Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Can't sleep and for once its because I'm in a good mood!

You know despite a few things that nearly ruined my entire Veterans Day there was one amazing bright spot that has had me smiling tonight. My son's class put on a show at the school he goes to. As a veteran I was proud to attend and my son was I happy I came. So I just want to share the moment.






My wall will never be the same again!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Firefox Developers Edition is available: How to install it on Linux.

I just downloaded and setup Firefox Developer Edition. Though I haven't delved into using it yet I really like the interface and features I have gleaned over so far. Its also HTML 5 compliant (very important.)

There is no deb or rpm file available yet but it runs out of the box once you unpack the tar file. To make it available as a global place the unpacked folder (you don't have to do this but I renamed the folder firefoxDM to differentiate the the two versions of Firefox) somewhere in your available executable paths. (I went with /usr/share/) I then used my menu editor to create the entry so it appeared in my menu. For me the full path to the executable is /usr/share/firefoxDM/firefox

I also grabbed a Icon to make the difference between the standard browser and the developer edition visibly apparent.


Yes its that simple to setup. Enjoy

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Hiding the Cashew

I use KDE but I am not, and never have been a fan of the Desktop Cashew. It's of no real use to me and I just don't like it on my desktop. Though I can't actually remove it I did learn how to hide it.



In the current version of KDE you can drag the Cashew to the bottom of the screen and place it underneath the panel. If you have a transparent, or semi-transparent, panel this may become slightly more annoying. However if you have a non transparent panel its a great way to hide the Desktop Cashew. So this is what my desktop looks like.


Yeah it works for me.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

I actually started off today with the intent of blogging about KDE features that are now working in Kubuntu 14.10 that didn't do so well in 14.04. Screenshots and all. The one I wanted to rave on the most was KDE Connect. However, despite having Android Jellybean, which has a built in screen shot feature, when I used the button combination my phone restarted instead. So I spent a good part of my afternoon in chat with a Samsung rep trying to get it fixed (After a factory reset we did.)

End result, no blog on KDE Connect or Cloud Storage Manager, as I have to work on getting my phone back to the way I had it. Thank God for Google settings backup services which had my app settings stored but I have to completely redo my layout to get it back to where I had it. What was the cause of the problem? An Android System update sitting in my queue waiting to install. Go figure.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Getting Kolab on Ubuntu

These are the steps I needed to do to setup the Kolab Repositories for Ubuntu. Please note these are minor corrections that are listed from the Kolab Site:

For Ubuntu 14.04: Add the following lines to /etc/apt/sources.list;

deb http://obs.kolabsys.com/repositories/Kolab:/3.3/Ubuntu_14.04/ ./
deb http://obs.kolabsys.com/repositories/Kolab:/3.3:/Updates/Ubuntu_14.04/ ./

Get the gpg key:

gpg --keyserver pgp.mit.edu --search devel@lists.kolab.org

To import the key:

sudo bash
gpg --export --armor devel@lists.kolab.org | apt-key add -
exit

Put the following in /etc/apt/preferences.d/kolab:

Package: *
Pin: origin obs.kolabsys.com

Pin-Priority: 501

sudo apt-get update

aptitude install kolab

When asked to confirm that you want to install the package and its dependencies, press Enter.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

How to actually get Kontact to Sync with Google Calendar.

After spending the last few days figuratively banging my head on a brick wall to get Kontact to sync with my Google Calendar I found the proper way to do it, alebeit by accident. Everyone else's how to simply isn't working. So here is the correct procedure.

All do give the correct first few steps;

For Debian flavored distros:
sudo apt-get install akonadi-kde-resource-googledata

for RPM based distros, using yum:
yum install akonadi-googledata

Next they tell you to Select Akonadi Google Calendar Resource. This is incorrect, you should actually select Google Calendar and Tasks.


The following window will appear when you do;


Your's of course will be empty. Click on the Add button at the top to setup access to your Google services. In the next dialog box enter your Gmail address and password.


Lastly you need to accept the following so you can get your calendar and tasks loaded into Kontact;




That's it, your done and Kontact now has access to your Gmail services.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Using Linux As A Promotional Tool

Okay before anything else I need to state the following. The following video is showing how I set my system up to support my Football Team the Houston Texans using graphics and files I created specifically for that purpose. I will not release this setup as a distribution because of the many copyright issues that doing so would cause with the NFL and the Texans. This setup exists only on my Laptop and that is it. However, it does show how Linux can be setup to promote any business, organization, charity, product, service or just about anything one can think of.

I also need to apologize for the quality of the beginning of the video showing the boot up and log in process. I had to use my phone to capture the video as Virtualbox was balking on many things so I couldn't record the screen. The video is nowhere near professional quality but it gets the idea across.

