Ubuntu 8.04 First Look

Okay I immediately downloaded and backed my Ubuntu partition up on Dustpuppy (my loving laptop). Takes a while to make the backup, but i was exited through the whole process to get a clean, new, fresh and hopefully faster Ubuntu install.

Gparted

First off I resized my NTFS partition to be a bit bigger. Been using my windows partition heavily for Photoshop and development (side effect of being away from home alot due to heavy university load). The whole process of deleting the old Ubuntu partitions, resizing the NTFS leaving me with about 70 GB free unpartitioned space went like a breeze with Gparted from the live cd.

Install

The installation went easy as ever. No problems, easy to install and extremely fast. My backup took way longer than the install did. After install i was greeted by the Grub bootloader and without a hitch could choose both Windows XP and my Ubuntu 8.04 install. A short bootload later and the brown welcome screen greets me.

First impressions

I love it! Its running smoothly, 3d was easy to install… basically everything just works! I immediately fired up Synaptic and started typing in my commonly used applications. Here i hit my first snag.. overload on the repositories. A download speed of about 20kb/sec wasn’t that fine when i had a ton of stuff to download. But a pleasant surprise was in store as i under the “repositories” dialog for Synaptic could select “other” for the server i wanted to use. I expected to be greeted with a dialog asking for a specific server URL, but was extremely pleasantly surprised when i see a precompiled list of servers. Further more a button allows me to quickly test all servers to find the fastest one. I select that fastest and a minute later im flying the downloads at 1 Mb/sec !

Screenshot-Software Sources

Screenshot-Choose a Download Server

Screenshot-software-properties-gtk

No Automatix

I was sad to find that Automatix (homepage) was no longer in development. apparently some of the key developers were busy with normal life and at the same time got hired by the company behind a new distro. So no more automatix for now.

However this was easily fixed as most of the packages i used from Automatix were available through Medibuntu.

Conclusion

I like it 😉 Fast, more stable and so far a lot of small improvements that i really like. Especially love the whole world clock applet, with weather forecast included.

Links

Just say No-To-All !

When copying files in windows you are normally given 3 options when there is a name conflict. Namely if you want to replace “Yes“, “Yes to All” and “No“.

no-to-all-windows-thumb

Thus if you are copying a large amount of files you will be forced to select “No” for each unless you want to replace it with the one being copied. Where is the “No to All” Button Microsoft ?

However there is a hidden “No to All” option included. Just press SHIFT when clicking “No” and you will only be asked once about the replacement strategy. Very useful for copying larger amount of files were it is simply not fun to click “No” 1000 times :p

Source: online-tech-tips.com

Windows Live Writer

Okay so one of my mates introduced me to Windows Live Writer. Normally I prefer open source software but lately I have noticed an increasing tendency to use proprietary software that is freely available.

Lately I have also been using my Windows install increasingly as I have been coding XNA and C# and simply love coding in Visual Studio. I found that for day to day tasks my Linux install does most things better than Windows. Small stuff like multiple desktops makes my day easier as I use alot of multitasking.

However heavy specific tasks such as Painting (Photoshop), programming (Visual Studio) and gaming in general. I also use windows only applications for my random html coding’s (I prefer an IDE above pure text editors).

So why not give Windows Live Writer a shot. Also it provides me with the option of inserting nicely formatted code into my posts. I have been searching for a code insertion feature for WordPress for a while, but nothing works the way it should or simply does not work at all :s

So for a while I will be testing out Live Writer to post on the blog. Hopefully it will make my postings easier for me, more frequent and nicely formatted as usual!

By the way; I’m Awesome! :p

Example code:

   1: namespace HelloWorld2
   2: {
   3:     static class Program
   4:     {
   5:         /// <summary>
   6:         /// The main entry point for the application.
   7:         /// </summary>
   8:         [STAThread]
   9:         static void Main()
  10:         {
  11:             Application.EnableVisualStyles();
  12:             Application.SetCompatibleTextRenderingDefault(false);
  13:             Application.Run(new Form1());
  14:         }
  15:     }
  16: }

 

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NextGEN Gallery for WordPress

Today I discovered an amazing gallery plugin for WordPress. Simply amazing. It is simple, does everything i need and does it with flair! NextGEN Gallery.

Features:

  • Sortable Albums : Create your own sets of images
  • Upload a Zip-File with pictures : Upload pictures in a zip-file (Not in Safe-mode)
  • Watermark function : You can add a watermark image or text
  • JavaScript Effect : Use any available popular image effect : Thickbox, Lightbox or Highslide
  • Multiple CSS Stylesheet : Use a nice shadow effect for your thumbnails with your own CSS file
  • Slideshow : Full integrated flash slideshow
  • TinyMCE : Button integration for easy adding the gallery tags
  • Sidebar Widget : Show a slideshow, random or recent picture at your sidebar
  • Language support : Translated in more than 15 languages
  • Upload tab integration : You have access to all pictures via the upload tab
  • Tag support for images : Append related images to your post
  • Meta data support : Import EXIF, IPTC or XMP meta data
  • Sort images feature

Installation:

  1. Upload the files to /wp-content/plugins/nextgen-gallery/
  2. Go to the web page JW Image rotator and download the JW Image Rotator and unpack the conent
  3. Upload the file imagerotator.swf to the /wp-content/plugins/nextgen-gallery/ folder
  4. Activate the plugin
  5. Create a /wp-content/gallery/ folder and CHMOD to 777 or 775
  6. Add a gallery and upload some images (the main gallery folder must have write permission, thus the 775 or 777 chmod)
  7. Go to your post/page and use the gallery quickbutton to add content

Comments:

Personally i love this plugin. Easy install. Works right away with options to upload images from zip files as well as single uploads. Meta tags, sorting thumbnail generation. Fluid transistions and lightbox showing.
I particularly love the slidewhow transistion effects. So if you need even a simple gallery on your website try out NextGEN Gallery!

Links:

NextGEN Gallery WordPress Plugin

JW Image rotator (needed download)

New Gmail with English

Okay there has been talk about a new Gmail version lately. I was kinda bummed when i didnt get to colorcode my labels like everybody else.
However the word is not all grey since i found a way to get the new version out quickly; Switch to english languaged Gmail!

  1. Open your settings
  2. Change the language of Gmail to ‘English US’
  3. Colored labels !!

Worked fine for me. Apparently the ‘new’ version has a link to the older version on the top right, as well as colored labels. Look for the colors closely on the right side of the labels box.
Source: Lifehacker – What version of Gmail are you using ? 

Disable windows update nag screen

Today i saw a great tip on one of my favorite sites, LifeHacker. How to disable the annoying “restart your computer” nag screen windows update pops up after installing updates. I have been extremely annoyed about it alot of times, since i simply had more stuff to do rather than reboot.

update nag screen
So thanks to Jack (a reader at LH) we can disable that service:

To stop this service, open [Command Prompt] (Start>Run>cmd>Enter) and type the following command sc stop wuauserv. This will not prevent Automatic Updates from starting at the next boot. So don’t worry, you’ll keep getting Windows updates. Just don’t forget to restart eventually.

Amazing tip! Thanks Jack!