aliases bashrc

I’ve been playing about with aliases within Ubuntu

Aliases are a way for you to customize the commands by giving them aliases (nicknames). You can use them to remember hard commands or make short names to long commands you just hate to type. To setup aliases, right-click and create an empty file in your home directory and name it “.bash_aliases”. Notice the period at the beginning of the name that will make the file hidden. Press “Ctrl+H” to show the hidden files.

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3.5 reasons to sign up for XBOX Gold

I’ve been tempted back to XBOX Live Gold by this great June give-a-way.
3 free games

Then as a genius bit of promotion and marketing, the digital upgrade to Ultra Street Fighter IV will be sold for $15

This means loads of scrub Shoryuken n00bs online to beat up with Blanka

News: Capcom Drops Full Change List for Ultra Street Fighter IV’s Console Release

slow game month other distractions

So it been a slow game month, although I’ve found other distractions!

The geek activites that have kept me occupied recently:

  • launch of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr), there are a few cool features
  • installed Kali Linuxon Virtual Box, and have been playing with some of the packaged tools
  • podcasts… think I’m late to the party of this one
  • it took me from the mid 80’s untill the last week to complete a Rubick’s Cube!
  • Bootstrap, playing with parallax scrolling, considering a project based on cube solution
  • lens blur on the latest Android camera app
  • plus many hours casual gaming 🙂

I’ve got my ownCloud

After traumatic news yesterday of Ubuntu One closing I’ve been playing and researching alternate options.

My favourite to date is, an application you can install on a server, with clients available for Android and Linux… plus the other popular OS’s
Key Features

  • Connect to your ownCloud server (HTTP or HTTPS)
  • Browse files and folders in the native Finder or Explorer
  • Automatically sync your latest files and folders across PCs
  • Share and sync your latest files and folders with other users
  • Selectively sync additional folders from anywhere on your PC
  • Pause and resume uploads and downloads automatically
  • Configure proxies for secure enterprise environments

I’m finding the experience much like Ubuntu One, except it’s on my own server with no back door access to anyone inquisitive.
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Ubuntu One Shutdown notice

Ubuntu one

Here’s the Ubuntu One Shutdown notice I received in my inbox earlier 🙁

The service has been discontinued

We are sorry to notify you that we will be shutting down the Ubuntu One file services, effective 1 June 2014.

It is no longer possible to purchase storage or music from the Ubuntu One store. The Ubuntu One file services apps in the Ubuntu, Google, and Apple stores have been removed.

As always, your content belongs to you. If you have already uploaded any content you can simply download your files onto your PC or an external hard drive. While the service will stop as of 1 June, you will have an additional two months (until 31 July 2014) to collect all of your content. After that date, all remaining content will be deleted.

We've always been inspired by the support, feedback and enthusiasm of our users and want to thank you for the support you've shown for Ubuntu One. We hope that you'll continue to support us as together we bring a revolutionary experience to new devices.

The Ubuntu One team

Stink, first Google Reader, and now this(!)

Ubuntu One has been my goto online storage, I love how easy it is to sync documents between my phone and PC.

Currently I also use Google’s Drive and MEGA, but neither sync with Ubuntu as easy.

GNOME 3.12 Released

GNOME 3.12

GNOME 3.12 Released with New Features for Users and Developers

Orinda, CA– The GNOME Project is proud to release GNOME 3.12 today. The next milestone release in the GNOME 3 series includes many new features, enhancements and updates, as well as new capabilities and APIs for application developers. The new version continues to improve the GNOME 3 user experience and includes many small bug fixes and enhancements.

Speaking on behalf of the GNOME Release Team, Matthias Clasen said “This is an exciting release for GNOME, and brings many new features and improvements, including app folders, enhanced system status and high-resolution display support.” He also thanked the GNOME community for their work on the release, saying that “This six months’ effort wouldn’t have been possible without the whole GNOME community, made of contributors and friends from all around the world”.

The latest GNOME release has been met with anticipation by the project’s partners. Christian Schaller, manager of Red Hat’s Desktop Team, said: “Red Hat is very pleased to see the GNOME community continuing to push the GNU/Linux desktop forward. We are looking forward to the innovations in GNOME 3.12 arriving in future versions of Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux.”

GNOME 3 is already in use by many companies who will benefit from the improvements in the new release. Arun S A G, Software Development Engineer at Yahoo Inc said “GNOME is the desktop environment of choice for many Yahoo developers. It provides a stable foundation for GNU/Linux power users to get things done, from reading emails to writing code.”

Press release cont.

ubuntu 14.04 xbmc Zombieland

After updating to ubuntu 14.04 daily build everything worked as expected, except I couldn’t play video files 🙁

Youtube and flash streamed ok, I installed VLC and ubuntu-restricted-extras, with no luck; each time I tried to open a video file Ubuntu would log out… until I installed xbmc!

Issue solved for now, and with a fantastic treat, I get to see Zombieland for the first time! 🙂

Ubuntu Unity missing time

I noticed today that the clock was missing from the Unity funbar, funny I don’t know how long it was gone 😉
Here are the instructions I found from ask Ubuntu to restore it:

Reinstall indicator-datetime. It should be installed by default, but just in case you have removed it unknowingly, it is best to run the install command again.

sudo apt-get install indicator-datetime

Next, we are going to reconfigure the date time:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure --frontend noninteractive tzdata

Lastly, restart unity.

sudo killall unity-panel-service

Ubuntu screen real estate

OMG Ubuntu - Smaller Unity Launcher

I love this time of year leading up to a new Ubuntu release (sad eh?), and the next one is a LTS, so even more exciting 🙂

From my RSS Ubuntu feed this OMG Ubuntu article: 7 Improvements In Ubuntu 14.04 LTS That You’re Going To Love tells of how the Unity Laucher icon size can be reduced even smaller!

