Showing posts from February, 2009

Linux-Games: New Linux/Ubuntu Game - World of Goo

I heard about the game World of Goo from kees over at

"World of Goo is a physics based puzzle / construction game. The millions of Goo Balls who live in the beautiful World of Goo don't know that they are in a game, or that they are extremely delicious.

- 2DBoy Games"

I am trying out the demo version now.

View video of game here: World of Goo

Download DEMO version here:

HowTo: Play Mp3 on Terminal

Let's see, I have shared with you guys how to Browse the Internet using a Terminal, how to use Bittorrent on the Terminal, and how to Chat on IRC using the Terminal, how to Encrypt Files on the Terminal using CCRYPT, and now I am going to share how to Play Mp3s using XMMS2 on the Terminal.

It isn't much really and is fairly straightforward.

For most of us, XMMS is really a Linux clone of the famous Windows application called WinAmp. I got confused myself when I tried to install XMMS2 and did not find any gui. Anyway, if you do want a GUI to have that WinAmp feel, do install Audacious.

For those of us who want to save precious screen real estate and just want to play music here is what we have to do:


1. Install XMMS2

dan@ubuntu$ sudo apt-get install xmms2

That's it.


Now most of us keep our mp3s in those things called folders. I for example, arrange my music folders according to Album. Let's start with an example:

I want to play this song: song.mp3 lo…

Do You Love iGoogle?

Official Google Blog: Share the iGoogle love

I am led to believe that loving inanimate objects could lead to dementia. I suppose dementia is becoming a widespread disease since the marketing geniuses at Google, in all their omnipotence and glory decided that we should share our love for some bits of 0's and 1's. 010100010001.

So in the spirit of unfettered allegiance to the great zombie maker called Google, I would share this information about our professed affliction and devotion to this particular agglomeration of 0's and 1's called iGoogle.

Do I love iGoogle?

Uh, I think so. I use it everyday, before going to sleep, just when I wake up, I spend most of my time with it, I play with it, I put things and gadgets in and out of it, I get inspired by it, I get motivated by it, I stare at it all day, and sometimes - I even see things in it, things that I shouldn't see!

Okay, can I get my sticker now? Oh, wait. I don't have a laptop to put the sticker on. And I am n…

HowTo: Chat on IRC via Terminal

Well, I know that several blokes have already written on how to chat on irc via the terminal, I am doing this to entertain myself.


There are several applications you could use to do the trick. But I would only be discussing: irssi

Description as found on: irssi homepage

Irssi is a terminal based IRC client for UNIX systems. It also supports SILC and ICB protocols via plugins.

Joost Vunderink wrote a summary of the most beneficial Irssi features.
# Autologging

Irssi will automatically log any channels, queries or special windows that you want. The logfiles will be separated per IRC network, and even log rotation is supported. Log file formats, themes and destination directories can be easily configured with the Irssi log settings.

# Formats and themes

Theming is a popular item in todays desktop enviroments, it's an easy yet powerful way to customize your Irssi client's look and feel. Irssi's formatting is modular which means you can just change the appearan…

Linux Games: Chromium BSU - The Not Browser

First, there's Google's browser Chromium , which is described as "an open-source browser project that aims to build a safer, faster, and more stable way for all Internet users to experience the web. The Chromium codebase is the basis for Google’s Chrome browser" and there is Chromium B.S.U., which is is a fast paced, arcade-style, top-scrolling space shooter that runs in Linux. So there. Let's get that out of the way.

Chromium B.S.U. is cool. Very cool. Here are a few pics to prove it:

Linux-Games: StarVoyager

StarVoyager is a 2D space game inspired by the hit TV Trek Series, Star Trek Voyager. It's an explore, kill, upgrade space game where you play the role of a Star Trek, Klingon, Dominion (Jem Hadar),  Navigator / Commander / Communications Officer / Engineering and Captain. You get to explore new planets and annihilate enemies. You could install Klingon cloaking devices and Transporters to beam up Phasors, Micro Torpedos, Quasor Torpedoes, etc.

The most dominant enemies of course would be the Borg cubes (invulnerable bastards they are). It's kind of old and no matter how hard I try, I cannot seem to get hold of Mr. Richard Thrippleton who is the one who created this venerable masterpiece.

Call me old fashioned but the old games rock!

To Install on Ubuntu

1. Open up your Terminal Application (eg., Konsole, Xterm, Gnome-Terminal)

2. Type this:

dan@ubuntu$ sudo apt-get install starvoyager

3. Run

dan@ubuntu$ starvoyager -f

-f    fullscreen
-h   large window