A Bit of Housekeeping

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Mike’s Ubuntu Blog now has a Facebook page to help keep you updated. If you’re interested in staying in the loop, get on board. [Translate]

Cardapio: Simple and Powerful Menu

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I have been a fan of Gnome-Do for a long time. Mac users have been used to having programs just a few keystrokes away with Quicksilver search, and Windows joined the fun with its newly designed start menu in Vista and 7. Cardapio simultaneously simplifies the gnome menu and delivers easy hotkey searching. From Cardapio’s… Read more »

Calvin & Hobbes + Daily NASA Photo Wallpaper

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Haven’t you always wanted Calvin & Hobbes stargazing at the daily NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day for  your wallpaper? I know I have. Now we can. In this tutorial I will show you how to set that up. First, just double check you have these installed. I think most users will already. sudo apt-get… Read more »

Awesome Ubuntu Theme

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I came across a post in the Ubuntu Forums that had an amazing theme. Check it out. As far as I know, this is the same guy who makes Pinguy OS. I first read about Pinguy OS on this Reddit post. I’ve just put together a gtk-metacity and iconset. Could someone give it ago and tell… Read more »

Ubuntu Stack Exchange: Q&A

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I came across this website today. Users can ask questions, and other users answer them. It is currently in public beta, but already appears to be very active. I recommend checking it out. http://ubuntu.stackexchange.com/ [Translate]

Flying Toasters screensaver in latest Ubuntu

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For whatever reason, the beautiful flying toasters screensaver is no longer part of the default set. Luckily, it can easily be reinstalled as part of the xscreensaver-gl-extra package. Just run the following: [Translate]

How to: Make the Vuvuzela Ubuntu’s Startup Sound

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I saw a tweet this morning that got me thinking. This beautiful-sounding instrument is loved worldwide for its calming melodies. If you haven’t experienced the World Cup’s signature vuvuzela sound, listen to the games with this World Cup Simulator. [html 5 browsers only] To make every day a World Cup day, why don’t I make it… Read more »

PlayDeb.net: Making Simple Gaming in Linux a Reality

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What is PlayDeb.net? According to their “About Us” page: PlayDeb is an unofficial project with the mission to provide the latest open source and freeware games for the current Ubuntu Linux release, in an easy to install manner. The PlayDeb repository extends the official repositories by providing latest versions and new games. Unlike the official… Read more »

Battery Status 0.1: Battery Applet With More Features

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I like to know how much time I have left on my laptop battery in Ubuntu. It’s nice to see the time remaining in the corner of the screen. Sure, the default applet shows the time on hover, but hey: this is Linux. Why shouldn’t it work how I want it to? [Translate]

Ubuntu 64 Bit & Flash

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My last two machines have had 64 bit processors. I have tried the 64 bit version of Ubuntu, and had issues getting things working well. The biggest and most obvious issue has been Adobe’s flash player. Although there are ways to get it working, it would be ideal if it could be easily installed out-of-the-box…. Read more »