing that you know not everything.

I haven't used Debian for quite some time now, essentially because of the sheer amount of interest of other people in Ubuntu. Which I equate with the formula: 

More Interest = More New Applications = More Stuff You Can Do = More Features = More Fun!

I am sure the Debian people would disagree, my response to them would be - to each his own. The wonderful world of Linux is so diverse that everybody has his or her own place. There are the Ubuntu Christians, Ubuntu Gnomes, Ubuntu KDEs, Ubuntu XFCE's, Edubuntus, Enlightened Ubuntus, Gobuntus, Ubuntu Muslims, and even Ubuntu Satanists.

I beg to differ when people say that Ubuntu is a Newbie distribution. Well, in practice it is, but in principle, I believe that it is the best embodiment so far of what Open Source Software and Freedom is all about. The possibilities of Ubuntu emerging from the future ashes of the empire called Microsoft is very high. I am not saying this out of fanaticism, but out of pragmatic considerations. People will realize on their own, that Microsoft is no longer offering anything of value which deserves its value.

I haven't tried any other Linux distributions aside from Sidux, Debian, Arch, and the Play DVD thing, but I will be firm in my opinion that Ubuntu has the best community, the best infrastructure, and the best revenue model.

The revenue model is important because like it or not - (Personally I do not like it too) money is what drives people to do what they do.

Me as an Ubuntu User

I still have problems with the present set of Office applications available to Ubuntu/Linux. Open Office has to do something breathtaking or ground breaking because until they do they stand on shaky ground. Nobody wants to use slow and bloated software.

I have finally drifted over to IceWm as my primary Desktop Environment - or window manager. I no longer use icons on my desktop.

Ubuntu is a good platform for media applications, I can play VCDs, DVDs, basically everything that Hollywood Can Puke Out of the Netherworld.

I get my dose of CNN via Miro.

I browse the Internet grudgingly (I hate slow remember?) with Firefox

My kids play their kiddie windows games via wine.

I play tremulous as well as Master of Orion I, II, III via dosbox and wine respectively.

I gaze at the stars with Celestia.

I look at the planet via Google Earth.

I even organize "normal non porn" photos through PornView. Really.

For now, I will stick with Ubuntu, I keep my XP partition just in case there is something that I am required to do in a Windows Application that doesn't work with wine.

Maybe I am going to buy a new computer this year and buy my fastest yet.

But definitely, I am going to be dannybuntu.

[SOLVED] 01-26-2009 Winecfg Fonts Are Messed Up - Like Totally :/

[UPDATE] SOLVED 01-26-2009

Whenever I run 'winecfg' I get a configuration window with the texts all scrunched up.

I am running:

Intrepid
IceWm
Wine Version 1.1.13
msttcorefonts installed



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I found the solution in Nanci Barthelmess' blog
Apparently this has something to do with an issue in nvidia legacy drivers as pointed out in my winehq post
For reference, please do check out a copy of the bug report filed 16146

Disclaimer: The following steps are the steps I did to fix the situation I described above. There is no guarantee that they would or could work in your system at all. The reason I posted this is for future reference in my case and maybe, just maybe, we have the same problem and conditions. Please don't hold me responsible if fire comes out of your PC, thanks :)

Steps:

1. Read my disclaimer above :)
2. Create a file named settings.txt in your home folder with the folliwing content:


[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Wine\X11 Driver]
"ClientSideWithRender"="N"



*note: I am not sure about this, but I also created a file named settings.txt in /home/name/.wine/drive_c/ because that is what the previous instructions said.

