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Kmail links open two Firefox tabs…

Off and on with different distros I have noticed a strange behavior in Kmail and/or Firefox. Clicking on a link in a Kmail email will open Firefox (as it should), but with two identical tabs. That is, it opens the same page twice, simultaneously, in seperate tabs.

XiniX, over at the KDE Community forums, steered me toward the solution. In this file:

/home/username/.kde/share/config/kdeglobals

In the “General” subsection I changed

BrowserApplication[$e]=!firefox-3.5 %u

to

BrowserApplication[$e]=!firefox-3.5

and suddenly, no more double tabs!

XiniX… you da man! Thanks!

 
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Posted by on August 21, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Using Ubuntu 9.04 Live CD to wipe a hard drive…

I have an old 120 gb hard drive I am going to put into a new build. The motherboard, cpu, and memory will be arriving tomorrow, according to the UPS tracking site. Here’s what I am doing to wipe all old data from the drive:

1) Installed old hard drive in place of my new one on this current system.

2) Rebooted with the Ubuntu 9.04 Live CD

3) Opened up a terminal (Applications > Accessories > Terminal)

4) Entered this command:
sudo shred -vfz -n 6 /dev/sda

5) Opened up Firefox to write this post

6) Power off the monitor and let this run all night! (Update: I started this at around 3:30pm on Tuesday afternoon. It did 6 passes of writing random stuff plus a 7th pass of writing all zeros, finishing up at around 8:30 am on Wednesday morning. Total of 17 hours for a 120 gb drive.)

While it was doing its thing I was able to surf the Internet, check web-mail, etc.

 
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Posted by on May 12, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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The Jackalope has arrived… and it’s no myth.

The Jaunty Jackalope has now taken up residence in my computer… and has evicted all other tenants (including Windows Vista)

jackalope_card

I received my brand new 640 gig Western Digital black Caviar hard drive by UPS on April 23, the very same day that Ubuntu 9.04 “Jaunty Jackalope” became available for download. What else could I do but download and burn the new operating system to a live-CD, back up my data to an external hard drive, pull out the old 120 gig hard drive, install the new 640, and install the newest Ubuntu?

After retrieving my data from the external hard drive and downloading some of my favorite apps from Ubuntu’s repositories, I’m up and running with little or no hiccups along the way.

One thing that smoothed the transition (for me) was that I got a little bit smarter about what to retrieve from the external hard drive. My pictures, documents, music, of course. But instead of copying the entire /home/les/ directory, which would pull in every last “.this and .that” folder I just pulled in .kde, .kde4, and the .<applicationname> directories of the applications for which I have made significant configuration changes, such as Gimp and Blender. Pulling in the .kde and .kde4 directories brought in all of my mail, calendar, and contacts, so I had ZERO configuration work to do for Kmail, Korganizer, and Kontact!

Compiz Fusion is working nicely. Songbird is working nicely. I’m liking the Jackalope!

 
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Posted by on May 2, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Fedora 10 is being ornery.

Hi.

When I tried to boot Fedora 10 this evening, I got this nasty-note when the KDE desktop should have been appearing:

“/home/les/.kde/share/config/knotifyrc is not writable”

Underneath that message was another error telling me that /home/les/ was not accessible or writable, or something like that. I decided to reboot and try logging in as root, which worked fine. While there, I opened up a terminal and fixed my writablility problems with these commands:

cd /home/ (navigates to the directory that contains my home directory)

chmod -R ugo+rwx les (giving rwx [read, write, execute] privileges to ugo [users, group, owner]) to the “les” directory. The “-R” stands for “recursive”, meaning it will also give those permissions to all files and directories within the “les” directory.

Now I am able to log into Fedora 10 as a normal user. I don’t know if it is related to this fix, or if the 36 updates I did while logged in as root did it, but I can now use Kpackagekit, and am currently attempting to download OpenOffice.org 3.0 (although it seems to be stuck at 40%… time will tell).

Synaptic still will not start. I will try to reinstall it or something.

I’m not liking KPackagekit very much yet. KPackagekit seems to expect you to know a package name before it shows you any software choices. I really like having the ability to look through all the available packages and discover new things. I guess I depend on Synaptic’s  different methods of browsing the software more than I realized.

 
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Posted by on December 11, 2008 in Uncategorized

 

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Mepis 8: It’s a beautiful thing!

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I used Mepis for quite a while, back in the Mepis 6 days. I have to say that I am very glad to see that they have gone back to using a Debian base and repositories instead of Ubuntu (which is Debian based). Why put one more layer of complexity between you and Debian?

So, in my developing desktop, I am using Mepis 8 beta, KDE 3.5.9, and the beautiful Xaphire theme mentioned in my previous post, which satisfies my need for a dark glassy classy look. Perhaps I don’t need to hurry in reinstalling KDE 4.1!

Mepis 8 also provides the tools to help me with another issue… network configuration. I really don’t have a difficult setup… Verizon dsl, Actiontec router, & ethernet card. Somehow, though, I’ve been having issues, even since the new ethernet card. I’m beginning to wonder if the router is going bad. At any rate, the Mepis Network Assistant has been helpful each time in getting the connection reestablished.

Other tools that I use a lot which are included in Mepis 8, or available in their standard repositories (accessible through Synaptic)–

  • GIMP, (Gnu Image Manipulation Program: an open-source alternative to Photoshop), Blender (3-D modeling and animation),
  • OpenOffice 3.0 (Microsoft Office alternative)
  • Firefox 3.0.1
  • Synaptic 0.62.1, my favorite package manager
  • Bibletime 1.6.5.1, a great Bible study program

A couple of other nice things:

  • automatic recognition and mounting of usb memory sticks, external hard drives, etc.
  • Flashplayer works perfectly “out of the box” at Youtube, Foxnews, etc.

Stay tuned…

 
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Posted by on October 7, 2008 in Uncategorized

 

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