Next generation of newspaper indeed

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Last month I was away from home and stayed at the hotel. Meaning I can only have Internet access either using my phone (which is expensive) or hotel’s wi-fi (which is time limited). Its already been my habit to read RSS feed off the Internet everyday, and due to this limitation, I just wish I can print the whole article into one nice piece of paper just like newspaper.

Well… FeedJournal is an interesting service. You can put your RSS into it, and it will generate a newspaper look-alike and put all those RSS post in it. This is just what I need. FeedJournal (http://feedjournal.com/)

Close that door and move forward

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I read an article from the web that I would like to share with you. I’m not really a good reader since I hate reading but this article really lift me up to a certain extent.  It is about to close some door to let other door to open. It can be alot of different door in many different terms. Personally I like the quotes “closing a door on an option is experienced as a loss, and people are willing to pay a price to avoid the emotion of loss”

Sometimes people are holding some memory too long that it hurt deep inside them. Closing that door meaning to let go of that memory so that you can move forward and carry on. Anyway… I dont want to be emotional here -lol- so here is the link (http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/26/science/26tier.html?_r=1&oref=slogin)

Encyclopedia of Life

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This is the most interesting site that I ever visited, and I know JacobsCrack will love it. Its a site that try to document every species of life that available on Earth. Me myself really like this site as it shows you variety of species that I never thought existed – probably another reason is that I want to be a marine biologist when I was a kid 😛 . Anyway have a look here: EOL (http://www.eol.org)

Screenlets for Ubuntu

Another thing that I want to see on my Ubuntu is the graphics and the wobbly thingy and the cube thingy (that’s what I saw on Valiant laptop)… I found out it is screenlets. Been searching hi and lo to find the repositories and I get the following:

Open Synaptic, go to Settings > Repositories > Third-party software, click Add and paste:
deb http://hendrik.kaju.pri.ee/ubuntu gutsy screenlets

then get the key using terminal client

wget http://hendrik.kaju.pri.ee/ubuntu/F854AFD7.gpg -O- | sudo apt-key add – && sudo apt-get update

and it happened that ERROR 404: Not found…

Frustration here! then found another one something like above from

deb http://tuxfamily.download.org/ubuntu gutsy screenlets

What happen again??? Same thing ERROR 404. GOSH!

Finally, I found the valid repositories and of course able to install from the following:
Open you Synaptic Package Manager:  Settings>Repositories>Third-Party Software>Add
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/gilir/ubuntu gutsy main universe

Click the Add Source button and Close to go back to your Synaptic Package Manager Window. Then click on the Reload button.

Search "screenlets" and right click to mark for installation then click Apply button. By doing this, this will install screenlets. Once it is done, you can access it through System > Preferences > Screenlets

Hope all the above would help!

Ubuntu 7.10

I am a TOTAL NEWBIE on this Ubuntu 7.10. Well, I have to admit that I have been using Microsoft for most of my life up to when Valiant kept showing off his Ubuntu and how great the functions as well as their animations. Kinda make me really jealous til one day, I bugged him to pass me the CD of Ubuntu and installed one on my laptop.

I am using laptop Dell Latitude D630. Definitely not a high end computer but what I am trying to say here, you do NOT need a high end computer to install Ubuntu 7.10.

Before you installed Ubuntu, you require:

1) 2 extra partitions of your hard disk (10 GB – for root disk and 5 GB – for swap)   

2) Ubuntu CD installation either live CD or text based installation, you can get it from: Ubuntu website                                                     

3) Then just follow the installation instructions ….

First problem after installation. I need the driver for my sound card for my Dell laptop Latitude D630. HOW?

Open your terminal client and run the following command line by line

sudo apt-get install module-assistant
sudo m-a update
sudo m-a prepare
sudo m-a a-i alsa

But if you only do the above syntax, you will get the following error:

/usr/share/fonts: failed to write cache

why is that? Apparently the driver required you to have the specific font installed. So, in your terminal client, do the following command line by line BEFORE installing your sound driver:

$ sudo bash
# wget -O folder_list.txt http://ubuntuforums.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=28956&d=1175696100
# cat folder_list.txt | xargs touch
# cd /usr/share/fonts/truetype
# for i in * ; do touch ${i}; done
# cd /var/lib/defoma/fontconfig.d
# for i in * ; do touch ${i}; done
# apt-get dist-upgrade