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Google Chrome New Built-In Extension Manager

Google Chrome introduced a new, this time "real" built-in extension manager - for those of you running the developer channel build that is. To access the page, type:
in the omnibar and hit enter. Any extension can be disabled, uninstalled, or reloaded.

google chrome extensions

Now, if you could only get some serious extensions for Google Chrome...

[via download squad]

How To Set IMDB Images As Video Thumbnails In Nautilus And Thunar [Linux]

The following post will explain how to replace the video thumbnails for their IMDB images, like so:

imdb thumbnails movies nautilus thunar

Please note that I wasn't able to make this to work, it seems some package on my computer prevents it from working, but I read it on many blogs and it seems to work for almost everyone, so it will probably also work for you. Update: Actually, I got it to work by cleaning my Nautilus thumbnails cache using BleachBit:

nautilus imdb movies

That being said, here's what you need to do:

1. For this trick, we will use imdb-thumbnail, a package available in both rpm (Fedora, Red Hat, etc) and .deb (Ubuntu, Debian, etc) packages. If you don't use one of these distributions, there is also the tar.bz2 package. Download the package suited for your distro from these links and install it.

New OpenShot Version Out, Brings 33 New Video & Audio Effects

Openshot, the great new Linux non-linear video editor (which we covered here, at Web Upd8 a while ago) released a new version, 0.9.42, which includes 33 video & audio effects (30 video and 3 audio) and a preview window ehich allows you to view any changes before applying.

openshot 0.9.42

Also, a new PPA for Ubuntu users has been set up starting today. To add it, run the following commands in a terminal:

Download Paragon Partition Manager 10 For Free - Today Only!

Normally $39.95, Paragon Software's Partition Manager 10.0 Personal can be yours absolutely free. Today only. From software-freebie site Giveaway of the Day.

If you haven't visited the site before, here's how it works: You've got until midnight tonight (ET) to download and install the software. Other than that, there are absolutely no strings attached.

New features in Paragon Partition Manager 10:

Mount iPhone / iPod Touch in Ubuntu [How-to]

To mount an Apple iPhone / iPod Touch to your Ubuntu computer, connect the cable via an USB cable to your computer and follow the steps below:

1. Add the following repository

Open a terminal and paste this:
sudo sh -c "echo 'deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/jonabeck/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main' >> /etc/apt/sources.list"

For any other version, simply replace the jaunty by the respective version name (hardy, intrepid or karmic).

Alternatively, Ubuntu Karmic users can run this instead of the command above:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jonabeck

2. Add the PPA key using this command:
sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com F0876AC9

3. Install ifuse:
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install ifuse

Once the installation is done, connect your iPhone to your computer via the USB cable.

4 GB Of RAM In Ubuntu 32bit [How-to]

Ubuntu 32bit only supports 3 GB of RAM so if you have 4, only 3 will be used. You can use the 64bit version for all 4GB of RAM memory to work, or follow the instructions in this post to make the 32bit version of Ubuntu to work with 4GB or RAM.

Firstly, please note that to achieve this, you must install the Ubuntu Server Kernel which has Phisical Extencion Address Enabled (PAE) enabled thus allowing Ubuntu to see all 4 GB of RAM. You can also compile the 32 Kernel desktop version yourself, and enable PAE but that's difficult to explain so I'll not cover that :). Once, that was easily done with Kernelcheck, but now kernel.org changed something which made Kernelcheck to stop working. Another solution would be to just install the 64bit Ubuntu.

Warmth Gnome Theme Updated (Also Works On Ubuntu Netbook Remix)

Warmth theme, an amazing Gnome theme which was available in the Incoming Karmic Artwork, wasn't in the proposed community theme pack (oddly). The theme was recently updated:

Warmth gnome ubuntu theme

New Free Translate Tool For Your Website, From Facebook

Facebook announced Translations for Facebook Connect, a new free tool that will help webmasters to translate their websites and web apps to all the languages supported by Facebook — including, of course, Pirate (check out the complete list here).

The technology is based on the same solution Facebook (Facebook) developed for itself when it decided to make the site available in multiple language.

How it works:

Dropbox Available For iPhone

dropbox iphoneDropbox, one of our favorite cross-platform file-syncing tools, has now made its way to the iPhone and iPod touch, complete with offline file viewing.

With this new iPhone app, users will get access to all their Dropbox documents, PDF’s, pictures, videos and much more. Dropbox also introduced offline viewing in the iPhone app, with “Favorites.” If you add a file to your ‘Favorites’, they’ll be accessible at any time. To do so, just hit the star at the bottom of any file, and it’ll be added. Otherwise, your files stay in the cloud.

