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better screenshots in ubuntu ... shutter or something like skitch

I don't often have envy of other people's OS. However a friend of mine is using Skitch which allows him to take snapshots of his desktop easily and then annotate them of mark them up. That is much easier, than my efforts opening the file up in Gimp or OpenOffice , which I enjoy a lot. Sometimes however it's nice to just be able to do things quickly.

chandler events in the gnome panel clock with running evolution

Well, I'm still running Linux. My desktop is filled with all the glory of Gnome along with the clock applet in the panel. That panel has some great integration with the Evolution email client.

That is great if you are running Evolution, but I've given up on it in favor of Thunderbird a while back. I'm also running Chandler for my calendaring and todo needs.

The trouble is that the Gnome clock applet doesn't shot my appointments and such.

Well, as it turns out, there is a way to get Chandler events to show up in the Gnome clock applet.

Ubuntu Jaunty 9.04 and the ASUS eeepc 1000HE

So, I have finally decided to downsize my computing footprint and my boss was kind enough to replace my aging and well worn Toshiba laptop with a ASUS Eee PC 1000HE 10-Inch Netbook.

Since I've been running Ubuntu everywhere and the newest version of Ubuntu is offering a Netbook Remix.

The good news? It works almost 100% out of the box. Suspend and resume, volume control etc, it all worked.

owl and zend errors

At home I use OWL as as document management system. It works pretty well (although I would love the ability to copy stuff to it via CLI) and I found that there was a much newer version available. I normally don't freak out too much about the versions of that tool, since it's isolated inside the network, but I figured 4 versions was a good enough jump to warrant the upgrade.

The upgrade is pretty straight forward:

  1. unzip new version next to old
  2. edit the config.php file

easy steps to get remote scanning working in ubuntu

I have multifunction device, which is connected to one of the Linux boxes in the house. Every once in a while I want to scan something and it's really nice to be able to do so from all of the Linux boxes in the house. Fortunately sane supports that via the saned program.

I just ran into a problem with permissions and figured I'd remind myself how to get this working. So here are the steps.

vista print sharing is forgiving of the unknown user

There is a Vista box in the basement. I've babbled about it before. Well this time I found something rather odd about how Vista deals with smbclient. I was trying to setup a printer connected to the Vista box. The idea was to simply share it out further via a CUPS server. That of course is where it got interesting.

I was continually getting an error that featured the following:


I thought this odd since I had followed the suggested guidelines to make the printer shared without password.

Flashing a Vaio

Sony in it's infinite wisdom has decided to make updates for my Sony Vaio VGN-BX560B available as a Windows only executable. Unfortunately, I don't have Windows on the laptop, since I'm running Ubuntu almost exclusively right now. A lot of googling suggests that I'm not the only one who's had that trouble. I even tried finding a BIOS update right from Phoenix, but that didn't turn up anything.

perl out sorts sort

Once again, I found myself needing to sort a bunch of data, but this time from within a perl script written by a friend, which I was augmenting. The script was doing some ssh magic to retrieve a lot of data from several servers and building a 100+ MB file for each box. That is the data I was needing to sort. Since I was already using backticks for the SSH I considered using that to also sort the data. "But wait!" I thought. "maybe I should just use the Perl provided sort function". I decided to let performance be my guide.


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