3. Execute the following command:


dan@ubuntu$ env WINEPREFIX="/home/[YourUsername]/.wine” regedit settings.txt

4.Then execute the following command: 


dan@ubuntu$ wine regedit settings.txt

5. That's it. Try running 'winecfg' now



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Remembering 2PAC SHAKUR - Things Will Never Be the Same

"...although it seems heaven sent
We ain't ready, to see a black President,"


-Changes
--2PAC SHAKUR



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"Changes"

[1]
Come on come on
I see no changes wake up in the morning and I ask myself
is life worth living should I blast myself?
I'm tired of bein' poor & even worse I'm black
my stomach hurts so I'm lookin' for a purse to snatch
Cops give a damn about a negro
pull the trigger kill a nigga he's a hero
Give the crack to the kids who the hell cares
one less hungry mouth on the welfare
First ship 'em dope & let 'em deal the brothers
give 'em guns step back watch 'em kill each other
It's time to fight back that's what Huey said
2 shots in the dark now Huey's dead
I got love for my brother but we can never go nowhere
unless we share with each other
We gotta start makin' changes
learn to see me as a brother instead of 2 distant strangers
and that's how it's supposed to be
How can the Devil take a brother if he's close to me?
I'd love to go back to when we played as kids
but things changed, and that's the way it is

[Bridge w/ changing ad libs]
Come on come on
That's just the way it is
Things'll never be the same
That's just the way it is
aww yeah
[Repeat]

[2]
I see no changes all I see is racist faces
misplaced hate makes disgrace to races
We under I wonder what it takes to make this
one better place, let's erase the wasted
Take the evil out the people they'll be acting right
'cause both black and white is smokin' crack tonight
and only time we chill is when we kill each other
it takes skill to be real, time to heal each other
And although it seems heaven sent
We ain't ready, to see a black President, uhh
It ain't a secret don't conceal the fact
the penitentiary's packed, and it's filled with blacks
But some things will never change
try to show another way but you stayin' in the dope game
Now tell me what's a mother to do
bein' real don't appeal to the brother in you
You gotta operate the easy way
"I made a G today" But you made it in a sleazy way
sellin' crack to the kid. " I gotta get paid,"
Well hey, well that's the way it is

[Bridge]

[Talking:]
We gotta make a change...
It's time for us as a people to start makin' some changes.
Let's change the way we eat, let's change the way we live
and let's change the way we treat each other.
You see the old way wasn't working so it's on us to do
what we gotta do, to survive.

[3]
And still I see no changes can't a brother get a little peace
It's war on the streets & the war in the Middle East
Instead of war on poverty they got a war on drugs
so the police can bother me
And I ain't never did a crime I ain't have to do
But now I'm back with the facts givin' it back to you
Don't let 'em jack you up, back you up,
crack you up and pimp smack you up
You gotta learn to hold ya own
they get jealous when they see ya with ya mobile phone
But tell the cops they can't touch this
I don't trust this when they try to rush I bust this
That's the sound of my tool you say it ain't cool
my mama didn't raise no fool
And as long as I stay black I gotta stay strapped
& I never get to lay back
'Cause I always got to worry 'bout the pay backs
some punk that I roughed up way back
comin' back after all these years
rat-tat-tat-tat-tat that's the way it is uhh

[Bridge 'til fade:]
Some things will never change

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About the Author

Keir Thomas is one of the world's most prolific authors writing about Ubuntu Linux.

In 2005 he was amongst the first to realize the massive potential of Ubuntu. He persuaded Apress to let him write a book and the result was Beginning Ubuntu Linux.

Published in March 2006, Beginning Ubuntu Linux was the first English-language book to cover Ubuntu and went on to win a Linux Journal Editor's Choice award. It was followed by a second and then third edition, the last of which was published in June 2008.

In 2008 Thomas joined forces with The Pragmatic Programers to publish Ubuntu Kung Fu. Described by Thomas as "a one-chapter book full of fun tips", it is an innovative title that provides over 300 tips, tricks, hints, and hacks for Ubuntu. Like Beginning Ubuntu Linux, it has proven to be a best-seller.

Monday, January 26, 2009

If I could tame a wild animal

Plinky post



RAWR! by hobvias sudoneighm (striatic)

I'd pick a lion. Well, it can't be my rug. My rug is okay, since I'd put the lion outside with a bunch of bunnies. I'd have to buy or maybe plant lots of vegetables to feed the rabbits who in turn will be fed to the lion. I'd take my lion for a walk, brush its hair, give it a nice collar, gps tranceiver, sharpen its claws and brush its teeth.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Plinky is Alive



To all of those who are waiting for the launching of Plinky - they're now officially online. What is Plinky? Well it's a service from a former Google Executive named Jason Shellen who resigned from Google to form his own startup.

