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14 Ago/10

Backup your Linux desktop with Simple Backup

Backup your Linux desktop with Simple Backup

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); There are tons of possible backup solutions for the Linux desktop (and/or server). I have covered a number of possible solutions here on Ghacks. One of my favorite (and the one I use most often) is Luckybackup (see my article “Luckybackup: Linux backup made easy“), but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of really good solutions. One of these solutions (and one that really lives up to its name) is Simple...

13 Ago/10

Sync your Evolution contacts with UbuntuOne

Sync your Evolution contacts with UbuntuOne

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); How many machines do you have? How many contacts do you have? How many machines do you try to keep your contacts in sync on? There are a lot of ways to do this. You could copy those contacts on a flash drive and move them back and forth, making sure you add the new ones when you make any changes. But that is far more complicated than it need be. OR you can use a contact syncing tool to make this process automatic. One such tool...

10 Ago/10

Even more GNOME keyboard shortcuts

Even more GNOME keyboard shortcuts

Well all strive to make our desktop as efficient as possible. Whether you’re a coder who wants nothing more than to never remove your fingers from the keyboard, or if you’re a writer who wants to use the mouse only when necessary, there are so many ways to make this happen. One of the easiest ways is to use keyboard shortcuts. I’ve already touched on this subject in my article “Handy GNOME keyboard shortcuts” and I’ve demonstrated how to create custom...




9 Ago/10

Open Validator, Website Validation Software

Open Validator, Website Validation Software

A part of a webmaster’s routine is the validation of markup languages on managed websites, to make sure that the websites are displayed correctly and uniformly in web browsers. An online tool that many webmasters use is W3C Validator, which can verify the markup of a single web page, and display errors that it encounters. Webmasters with larger projects may want to use a software that can perform these validations on all pages of a website. Open Validator, the web conformance tool,...

8 Ago/10

Use Top Shelf to keep track of what you are working on

Use Top Shelf to keep track of what you are working on

As a writer one of the most important things for me is to keep organized. This may seem like a fairly simple task, but when you are doing everything from researching a topic to piecing together a much larger work, having fast access to all of the particular documents you are working on can make the difference between efficient work and a catastrophe. There are many ways to keep yourself organized. I’ve seen writers keep spreadsheets, use tools like Basket or OneNote, scratch...

5 Ago/10

On Google Wave and “Failed” Experiments

On Google Wave and “Failed” Experiments

Yesterday while I was on the air with Jeff and Leo recording TWiG, Google announced that they are halting development on Wave. The webapp will be available till the end of the year–with mechanisms to export your current wave data–and the code will remain open source. As the author of the first user guide on Wave, I spent this morning doing interviews with tech journalists about what this all means. Here are some questions I got asked, and answers I offered. What do you think...

31 Lug/10

Install KDE on Fedora 13

Install KDE on Fedora 13

If you downloaded and installed Fedora 13,  most likely you are using the GNOME desktop. If you’ve been reading me here on Ghacks long enough then you know I am fairly partial to the GNOME desktop. That doesn’t mean I feel KDE should get the cold shoulder. In fact, the latest iterations of KDE have made AMAZING strides in reaching (and nearly surpassing) GNOME in stability and speed. Because of this I have started a new “push” to cover the KDE desktop. But in...

30 Lug/10

Creating self-signed certificates with gnoMINT

Creating self-signed certificates with gnoMINT

I do a lot of work with Linux servers. Many of those servers are either web or mail that require the use of a signed certificate for authentication. In some of these cases a CA authorized certificate is necessary. In other cases though a self-signed certificate can be used. I can generate a self-signed certificate by command line pretty easily…but not everyone wants to take the time to learn how to do this. For those that want to ease of a user-friendly GUI tool to generate their...

25 Lug/10

Collaborate with Abiword

Collaborate with Abiword

Collaboration is a key component to working in a business or on a team. There are so many ways to collaborate on a project: Google Docs, Online Whiteboards, Chatting, CMS tools, and many more. One tool, though, has a bit of a different approach. This tool is built into the open source document writer Abiword. We’ve covered Abiword a bit here on Ghacks (for a sample of this content check out my article “Abiword: A lean word processing machine”), but we have yet to touch...

22 Lug/10

JPEG View, Fast Windows Image Viewer

JPEG View, Fast Windows Image Viewer

Many free and commercial image viewers are available for the Windows operating system. Windows ships for instance with the Windows Photo Viewer, an ok but not brilliant image viewer. Free alternatives include FastStone Image Viewer, XnView or Irfanview, commercial ones the excellent Fast Picture Viewer. JPEG View is a free Open source alternative. It can, despite its name open several image formats including JPEG, PNG, TIFF or Gif. The photo viewer sports a minimalistic design that hides...

