Weekend Reads: Office Suites, Command Line Applications and ioQuake 3

August 9, 2009 by Clair Ching  
Filed under Links

Weekend Reads: Office Suites, Command Line Applications and ioQuake 3

Eleven is Louder summarizes what office suites are available for us that are open souce software. Of course it has OpenOffice.org in the list. However, it reminds us that Lotus Symphony does exist and that there are other suites like the GNOME Office Suite as well as the KDE Office Suite. I’ve tried using the GNOME Office Suite before but for the sake of compatibility I am using OpenOffice.org especially because I have to collaborate with co-workers on documents. I know that OpenOffice.org is commonly included in various Linux distributions and this blog entry shows you …read more

Learn to Write Your Own Twitter Client in Python

July 10, 2009 by Clair Ching  
Filed under How To

Learn to Write Your Own Twitter Client in Python

Akkana Peck has an awesome guide to writing your own Twitter client in Python. The timing of this article is perfect because I’m now using Empathy and I currently don’t know of any plugins to let me follow and post to Twitter.
What do you need?

python-twitter (source:https://code.google.com/p/python-twitter/)
SimpleJSON (source: https://cheeseshop.python.org/pypi/simplejson)
Tkinter or python-tk

Akkana Peck’s guide teaches you what to write, line by line. Hers might be a simple Twitter client but it’s functional. Her guide teaches you what packages are needed, what the commands are for, and which variables are customizable. The guide also notes which lines of code …read more

CenterIM Brings Messengers to Your Terminal

June 14, 2009 by Clair Ching  
Filed under Geeky Fun, applications

CenterIM Brings Messengers to Your Terminal

I’ve been having some difficulty using Pidgin these past how many days so I was looking for another messenger client to check out. Incidentally I stumbled upon a blog entry about CenterIM, a messenger client for the command line/terminal. Knowing that it’s available in the repositories made me get it right away.
Pros:

CenterIM consumes barely 1% of my memory. I am running it on an Acer Aspire One 150Bb with 1GB of RAM.
Several IM protocols are supported: Jabber, Yahoo, MSN, AIM, LiveJournal. It also has an RSS Reader.
You can have several conversations at the same time.
The screen shows …read more

Read Feeds from the Terminal via Newsbeuter

April 30, 2009 by Clair Ching  
Filed under Geeky Fun

Read Feeds from the Terminal via Newsbeuter

I’ve been looking for a better way to read my RSS feeds and I’ve been thinking that it would be nice to take it away from the web UI of Google Reader. As much as I love Google Reader, I realized that I’d like a different way to read my feeds these days. Google Reader has been overwhelming, so to speak.

Image credit: Clair Ching, 2009.
Enter Newsbeuter. It is a terminal-based RSS reader which you could easily use and tweak according to your needs. For one thing you could export your OPML file and use that as …read more

Clive for Downloading Videos

April 10, 2009 by Clair Ching  
Filed under Multimedia

Clive for Downloading Videos

Do you ever get a lot of video links from friends over IM and you wish you could actually just save them first? Well, you could download them via clive on the command line.
It’s really nifty if you could save them and video them later, without having to browse it on the internet first. At least, for me, I think this is really cool.
Another awesome thing about clive is that it could download videos even from Google Video, CCTV, among others. See? Even other sites with video streaming could be a source for extraction …read more


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