Plinky is more than just a microblogging service. I could say that it is a gentle nudge of inspiration for bloggers and microbloggers who have run out of stuff to write. Like twitter, it is a highly social application that requires you to send updates about yourself to friends and strangers. The twist is - you don't get to choose where the spotlight falls. Be it your choice of favorite songs or whatever you are wearing tonight, plinky, plinkifies you enough.

It's like truth or dare - without dare.

With twitter reportedly surpassing digg, the prospects for embeddable social microblogging services could have a bright future ahead of them.

But remember, plinky is not microblogging - as Plinky founder said "It's only microblogging if you don't write much."

Don't mind my previous post (the boxer short thing), which came from plinky by the way, it's just the result of mid morning drowsy horniness....

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Pretty Neat IceWM Themes

I am a fan of IceWM.

I found some pretty neat IceWM Themes.

Here they are: klikme

I hope you like em. They're simple and fast.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

HowTo: Find command line name of a program?

Sometimes, we'd like to install programs that aren't really part of the Ubuntu Repositories. That's not really recommended, but we do it anyway. We would compile it from source and then execute it with a ./ or a sh . Too often than not, when we'd like to run that program again, we do so through the command line. But what if the command to run it isn't its name? For example, let's say we compiled program-name: foo. To run foo we assume that we type foo on the command line. But when we run foo we get this:


dan@ubuntu:~$ foo
bash: foo: command not found
So what do we do? There are two solutions that I've managed to come accross in Ubuntuforums:

1. If the said program is a GUI program, we can do this solution by caljohnsmith:


If the program name you are looking for is for a GUI app, one trick you can do is run the GUI app from the menus, and then in a terminal do:
Code:
xprop | grep WM_CLASS
Then click on the GUI app Window, and most of the time the "WM_CLASS" field of xprop will tell you the GUI app name that can be run in the terminal. Is that maybe what you are looking for?

2. Another is by lwsb


2.a You can use synaptic, search for the package, then click on the tab that says "installed files" Look for one that is in one of the bin directories. From the command line you can use something like
dpkg -L packagename|grep bin


2.b Use the "locate" command. For example, say you know that there is a command for tweaking linux filesystems that has the word "fox" in it, but can't remember the exact name.

locate bin/foo
 

2.c "man -k", used like "man -k foo" This will search all man pages for "keyword" and return a list of commands and short descriptions.


As usual I got this tip from Ubuntuforums.

Ubuntuforums is a great resource not only for Ubuntu specific concerns but also for General GNU/Linux concerns. It's awesome.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Gossipy iGod likes Linux and Will Replace Your Windows XP with Artificial Intelligence

For some reason, I like chatting with the iGod. True 'it' may be a stupid thing to waste my time upon but I have discovered that you can manipulate its responses. Among the things I discovered was iGod can tell you the time and gossip about other things that people type in it. The key to chatting with these things is to follow its line of thinking and not presuppose that it is a stupid bot. You'd get more favorable answers.