I didn’t know it could be reduced, and I’ve been using icons the scale and boldness of childs Fisher-Price toys on my desktop 🙂

I’ve now got them set at 32 (32 what?), they look fantastic, and free up heaps of my desktops! win win

cryptostorm VPN

#Cryptostorm VPN now live and accepting members, tokens available here.

Structurally anonymous, token-based, opensource, unlimited bandwidth network security/privacy service: old-style “VPN service” evolved to something entirely new, qualitatively distinct. Combining the technological insights of Tor/#torsploit with production-class infrastructure & battle-tested OpSec expertise, cryptostorm is secure darknet communications for everyone: all protocols, all applications, all OS/platforms | unlimited bandwidth & unlimited usage. Properly-implemented Diffie-Hellman ephemeral sessions (discrete log function-based asymmetric re-key of symmetric cipher suites every 20 minutes), token-based network auth, Privacy Seppuku Pledge. Redefining privacy service for a post-PRISM world: cryptostorm.

I’ve requested a months token, and am looking forward to giving the VPN a try.

useful links:


An online friend mentioned OpenSuse this week, a distro that I have heard of, but not yet played with.

So what a great geek treat, to have 2 new OS’s to get the grips of in one week 🙂

I’ve downloaded the 4.7GB iso and installed it via Virtual Box, opting for the KDE ‘Plasma Desktop’ over Gnome 3.1

It’s early days, I’m still updating the software, although already installed Tor 🙂

I’m still very impressed, first impressions are that it is running better than Fedora, and I think I may like it more, and find it quicker than the Ubuntu setup that I’m hosting it through!

As said early days, to play more, but it is looking very promising

Fedora 20

Fedora 20
Fedora 20 released at the start of this month, so I thought I’d give it a try via Virtual Box, and I liked it.

I’m a fan of Gnome, so the GUI was a pleasure to use, although I now know Xfce can be used, and I’ve warmed to it over the last few months.

Issues were Virtual Box related and not Fedora, e.g as always getting a wide-screen view, and the default user wasn’t in the subdoer file (su -c "usermod -g wheel username")yum install … but I play with Linux as I like to tinker 🙂

It’s too early for me to give a fair comparison, but I’ll keep Fedora as my current VB distro for a while and see how it goes.

The main thing I need to shift my thinking on is the use of Yum over apt-get… bonus so far it’s less key strokes 🙂
But if you do absolutely positively need apt-get, here’s a guide from

And yumex over Synaptic: yum install yumex.noarch

And as always on a new Virtual Box distro setup, I installed Tor 🙂

Kinect juggling

I’ve found this fantastic video (bonus that the sound track used sounds like Kid Koala), together with the code… but it’s for Windows 🙁

Projects like this sometimes tempt me back to the darkside.

Looking on through the list of projects I found another that I would love to give a try: Keyboard Anywhere

I started out putting the project together, although disappointingly I ran into a wall trying to install PyQGLViewer on 13.10 🙁

Currently trying Ubuntu + Kinect + OpenNI + PrimeSense from

Solution to missing mouse pointer in Ubuntu Unity and Gnome


Since I last updated my Ubuntu ATI graphics driver the mouse pointer in Ubuntu Unity and Gnome has been missing.

I could still click on objects, and mouseovers would show, just no pointer!

This hasn’t been too bad, as I’ve taken the opportunity to get familiar with XFCE.. but I sometimes missed the shine of Unity and Gnome.

Today my GoogleFu paid dividends and I found this solution, thanks to

gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.cursor active false

Ubuntu Kinect Mouse

Linux kinect
As much as I love the functionality of the xbox 360 kinnect, and there have been some cool games, I don’t use it too often.

So I got thinking about what would be an effective use for this sophisticated bit of kit.

My first thought was as an alternative cursor controller.
And being the 21st century, and having google available at my fingertips, I found that someone had done the hard thinking prior.

So here’s this weekends project, as well as scoring a present for my darling wife, and finding a battery pack for the PirateBox 🙂

So for starters, here’s A community based site focusing on development and programming for the Microsoft Kinect 3D depth sensor.
Develop Kinect

this didn’t work so well, so I tried a different tactic: OpenKinect

Steam OS

Steam OS
After reading this post on Reddit about the unboxing of a Steam Machine, I’m very eager to see how well my own Linux machine will handle the Steam OS.

All boxes below ticked, except for the NVIDIA graphics card.

I’m hoping that the Steam OS will be the catalyst to get AMD drivers sorted for Linux… we can all dream 😉

I wonder how much the controllers will then cost?

What do you need to run SteamOS? Here's the hardware list from the FAQ:

  • Intel or AMD 64-bit capable processor
  • 4GB or more memory
  • 500GB or larger disk
  • NVIDIA graphics card (AMD and Intel graphics support coming soon)
  • UEFI boot support
  • USB port for installation

Info from Gamespot

linux format usb drive as fat32


linux format usb drive as fat32

go to super mode by typing "su" followed by super mode password

fdisk -l

that will show all the volume in your pc or you can also use the


to see the usb flash drive suppose it may be /deb/sdb1

umount /dev/sdb1

that un mount the drive

mkfs.vfat /dev/sdb1

to format drive into fat32 format