Check The Status of Ubuntu One Synchronization

December 31, 2010 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: command line, HowTo, linux, Ubuntu 

Ubuntu One is a file synchronization service that allows you to share files among multiple computers. You place files into your Ubuntu One folder and they get synch'd with your account on the web. Files can also be shared with other Ubuntu One users as well and if you publish them they can be shared with anyone on the internet. It's similar to other synchronization/sharing services like DropboxRead more

Oracle Promoting Open Office Through Java Update

December 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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This past weekend I was using a Windows XP computer and there was a notification in the system tray that said Java needed to update. I clicked the icon to go ahead with the update and to my surprise I saw a nice little ad for Open Office while the the Java update was downloading. Read more

Converting Audio to MP3 with GStreamer

December 18, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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My last post was about converting audio files in Linux with GStreamer. In that post I showed how to convert FLAC files to Ogg Vorbis files and retain the audio tags. You may however, have an audio player that does not support playing Ogg Vorbis audio files and you want to convert your files to MP3 instead. Read more

Converting Audio Files with GStreamer

December 13, 2010 by · 4 Comments
Filed under: command line, gnome, HowTo, linux 

I've written before about ripping audio CD's from the command line (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4). Certainly, if you're just ripping a new CD, then just convert the audio to your chosen format at that time. But maybe you've been archiving your music in FLAC format or you purchased some high bit-rate MP3's for download and now you want them in a different format or bit-rate for your music player.  Read more