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PyRoom – WriteRoom for Linux

PyRoom is a free editor that stays out your way – and keeps other things out of your way, too. As a fullscreen editor without buttons, widgets, formatting options, menus and with only the minimum of required dialog windows, it doesn’t have any distractions and lets you focus on writing and only writing.

via PyRoom’s Homepage

Skype for Linux support SMS

Since when, Skype for Linux support SMS?? I recently found it out when i tried Skype again today. : (

skype for linux

How to recover lost pictures from memory card?

Recently, my friend asked me to rescue her pictures in the digital memory card because she accidentally formated it. I came across Ubuntu Help and i found testdisk an awesome app.

Photorec is file data recovery software designed to recover lost pictures from digital camera memory or even Hard Disks. It has been extended to search also for non audio/video headers. It searches for 80 different types of files. Photorec is part of the Testdisk package

To install testdisk

sudo apt-get install testdisk

To recover pictures from device, execute photorec (part of testdisk package) as root and follow the wizard to recover your pictures. It’s very simple and straight forward. Just select the appropriate partition type, file system and where you want to save the recovered files, then you’re good to go.

sudo photorec

With photorec, i was able to recover 100% lost pictures since my friend didn’t do any disk operation on the memory card after she accidentally formated it.

Things i love about Google Chrome

#1 : Startup time

I gotta say it’s freaking fast. It takes me less than 1 seconds for a cold startup. Isn’t that awesome?
My PC’s spec is pretty low with Pentium D and 2 GB memory.

#2 : Minimalist interface

Take a look at IE

The picture above was just for fun hehe. But even though, without those toolbars, Chrome interface offers much more space compare with other browser.

#3 : New Tab

This feature is first introduced in Opera and later, imported to Firefox with Speed Dial addon.

#4 : Better menu arrangement

This is what i’m talking about. “Open Link in New Tab” is above “in New Window”. Since i usually open link in new tab rather than new window, i usually mis-click it on Firefox.

#5 : Inspect Element Feature

I can say, it’s almost as good as Firebug on Firefox. Plus with the “mac-ish” interface, i really love this feature.

# 6: Extensions

Yeah, without extensions, there’s no way i would make a complete switch from Firefox to Chrome. At the moment, Chrome’s extensions gallery is in limited beta and only available for the developers. But once it’s out, Chrome will be a big challenger in the browsers war.

Chrome Extensions Gallery

A Complete Guide To Customize Gnome Panel

1. Basic customizations

– Make it transparent: Right click on Gnome panel and go to Properties. On tab Background, select Solid color and move the slider to choose your desire transparent level.

– Choose custom background image: on the same dialog, you can also choose the background image. For the background, you can search on Gnome-look with the keyword “gnome panel”. The screenshot below was taken with cKPanels.

2. Customize the menu bar

I’m talking about the custom menu bar with “Applications, Places and System”. You can edit those text with a little tweak.

– First, create a file with the content same as in here and save it as “messages.so” for example.
– Edit the file with your preferred text. I myself chose “Apps, Goto and System”.
– Issue the command below in the terminal. If you save the file as “messages.so” so the command would be “msgfmt messages.so”. If you got an error of missing ‘gettext‘ package, you can get it from the synaptic or from here.

msgfmt THE-FILENAME-OF-THE-TEXT-FILE
sudo mv messages.mo /usr/share/locale-langpack/en_US/LC_MESSAGES/gnome-panel-2.0.mo

– And restart gnome-panel at last to take effect.

pkill gnome-panel

3. Mac-like menu bar

If you are a Apple maniac, you would definitely love gnome-globalmenu. For Karmic Koaloa, add the PPA here to your source, update and install gnome-globalmenu. Other Ubuntu distro, you can grab gnome-globalmenu on its homepage.

There’s more? Share it with me and others : )

On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, Episode One – Yet another addictive game for Linux

After the post World of Goo – The best Linux game out there, Isaac recommended me to check out the game “On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness”.  I did try a demo version, and yeah, it’s pretty fun.

Though, i haven’t finished the game yet,  i still post it here so you all can try it with me.

On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness is an episodic RPG-adventure game series set in a deranged comic-book meets-pulp-horror 1920s universe. Armed with unconventional weaponry and witty repartee, you join forces with the Gabe and Tycho, the crime-solving team of the Startling Developments Detective Agency to make war on bizarre enemies and solve the mysteries hidden deep in the sinister heart of New Arcadia.

Homepage | Download this game on MediaFire | Megaupload

Again, if you can, please consider buying the game to support the developers.

For those, who can’t purchase a license, i’m willing to share. Leave your email in the comment and i will get back to you later.

P.S. If you faced with audio problem, you can try fixing by

– First method: try launching the game in the terminal “pasuspender ./RainSlickEp1” or edit directly the launcher script.

– 2nd Method: Edit the file pref.cs in “~/username/.HotheadGames/RainSlickEp1” and go to  $pref::Audio::linuxOutputMode = “AutoDetect” on line 3 to change AutoDetect to your Output Mode. Mine is ALSA for example.

World of Goo – The best game for Linux out there

World of Goo is a physics based puzzle / construction game. The millions of Goo Balls who live in the beautiful World of Goo don’t know that they are in a game, or that they are extremely delicious.

The goal of the game is to make goo balls all of different colors and properties make it to the goal. Simple and easy huh?

Check out its screenshots and intro video below. Download link is included at the end of the post.


Download World of Goo for Linux

If you can, please consider buying the game ($20) on its homepage.