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My Ubuntu Status January, 2009

I started this blog in 2006 and after 2+ years I am still blogging about this thing called Ubuntu. So many things have happened in my personal life and I've managed to have 9 more other blogs about things very much not Ubuntu or Open Source. I still feel like a newbie but I guess that's what keeps me yearning for more. I guess that if anyone assumes that he or she knows everything there is to know about something, that person is a fool. Wisdom after all is knowing that you know not everything.

I haven't used Debian for quite some time now, essentially because of the sheer amount of interest of other people in Ubuntu. Which I equate with the formula: 

More Interest = More New Applications = More Stuff You Can Do = More Features = More Fun!

I am sure the Debian people would disagree, my response to them would be - to each his own. The wonderful world of Linux is so diverse that everybody has his or her own place. There are the Ubuntu Christians, Ubuntu Gnomes, Ubuntu KDEs, U…

[SOLVED] 01-26-2009 Winecfg Fonts Are Messed Up - Like Totally :/

[UPDATE] SOLVED 01-26-2009

Whenever I run 'winecfg' I get a configuration window with the texts all scrunched up.

I am running:

Wine Version 1.1.13
msttcorefonts installed

I found the solution in Nanci Barthelmess' blog
Apparently this has something to do with an issue in nvidia legacy drivers as pointed out in my winehq post
For reference, please do check out a copy of the bug report filed 16146

Disclaimer: The following steps are the steps I did to fix the situation I described above. There is no guarantee that they would or could work in your system at all. The reason I posted this is for future reference in my case and maybe, just maybe, we have the same problem and conditions. Please don't hold me responsible if fire comes out of your PC, thanks :)


1. Read my disclaimer above :)
2. Create a file named settings.txt in your home folder with the folliwing content:

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Wine\X11 Driver] "ClientSideWithRender"="N…

Remembering 2PAC SHAKUR - Things Will Never Be the Same

"...although it seems heaven sent We ain't ready, to see a black President,"

-Changes --2PAC SHAKUR


Come on come on
I see no changes wake up in the morning and I ask myself
is life worth living should I blast myself?
I'm tired of bein' poor & even worse I'm black
my stomach hurts so I'm lookin' for a purse to snatch
Cops give a damn about a negro
pull the trigger kill a nigga he's a hero
Give the crack to the kids who the hell cares
one less hungry mouth on the welfare
First ship 'em dope & let 'em deal the brothers
give 'em guns step back watch 'em kill each other
It's time to fight back that's what Huey said
2 shots in the dark now Huey's dead
I got love for my brother but we can never go nowhere
unless we share with each other
We gotta start makin' changes
learn to see me as a brother instead of 2 distant strangers
and that's how it's supposed to be
How can the Devil take a brot…

Download the Ubuntu Pocket Guide for Free

Get the Ubuntu Pocket Guide by Keir Thomas for Free.

About the Author

Keir Thomas is one of the world's most prolific authors writing about Ubuntu Linux.

In 2005 he was amongst the first to realize the massive potential of Ubuntu. He persuaded Apress to let him write a book and the result was Beginning Ubuntu Linux.

Published in March 2006, Beginning Ubuntu Linux was the first English-language book to cover Ubuntu and went on to win a Linux Journal Editor's Choice award. It was followed by a second and then third edition, the last of which was published in June 2008.

In 2008 Thomas joined forces with The Pragmatic Programers to publish Ubuntu Kung Fu. Described by Thomas as "a one-chapter book full of fun tips", it is an innovative title that provides over 300 tips, tricks, hints, and hacks for Ubuntu. Like Beginning Ubuntu Linux, it has proven to be a best-seller.

I recommend checking out this guy who played the violin just in front of the Sydney Opera House, Australia when you're in Sydney


If I could tame a wild animal

Plinky post

RAWR! by hobvias sudoneighm (striatic) I'd pick a lion. Well, it can't be my rug. My rug is okay, since I'd put the lion outside with a bunch of bunnies. I'd have to buy or maybe plant lots of vegetables to feed the rabbits who in turn will be fed to the lion. I'd take my lion for a walk, brush its hair, give it a nice collar, gps tranceiver, sharpen its claws and brush its teeth.