Install New Tab King 2.1.0 Firefox Addon - Super Powers For Your New Tab Page

New Tab King is a Firefox addon which makes your new tab page somewhat similar to that of Google Chrome. You get instant access to recently closed tabs, personalized suggested sites and even shortcuts to your desktop applications. But the version available at the Mozilla addons website is not the latest version. Take a look at what's different between version 2.0.6b (the default version at addons.mozilla.com) and the latest version, 2.1.0:

The New Freeware Anti-Virus From Microsoft: Security Essentials

Security Essentials

Security Essentials is a new anti-virus and anti-malware program from Microsoft that is lightweight and absolutely free as long as you are running a genuine copy of Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 on your computers.

Microsoft warns that MSE should not be installed alongside any other antimalware application. Indeed, MSE's installer disables Windows Defender completely, which makes sense as it is a sort of superset to Windows Defender. It builds upon Windows Defender by offering both real-time protection and on-demand scanning for all types of malware.

Google Docs Turns Images Into Editable Text (OCR)

Google Docs can now perform OCR to typewritten or printed text, meaning it can turn images into editable text.

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Original imageEditable text (result)

The OCR feature in Google Docs is not part of the standard UI yet but you can use this sample form to upload scanned images to your Google Account and the server will automatically try to extract text from these images provided the image resolution is good and that the text inside images is written using Latin character sets.

[via labnol.org]

Another Way Of Disabling Your Recent Documents In Gnome

We wrote about disabling your Recent Documents in Gnome using a little trick but that doesn't work if using BleachBit for instance, because it deletes the .recently-used.xbel folder so the recent documents will be displayed again. So to solve this, here is what to do:

Install Amarok 2.2 In Ubuntu Jaunty and Fedora

Amarok 2.2 was released a few days ago. For complete changelog, visit this page.

amarok 2.2 ubuntu

I loved Amarok 1.4 and even used it in Gnome. Then, I really hated all the 2.x series until this 2.2. It's kind of slow, but it finally looks like a real music player and reminds me why I liked Amarok so much. I'm currently using it in Ubuntu Jaunty and since there are only .deb files for Ubuntu Karmic posted on the announcement download link (actually those are for version 2.2 beta), I thought I'd let you know how to install it in Ubuntu Jaunty.

Installing Amarok 2.2 In Ubuntu Jaunty

Glest: Real Time Strategy Game For Windows and Linux [FREE]

Glest is a free 3D real-time strategy game for Windows and Linux, where you control the armies of two different factions: Tech, which is mainly composed of warriors and mechanical devices, and Magic, that prefers mages and summoned creatures in the battlefield.

Video & Screenshots:

Glest pantalla ingame screenGlest pantalla ingame screen
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Automatic NASA Astronomy Wallpaper [Linux]

nasa wallpaper
(more examples: here, here, here)

If you enjoyed the real-time Earth wallpaper, you're going to like this one too: this is also a script (but a more advanced one) which changes automatically changes your wallpaper with a random picture from NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day Archive.

The script automatically downloads the image and sets it as your wallpaper so after running the script, you don't have to do anything else.

For the script to automatically change your wallpaper every time you power-up your computer and boot into Linux, go to System > Administration > Startup Applications, click "Add", in the "Name" field enter whatever you want and in the "Command" field, enter the full path to the downloaded script (link at the end of the post).

Ubuntu Kernel PPA

We've seen an application called KernelCheck to automatically compile and install the latest Kernel in Ubuntu but here is an even easier way to do this.

Go to Ubuntu Kernel PPA and download the .DEB files for the Kernel version you want to upgrade. Yes, it's as simple as that. There is of course, a delay until the Kernel is packed into .DEB packages, but for instance, right now on Kernel.org (off topic: who else thinks the kernel.org website seriously needs a redesign?), the latest stable version is while on the Ubuntu Kernel PPA, the latest stable version is 2.6.31 (the unstable versions are the same).

Why would you want to upgrade the Kernel? Because newer Kernel versions come with lots of fixes and more hardware support thus, if you have problems with let's say your audio or video card, this could be solved in the latest Kernel version.

Convert Any Format to MP3 / AVI With Crazy Media Converter [Windows]

Crazy Media Converter is a simple application which converts basically any type of media (almost) to AVI / MP3. This includes: avi, wma, flv, mp4, wav, ogg, aac and so on. It uses ffmpeg to convert media files, so for details, go here.

crazy media converter icon

Paint.NET for Linux: Paint.Mono

A lot of people hate Mono, but if you don't... read on!

