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Hackintosh or Precise Pangolin ?

Prior to Precise Pangolin(12.04) my last Ubuntu upgrade was from Jaunty(9.04) to Lucid(10.04). That was the hard way to do it. It was a double install having to install Karmic(9.10) for a few minutes along the way and never using it. Lucid worked fine and since my primary desktop machine was a Mac, I decided to ...

Just Another Linux User

My regular readers have undoubtedly notice a “hiatus” in my posting of articles. Let me explain, as this will introduce today’s Linux discussion. A death in my family (my mother) resulted in my inheriting a nice home in southwest Florida. My girlfriend, now my wife, Mary retired from her employment and we are both relocating ...

Lucid Lynx – A Wild Cat

There seems to be some controversy over Canonical’s decision to move the windows contol buttons from the right side to the left side of the screen in the next release (Lucid Lynx). Personally, as an occassiol Mac user, it matters little to me where the controls are located, Canonical has clearly stated that over the ...

How To Have A Personal Server In The Cloud

Last September I posted an article about Money Manager Ex. At the time of the post the devolper, Codelathe, promised a “cloud based” version of this great application. They have done that and considerably more. The name of the application is “Tonido”. It is cross platform, you can download versions of it for Windows, Mac ...

To Tweak or Not to Tweak?

Ubuntu-tweak has been upgraded to version .5x. A deb installer can be found here. Similarily, a deb installer for ailurus can be found here. These two applications are similar in nature, and duplicate a few functions. Both can be used to customize your Ubuntu/GNOME installation quite a bit. Both purport to make the learning of ...

How To Boost Volume in an AVI File (Karmic) 2

In the good old days of Jaunty, Ubuntu had an asound.conf file that could be patched to increase the range of audio volume. This is no longer supported in Karmic. Instead, the PulseAudio volume control allows up to a 50% increase over the norm. Unfortunately, depending on how the .avi file was created, this may ...

A Few Internet Radio Tips (Karmic)

Your first effort will be to locate a radio station that streams its broadcasts to the Internet. Radio stations are small to meduium sized businesses. Your local stations may or may not have sufficient IT support to implement the technology. If they do, the streaming format they choose may or may not be useable in ...

HowTo Determine Possible Screen Resolutions (Ubuntu)

In an earlier post, Konstipated Koala, I documented a screen resolution bug and provided links that would enable affected users to find a work-around. Armed with that knowledge I attempted to increase my resolution to 1280×800. Strangely, I could not achieve a resolution greater than 1280×768. I knew that my 19 inch monitor could handle ...

GNOME Panel Management with help from Docky (Tutorial)

When GNOME 3 is officially released next year it will no longer have a bottom panel. The default bottom panel in GNOME 2 can be problematic at times. Some applications compete for the space at the bottom of the screen making buttons difficult to access. In this post I will suggest some solutions, and in ...

The Screen Resolution Bug Resurfaces in Fedora

A few weeks ago I posted an article titled ‘Konstipated Koala‘ in which I documented an Ubuntu 9.10 bug that limits screen resolution to 800X600 for some machines with Intel drivers. In the article I gave links to other articles that would provide enough information to enable a work-around to the problem. Since that post ...