Monday, September 28th, 2009

Using ZimWiki to Write Your Masterpiece

September 24, 2009 by Clair Ching  
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Using ZimWiki to Write Your Masterpiece

Or soon to be great literary work, that is. ; ) Some of us might be aspiring to become writers of best selling novels or maybe screenplays or 1 act plays, etc. For that we need some tools that help us get our masterpiece out of our heads and somewhere online.
It so happens that in this case I will suggest a tool which could be easily available to you without proprietary licenses and agreements that might surprise you. Why? This is something that is most likely to be available in the repository of the Linux …read more

Learn to Write Your Own Twitter Client in Python

July 10, 2009 by Clair Ching  
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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

Having Problems Viewing Videos on Firefox?

July 5, 2009 by Clair Ching  
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Having Problems Viewing Videos on Firefox?

I never really had troubles viewing videos but for those of you who might have been having issues, then this blog entry about How to Fix Full Screen Flash Videos in Linux and Firefox will help you. They’ve written a guide for all of us who are/might be afflicted with this problem.
In summary, they said that you need to get libGL.so.1 and preload it before starting Firefox (or Swiftfox). Basically you will do this by writing a script to do it. You have to make the script executable or it won’t work.
I don’t have much trouble but maybe …read more

Using Tomboy as a Blogging Client

July 5, 2009 by Clair Ching  
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Using Tomboy as a Blogging Client

We know Tomboy is this awesome sticky notes application which basically also acts like a wiki. We also know that we could organize lots of notes through ‘notebooks’ but I just learned recently that you could actually use it as a blogging client. Surprised? Good. Now let me show you how.
Download and installation
Download and install the Tomboy Blogposter plugin written by Robin Sonefors. For those on Ubuntu, you will find it in the repositories. Else, download the tarball or get it from Github.

Image credit: Clair Ching, 2009.
What to do next

Activate the plugin. …read more

Fedora + Chrome? Yes, You Can Have It!

June 26, 2009 by Clair Ching  
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Fedora + Chrome? Yes, You Can Have It!

For Fedora 10 and Fedora 11 users, there’s an online guide on how to install Chrome on it. You don’t really need Crossover Chromium now because there are packages of Chromium available at: https://spot.fedorapeople.org/chromium/. You could click the RPM to install it or use the command

rpm -ivh <package-name>

You could also install Chromium via Yum and with that method, updates are automatic.
I tried installing the debs of Chromium before and it was really just too slow so I didn’t really use it. Also, I am not a developer so I can’t really push back any improvements to …read more

Almanah — a Diary App for You

June 14, 2009 by Clair Ching  
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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

Configuring Newsbeuter

May 3, 2009 by Clair Ching  
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Configuring Newsbeuter

I’ve recently talked about using Newsbeuter and it has been interesting for me because of how focused I am on reading whatever content I get online through it. However, knowing that I need to somehow fix some things so I could work better with it, I decided to make a config file that does that.
My needs are mainly for saving articles in one spot, indicating which browser to use and indicating where podcasts must be saved. I am still happy with the keyboard shortcuts that are available by default and the colors look good in my eyes. …read more

Using Mew as a Mail Client

May 2, 2009 by Clair Ching  
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Using Mew as a Mail Client

I’ve been looking for an email client to use but I’ve often been hesitant about it because more often than not, I still end up checking the web user interface. However, I’ve been using Emacs more often again and I’d rather be using that to compose my email and if ever I do have notes saved written in Planner mode, then it’s way easier to just do it within Emacs.
Mew is an email client you could use with Emacs. Emacs is a text editor with a lot of potential for extensibility. You could add a planner to …read more

Twitgin for Twitter Users

April 26, 2009 by Clair Ching  
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Twitgin for Twitter Users

I’ve been trying out various microblogging services in the past how many years. I was mainly using twitter a lot but I shifted to plurk some time last year. Considering the number of contacts I still have on twitter, I decided to give it another try but this time, I wanted to follow tweets without having to log in to the website. I remember not being able to follow tweets on IM for the longest time and that was a major annoyance for me. Apparently I could follow them again, this time using Twitgin.
What’s Twitgin?

Microblog-purple/Twitgin is …read more

OpenOffice.org as an Outliner

April 18, 2009 by Clair Ching  
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OpenOffice.org as an Outliner

I was never a hardcore user of OpenOffice.org but I do need it from time to time because of the documents I need to write.
There are a lot of people in my office who prefer to use it for everything. Although one thing I’ve noticed is that they just open it as if it’s any other text editor. But I don’t think they’ve seen it as an outliner before.
Dmitri Popov of Linux Magazine has shared tips for us on how to use OpenOffice.org as an outliner:
The easiest one is to press the Numbering On/Off button in the main …read more

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