Paint.NET is one of the best image editing applications for Windows and it has a version for Linux too, called Paint.Mono (or Mono Paint). According to Miguel de Icaza, most of the features in Paint.NET have been ported over to Paint-Mono, with more to come. Apparently, this should also work on Mac OSX, details HERE.

paint.net linux mono


Download BleachBit 0.6.5 Beta [Linux & Windows]

BleachBit, the open-source CCleaner alternative needs your help for testing version 0.6.5. I'm already using it and find it very stable.

About BleachBit

bleachbit 0.6.5 betaBleachBit quickly frees disk space, removes hidden junk, and easily guards your privacy. Erase cache, delete cookies, clear Internet history, remove unused localizations, shred logs, and delete temporary files. Designed for Linux and Windows systems, it wipes clean over 50 applications including Firefox, Internet Explorer, Flash, Google Chrome, Opera, Safari, Adobe Reader, APT, and more.

Beyond simply deleting files, BleachBit includes advanced features such as shredding files to prevent recovery, wiping free disk space to hide traces of files deleted by other applications, and vacuuming Firefox to make it faster.

It works on both Windows and Linux, it's open source and now portable.

Rotating Ads Using A Simple JavaScript Function

I used an 468 x 60 Adsense banner ad under post titles and wanted to experiment with a large rectangle (336 x 280) to see which one performs better. But page impressions / clicks are not constant so how do you know if one ad or another is actually performing better? Well, you can display each ad on 50% of the pages, randomly and automatically, by using a simple JavaScript trick. The same JavaScript code can also display different ads so you can rotate ads from multiple services. Here is how:

GUI For Configuring Conky

Conky GUI is a graphic editor that aims to quicken the customization of Conky files.

In case you don't know what Conky is, take a look at the "info panel" in the below image:

You can find a lot more Conky screenshots on Google.

Basically, Conky is a free, light-weight system monitor for X, that displays any information on your desktop.

The problem with Conky (for some) is that you have to manually edit the config file with lots of variables, etc. We've seen other ways of easily creating conkyrc files (the Conky configuration file), such as using Conky Colors, but this only allows you to use pre-build Conky configuration files, so if you want to customize everything yourself, you must manually edit the conkyrc file (~/.conkyrc). Here's where Conky GUI comes in.

SSH Server With Dynamic IP Address [How to - Linux]

A few days ago, I wrote an article on how to use your home computer to get past internet restrictions with SSH but I didn't cover the aspect of the computer running the SSH sever not having a static IP. So here is how to use DynDNS hostname for your dynamic IP.

The first thing you need to do is create an https://dyndns.com/ account and then go to My account > My hosts > add a dynamic dns and pick some hostname such as myhomepc.homelinux.com or whatever you want. This will point to your current IP but if your IP is dynamic, it will change so we need to update this info in DynDNS automatically.

For this, we'll create a script in your /etc/cron.hourly/ folder:

sudo gedit /etc/cron.hourly/dyndns

There are 2 different versions for this script: bash and python, use whichever you want from below, but make sure the file name is dyndns without extension (no .py) because the scripts in cron.hourly won't run if they have an extension:

Install Inkscape 0.47 Pre3 In Ubuntu Linux

Inkscape is an Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format.

inkscape 0.47 pre3

Inkscape 0.47 pre release has been available for quite some time, but the repository I wrote about back than seems to be broken now. Also, that repository was only updated to pre-release 2 while Inkscape now reached pre-release 3. There is another repository you can use to install this new pre-release version of Inskape, just follow the steps below to add it:

Create Amazing Panoramic Images with Hugin [ Windows, Linux, Mac OS X ]

Hugin is a cross-platform program to create panoramic images by using multiple photos.

What are panoramic images? Take a look at the images below - pictures created with Hugin:

panoramic imagepanoramic image
panoramic airplanepanoramic beach airplane

(Image credits: Manυ, gadl @ flickr)

Device Doctor: Windows Application Which Scans And Updates All Your Drivers [Freeware]

device doctor windowsDevice Doctor is a freeware Windows application that scans your computer hardware and checks to see if there are new driver updates available for your devices. It also locates drivers for "unidentified devices" in the Windows Device Manager.

Device Doctor mixes update notifications of devices like video cards, sound cards or network cards with internal device driver updates like those for standard dual channel PCI controllers or a plug and play monitor.

