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My Updated 3.14 Packages for GNOME Extensions PDF Print E-mail
Posted on October 16, 2014

Updated packages I made GNOME 3 Extensions I use

 

Update: 11th April, 2015

I've updated the extensions below to be compatible with GNOME 3.16 so if you are a 3.16 user go to the GNOME 3.16 Updates Package blog post to download those.

 

GNOME, desktop environment project, released their latest version recently, about a month ago, and I waited for the packages to become stable in Arch Linux before I updated and that happened today. I updated earlier today and found that many of my installed extensions were no longer working which was unfortunate but not a deal breaker for me because most of the time extensions just need metadata updates which are fairly trivial. I've made some updates to the extensions I use and I thought since they haven't been updated on the official pages yet that I would make the updates and release them publicly if anyone wanted to use them.

 

Notes:

1. These updated packages are compatible with the official packages so when the official packages update these will be overwritten and will smoothly transition into the official packages.

2. These updated packages will NOT overwrite your settings so you will not have to start over, they are compatible with existing settings.

 

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My Installed GNOME 3 Extensions PDF Print E-mail
Posted on October 02, 2014

My Installed GNOME 3 Extensions

 

I am a really big fan of the GNOME 3 desktop environment because of many things but one of the biggest factors is the extendability via extensions because it allows so many customization options through these extensions so it can be modified to fit any user's preferences. Here is a list of my favorite/installed GNOME Shell Extensions.

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Apps.Ubuntu.com Should Replace the Ubuntu Software Center PDF Print E-mail
Posted on September 08, 2014

Apps.Ubuntu.com Should Replace the Ubuntu Software Center Video

 

Click the thumbnail above to watch the video

 

This video/blog post is to express my opinion about the website Apps.Ubuntu.com should replace the Ubuntu Software Center. The Apps.Ubuntu.com site can do absolutely everything that the USC can do and a lot of things that the USC actually can't do. There are many reasons as to why the USC should be replaced by this website and in the video I address a few of these reasons.

The reasons in the video are:

  • Speed, the website is so much faster and easier to navigate than the USC.
  • Usability, the website can benefit from the browser's Tab Browsing features where as the USC has no ability to do so and it would be wasted effort to make it do it.
  • Search Functionality is a LOT better on the website for many reasons but the biggest reason is that the Search field doesn't randomly disappear for no reason like it does in the USC.
  • App Sharing, on the Website you can share new apps you find on sites like Twitter, Google+ and Facebook but in the USC you can't...AT ALL.
  • The USC has NOTHING that the Website couldn't do in terms of Application Discovery and Management. Yes, to those who just thought to themselves, "what about installed applications?", I already addressed that in the video.
  • The USC could easily be replaced with the USI (Ubuntu Software Installer) that essentially provides the same functionality as Gdebi but through APT commands.

I do acknowledge that the Apps.Ubuntu.com website is not perfect...it has a lot of flaws, just as many as the USC in fact but the potential with the website is far greater than that of the USC.

 

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(S)FTP into XBMC on a Raspberry Pi with Raspbmc and FileZilla PDF Print E-mail
Posted on April 18, 2014

If you are trying to manage your Raspbmc device over (S)FTP via FileZilla then you may have ran into a few confusing issues that I did as well so this tutorial is an attempt to make it easier and provide a step by step guide to the process. There is information scattered across the net to figure this out but I couldn't find a self-contained tutorial so I decided to do it. openELEC users, don't worry I didn't ignore y'all (yes, I'm a southerner),  when there are differences I will point out the differences in openELEC.

 

Why would I want to use (S)FTP to manage my Raspbmc (XMBC)?

Well there are many reasons so it is hard to narrow it down to all the options that are available to everyone but I will give you the reasons I wanted it.

  • Easily move addon zip files to the /home directory so I can easily install addons (turns out there is an even easier option for this, for a later tutorial)
  • Editing the favourites.xml file in order to edit your favorites directly in the xml...not for everyone but very handy for me.
  • View & Edit config files or addon data for any installed Addons.
  • Editing Keyboard Shortcuts which cane be done in /home/pi/keymaps/keyboard.xml (should probably make a tutorial for this too)
  • Customizing the Seek Controls for how much time is skipped forward and backward in a video.

I'm sure that many of you can think of more reasons to manage your Raspbmc via FTP but this should give you some good ideas of what you can do with this...now lets get to the tutorial.