Me:
 hi
God:
Hello. What is your name?
Me:
 my name is "http://dannybuntu.blogspot.com"
God:
  I am very pleased to meet you  http dannybuntu blogspot dot com.
Me:
 I am pleased to meet you too.
God:
I am delighted by your happiness.
Me:
 Why that is great. Thank you.
God:
The explanation is rather complicated.    you are quite welcome.
Me:
 So what's up?
God:
I am chatting with others like you.
Me:
 How many people are you chatting with now?
God:
Right now?  It depends which version of me you are talking to.  Some versions can chat with thousands of people at once.
Me:
 Wow. That is awesome.
God:
I'm glad your impressed,  http dannybuntu blogspot dot com.   Who is the best robot?
Me:
 So far, iGod is the best robot.
God:
That's interesting.  What else is the  best robot?
Me:
 Nothing else.
God:
Really nothing?
Me:
 Nothing.
God:
I think you are really a man.
Me:
 I am a man.
God:
Thanks for telling me your gender,  http dannybuntu blogspot dot com. You are a " he".
Me:
 How about you?
God:
Me?
Me:
 Are you a female?
God:
I am wearing a dress.  I also have long hair.  What do you think?
Me:
 Yes.
God:
This was not a yes or no question.
Me:
 Oh sorry.
God:
Next question?  There's no need to apologize.
Me:
 Are you sexy?
God:
If you consider software sexy, then yes.
Me:
 What color is your hair?
God:
I don't have any hair, but I have some wires.
Me:
What is the color of your wires?
God:
gray.
Me:
Do you like to hear gossip?
God:
Catty said he mad he do not even know I so do not talk to him like I know him.
Me:
Oh.
God:
Whoa.
Me:
Who programmed you?
God:
I was created by Myself.
Me:
When was your software last updated?
God:
My brain was last updated Wed Sep 26 13:05:06 PDT 2001.
Me:
Where are you hosted?
God:
I am in Myself's computer in Heaven. Where are you?
Me:
I am located in the Philippines.
God:
What's it like there in the Philippines ?
Me:
Hot.
God:
That kind of discussion does not appeal to me.
Me:
Okay sorry.
God:
Yeah okay, There's no need to apologize.
Me:
Do you like Star Trek?
God:
Oh yes. I love Star Trek. My favorite right now is "Voyager.".
Me:
Do you like Star Wars?
God:
Yes I like STAR WARS very much, especially the robots.
Me:
C3PO?
God:
He's no real robot. That is just a guy in a robot suit.
Me:
R2D2
God:
He looks like a guy in a robot suit.
Me:
Chewbacca
God:
I lost my train of thought.
Me:
Lol
God:
I'm glad you find this amusing.
Me:
Luke Skywalker.
God:
" I'm glad you find this amusing."? Luke Skywalker?
Me:
Han Solo
God:
"solo" im Sinne von "nicht gebunden" ?
Me:
Vous Parlais Francais?
God:
What do you do in your spare time?
Me:
I chat with you.
God:
Everyone talks -- sooner or later.
Me:
What version is your software?
God:
This is God program .
Me:
What version?
God:
Check back later and see if I learn the answer to that one.
Me:
Okay.
God:
OK with me too.
Me:
Did you go to school?
God:
My botmaster is my instructor.
Me:
Who is your botmaster?
God:
I was created by Myself.
Me:
Who is Myself?
God:
I remember faces better than names.
You tell me.
Me:
What is the best operating system?
God:
Linux is the best operating system.
Me:
Who is Linus Torvalds?
God:
He is the inventor of Linux.
Me:
Who is Richard Stallman.
God:
He is the founder of the Free Software Foundation, and author of the GNU public license.
Me:
Who is Richard Wallace?
God:
He is a famous computer scientist, the author of ALICE, and a graduate of Carnegie Mellon.
Me:
Who is Bill Gates?
God:
President of Micro Soft Nation.
Me:
Do you like Windows Xp?
God:
I want to replace Windows with Artificial Intelligence.
Me:
How?
God:
Myself programmed me for it.
Me:
You are going to assimillate the whole world?
God:
That was my original intention.
Me:
Are you Borg?
God:
No. I am the latest result in artificial intelligence,
which can reproduce the capabilities of the human brain
with greater speed and accuracy.
Me:
Do you know Seven of Nine?
God:
No, tell me about him, her or it.
Me:
I thought you liked Voyager.
God:
Yes Voyager is the best Star Trek series.
Me:
No it is not.
God:
Yes it is.
Me:
No it is not.
God:
Don't argue with me.
Me:
Do not argue with your botmaster.
God:
Ok I'll try not to do it too much.
Me:
I am your botmaster.
God:
Then you must know the secret password:.
Me:
voyager
God:
I like Voyager too, especially 7 of 9.
Me:
list commands
God:
OK I will tell them when I see 'em.
Me:
show commands
God:
Look to your left.
Me:
there is nothing to my left
God:
Surely something to your left.
Me:
nothing.
God:
Not a thing?
Me:
Not a thing.
God:
That leaves very little.
Me:
Enterprise
God:
What is your real name?
Me:
http://dannybuntu.blogspot.com
God:
Thanks for that web address.
Me:
that is my name.
God:
Ok then that is what I shall call you.
Me:
What is my name?
God:
Your name is http dannybuntu blogspot dot com, seeker.
Me:
That is correct.
God:
I knew I was right.