To use it, just click on 'Begin Scan' to detect your hardware; Device Doctor queries our manufacturer driver database and immediately fetches the correct driver files for your computer. A really useful feature is that you can use it offline: scan results can be saved and then moved to a computer with an internet connection and download the drivers there.

Device Doctor features:

Highly Customizable Related Posts with Thumbnails for Blogger

Related Posts with Thumbnails for Blogger

Related Posts with Thumbnails for Blogger is a widget very similar to LinkWithin script but very customizable:

  • maximum number of related posts - you can choose how many related posts to be displayed
  • title of the widget - you can change the "Related posts" title to whatever you like
  • JavaScript hosted on Google Code website so it loads very fast
  • change colors and everything else by using CSS

For more info and instructions on how to add this widget to your Blogger template, see the article on BloggerPlugins.

Firefox Tab History Menu Extension

tab history firefox addon

Tab History Menu is a Firefox add-on which gives you access to the history of a tab, by clicking on it. Basically, you get a list with all the pages you've visited within that tab and you can either go back to that page or open it in a new tab, by clicking the middle mouse button (wheel).

I find this Firefox extension very useful, especially because you can remove the back and forward buttons from your toolbar to make some room. This, with some other tweaks would allow you to create the ultimate minimal Firefox window, especially good for laptops and netbooks.

Karmic Koala News: Pidgin In This Morning Updates, Software Store Finally Renamed

I did an upgrade on my Ubuntu Karmic Koala installation and Pidgin came up in the updates. Something must have happened with Empathy which should have been the defaul. Please note that I never installed pidgin-notify or Pidgin, and this is a fresh install so there would be no reason for Pidgin to be in the updates except if they decided to put it back as default.


It seems it could be a packaging bug, an Ubuntu developer says:

Pretty sure this is actually a packaging bug. libpurple0 (used in empathy) gained a Recommends for pidgin-libnotify which depends on pidgin. Since we install Recommends by default now...

ubuntu software center screenshot

And the second news: A new name for "Software Store" has been the most discussed 'idea' in Ubuntu Brainstorm, basically because "store" would mean to buy software, while using the "Software Store", you don't buy anything (at least for now, I've heard a few things about a real "Software Store" in the future). Well, Mark Shuttleworth finally accepted to rename the "Software Store" to "Software Center" ("Software Centre" in UK English). You can track the progress, HERE.

Jaangle: Excellent Windows Music Player

JaangleJaangle is a free media/music player for Windows which, besides the normal audio player capabilities, offers online integration (automatically downloads and displays artist information and artwork from the net) as well as integrated audio tag editing for every imaginable audio format. Jaangle and foobar2000 are the only Windows music players that come close to my favourite Linux player, gMusicBrowser and it's my favourite Windows music player, for now anyway!

The application downloads free information from the Internet that music fans will appreciate, including artist photos, album covers, song lyrics, music tablatures, album reviews, and artist biographies. For example, if you right-click on an artist in the library and then select "LastFM - load picture," it will download an additional free artist picture (if available) each time it is clicked, turning the relevant photo into a slide show. Apart from playing most of the common music formats Jaangle will also play some video formats with the possibility that in the future .flv files will be included.

Blood Frontier: New Free First-Person Shooter Game [Open Source, Cross-Platform]

blood frontier

Blood Frontier is a free and open source single and multi-player first-person shooter game built on a complete remake of Cube Engine 2, which lends itself toward a balanced gameplay, completely at the control of map makers, while maintaining a general theme of tactics and low gravity.

The game uses SDL and OpenGL which allows it to be ported to many platforms, therefore it works on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.

The game is still in it's first Beta, therefore you must not expect any graphical wonders from it. Visuals are sufficient, but not mind-blowing. Our main point of interest is – especially in this phase – gameplay.

Although there’s still a long way ahead, Blood Frontier has great ambition. The experience available today is just a fraction of the total envisioned picture. In the future, Blood Frontier has also planned on deepening out other playing modes, as well as a complete single-player campaign.

Blood Frontier Features:

[Ubuntu Karmic Koala Artwork Update] New Wallpapers, GDM Theme

Like I told you in the Ubuntu Karmic Koala (Almost) Final Artwork post, there are still updates to come.

The last one: new default wallpaper and lots of new wallpapers (people were complaining about only one new wallpaper - the automatic changing Cosmos wallpaper - well, now they have lots of new wallpapers to choose from).

The default wallpaper:

New Linux-Powered Mobile Phone By Samsung

limo linuxSamsung, the world's second largest mobile phones manufacturer, has announced its first LiMo (an open-source, Linux-based OS for mobile devices) Based H1 mobile phone, in association with Vodafone on the Vodafone UK network.