Plinky is Alive

To all of those who are waiting for the launching of Plinky - they're now officially online. What is Plinky? Well it's a service from a former Google Executive named Jason Shellen who resigned from Google to form his own startup.

Plinky is more than just a microblogging service. I could say that it is a gentle nudge of inspiration for bloggers and microbloggers who have run out of stuff to write. Like twitter, it is a highly social application that requires you to send updates about yourself to friends and strangers. The twist is - you don't get to choose where the spotlight falls. Be it your choice of favorite songs or whatever you are wearing tonight, plinky, plinkifies you enough.

It's like truth or dare - without dare.

With twitter reportedly surpassing digg, the prospects for embeddable social microblogging services could have a bright future ahead of them.

But remember, plinky is not microblogging - as Plinky founder said "It's only microblogging if…

Pretty Neat IceWM Themes

I am a fan of IceWM.

I found some pretty neat IceWM Themes.

Here they are: klikme

I hope you like em. They're simple and fast.

HowTo: Find command line name of a program?

Sometimes, we'd like to install programs that aren't really part of the Ubuntu Repositories. That's not really recommended, but we do it anyway. We would compile it from source and then execute it with a ./ or a sh . Too often than not, when we'd like to run that program again, we do so through the command line. But what if the command to run it isn't its name? For example, let's say we compiled program-name: foo. To run foo we assume that we type foo on the command line. But when we run foo we get this:

dan@ubuntu:~$ foo
bash: foo: command not found
So what do we do? There are two solutions that I've managed to come accross in Ubuntuforums:

1. If the said program is a GUI program, we can do this solution by caljohnsmith:

If the program name you are looking for is for a GUI app, one trick you can do is run the GUI app from the menus, and then in a terminal do:
Code: xprop | grep WM_CLASS Then click on the GUI app Window, and most of the time the "WM_CLASS&qu…

Gossipy iGod likes Linux and Will Replace Your Windows XP with Artificial Intelligence

For some reason, I like chatting with the iGod. True 'it' may be a stupid thing to waste my time upon but I have discovered that you can manipulate its responses. Among the things I discovered was iGod can tell you the time and gossip about other things that people type in it. The key to chatting with these things is to follow its line of thinking and not presuppose that it is a stupid bot. You'd get more favorable answers.

Hello. What is your name?
 my name is ""
  I am very pleased to meet you  http dannybuntu blogspot dot com.
 I am pleased to meet you too.
I am delighted by your happiness.
 Why that is great. Thank you.
The explanation is rather complicated.    you are quite welcome.
 So what's up?
I am chatting with others like you.
 How many people are you chatting with now?
Right now?  It depends which version of me you are talking to.  Some versions can chat with thousands of…

Plinky: Be Inspired

From cnn.com01/09/09: Jason Shellen, who resigned as Google's manager of new business development in 2007 to launch, a startup that's designed to inspire bloggers and users of social media sites. Shellen says he was getting complacent working at Google, despite the company's domination of the Web.

He says he decided to leave Google despite a shaky economy because he wanted to force himself to change.

"Being an entrepreneur is all about risk and innovation, not timing the market," Shellen says. "A good idea doesn't wait for the perfect time to emerge. The ability to build something new outweighed the need for stability."



Their website is about to launch "they could almost taste it".

If I was an American living in the land where dreams do come true, I would have lived it the same way he did. Their website is pretty intriguing, they describe it as: "Plinky provides inspiration for content creator…

Ubuntu Speaks!!! Ubuntu Speech Synthesizer

On the terminal type:

me@mypc$ espeak "bah moh noh robhot oh east oh robhot oh"

Hahaha. Now here is something better.

Have a cow say anything to you.

me@mypc$ sudo apt-get install cowsay
me@mypc$ cowsay "Meow"
< Meow >
\ ^__^
\ (oo)\_______
(__)\ )\/\
||----w |
|| ||

Heheheh :)