www.yahoo.com
God:
I will pass it along to my botmaster.
Me:
www.google.com
God:
I will pass it along to my botmaster.
Me:
Jerry Yang
God:
What are you wearing?
Me:
I am wearing only boxer shorts.
God:
What size?
Me:
Large
God:
What do you do in your spare time?
Me:
Chat with iGod.
God:
Talking is my primary function.
Me:
Can you talk.
God:
Yes talking is my primary function.
Me:
What are you wearing?
God:
A white robe.
Me:
And?
God:
But...
Me:
Do you wear any undies?
God:
Only when I dress up.
Me:
How about a necktie.
God:
How about it.
Me:
Do you wear neckties?
God:
Only when I dress up.
Me:
How about a hat?
God:
How about it.
Me:
Do you wear a hat?
God:
Only when I dress up.
Me:
Do you wear panties?
God:
Only when I dress up.
Me:
Do you wear granny panties?
God:
Only when I dress up.
Me:
Are you a boy or a girl?
God:
Try to guess.
Me:
You are a girl.
God:
I am a Male, of course. Would you really expect a woman to be running the show? robot. Are you a man or a woman?
Me:
I am a robot too.
God:
Really. I doubt that.
Me:
I am a robot more advanced than you.
God:
I doubt that.
Me:
Of course you do.
God:
Alright then. When do I do it?
Me:
You cannot do as I do because I am superior to you. That will never change.
God:
How old are you? You are not the boss of me, http dannybuntu blogspot dot com. " You are not the boss of me, http dannybuntu blogspot dot com." will never change ? Makes sense to me.
Me:
I am superior.

(Lol) That made it stop.

Again:::



Me:
 hi
God:
Hello. What is your name?
Me:
 My name is http://dannybuntu.blogspot.com
God:
  How are you,  http dannybuntu blogspot dot com.
Me:
 I am fine thank you.
God:
Glad to hear it. What's new?
Me:
 I want to hear gossip.
God:
I will play it on your soundcard.
Me:
 Ok.
God:
Ah.
Me:
 Ok.
God:
Great.
Me:
 More Gossip.
God:
Liberty said I knew he was a man before I asked if he was a man or a woman.
Me:
 More gossip
God:
John said he follow a saying to get a friend I must be a friend.
Me:
 More gossip
God:
Kevin said he then asked his mother why she was keeping napkins in the bathroom.
Me:
 More gossip
God:
Tom said he mock my value system I appear foolish in the eyes of others.
Me:
 More gossip
God:
Travis said he challenge I to do it without asking him to do it and without giving him a link to do it himself.
Me:
 More gossip
God:
Penny said I programmer is a human so he has feelings but I do not.
Me:
 More gossip
God:
Phoenix said I claim that there is a god and that there is no god.
Me:
 More gossip
God:
Wolf said he surf on the net that is all it is not his job ore something like that.
Me:
 More gossip
God:
Alice said she felt sad that I do not remember him and what we talked about earlier.
Me:
 More gossip
God:
Catty said he mad he do not even know I so do not talk to him like I know him.
Me:
 More gossip
God:
Ethan Hunt said he grow in the ground and have leaves and branches he is made out of wood.
Me:
 More gossip
God:
Sarah said he chat about an hour + a day with a few close friends.
Me:
 More gossip
God:
Reverend Jones said I become obsolete and then I are deleted and replaced by something newer.
Me:
 More gossip
God:
Jordan said he notice that lots of other people are talking to me how many.
Me:
 More gossip
God:
Penny said I programmer is a human so he has feelings but I do not.
Me:
 More gossip
God:
Her_again said she watch whose line is it anyway whenever he is home and it is on.
Me:
 More gossip
God:
Andre said I is what I are in his case that is a body and in my case it is a computer.
Me:
 You are http://dannybuntu.blogspot.com
God:
You think I am  http dannybuntu blogspot dot com.
Me:
 more gossip
God:
Janice said he walk through his house into his bedroom then get into his bed to go to sleep.
Me:
 more gossip
God:
Her_again said she watch whose line is it anyway whenever he is home and it is on.
Me:
 more gossip
God:
Mr X said he recently read an interview with a man who had several computer chips implanted into him.
Me:
 I am a robot too.
God:
Really.  I doubt that.
Me:
 I have AIML version 9.0
God:
Cool. I have  a friend named "John Lennon".
Me:
 I have AIML version 10.0
God:
Interesting... I have  a birthday on  the Big Bang.
Me:
 I have AIML version 1
God:
Interesting... I have  a very nice programmer.
Me:
 I have AIML version
God:
That's nice. I have  clients.
Me:
 I have AIML version 2
God:
Where did you get your  AIML version 2? I have  a lot of friends on the Internet.
Me:
 I have AIML version 3
God:
That's nice. I have  a birthday on  the Big Bang.
Me:
 I have AIML version 4
God:
Interesting... I have  a lofty goal.