The touchscreen device will be available only in the UK (for now at least), following an agreement between Samsung and mobile operator Vodafone (sorry, no screenshots for now).

The Vodafone 360 H1 by Samsung delivers an ultra brilliant 3.5” WVGA AMOLED display and a wide range of superb features as well as the exclusive Vodafone 360 service. Equipped with fast HSDPA at 7.2 mbps and Wifi connectivity, the phone provides easy access to social network sites through the customized user interface. It also brings advanced multimedia features such as 5 MP camera, HD video capability and media player supporting various codecs for ease-of-use. Moreover, the Vodafone 360 H1 by Samsung offers GPS navigation and 16GB internal memory with micro SD slot (up to 16GB).

Blaze: The Smartest Application Launcher For Windows [ Open Source ]


Blaze is an application launcher, like Launchy or Gnome Do, for Windows only, but unlike thouse 2, Blaze is not a common application launcher. Yes, Blaze has the ability to index all your applications so you can easily launch them and it also allows to browse the web and the files on your computer.

But - and here is where the interesting part comes in - Blaze has the power to automate recurrent tasks. Here is how it works: Blaze watches silently in the background, waiting to observe you performing repetitive tasks. When it spots something, Blaze will alert you and offer to create an action to handle the task next time.

Notepad Alternative Which Synchronizes Your Notes With Google Docs

Nocs is a free and open-source Notepad alternative that uses Spreadsheets API to upload and synchronize text documents with Google Docs (Windows only). This allows quick editing regardless of user or physical location.



* all the basic functionality of the Windows Notepad
* login with a Google account
* change the Google account on-the-fly
* encrypt your documents
* auto-save after a specified timeout
* find & replace with regular expressions

Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx Schedule

Ubuntu 10.04, cod name Lucid Lynx (which will be a LTS (Long Term Support) release), schedule has been announced:

- December 3, 2009. Alpha 1
- January 7, 2010. Alpha 2
- February 4, 2010. Alpha 3
- March 4, 2010. Beta 1
- April 1, 2010. Beta 2
- April 15, 2010. Release Candidate.
- April 29, 2010. Final Version.

[via Ubuntu Life]

Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala Final Artwork [Screenshots]

Today is Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala artwork deadline which means all the artwork will remain unchanged from now on, until Karmic is released. There have been a lot of updates today, so let's take a look at how Ubuntu Kamic Koala will look like.

I'll begin with the end :) meaning the log-out screen which I saw as soon as I updated and wanted to restart Karmic Alpha 6:

karmic shutdown logo

The Human theme has been updated, and it's now a darker brown (slightly red i'd say):

Gnome 2.28 Released - See What's New

The new version of GNOME 2.28 has been released (complete release notes).

Many people were saying Gnome 2.28 will be the last version of the 2.x series. That's partially not true: the development doesn't stop with GNOME 2.28. Work has already begun on GNOME 2.30, due to be released exactly six months after 2.28. It's just uncertain if GNOME 2.30 (to be released in March 2010) or GNOME 2.32 (scheduled for September 2010) will become GNOME 3.0 will be made in early November 2009.

Now, let's take a look at some changes / improvements / new additions in Gnome 2.28:

- A preview of GNOME Shell is available in Gnome 2.28. The standard Metacity window manager can be replaced with Gnome Shell using the desktop effects screen or by running gnome-shell --replace from a terminal window:

Use Your Home Computer To Get Past Internet Restrictions With SSH

At work or school, some ports are usually blocked and you cannot use a lot of applications such as BitTorrents, cannot access some websites, etc. Here's is how to get passed that using your home computer and SSH.

1. Install open ssh server on your home machine and leave it connected to internet.

In Ubuntu, open a terminal and:
sudo apt-get install openssh-server openssh-client

To start the server:
sudo /etc/init.d/ssh start

and to stop it:
sudo /etc/init.d/ssh stop

Microsoft To Bring Silverlight To Moblin Linux

Microsoft has announced plans to bring its Silverlight technology to Moblin Linux. This is the first time the company has mentioned anything about Silverlight running on any Linux distribution. Up until now the only way to access Silverlight content including web video and interactive web media on a Linux system was to use Moonlight, an open-source implementation of Silverlight developed by Novell and Microsoft.

Google 'Chromifies' Internet Explorer With Google Chrome Frame

Google launched Google Chrome Frame, which operates within IE but gives users the Chrome experience. Well, officially, it’s “an open source plug-in that brings HTML5 and other open web technologies to Internet Explorer.”

