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
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
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.)
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
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