Fix The Shutdown/Reboot Issue With Multiple Users on Ubuntu

March 24, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: HowTo, linux, Ubuntu 

A while back I purchased a nice LG Smart TV for my living room. Besides having the standard Smart TV applications like internet browsing and NetFlix, my TV can stream media from my PC either through a DLNA server or through LG's Media Link. In order to use the Media Link, you must install the Plex Media Server on your computer. Read more

Going Back To Windows?

March 11, 2012 by · 3 Comments
Filed under: FOSS, linux, opinion, Ubuntu, windows 

I just read a great article on the current state of desktop Linux over at dedoimedo.com called "Screw this, I'm going back to Windows!" I really think it's worth the time to read for anyone who's involved in the Linux community, whether you're a developer, or just a casual user like me.

The author doesn't have comments enabled on his site, so I sent him an email. Here's a copy. Read more

Fixing Variable Bit Rate MP3′s With vbrfix

March 4, 2012 by · 7 Comments
Filed under: command line, HowTo, linux, mp3, Ubuntu 

Some MP3 encoders fail to create the proper file headers when encoding variable bit rate MP3 files. When that happens, the song length displayed will often be be incorrect when playing the song back. One of the ways this can be handled is by adding a Xing header to the MP3 file. One tool that's available on Linux to do this is vbrfix.

To install vbrfix in Ubuntu, first make sure that the universe repository is enabled in your software sources. Then you can install it through one of the graphical package managers, or from the command line with: Read more

Creating A Terminal Window Clock

January 10, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: bash, command line, HowTo, linux 

If you've been using Linux for a while, you may be familiar with the terminal command, date. The date command will display the current date and time to the terminal. On my system, the default output of date looks like this: Read more

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