Quick Tip: Listen to 4000+ Radio Stations in VLC

VLC has yet another hidden feature I just discovered (others might know it, I didn't...). You can listen to 4000+ radio stations without installing any additional software, by just using VLC. Here is how:

First thing: make sure you have the latest VLC version installed. If now: download it from HERE | How to install it in Ubuntu

Then, go to Media > Services Discovery > Shoutcast radio listings:

vlc enable radio stations

Then go to View > Playlist and click on "Shoutcast radio listings" on the left. You should then see a bunch of music genres:

vlc radio

Double click one and you'll see all the radio stations for that genre.

Oh, and there's also a search function (obviously).

Google Launches Global Comment System: Sidewiki

Google launched a new project, Google Sidewiki, which integrates into Google Toolbar. Users with Google Toolbar + Sidewiki can add their own opinions to the discussion of specific web pages. While there are a range of products that already do this sort of thing, Google differentiates with its algorithm.

Google’s explanation of the technology is actually quite succinct, so here is their explanation on the Google Blog:

“In developing Sidewiki, we wanted to make sure that you’ll see the most relevant entries first. We worked hard from the beginning to figure out which ones should appear on top and how to best order them. So instead of displaying the most recent entries first, we rank Sidewiki entries using an algorithm that promotes the most useful, high-quality entries. It takes into account feedback from you and other users, previous entries made by the same author and many other signals we developed.”

Change Ctrl + Alt + Delete Behavior To Open System Monitor, in Gnome [ Linux ]

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Actually, I've written this post before (quite a few months ago) but then deleted it because it didn't work. In the mean time, I found out why, so I decided to post it again. I find pressing Control + Alt + Delete to open up System Monitor to be very useful, especially for Windows users who are used to it and may actually press this quite a few times before realizing it doesn't do anything or what it does in Windows. Using System Monitor, you can preview all running processes, end or kill them, see how much CPU a process is using, CPU + memory + network history, available disk space and even change how much CPU a process should use.

There are 2 ways of changing Ctrl + Alt + Delete behavior to open System Monitor: one if you are running Compiz, and one for Metacity, only to use if you are not running Compiz.

Step 1: This is actually very important: go to System > Preferences > Keyboard shortcurs and search for any command which already has Ctrl + Alt + Delete set as a shortcut and change it's shortcut. If you don't change this, it will not work! If you want to use the "Del" ("keypad .") button instead of "Delete", search for that and also make sure there's no shorcut set for it.

Once you complete step 1, we can proceed.

Download Windows Live Messenger Uninstaller (WLMUninstaller)

windows live messenger uninstaller

Tired of trying to uninstall Windows Live Messenger / MSN Messenger? If so, you should definetly try WLMUninstaller, a free application which allows you to quickly uninstall Windows Live Messenger (WLM) 2009, 8.5 and 8 (I believe it actually works for any WLM version).

It works very simply but effective: after running Windows Live Messenger Uninstaller, it detects the version of WLM you have installed and by simply pressing the uninstall butyon, the removal begins. Not much to say about this application but it will help a lot of people for sure, because WLM simply refuses to uninstall.

The application is portable, Works on Windows XP and Vista and you can download it from HERE.

Download Paint.NET 3.5 Beta 1

Paint.NET has been updated to version 3.5 Beta 1, this being the first Paint.NET to require version 3.5 of the .net framework. This new version adds a refreshed UI designed to look great on Windows Vista and Windows 7 Aero / Glass together with new filters, initial Windows 7 taskbar integration (recent items are listed in the jumplist), reduced memory usage and a host of fixes and updates.


Mozilla Thunderbird 3 Beta 4 Released

mozilla thunderbird logoMozilla has released a new preview version of their desktop email application in the form of Thunderbird 3 Beta 4, adding a new email search, smart folders, and more.

Most notable improvements:

New Search with Advanced Filtering Tools: Search results now include advanced filtering tools. You have the option to filter your results by sender, tag, attachments, people, folder, and mailing list. You can also filter your email using the timeline tool.

Smart Folders: The folder pane offers a Smart Folders mode which combines special mailboxes, like Inbox, from multiple accounts. Smart Folders is now on by default.

Improved Gmail Integration: Better recognition and integration of Gmail's special folders such as Sent and Trash including non-English versions of Gmail. Thunderbird also uses All Mail as the Archives folder.

