On Using Chromium

September 16, 2009 by Clair Ching  
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On Using Chromium

I recently blogged about two guides on installing Chromium for Ubuntu and I included links to articles that talked about the proper way of installing it as well as enabling the support for Flash. (Because watching videos online and playing those Flash-based games on Facebook and everywhere else could get so addicting.) This recent experience with Chromium seems so much better compared to my first attempt at installing it. (Well, they did say that it’s for development purposes, and I took that chance. Not inherently a bad thing.)
So now I have no envy towards people using …read more

Funny Friday: Humorix

August 28, 2009 by Clair Ching  
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Funny Friday: Humorix

I was looking for something funny to share with you when I chanced upon a comment on a blog that says that Humorix has stories which are funny. I couldn’t resist so I checked it out. The commenter was right! It is funny. It’s like Slashdot but with lots of fake stories and other such funny stuff.
I was laughing at the thought of a disgruntled Satan/Lucifer complaining that he shouldn’t be compared to Bill Gates. After all, he is the Prince of Darkness and whatever evil he can do is infinitely greater than the one …read more

Funny Friday: Funny Linux Merchandise from Zazzle

August 21, 2009 by Clair Ching  
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Funny Friday: Funny Linux Merchandise from Zazzle

Ah yes. Another Friday. I will try to share the funny stuff I found today.
Let’s start with amusing Linux merchandise on Zazzle. They have all sorts of stuff like shirts, bumper stickers and stickers in general. Here are some interesting designs.

#rm -rf /life shirt – This goes out to those of you who just want to start all over again. Yes, we all have bad days and when things go awfully wrong too much and too often, we wish we could just delete all those things, as if our lives were all clean and new. …read more

Potpourri: Upgrading to ALSA 1.0.20, Quake Live, Intro to vi

August 20, 2009 by Clair Ching  
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Potpourri: Upgrading to ALSA 1.0.20, Quake Live, Intro to vi

Today let’s look at the following:

vi introduction
Upgrading to Alsa 1.0.20 on Ubuntu Jaunty
Quake Live to Support Linux

vi Introduction

Not all newbies know what vi is. vi happens to be a text editor in Linux and it’s available on the command line. This editor has modes and it could be quite confusing to those who are just starting out. But there are practical reasons for learning vi such as going mouse-less, editing files on a remote Linux machine, and chances are you need to know how to use vi and this will be tested when you take exams for …read more

In the Beginning was the Command Line

August 20, 2009 by Clair Ching  
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In the Beginning was the Command Line

Every Linux geek I’ve met recommended an essay called “In the Beginning was the Command Line” by Neal Stephenson. I suppose that it’s a bit dated because some of the things that were true back during the time it was written don’t necessarily hold true anymore. In any case it really is an interesting read because it gives new Linux users insight and humor at the same time.
From that essay, you could learn something about Linux and other operating systems as well. I didn’t really know about BeOS until I read that essay. And there were …read more

The Travelling Linux Geek

August 15, 2009 by Clair Ching  
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The Travelling Linux Geek

I was amazed with what I saw on my feed reader: an article about a travelling Linux geek who basically went around Europe, Australia and South East Asia while sending in articles and stuff to earn a living. It’s really amazing for me to read such an experience because I can’t imagine travelling a lot because of the expenses of moving from the islands of the Philippines to another country. Even within the country it could be costly.
Anyhow, Juliet Kemp sounds like an awesome geek for doing this. Taking the time to travel and just see the world. …read more

Funny Friday: Strips from UserFriendly.org

August 7, 2009 by Clair Ching  
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Funny Friday: Strips from UserFriendly.org

Ah yes, it’s Friday once again. Hooray for Fridays! It’s the mark of the end of the work week. We have what we call “Friday mode” at work and it’s usually the day when most of the jokes are shared among co-workers. I’ll try to give you links to funny stuff related to Linux that I find on the internet every Friday. (Hopefully I could keep up with this and start a weekly habit!)
Here are some strips from UserFriendly.org via Linux Pro Magazine.
Interoperability Lab with Microsoft
This is a humorous take on the situation: Linux developers …read more

Using an Old Wacom Graphire + Bamboo Pen on Linux

July 23, 2009 by Clair Ching  
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Using an Old Wacom Graphire + Bamboo Pen on Linux

I’ve been considering using a pen and tablet for handwriting so that I won’t strain my hands too much. I’ve seen CellWriter already so I really considered using that. However, it’s best to try it out with an actual pen and tablet. I ended up borrowing a co-worker’s old Wacom Graphire tablet. Turned out the pen was lost and I had to borrow a pen from another co-worker. There’s a pen compatibility chart online and I am happy that the Bamboo’s pen is said to be ok with the Graphire tablet. (I am not very …read more

Revisiting Some Linux Basics: Installing Applications

July 15, 2009 by Clair Ching  
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Revisiting Some Linux Basics: Installing Applications

Every now and then we probably wonder about some of the basic stuff when‎ it comes to Linux. You could actually browse here on this blog itself some nifty tips about installing applications in Linux. Here’s a run-down of some of the basics just for you.

How to install *.deb, *.rpm and Source Code Files

*.deb files and *rpm files are commonly available to us users when we search for installers of applications on the internet. If you have never encountered these files before it’s best to know which ones are applicable for the Linux distribution. Both packages apply to …read more

Other Tomboy Stuff: On Blogging, Synchronization of Notes

July 12, 2009 by Clair Ching  
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Other Tomboy Stuff: On Blogging, Synchronization of Notes

Posting to your blog: Funkiness with special characters and no link texts

So I was using Tomboy the other day when I realized how weird it was. All of a sudden it was not posting to my blog and it just quit each time I tried to post a particular note. I tried so hard to figure out what the culprit was. It was “>” (or the greater than symbol) I used that character to draw an arrow of sorts on my blog entry.
Apparently it won’t post a note with that character. I am not sure …read more

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