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Amazon: Windows XP Refund

2009-08-09T03:15:26Z

I’ve been a linux user for quite a while now. I looked to buy a netbook without Windows on it, but due to market conditions, that did not seem possible. Based on this slashdot article, I went ahead and ordered … Continue reading

I’ve been a linux user for quite a while now. I looked to buy a netbook without Windows on it, but due to market conditions, that did not seem possible.

Based on this slashdot article, I went ahead and ordered the same item. (see my report on it here)

The first conversation was over the phone, which did not get me anywhere.

I had better luck over email. They offered me a refund of 10% on the price of the netbook, along with keeping Windows on it.

I however, asked again pointing to the slashdot article and after that they refunded me the price of Windows XP according to the article: $65.45

Thank you amazon for being so awesome!




ASUS Eee PC 1005HA : Installation Report

2009-08-11T04:59:17Z

I just bought a netbook. It finally boiled down to this: ASUS Eee PC 1005HA. I bought it for the extra battery life, the improved processor power and loads of space. I promptly downloaded Ubuntu Netbook Remix edition to put … Continue reading

I just bought a netbook. It finally boiled down to this: ASUS Eee PC 1005HA. I bought it for the extra battery life, the improved processor power and loads of space.

I promptly downloaded Ubuntu Netbook Remix edition to put on it. Installation was straight forward from the USB stick image. Almost all of the hardware worked except the wireless card and the wired ethernet. However, workarounds for this are documented at the Ubuntu Netbook Hardware Support page. However, all keys did not work as expected.

So, I went with eeebuntu which offers customized installation for the eeepc netbooks. Most of the function keys except the “toggle touchpad” work. I had the same issue with this distribution with regards to the wired and wireless internet. Installing a kernel that is backported from karmic fixed the issue with the wireless.

The wireless does not resume if the netbook is suspended with the wireless turned on. However, if the wireless radio is turned off before suspend, the wireless radio can be turned on when the netbook recovers out of suspend.

Update (08/10/2009): The toggle touchpad button now works
I am using the statux.org testing repository.
I also enabled shmconfig using hal in ‘/etc/hal/fdi/policy/synaptics.fdi




Apologies to Planet Ubuntu Readers

2009-02-13T08:33:04Z

Attention WordPress Users: It turns out when I upgraded to WordPress 2.7, it killed the feed url that I had set up for Planet Ubuntu and defaulted to the main feed for my blog. Hence, all Ubuntu Planet Readers might … Continue reading

Attention WordPress Users: It turns out when I upgraded to WordPress 2.7, it killed the feed url that I had set up for Planet Ubuntu and defaulted to the main feed for my blog. Hence, all Ubuntu Planet Readers might have been exposed to my blog postings not related to Ubuntu things. Hopefully, you found the previous two entries entertaining/useful!

My apologies again. I will refrain from posting to my blog/remove my feed url from Planet Ubuntu till I can resolve this issue.

For other wordpress users:
See PlanetUbuntu Wiki Page
Forum Discussion




Kaffeine, mceusb and irexec

2008-12-20T21:23:22Z

I have a PVR 150 with the mceusb remote. My setup is a dual screen with an nvidia 6600GT with a monitor and a tv-out on the component out (Y – Pb – Pr; red-green-blue) working with mythfrontend running on … Continue reading

I have a PVR 150 with the mceusb remote. My setup is a dual screen with an nvidia 6600GT with a monitor and a tv-out on the component out (Y – Pb – Pr; red-green-blue) working with mythfrontend running on the tv output (you can configure this in the myth setup screen). See: xorg.conf.

The mythbuntu lirc generator does not have support for kaffeine. There are two ways to go about this (also see: Lirc Wiki Page)

1) Install kdelirc package and start the irkick program and configure it.
2) Keep all the remote stuff together using lirc and irexec.

I have added the same information to the lirc wiki page (also see ~/.lircrc and ~/.lirc/kaffeine). If you do not use the mceusb remote, you will have to change the names of the remote and buttons to get it to work.)

I also have irexec autostart by creating a script file irexec.sh (don’t forget to make the script executable) in ~/.kde/Autostart.

#!/bin/bash
/usr/bin/irexec -d

To assign other buttons to kaffeine, enter dcop kaffeine KaffeineIface and dcop kaffeine KaffeinePartIface to get all available DCOP functions.

With this configuration, I can now use my remote with kaffeine.

Now, off to actually watch something… (image)




Geocaching tools in Linux

2008-04-19T22:40:59Z

I just bought a Garmin etrex vista hcx (phew!) handheld GPS unit, in order to use for geocaching. This post aims to address how to send geocaching information to the Garmin GPS device over USB. We will use the excellent … Continue reading

I just bought a Garmin etrex vista hcx (phew!) handheld GPS unit, in order to use for geocaching.

This post aims to address how to send geocaching information to the Garmin GPS device over USB. We will use the excellent GPSBabel tool to perform this task.

Use either apt-get or synaptic to install gps-babel on your Ubuntu box.

sudo apt-get install gpsbabel

You might need to fix usb permissions on Ubuntu. After doing this, connect your garmin GPS device to your USB port. Check permissions by using the dmesg command.

You will need to get geocaching information by signing up at geocaching.com. Once you have signed in, you should be able to save cache information in either .loc format, or .gpx format (paid members only). Save all the loc files or gpx files you download to a directory on your desktop (recommended, not required).

Test if your gps device actually works with gpsbabel. Do this by
gpsbabel -i geo -f geocaching.loc -o garmin -F usb:

If you have a bunch of loc waypoint files to transfer, do this

for GPSFILE in *.loc;
do gpsbabel -i geo -f $GPSFILE -o garmin -F usb:;
done

If you have a bunch of gpx exchange files to transfer, do this

for GPSFILE in *.gpx;
do gpsbabel -i gpx -f $GPSFILE -o garmin -F usb:;
done




rm -rf /Facebook/me

2008-03-11T05:55:36Z

Hi Venkat, We have deleted your profile information and removed your email address from our login database. Please let me know if you have further questions or concerns. Thanks, Peter User Operations Facebook I am finally off facebook. It was … Continue reading

Hi Venkat,

We have deleted your profile information and removed your email address from our login database. Please let me know if you have further questions or concerns.

Thanks,
Peter
User Operations
Facebook

I am finally off facebook. It was a easy enough process, just fill a form out and send it. Anyways, I have few friends on facebook.

I won’t be back till they earn my trust by putting a “Delete my Account” link right next to the “Deactivate Account”.

Update:
A few have asked on how to do this. You simply contact them using the contact form, and put “Delete my account” in the subject, and “Delete my account” in the body, with or without any additional comments. Thanks to the “How to I delete my facebook account” facebook group for this tip (image)

See also: Facebook Help, last entry.




Video and Audio Editing

2008-03-02T09:11:39Z

I finally got Ubuntu Studio (gutsy) installed directly from the ISO using the the nice Ubuntu wiki article. I did have issues with it not picking up my video card (nvidia 6600gt), but I got around that by booting to … Continue reading

I finally got Ubuntu Studio (gutsy) installed directly from the ISO using the the nice Ubuntu wiki article. I did have issues with it not picking up my video card (nvidia 6600gt), but I got around that by booting to the recovery console and installing the needed nvidia stuff. Hopefully, the new alpha does the bullet proof X stuff!

Anyways, I have never done any podcasting/video creation using Linux. I did not know where to start off, so I started trying the programs one by one. The sound category is a winner, and audacity does all that I need really well.

The video part, is another story! I tried cinelerra, and it was way too complicated for me to use. I have the sneaky suspicion that it has a steep learning curve, but is a great tool. Only time will tell (image)

I ended up using kdenlive to put all my videos together. I also used avidemux to edit some of the clips. It took me a while to understand how everything works, but I finally got a handle on it. Everything was fine and dandy till I tried exporting my video. The audio sync with the video was screwed up, right at the end. No matter what I did, it screwed up the video that I captured from my video camera. The frustrating part was that the preview window displayed the video correctly.

I finally googled around, and looked at a bug related to ntsc and audio sync problems on kdenlive. I changed that to PAL (who cares, we are doing digital video anyways!) and it exported correctly. Here is the obligatory youtube link!




Make Your Own Passport Size Photos (using GIMP)

2008-01-02T03:19:27Z

As a new year present to the community, here is an small tutorial on making your own passport size pictures using the GIMP. http://www.robotgeek.org/articles/passport_tutorial/tutorial.html Have a great new years, and hopefully this tutorial will help you when you travel 🙂

As a new year present to the community, here is an small tutorial on making your own passport size pictures using the GIMP.

http://www.robotgeek.org/articles/passport_tutorial/tutorial.html

Have a great new years, and hopefully this tutorial will help you when you travel (image)




Schedules Direct

2007-09-18T04:06:17Z

I just bought a 6-month subscription of schedules direct to go with my myth tv setup. I had a few issues on day 1 of my trial, but things have been working out fine after that. The cost is 15$ … Continue reading

I just bought a 6-month subscription of schedules direct to go with my myth tv setup. I had a few issues on day 1 of my trial, but things have been working out fine after that. The cost is 15$ for 6 months, I think it is a good buy.

I remember having to use non-kosher repositories to get new installs of xmltv-util which has support for schedules direct.




Lunar Eclipse

2007-08-28T12:03:24Z

If anyone is interested, take a look of the pictures I took of the Lunar Eclipse on August 28, 2007. Sadly, I could not take any more pictures of it after the eclipse, cause the sun was already up and … Continue reading

If anyone is interested, take a look of the pictures I took of the Lunar Eclipse on August 28, 2007. Sadly, I could not take any more pictures of it after the eclipse, cause the sun was already up and it was really cloudy.

http://picasaweb.google.com/venkatraghavan/LunarEclipse

On another note, I plan to build a remote control for my camera (i have everything i need except this one function), so I can control it using PTP. However, the wikipedia page on PTP links to an ISO standards page. However, it is not free to view, and costs $$$. Instead, I will now have to read the gphoto2 source code as it supports PTP. Sounds like a fun project!