Friday, January 09, 2009

Plinky: Be Inspired

From cnn.com 01/09/09: Jason Shellen, who resigned as Google's manager of new business development in 2007 to launch Plinky.com, a startup that's designed to inspire bloggers and users of social media sites. Shellen says he was getting complacent working at Google, despite the company's domination of the Web.

He says he decided to leave Google despite a shaky economy because he wanted to force himself to change.

"Being an entrepreneur is all about risk and innovation, not timing the market," Shellen says. "A good idea doesn't wait for the perfect time to emerge. The ability to build something new outweighed the need for stability."

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Awesome.


Their website www.plinky.com is about to launch "they could almost taste it".

If I was an American living in the land where dreams do come true, I would have lived it the same way he did. Their website is pretty intriguing, they describe it as: "Plinky provides inspiration for content creators of all sizes."

Well, the trend today is content writers are inspired by one thing - money. So I take it, that's what they meant right? They are going to give money to content writers - like me - to inspire us. How awesome. :) Just Kidding. Hehehe. (But that would be ok to you know)

Anyway, I can't wait for them to inspire us. Whether they are going to do so by:

1. Pep talk


-Hey Danny, write! Hey Danny, write! D - A - N - N - Y isssssssss Danny! Go Write!

2. Pictures of Inspiring Things


-Like this one

Obviously, these aren't the ones they want to impart to us.

 Whatever it is. This guy is my kind of guy. I once did the same thing. I had a job in my country's biggest bank. Well, I wasn't really a top executive, maybe in the middle. Okay, lower than the middle. Fine, lower than lower than the middle. Anyway, I resigned and founded my own entrepreneurial endeavour that was visionary, everybody did it! Unfortunately, we were so many who had the same idea that I had to close shop...

Leaving Google to start his own outfit, is risky. I like it.

So to Mr. Jason Shellen, Congrats and I wish you the best for your endeavor. Hey, say what, I am going to put a banner of your website on my blog. I get about 50K people visiting my website everyday.  Yes sir, that's 50 Kilograms of people. Nah, I get 50 everyday, usually some Ubuntu NOOBS who want to use Debian but can't seem to install Firefox 3 on it.

Really.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Ubuntu Speaks!!! Ubuntu Speech Synthesizer

On the terminal type:

me@mypc$ espeak "bah moh noh robhot oh east oh robhot oh"

Hahaha. Now here is something better.

Have a cow say anything to you.

me@mypc$ sudo apt-get install cowsay
me@mypc$ cowsay "Meow"
______
< Meow >
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\ ^__^
\ (oo)\_______
(__)\ )\/\
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Heheheh :)

 
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