Showing posts with label software. Show all posts
Showing posts with label software. Show all posts

Saturday, 2 January 2010

Windows 7 and Samba Shares

This is a quick guide to setting up Samba file sharing on my Viglen MPC-L server which is running Ubuntu 8.04.3 LTS. The client is a Windows 7 machine – no changes to the registry or local security policy were needed. The following applies to the version of samba from the repositories -   smbd version 3.0.28a.

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Writing Python with PSPad

PSPad is a great editor for programmers. Instead of using a dedicated Python IDE, PSPad can be tweaked to compile and run scripts directly. Here's how...

Tuesday, 19 May 2009


I know its been around for ages, but I've finally got around to trying "dropbox". If you haven't heard, it allows you to synchronise folders across different PC's.

Friday, 3 April 2009

Useful Plugins for Gimp

Gimp is the image editing tool for Linux. To install additional plugins such as drop shadow etc, the easiest way is to install gimp-plugin-registry.

This can be done using the Ubuntu packages: -

sudo apt-get install gimp-plugin-registry

Sunday, 22 March 2009

USB in VirtualBox

Here are the steps required to get USB working on a Linux host (tested with VirtualBox 2.1.4)

Friday, 2 January 2009

Combining PDF Files

Combining PDF files in Linux is ridiculously easy - its just a matter of installing the PDF Toolkit package (pdftk) and then running the following command: -

pdftk file1.pdf file2.pdf file3.pdf cat output newfile.pdf

Sunday, 21 December 2008

Firefox Backspace Button

For some reason, by default in Ubuntu, pressing the "backspace" key in Firefox doesn't go back. Fortunately this is easy to fix: -

Open your firefox browser and type the following code into the address bar:


After that in the filter type:


and change it's value to "0".

Sunday, 24 August 2008

Linux Media Centres

I'm toying with the idea of creating a Media Centre PC running Linux. Here are the main contendors for Linux Media Centres that I can find.

DeltaCopy - rsync for Windows

DeltaCopy is a free piece of software for Windows that allows you to interface with other computers running rsync. Basically, it is a "Windows Friiendly" wrapper around rsync. It is fairly easy to use, and also allows you to run rsync from the command line without having to install CygWin.

Multi-Platform Applications is a great little website that gives a summary of software that runs on a combination of Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Great for if you have different PC's running different OS's and want to use the same software.

Totally Free Burner

I've just found a great small new free piece of software : Totally Free Burner. This software burns audio, video, data, and ISO CDs and DVDs in just a few clicks. Great if you don't need the bloat of Nero or Roxio etc.