Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Projects to Make with a Linux Desktop

September 23, 2009 by Clair Ching  
Filed under Geeky Fun

Projects to Make with a Linux Desktop

Ok, so there are seven interesting projects to check out, as mentioned by the Tux Radar blog. Not just one! But seven! Goodness, gracious. How does one give so much time to all these projects?
nyway, in that list of seven projects, two of them caught my eye. First involves you writing a text-based interactive game. You can use the tool Gnome-Inform7 for this. It’s basically an application that lets you create your world and describe it. You could code your game just by writing it all in plain English. Who says you …read more

Backup Applications for Linux

August 22, 2009 by Clair Ching  
Filed under applications

Backup Applications for Linux

Backups are essential for everyone, whether it’s for our personal needs or our company’s. Backups are what we need especially when we’re migrating information. Especially when we’re going to migrate everything in a whole new system or environment. I usually just backup everything manually in DVDs every so often. I guess everyone has specific ways of making their own backups but ZDNet has shared a list of ten backup applications for Linux.
Some of the applications that caught my eye:

Back in Time
Simple Backup
fwbackups

Back in Time
This one has a very interesting name. It’s as if your backups …read more

Getting Screenshots

August 13, 2009 by Clair Ching  
Filed under applications

Getting Screenshots

There are different ways to get screenshots. Personally I use at least three methods, depending on what I need to capture. It matters if what I need to take a screenshot of is a website, the entire screen, just one of the applications I am using, etc.
Using GIMP
GIMP has a function to get screenshots. It is awesome because you can set the delay of the screenshot. I use that when I am taking screenshots of a particular application. You could get screenshots by going to the “File” menu of GIMP. Select the item “Create” …read more

FOSS and Education: iTalc and Moodle

August 2, 2009 by Clair Ching  
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FOSS and Education: iTalc and Moodle

If you’re running a training center, whether it concerns distance education or not, you need tools to help you manage your classes and facilitate discussions, especially for those who are into distance education learning programs. Issues that need to be addressed include: course management as well as ensuring that the training room is managed well so that learners can focus on the lessons and not be distracted by other applications.
Let the Training Room Come into Order with iTalc
Today, I’ve learned about iTalc. It is an application that lets you manage your training room’s computers by ensuring that your …read more

Pidgin vs Empathy

July 30, 2009 by Clair Ching  
Filed under applications

Pidgin vs Empathy

Maybe it’s been more than a month since I started using Empathy on a regular basis. It’s a fairly reliable messenger client for Yahoo, MSN and Google. I still have problems with using it though. Maybe it’s because I’ve been used to Pidgin that much. So yeah, here it goes:
Empathy
As of writing, the version I have here is Empathy 2.26.1 and it’s been pretty stable. It never gave me log in problems with YM. Also, it’s been easy to use because adding new contacts is easy as well as seeing those symbols for the contacts …read more

Blogging Client Comparison

July 19, 2009 by Clair Ching  
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Blogging Client Comparison

I’ve been using Drivel for the longest time but I’ve realized that there are other tools I could use for blogging. And here’s a short comparison of the three tools I’ve used.
Drivel
I’ve heard about Drivel through friends who have been using LiveJournal and they use Drivel as their blogging client. It’s a really awesome client for LiveJournal because you could really choose which user icon to use, as well as select your privacy filter. Your custom filters are actually reflected in the choices. Aside from that you could choose which blog you’d be posting to. It …read more

What’s the Best Dock on the Linux Desktop?

June 26, 2009 by Clair Ching  
Filed under Geeky Fun

What’s the Best Dock on the Linux Desktop?

We all have different preferences so maybe this title seems to much of a bait. In any case, I’d still like to know what you think is the best dock for you. I personally am using Docker right now.
For me, Docker seems quick to load, light and simple. I like using Docker because it also acts like a system tray for me, especially because I want to see if my Dropbox is getting updated, what apps I am running that have icons on the tray. At the very least I am clued in.
The Berkeley LUG …read more

gWaei: a Japanese – English Dictionary Application

June 18, 2009 by Clair Ching  
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gWaei: a Japanese – English Dictionary Application

If you like learning the Japanese language then dictionary applications are essential for you. There is another application I just recently knew about: gWaei. You could choose the dictionaries to use for it. Basically you could have several dictionaries that are being used by this application. You have to add your preferred dictionaries first.
Available dictionaries:
English – Japanese dictionary
Kanji dictionary
Names dictionary
Radicals
All of these are from Jim Breen’s WWWJDIC. By default, you could install them if you want. Otherwise you might need to tell gWaei where else to get the dictionaries.
Searching for words is easy because …read more

Almanah — a Diary App for You

June 14, 2009 by Clair Ching  
Filed under How To

Almanah — a Diary App for You

Ever wanted to note down some things that happened to you in a day? Diaries are ever useful for logging things that you might need to refer to in the future and to keep them in a calendar form would be easy for some. Others need to be able to refer to the calendar to make sure that the entries are consistent. Almanah seems to be an application made solely for that purpose.
Using Almanah is simple. Just run it and note down the things you want by typing them on the big space it shows to …read more

Dropbox has Updates

June 6, 2009 by Clair Ching  
Filed under Geeky Fun

Dropbox has Updates

I didn’t realize it until after it stopped fetching updates from people I shared files with. One day the icon didn’t ‘move’ — it didn’t have the ’syncing’ motion which I’d usually see when it’s updating. I never wondered why until this weekend, when I had all the time in the world to care about it.
So yeah, if you’re using Dropbox download the updates so you could continue sharing files without much fuss. It’s simple and it works well whether you’re far from your other computer (like in another city) or you’re sharing files with a computer …read more

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