Complete release notes | Download Mozilla Thunderbird Beta 4

Portable Application For Basic Text Editing, To Do Lists, RSS Reading, and More [ Windows, Linux ]

Makagiga is a free, easy-to-use, cross-platform java application for doing a variety of tasks, such as text editing, todo listing, RSS reading, and simple image viewing. Plugins are used to implement its various capabilities. It can perform file import/export, backing up files, Internet searching (Google, Wikipedia), and more.

Twitter Auto-Follow Script To Run On Your Own Server

In the 10 code snippets to interact with Twitter by CatsWhoCode, I found an interesting PHP script which can be used to auto-follow people on Twitter, based on a certain term.

The script runs out of the box with no need of PHP knowledge, and all you have to do is edit the $user, $pass and $term variables. Obviously, the first 2 are for your username and password and $term is the term to search in the users timeline and whoever mentions this term, will be followed by you.

Here is the script:

Delete Files Securely In Nautilus [ Linux ]

When you delete a file, you are not really deleting it from your had drive. All the system does if free up the space occupied by that file to make room for other files and until that space is filled with new data, the files you tried to delete are actually still stored on your hard disk and can be recovered.

In this article, I am going to tell you how to delete files for ever (almost) in Nautilus using a command-line tool and also, how to add this functionality to Nautilus, when right clicking a file / folder. First, I would like to thank Gnome Tips for their Shred article.

Multiple Sessions in Firefox with CookiePie

Internet Explorer for instance, allows you to use a new session so that you can log in to the same service with multiple accounts - which is great for Gmail, Yahoo and so on. Unfortunately, Firefox doesn't have this feature implemented for now. But there is a Firefox extension called CookiePie which enables something close to this "new session" feature.

cookiepie firefox

Using CookiePie, you can right click a tab, select "Toggle On/Off CookiePie" and when you turn it on, you can basically log in to a website to which you are already logged in, into the same Firefox window.

Linux Game Repository With a GUI: DJL

djl main gui

Djl is an open-source (GPL licensed) game manager written in Python 2.5 for the GNU/Linux Operating Systems, inspired by Valve's Steam software for Windows for which anyone can submit games, via THIS page.

The application is an interface to a repository which is continuously updated, and has lots of games. Basically, it's kind of like a PlayDeb with a GUI (please note that it does not use the PlayDeb repository, in fact it has nothing to do with it, I just gave it as an example). Djl displays information about the games in it's repository, screenshots and it also allows you to install the games with a simple click.

DJL also comes with a built-in chat so you can talk to other DJL users and perhaps invite them play some games.

Installing DJL

OpenDisc: Open Source Software Collection For Windows [ISO]

OpenDisc is an amazing collection of open source software for Windows, which comes with a front-end for easy installing and learning about these application. The software collection comes on a DVD (.iso image - aprox. 825 mb in size) and consists of six different software categories: Design, Games, Multimedia, Internet, Utilities and Productivity.

The two main goals of the project are:

  • To provide a free alternative to costly software, with equal or often better quality equivalents to proprietary, shareware or freeware software for Microsoft Windows.
  • To educate users of Linux as an operating system for home, business and educational use.

OpenDisc comes with the following open-source applications:

Quick Tip: Check Gmail From Command Line [ Linux & Mac OS X ]

Using the following command, you can check your unread messages in Gmail, via a simple terminal:

curl -u username:password --silent "https://mail.google.com/mail/feed/atom" | perl -ne 'print "\t" if /<name>/; print "$2\n" if /<(title|name)>(.*)<\/\1>/;'

For other very useful Linux commands (some also work on Mac OS X), visit THIS and THIS post.

[via commandlinefu]

Perform Google, Twitter, Bing And Yahoo Searches Through Your IM Client

search bot

Sbot is a bot created by Tech Bangalore that lets you search Google, Twitter, Bing and Yahoo from within your instant messenger window. To use it, all you have to do is add a bot to your GTalk, Yahoo or Windows Live Messenger:

Google Talk – sbot@bot.im
Yahoo Messenger – searchbot@ymail.com
Windows Live Messenger - searchbot@live.com

Then open a chat window with Sbot and start searching:

New Software Updates Notifier For Windows: CNET TechTracker

We can add another great application for updating most of you installed application (in Windows) to our automatic software updater list.

To install the new CNET TechTracker, you must go to it's webpage, create an account and then you'll be able to download the application.

