Retroshare is awesome. It’s secure. It’s simple (once you get rolling) and it’s highly useful. I found getting the initial few friends in was a ‘little’ tricky without a familiarization tour so here is a video I made to help folks out. I sent it to my mom so we’ll know how effective it is shortly, we hope…
Want to read an article later and not use your data plan? Going somewhere and want to look at a website page without worrying about an internet connection? Can’t seem to find the time to read an article in the near future but worry the article might be gone when you get around to reading it? If you are using Ubuntu, you’re already set up for an ultra simple solution to grab ‘n’ go websites.
In my case, I just wanted to take a bunch of articles and read them on my tablet or netbook up at my parents cabin where the internet is either spotty or notty. At first I started downloading Firefox add-ons and this and that but it turns out the most simple and effective solution was sitting there ready to go: the ‘print to file’ option when you print *anything* in Ubuntu. Ubuntu, because it’s just plain awesome out of the box, comes with the ability to print anything to PDF. So, the solution is this simple:
1. Go to the website you want to have as a PDF
2. Choose to print the page (I use the control + P buttons because it’s rocket fast)
3. Choose ‘print to file’ option
4. KEY STEP!! Rename the file now. It defaults to some ‘mozilla’ file name and will remember your last file name so every time you save a new article/page you have to remember to change the name or they will all end up in your last folder with the same name. Makes for an annoying time. NOTE: When you rename the file, do *not* erase the final .pdf tag or the file might have issues.
Hope that helps and keep on stopping the suffering by sharing Ubuntu!
It’s sad that we’re even using Skype on Ubuntu considering it’s owned by a company with zero interest in open source… but alas, some habits die hard and we don’t want this little program to prevent you from realizing that Ubuntu is, by far, the best thing that will happen to your computer life (and other parts as well – some of my best friends came from the Ubuntu community). Just for the records, though, we should be supporting the build of open source versions of VOIP software, or the inclusion of VOIP features in apps such as Twinkle, Jabber, and the like. At any point MS could pull back their API and you are SOL, PAL.
Everything in my Ubuntu life works very well – except for this non-Ubuntu annoying little foreign habit that I haven’t given up. In particular I’ve been fighting my sound on just one laptop. I’ve tried a myriad of tutorials and this and that, but what I’ve found to be a reliable work around is a simple change in the way I launch everything. Here is what I do and I hope this solution is a nice easy way to fix your sound issues found within Skype in some beta releases of Ubuntu:
- Make sure your headset (or webcam, or whatever external device you are using for your sound) is unplugged.
- Start your computer and make sure everything else is up and running.
- Start Skype.
- Log in. You should hear the usual startup sound. If not, you may have to open your sound settings and mess with the ‘alert volume’. I didn’t find that little trick in any tutorial and it worked for me.
- Plug in your headset or audio device
- Follow this tutorial (the one with the screen shot with the red arrows). For me the solution was to unplug mic from sound card and plug it back in. Might as well. Only takes a second.
- Do a Skype test call. Hopefully everything is working well.
Although I don’t have time to research it, I think the source of my problems (besides the fact that Skype is the culprit in general) is that I have other audio-related software running and they fight for priority over the sound card. Je ne sais pas. All I know is this flow works for me and got me back in action while I try to find a way out of depending on Skype or Google..
Originally posted at www.blenzseymour.com, Thu, 10/13/2011
I found that I was posting this too much and it was annoying copying and pasting all these links, so here is a funkly little static page that has all the funkly little linkies that you can simply short-link and tweet to your buddy and your gramma.
Hope it adds value to your life and helps you win friends and influence people: