Archive for the 'tips' Category

Using gmail as KDE’s default mail client

August 16th, 2006

I found this script which, when set as your default mail client, opens up a gmail compose window from KDE apps instead of KMail.

I had a couple of problems with the automatic browser detection of the script, though, so I simply set the BROWSER variable to “firefox” instead of the command in the script.

To use, […]

Formatting a USB drive in Linux

May 2nd, 2006

For some reason my USB drive, even though empty, was showing up as half full and I needed to reformat it and found that to my horror, I had no idea what to do. Here’s the solution:

mkfs -t vfat /dev/sda1

Make sure you do it while the drive is unmounted and you are root. Cheers!


Fedora Core 5, nVidia drivers, and circus hoops

March 24th, 2006

As of now, to get nVidia drivers working on FC5, you have to jump through hoops. This has partly to do with the FC5 kernel and partly to do with the driver. Sadly enough, when I reported this in FC5t3, the developers closed it with a NOTABUG (nVidia’s problem).

Here are the hoops you need to […]

How insecure can an OS be? (a.k.a. Dual-booting Windows with GRUB)

March 7th, 2006

Avyakt recently compared Microsoft Windows and women. In the same vein, I recently found out what an insecure OS Windows can be.

I recently gave in to temptation and bought a 250 GB hard drive (only S$150!) and decided I might as well give in to my gamer urges as well, and proceeded to install Windows […]

Game on!

March 1st, 2006

Diablo II: Lord of Destruction, on Linux, using WINE. Bliss No better way to get high just after a deadline!

OK, here’s what I did. I’m using Fedora Core 4, by the way.Install wine. All you need to do is yum install wineRun winecfgGo to the “Graphics” tab. Check “Emulate a virtual desktop”, make […]

Konqi View - Launch pages in Konqueror from Firefox

December 5th, 2005

Howto make Firefox’s IE View extension launch Konqueror

Towards better CLI file copies and moves

July 15th, 2005

I’ve been playing around with a couple of screencasting tools and even as I write this, the first result of my experiments is getting uploaded to the server.

This first screencast is about the little known ‘kfmclient copy/move’ operations which bring convenient GUI goodness to the command line. It’s a 1.25MB heavy, 1024×768 res Flash […]

From App-Centric to Data-Centric

May 25th, 2005

Here’s the big picture overview of my desktop PC usage: I deal with data and not applications. Sadly, most of the apps today aren’t designed with this data first attitude in mind. This is a note on how I got my desktop closer to the ideal data first desktop.

Linux 3D graphics primer

February 28th, 2005

Can’t tell DRI from DRM? Don’t know how Mesa relates to GLX? Help is at hand in the form of this short but excellent guide that will help make the X11 alphabet soup more palatable for everyone.

(via fooishbar)

DVD with MPlayer

February 5th, 2005

If your DVD movie is interlaced and you find setting up deinterlacing filters in xine / totem / kaffeine / mplayer too cryptic, help is at hand!

Just use MPlayer’s pullup inverse telecine video filter:

$mplayer -vf pullup dvd://1

and enjoy the clean picture!