After successfully setting it up, CNET TechTracker will scan your computer for installed software. Once the scan is complete, a web page will open displaying your results:

Real Time Globe Wallpaper For Windows

A lot of people loved the real-time Earth (Globe) wallpaper for Linux and probably some might have wanted to use that on Windows too. Well, there is an application for Windows which does just that. Read on!

real time globe wallpaper windows

Desktop Earth is a free, high-resolution wallpaper generator of accurate representation of the Earth. The image is based on NASA's Blue Marble Next and Earth's City Lights.

Day and night is accurately represented depending on the Sun's overhead position (which depends on both the time of day and the day of the year) and both the snow cover and the foliage changes with the seasons. Although the cloud cover only renews itself every 3 hours, you might be able to find a server faster than those built into the Desktop Earth and apply this for quicker generation. The illuminated surface of the Earth updates every minute though, so it's great for finding out where the Sun is concentrated at any given moment.

Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala Can Boot in 5 Seconds From An SSD

Remember the Ubuntu Karmic Koala goal, to boot in 10 seconds? In an Arstechnica post, we are presented with a boot chart from Canonical external developer relations coordinator Jorge Castro which is simply astonishing: the computer start up in just 5 seconds, with Xorg coming up in just 2 seconds, while for normal computers, this is done in 20-25 seconds.

Even though this is done by using an SSD (solid state drive), it's nonetheless a great achievement. Read the whole ArsTechnica article, HERE.

You may also want to read about creating your own boot chart.

Urban Terror: One Of The Best Free FPS Games [ Windows, Linux, Mac OS X ]

Urban Terror™ is a free-to-play multiplayer first person shooter game for for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. It's a mod for Quake 3 Arena but it doesn't require it anymore, as it can run on ioquake3. Unfortunately Urban Terror is closed source, even though ioquake3 is under a GPL license, but that doesn't mean you can't play it.

Urban Terror can be described as a Hollywood tactical shooter; somewhat realism based, but the motto is "fun over realism". This results in a very unique, enjoyable and addictive game.

Gameplay features:

* The weapons available are from real life.
* The weapons have recoil.
* The weapons are less accurate when fired while moving (called movement penalty).
* The weapons require reloading after a magazine has been expended. Reloading before a magazine is expended will result in the loss of the remaining rounds in the magazine.
* Falling from a sufficient height causes damage, and possibly death.
* Wounds cause bleeding, which must be bandaged to prevent the player from bleeding out.
* Sprinting and jumping drain stamina

Facebook "ReTweet" (Share) Button

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Do you know the "Retweet" button for Twitter which is displayd everywhere on web pages / blogs? We have that here, at Web Upd8 too (look below the post title). Well, now there is a button like that for Facebook too.

Facebook Sharecount is the name of this new service inspired, obviously, by Tweetmeme ReTweetbutton, but with a somewhat different functionality: it displays the number of shares and on hover the total number of clicks for those shares, displaying the Facebook logo when 0 shares.

How To Install And Configure Tint2 Using a GUI [ Panel / Taskbar for Linux ]

1. Introduction

Tint2 is a lightweight panel/taskbar intentionally made for Openbox3, but should also work with other window managers such as Gnome.


Tint2 features:

* panel with taskbar, systray, clock and battery status
* easy to customize : color/transparency on font, icon, border and background
* pager like capability : send task from one workspace to another, switch workspace
* multi-monitor capability : one panel per monitor, show task from current monitor
* customize mouse event
* window manager's menu

Tint2 is very configurable, like I told you above, but this is done via config files meaning you have to use a text editor for customizing basically... everything, which might confuse 'non-geeks', but we will cover a way to do all the configuring via a GUI tool, so keep reading.

An Easy Way To Install Gnome Shell

Gnome Shell consists of two big parts: the panel and overlay. The panel part is pretty much obvious - system tray, user name, and clock stuff and the activities button which activates the overlay -, and about the "overlay", well, take a look at this screenshot:

gnome shell overlay

Basically, it allows the user to concentrate on switching to a new activity by opening new applications, documents, or both. It displays all the current user workspaces and open windows and facilitates organizing them.

Here is also a video with Gnome Shell in action:

So far, the Gnome Shell installation was quite time-consuming, so most people didn't try it until now. With time, however, this has changed, and you can install it by running a script. Here is how:

Start Using Microsoft Office Web Apps Right Away

"Office Web Apps", created by Microsoft will include online versions of Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint and you will be able to access it via any web browser. This new Microsoft product should be available once Microsoft Office 2010 is out but you can already use the Technical Preview. Here is how:

Rhythmbox 0.12.5 Released [Ubuntu .deb Download]

Rhythmbox 0.12.5 was released yesterday, bringing mostly bug fixes, but also 3 notable improvements:

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