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Monthly Archives: April 2010

Pino

Pino is a very fast alternative for the default Gwibber in Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Lucid Lynx), which actually did something to my startup and shutdown time. After uninstalling Gwibber, everything got back to normal. I like the speed of Pine so much, that I decided to help this project with the romanian translation.

[update]: I’m very happy to contribute to this project with the Romanian translation. It’s all on Transifex. Maybe someone else could get a look on it and make the necessary corrections…if any to make.
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Alfresco Enterprise CMS /etc/hosts problem

I’ve been trying for the last 4 hours to make a test installation of Alfresco on a Ubuntu 8.04.4 LTS virtual machine. Unfortunately, I had a very strange problem about some ObjID already in use. I’ve tried everything, …like, changing ports, disabling apparmor, reinstall, everything…But, after those 4 hours..or maybe more, I just found the answer here. The problem is that in /etc/hosts I had a different IP for my hostname, that’s because it was actually a clone of another machine, so it had the original’s IP address in that file, and I had to change the IP for not having an IP conflict, …anyway, after modifying my /etc/hosts file, I reinstalled everything, and works smoothly.

GMail storage increase rate

Since I don’t have anything more important to do, I was just noticing the counter on the GMail welcome page, and it’s actually increasing with 4 bytes per second. Actually, there are more sick guys then me out there. This dude actually calculated the time necessary to increase the storage from current to 10GB…and the result was…20 years! ..and the increase rate per day is something around 350KB. For me I think it’s quite enough, because although I’m using GMail for many many years, and for some time now, I’m gathering all my e-mails to this account, I’m only using aprox. 1GB of storage. Mainly because I only keep important e-mails, and delete all the crap / spam / newsletters that I’m not interested in reading 1 year from now.

But what happens to girls that spend most of their time in front of their computers watching pics and movies from e-mails sent from another bunch of girls with nothing to do than just forward them around? Maybe it will take Google 20 years to get to 10GB storage, …but it will take me a hell lot more to fill that. Anyway, I know girls that can fill up that 10GB in 1 year. And that including those 20 days of legal vacation around here. 🙂

So, ..I was just checking now how Windows Live is coming with the storage. Yahoo is unlimited, although I guess that if you’re planning to store a 1TB e-mail storage, and make sure you grow it by the end of this year, Yahoo will suddenly enable e-mail quota again… 🙂 But, Microsoft says “Windows Live Hotmail includes ever-growing storage to provide you with as much storage space as you need, provided that you send and receive a normal amount of e-mail. Your inbox capacity will automatically increase as you need more space.” So, I guess that Microsoft somehow automagically (I know, it’s incorrect, …but I just learned that from CPanel’s funny status messages) increases your quota depending on how much storage you’re using. And now I was thinking that I’ll never loose an e-mail with this policy. Quota gets to max, Microsoft increases quota, e-mail arrives. WRONG! Microsoft also says “If your inbox surprises us by suddenly and abnormally skyrocketing in size, you may get an e-mail from Windows Live Hotmail asking you to slow down, move e-mails from Windows Live Hotmail to your desktop, or to delete some old e-mails. Please read these e-mails and follow the advice provided in them to continue to enjoy ever-growing storage, which should be plenty of storage for you so that you don’t have to worry about running out of space.” So, there’s no number in “ever-growing storage” …and how is that “ask you to slow down”?..Like, you’re responsible for e-mails you receive, and you should tell people that sends you e-mails to slow the fuck down. Funny, indeed. There should be a trick in Yahoo’s infinite storage, but I’ll have to dig more on their website.

[update]: This is what’s on Yahoo about their unlimited storage:

How does unlimited storage work?

It’s pretty straightforward—users who follow the Yahoo! Terms of Service and our anti-abuse controls can consume an unlimited amount of free email storage. This will apply to both new and existing users.

Wait – what? Wow!

How can Yahoo! afford to give away unlimited email storage?

By hiring outstanding engineers, of course! Ours have been hard at work developing an incredibly efficient backend storage system. This storage system gives you the option to never delete another email! Unless, of course, you want to. The purpose of unlimited mail isn’t to provide an online storage warehouse. Usage that suggests this approach gets flagged by our anti-abuse measures. In order for our system to work efficiently, our abuse control systems may limit the number of emails you may send or receive when it appears your usage is excessive. These abuse control systems may also impact the rate of growth of your account and you may need to create new folders or move some emails to other folders, if you are experiencing response issues.

