Change the Week Start Day in Hamster Applet

November 24, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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I've been using the Hamster Applet time tracker for a few weeks now. See the initial post about Hamster here. One thing that was bugging me was that the weekly reports start on Sunday. The work I am tracking uses weeks of Monday through Sunday, so I wanted to change the week start to Monday. I couldn't find a way to change this in the preferences, so I started digging through the code. It turns out there is an easy way to do this by editing one of the program's Python files. Read more

How To Add a New Hard Drive in Ubuntu

November 20, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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I recently got a deal on a new 1 TeraByte hard drive, so I decided to document the steps it took to get it up and running in Linux. I'm going to assume you want to format the drive for Linux. If not, then you can probably use the CD that comes with the hard drive to partition it and format it to NTFS or FAT32. Linux can read and write to these formats, but I prefer to use the ext3 filesystem. Read more

How To Run Gnome Panel Applets in Xfce

November 17, 2008 by · 6 Comments
Filed under: gnome, HowTo, linux, Ubuntu 

XfApplet is a small program that allows you to run Gnome panel applets from the XFCE panel. It's available in the Ubuntu universe repositories. You can install it from the command line using aptitude. (You can also use apt-get.)

sudo aptitude install xfce4-xfapplet-plugin

If you're not using Ubuntu you can download the XfApplet source package and compile it for your system. Read more

How To Install Adobe AIR on Linux

November 15, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Adobe AIR is a runtime environment that allows developers to create platform independent desktop applications based on existing web application technologies. Basically, it allows programs that would normally run inside a web browser to be run as desktop applications.

One very nice thing that the Adobe people did was to make their installer create a .deb or .rpm package if you're on a Debian based or RPM based Linux distribution. Because of that, these instructions should work on all Debian or Ubuntu based distributions as well as redhat/Fedora and SUSE based distros. Read more

Tagging mp3 Files in Linux with EasyTAG

November 7, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: HowTo, linux, mp3, Ubuntu 

I did a post on the Ubuntu Forums a while back on how to update mp3 file tags with a program called EasyTAG. I've tried a few different tag editors and found that EasyTAG best meets my needs. It's available in the Universe repositories in Ubuntu. Read more

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