Backup Applications for Linux

August 22, 2009 by Clair Ching  
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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]

Reading LIT Files Could be Fun

August 18, 2009 by Clair Ching  
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Reading LIT Files Could be Fun

I know, I know… It’s a proprietary format. Sometimes you can’t help yourself and get e-books of this file format. Though you wish to really avoid it, you can’t always do that. And so you end up having to deal with it. Let’s see two options that you have.

Convert the file into HTML.
This is one of the most natural things for me to do. Especially when I still had my flash cart working with my DSi. I used to have DS Libris as my e-book reader. That’s why I’d rather have it. … [Read More]

Getting Screenshots

August 13, 2009 by Clair Ching  
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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]

Friday Links: Arch Linux, Tiny Core, From Mac to Linux

August 7, 2009 by Clair Ching  
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Friday Links: Arch Linux, Tiny Core, From Mac to Linux

On Arch Linux
My co-worker now uses Arch Linux. He had problems using the RT kernel of Open SUSE. He’s had too many issues with it so he looked for something else that would answer his needs when it comes to the RT kernel and a look-and-feel that he wanted. He found out about Arch Linux, a simple and lightweight distribution. This distro is known for:

using BSD style init scripts
its binary installation
high level customization
its nice package manager: pacman
text-based installer
being more lenient, compared to something like Debian, when it comes to non-free packages

Newbies might feel that Arch Linux … [Read More]

FSLint Helps You Clean Up Your Files

August 4, 2009 by Clair Ching  
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FSLint Helps You Clean Up Your Files

If you’ve had your Linux installation for the longest time, sometimes you don’t really know what’s in there any more. Some of the problems we have:

Temporary files which never get cleaned up
Duplicate files. Maybe those we’ve downloaded before. But never removed after using them or maybe we copied them in another directory aside from the download directory. (This happens to me too. Especially when I get careless.)
Empty directories. We get lots of these when we move files around.

For us to manage our files, a tool such as FSLint would surely help.
This utility helps you search through your … [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  
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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]

For the Those with Literary Inclinations

July 29, 2009 by Clair Ching  
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For the Those with Literary Inclinations

I like reading fiction and I miss writing fiction myself. There’s nothing like a good book to keep me up all night. When the story’s really gripping, I can’t help myself. That’s why I prefer having an ebook reader on my DS aside from actual books.
For the e-book worms
If you have an e-book reader, you have an application you might want to consider. Calibre is an open source application made for those who love reading e-books. This e-book management system can support a lot of e-book formats such as EPUB, FB2, OEB, LIT, PDB, PML, … [Read More]

Ah, the Awkwardness of Working with OpenProj

July 22, 2009 by Clair Ching  
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Ah, the Awkwardness of Working with OpenProj

As much as OpenProj is a project management application that can probably replace MS Project, there are still things I have to learn about it. For one thing, I suppose that the application assumes you are very familiar with GANNT charts and Work Breakdown Structures. I’ve only started re-learning my knowledge of using GANNT charts. It’s the main focus of the application and so it has become a difficulty.
Anyhow, some quirks or awkwardness when it comes to working with OpenProj:

Not knowing how to make the chart display the initials of the resources instead of their names. … [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]

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