How will you prevent abuse?

Yahoo! employs a variety of anti-abuse methods. If our anti-abuse system detects potential abuse we may take action. These anti-abuse controls enable us to better identify users who are not using the service appropriately under the Terms. Our goal is to ensure that everyone benefits from unlimited storage!

So, I’m pretty sure they have something like M$ has. If you receive too many and too big e-mails you’ll receive an e-mail from Yahoo like this:

From: Yahoo’s Outstanding Engineers 🙂
Subject: Storage full
Message: Please tell your friends to slow the fuck down, We bought all harddrives we could find. Please hold them off a day or 2. We’re just going to fly to the factory and get some cargo flight with some more, install them, and after that, you can continue your messaging as usual. 🙂

EEE PC 1008HA hotkeys on Ubuntu Lucid Lynx 10.04 LTS

So, it seems that Asus is somehow sniffing on the installed operating system and acts accordingly. So the way acpi works is related to what OS the mainboard thinks you have. Newer kernels don’t advertise themselves, so you should do that manually by adding “acpi_osi=Linux” to /etc/default/grub file to GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT variable so it will show like this:

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=”quiet splash acpi_osi=Linux”

Then run “update-grub” as root or with sudo, reboot, and that’s all. 

Ubuntu 10.04 LTS updates

After the latest updates installed, there’s the battery icon both in Notification Area and Indicator Applet, and notification about battery charging and discharging got bigger, which looks uglier on my small Eee PC screen. Hopefully, they’ll fix this by the release date on 29th this month. They’ll also have to fix my hotkeys problem, and not that grub fix that finishes the ethernet card.

[update]: you can hide one of the icons by left-clicking the icon and then “Preferences”, and then on the last tab called “General” check the “Never display an icon” option, and then Close. My choice was to never show the icon from Indicator Applet, because the one in Notification Area is smaller, and I like small things on my small Eee PC desktop.

[update #2]: after disappearing again, it reappeared today. I guess it has something to do with update-manager but I’m not sure what exactly. Still, after few updates including acpi-support, no support for my hotkeys. Hopefully they’ll get all bugs fixed by the end of next week, when the release date is coming. They’ve also discovered a memory leak in X.org package, but fortunately, I don’t seem to get affected or at least, the startup time looks ok to me. The only thing that’s slowing my boot is after the login screen, and it’s because AWN is loading. Unfortunately, I like it too much to see it gone, so I’m not uninstalling it soon, I’ll just have to get used to those 10 seconds of freeze before everything appears on my desktop after the login screen.

My nerd score… :(

I just found this on some Planet Gnome blog, and decided to take the test myself…here’s the result:


I am nerdier than 95% of all people. Are you a nerd? Click here to take the Nerd Test, get geeky images and jokes, and write on the nerd forum!

Avant Window Navigator

AWN it’s a cool dock-style panel that I just discovered today. It was added automatically for some plugins of banshee media player. I tried installing it because of the lack of equalizer of Rhythmbox. Unfortunately, wasn’t very impressed by the performance, and the banshee-telepathy plugin to be able to change my Empathy status, was missing from the repository, and I wasn’t able to install.

Anyway, AWN, looks great, works great on my EEE PC, and has really nice effects, ..and applets. All packages including extra applets are:

awn-applets-c-core
awn-applets-python-core
awn-applets-python-extras
awn-settings
libawn1
python-awn
python-awn-extras

I just took a print screen of how I’ve made it look…

TeamViewer for Linux (beta)

So, TeamViewer just released the Linux version of their software. There is an archived version, and also RPM and DEB packages for whatever distro you might use.  It’s beta, but it’s worth trying.

GMail insert invitation

There’s a new feature in GMail. It allows you to send invitations to events directly from your GMail interface. It automatically inserts the event in your calendar, and to the ones you send the invitation to. GMail blog post made me very proud of being the same nationality as the girl who posted this to their blog, a software engineer called Oana Florescu, a very ..romanian name.

CheckGmail

CheckGmail is a nice GMail checker. It blends in the panel because the current version has transparent icons, and it’s a nice thing to have, if you’re in my place and you uninstalled all e-mail clients because you wanted the browser version and not another software installed on your computer. On a new e-mail, the icon looks like this..

Bad part is that it won’t work only with “apt-get install checkgmail“. After installing, you’ll have to get the latest SVN version with “sudo checkgmail –update“. When asked, press capital “Y”. That’s all folks!