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XBeamMC - Send files from Linux to play on XBMC PDF Print E-mail
Posted on November 17, 2013

 

Here is a demo video of the project I am working on that will allow you to send media to play on your XBMC. The project supports multiple hosts and every file format that XBMC supports.

Demo Video: http://youtu.be/s3RM3D9wfxQ

Features:

  • XBeamMC can send local files over the LAN or WiFI via Samba (NFS support planned for the future)
  • XBeamMC supports Direct URLs for streaming media over the internet. This includes any format that XBMC supports and even supports Live HLS streams.
  • XBeamMC will support over 20+ Websites at launch including but not limited to Youtube, Vimeo, DailyMotion, Break, Ustream.tv, TWiT, Revision3, Jupiter Broadcasting, Twitch.tv, IGN, The Onion, College Humor, and many more.

 

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Spotify Linux Themes Updated for Spotify Version 0.9.4.183 PDF Print E-mail
Posted on November 15, 2013

Ubuntu Ambiance Theme for Spotify

 

I am pleased to announce that all of the downloads for the Spotify (Linux) themes/download have been updated to version 1.3.0 which is compatible with the latest version of Spotify which is 0.9.4.183.

 

All of the downloads as well as the instructions for the themes/downloads can be found on the Spotify Linux Themes, project page.

 

My next release for this project is planned to be Open Sourcing the themes so anyone who wants to can make their own theme for whatever distro they want. Creating the tutorial is taking FOREVER because Spotify doesn't really have a theming system...essentially they made this has hard as they possibly could.

 
Google's Nexus 4 Smartphone Gets a Price Drop, Now Starting at $199! PDF Print E-mail
Posted on August 28, 2013

 

Google has just announced a price drop for their current Android Flagship Smartphone, the Nexus 4. This is great news for anyone looking to upgrade but don't want to deal with the carriers' contracts and other ripoffs.

 

It has been a year since the release of the Nexus 4 so the price drop was expected but happened a lot sooner than when it was thought to have occurred.

 

The Nexus 4 provides a High-End Up-to-Date Android Smartphone at a very reasonable price. The Nexus 4 now starts at $199 for the 8GB model and $249 for the 16GB model.

 

Most high-end smartphones cost $199 or $249 subsidized with a Contract...this means that the phone is not actually that price and the contract forces you to pay more. Most phones are $600-$800 if you buy them without a contract.

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Ubuntu App Showdown 2012 was a Failure! What Will Happen This Year? PDF Print E-mail
Posted on August 25, 2013

 

A little over a year ago Canonical held the first ever Ubuntu App Showdown which resulted in some really cool apps like Fogger, LightRead and many more. Many of these apps brought some new innovative ideas to the Linux landscape especially with apps like Fogger. Unfortunately, in the long term, the Ubuntu App Showdown was a Failure! There were 130+ apps submitted to the App Showdown of which practically none of them have had any sort of 'active development'. I'm looking at 34 apps in this article which includes the 3 Main Winners, 3 Community Winners, 20 Must-Haves (as stated by OMG!U), and a few more to round out the article as well as the 1 app that provides the 3%, saving the Showdown from what would have been complete failure.

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All Themes Updated for the Latest Version of Spotify for Linux PDF Print E-mail
Posted on June 27, 2013

Ubuntu Ambiance Theme for Spotify

 

I am pleased to announce that all of the downloads for the Spotify (Linux) themes/download have been updated to version 1.2.0 which is compatible with the latest version of Spotify which is 0.9.1.55.

 

All of the downloads as well as the instructions for the themes/downloads can be found on the Spotify Linux Themes, project page.

 
Movies in Birmingham: IMAX or LIEMAX? PDF Print E-mail
Posted on June 17, 2013

Want to watch Hollywood Movies on IMAX in Birmingham, AL?


The short answer is "YOU CAN'T!"

At the time of this article, there are two options that claim to be IMAX in Birmingham/Hoover unfortunately neither option deliver the experience.

 

What is IMAX?

As soon as you walk into an IMAX theater, the difference in this format is immediately obvious -- the screen is gigantic! There are two different versions of IMAX screens: Standard and Dome. The Standard IMAX screen is approximately 52 feet x 72 feet in size but they can be much larger. Dome IMAX screens are approximately 98 feet in diameter.

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