21 Lug/10

Clipbox Stores Multiple Clipboard Entries

Clipbox Stores Multiple Clipboard Entries

If there is one thing that’s not so great about the Windows Clipboard, then its the fact that it only stores one entry at a time. New entries automatically replace the old entries, which can result in lots of copying and pasting if multiple items need to be pasted. Clipbox is a barebones clipboard extender that can store up to two thousand different entries with the possibility to increase that number further by editing the ini file in the same directory as the program executable....

21 Lug/10

Tweak Nautilus to better suit your needs

Tweak Nautilus to better suit your needs

If there’s one thing that Linux has it’s flexibility. And this is true from the top down; from the desktop environment all the way down to the kernel. One area that offers a lot of tweaks, one that most new users aren’t used to being able to tweak, is the file manager. This is true for both the GNOME file manager and the KDE file manager. The GNOME file manager is Nautilus. I’ve written about it before here on Ghacks (see Nautilus-related content on Ghacks) and...

20 Lug/10

True Crypt 7.0, Adds Hardware Acceleration, Auto-Mounting

True Crypt 7.0, Adds Hardware Acceleration, Auto-Mounting

A new version of the encryption software TrueCrypt 7.0 has been released yesterday, as usual for Windows, Mac and Linux systems. The jump from version 6.3a to 7.0 is more than justified by the new feature additions in TrueCrypt 7.0. True Crypt now supports hardware acceleration; By default, hardware accelerated AES on computers that have a an Intel Core i7 or Core i5 processor where the Intel AES-NI instructions are available. Currently, only Intel Gulftown, Intel Clarkdale and Intel Arrandale...

15 Lug/10

Alternative desktops: Fvwm

Alternative desktops: Fvwm

This time around, in our Alternative desktops series, we’re going seriously old-school Linux with Fvwm. Although using Fvwm will make you feel like you’ve gone back in time, it still has it’s place in today’s world. Where speed and simplicity are the single most important desire on a desktop, you really can’t go wrong with Fvwm. The only problem with this wonderful little desktop is getting used to the configuration. Fvwm will make you feel like you are using...

11 Lug/10

Run Compiz with Xfce4

Run Compiz with Xfce4

So you’re enjoy the series on Xfce4. What’s more, you’re enjoying Xfce4 itself! It’s a fantastic desktop environment that should get far more attention than it does. And because Xfce 4 is so lightweight, you might get the idea that you could easily add more to it and hardly feel the hit. You are very correct with that though. In fact, you could add, say , Compiz (and Emerald) into the mix and hardly notice. But why would you do that? Because you can. That’s...

7 Lug/10

Installing and using Xfce 4

Installing and using Xfce 4

I don’t spend much time, or give much love to the other Linux desktops here on Ghacks. Well that’s going to change. In the next few weeks I am going to focus on some of the “other” window managers…not just “introductory” articles, but usability articles and more. I am going to start by showing how to install and start using Xfce 4. I have already introduced this lightweight window manager way back in my article “Get to know Linux: Xfce 4“....

4 Lug/10

100 % free Linux distributions

100 % free Linux distributions

On this, July 4, 2010, the day the United States celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence, I thought I would take a moment to celebrate that same day with a toast to those Linux distributions that shirk all non-free software. This means EVERYTHING on these distributions is protected under, at least, the GPL. There aren’t tons of these distributions and some of them are threatened, daily, to disappear from lack of support. So it is my honor to hopefully introduce...

2 Lug/10

Manage your tasks in Linux

Manage your tasks in Linux

We all have too much to do. So much so that we need tools to keep track of everything we need  to do. It used to be we just slapped sticky notes everywhere to remind us what was coming up, what we had to buy, what we had to do…everything. Now we use various applications to handle this task. Linux, of course, has no shortage of tools to keep track of your tasks. In fact, one might say Linux has too many todo list tools. So I thought I would show off a few of the lesser known tools...

1 Lug/10

Epiphany: An efficient, but different, web browser

Epiphany: An efficient, but different, web browser

After I set up RGBA support in Ubuntu (see my article “Enable RGBA support in Ubuntu“), I sat about to find applications that could replace non-GTK+ applications currently in use. Replacing the web browser proved to be a challenge. And although it’s not able to stand alone as a full blown replacement for my favorite, Chrome, the Epiphany web browser is a nice, serviceable replacement that supports RGBA. There are a few things Epiphany handles differently than most...

28 Giu/10

Creative wallpaper and images with Fotowall

Creative wallpaper and images with Fotowall

We all like wallpaper. Some people even search for days for the perfect wallpaper. But why not create your own wallpaper? You say you don’t have the talent? That’s okay when there are tools like Fotowall out there. Fotowall is a create tool that lets you work with images in a very creative way…helping you to create not only interesting wallpaper but pictures for various purposes. Fotowall won’t turn you into a brilliant artist, but it will have you creating...