Back!

22 April 2010 Leave a comment

I am back after a long absence. I will be sure to post more considering that Lucid Lynx is right around the corner. Can’t wait to get back started!

Categories: Personal

Sad News

18 December 2009 1 comment

I just received news that I will only be a visitor at my local flea market.  I had a building along with a great friend of mine, he sold knives for a living.  “Chief” has just been diagnosed with lung cancer.  In all odds, he will be closing his shop, which means also my coin business.  Hopefully all will work out alright.  And thanks for the goodness of all the people helping him.

Update: Extremely late, but on 3 February Chief died of inoperable lung cancer.

Categories: Personal

Removing Evolution

2 November 2009 1 comment

As most Linux users know, Evolution is an e-mail client for the Gnome desktop.  Me personally, I don’t care for it.  I have always been more of a fan of Mozilla Thunderbird. The only thing I do like about Evolution is that it is compatible with Ubuntu One. Hopefully Thunderbird will one day be included in the software.  For the past two years that I have been running Linux, I have been wondering how to remove Evolution without breaking my install.  The only way I knew before was to do a minimal install and don’t install it, or just leave it and don’t use it.  See, Evolution is part of the gnome-desktop as a dependency.  So basically, you can’t remove it without removing gnome-desktop with it.  But, I found a way to remove it.  I would recommend being very careful with the commands that I will show you.

Just playing around, I figured I would try using aptitude instead of apt-get.  And, it turns out Evolution can be removed by just typing

$ sudo aptitude remove evolution

It will give you a solution of removing all the files associated with evolution.
removeevo
Just agree to it, and install your email client of choice (I prefer Thunderbird). Just remember to be very careful when trying to do anything with sudo. Be sure to always read the prompt and if you do not know what you are doing, don’t do it! I am not saying I know what I am always doing, I am always learning new things everyday, just use sudo with caution. I will not be responsible for any adverse reactions to mishandling the commands.  This was done successfully on my Toughbook CF-29 and HP desktop.

byrd

Good webcam for Ubuntu

27 October 2009 4 comments

I bought an HP KQ246AA 8.0 MP Deluxe web-cam from Amazon.  I tried it on Ubuntu 9.10, Karmic Koala, Beta;  I also tried it on Ubuntu 9.04, Jaunty Jackalope.  For the price, it’s an excellent webcam.  It was plug and play.  Cheese and Skype automatically recognized it.  The only caveat is the blue light.   Inside the camera there is no barrier between the lens and the light.  So, basically everything you take a picture of or take video of has a light blue haze over it.  But, regardless it works great.  If you have any questions, don’t be afraid to ask.

byrd

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Bad sectors

27 October 2009 Leave a comment

I am lucky enough to have 2 bad sectors in my “new” hardrive.  Well, I am expecting another, larger one, in a week or two.  Eh…bad sectors

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DeVeDe Error with OpenShot

22 October 2009 Leave a comment

Yesterday I decided to install DeVeDe on my HP desktop.  I had it installed on Ubuntu 9.04 with no problem, but when I try to install it on Ubuntu 9.10 and I get and error.  I t says that it cannot find mencoder and mplayer.  In which I have both Screenshot-Errorinstalled.  I reinstalled devede, mencoder and mplayer thinking that it would fix the problem. But it didn’t.  I realized soon after that during all of this VLC was broken, too.  So I decided to do a little look-see and saw that ffmpeg was uninstalled.  So I tried to install it with apt-get.  Suffice to say, “Broken Packages”.  So I try aptitude.  Aptitude wants to remove OpenShot.  I was hesitate about it but I decided to give it a try. So now, VLC and DeVeDe works, but no OpenShot.  I tried to install OpenShot again, but now it wants to remove ffmpeg.  Not thinking, I comply and lose VLC and DeVeDe functionality again.  I am lost again wondering what did I do(my mind isn’t what it should be).  After a couple hours I remember what I did, and redone all the mess I started.  I lost OpenShot but gained VLC and DeVeDe.  I still haven’t figured it all out.

byrd

Edit:  Apparently OpenShot uses a different version of ffmpeg.  I saw this on the OpenShot website.  I guess I am at a loss.

ppaopenshot

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recordMyDesktop

13 October 2009 Leave a comment

The other day I ran into a program called recordMyDesktop.  It does exactly what the title says, it records your desktop.  I figured I would give it a shot and try it out.  And here is the outcome. 🙂  This was done on my HP desktop.

byrd

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