I am running LinuxMint 17 KDE version for this demo.

video

What's important to look at here is that:

The entire boot to desktop process is all showing the Organization I am supporting.
The creation of the elements used are simple and fairly straight forward to create and incorporate into the Linux system. Though some technical knowledge is required, things can be kept simple or if desired things can be made to be even more impressive using various engine functions in Plymouth, Ksplash and Kwin to wow the target audience.

Those who wish to promote whatever, can do so, essentially for the cost of a DVD, and even print labels on to the DVDs using a specialized printer, which gives a even higher polish to the end product.

It also promotes Linux.

The variations are many, Boot Splash, Login Themes, Desktop Environment, Icons, Desktop Themes and Graphics, and what applications can be used.

Many LUGS use their own distributions to promote themselves. This just taking the concept further.w

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Kmail and Gmail: Filters and Operations


Its been a long time since I posted anything here but then, haven't had much to post. However, I recently had a fight with my email management solutions. Thunderbird 32 does not have a Lightning extension available for it. Not good when you rely on your calendar like I do. Also I have discovered that Thunderbird isn't as compatible with Gmail as some other solutions. So I went back to Kmail but did a few things very differently.

As best as I could I made all my email filters at Gmail. Reasons for this is I'm simply tired of making filters. Putting the responsibility on my cloud service (a.k.a. Gmail) means they will always be there regardless of what email client I use.

Thunderbird for some damnable reason did not setup all my gmail folders (Personal and Work were ignored) and that caused me some issues. Kmail, on the other hand does recognize them and loads them.

Nepomuk is the default database for Kmail and as we all know it, and Kmail, are both rather buggy. However, using the IMAP protocol Nepomuk doesn't become a big issue, and Kmail works a whole lot better.


As you can see I have a rather extensive set of folders and sub-folders (Gmail calls them Labels) All folders, filters, and email remain on the Gmail server, Kmail downloads no email (it simply loads the email you are reading like a browser, which is handy.)

Here are the instructions for making labels in Gmail. Here are the instructions for using filters in Gmail.

There is one huge advantage of using Kmail over Thunderbird as well, Kmail actually lets you move email between folders (labels) on the Gmail server. Thunderbird balked on that big time. 

If your primary email account is Gmail, you may want to look into this solution.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

KDE Clock Issues

 In my case, /etc/localtime was a symlinked to something completely wrong so I just deleted it sudo rm /etc/locatime and then created a symlink to the proper file: ln -s /usr/share/zoneinfo/America/Chicago/etc/localtime and the clocked fixed its self instantly.Thank You  f.ardelian for providing the correct solution.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

How To Sync Google Calendar with Thunderbird 23 and 24

As many of you know Provider for Google Calendar no longer works with Thunderbird 21 and up. The API hasn't been updated in some time as well. The next obvious issue is that Thunderbird's Lightning extension itself does not support Google Calendar, so how does one get them to sync?

The answer is an often overlooked extension that no one would give a second thought to using if they didn't do some research, synckolab. This extension adds the ability to allow Lightning to use the iCal protocol which Google supports.

To use the extension you will need Lightning 2.5b2 for Thunderbird 23. For Thunderbird 24 its best to use Lightning 2.6b1. Click on the link above for synckolab and save the xpi file. Open Thunderbird and go to Tools >> Add-ons.


Now click the settings icon and select Install Add-on from file. Navigate to the xpi file and select it.


Restart Thunderbird to activate the new extension.

Open up your web browser and navigate to your Google Calendar, go to and hover the calendar name you wish to sync with and when the drop down arrow appears hover on it the select "Calendar Settings" and right click on the iCal button for the private URL (should be the second one)


Now in Thunderbird select File >> New >> Calendar, then select the Radio Button for "On the Network" and click "Next" make sure the "iCalendar" Radio Button is selected and then paste the URL you copied from Google into "Location" and click "Next" Lightning will update immediately.

Its simple, easy and it works. Enjoy



Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Time To Be Personal, Frank and Completely Honest.

You are looking at a picture of where I now live. Yep that is a very old (1985 Model to be exact) travel trailer.

Its a roof but now I'm going to reveal some things about my personal life I have never revealed online before.

I am in a personal war with my son's grandmother whom is illegally interfering with parental rights over my 9 year old son. Under Texas State Law she is not allowed to interfere, coerce, or extort in any form that infringes upon my rights as the father. Well she does all that. She even committed perjury (out right lied to the judge) lied to the police and has even physically attacked me (in the hopes of getting me to retaliate so I would go to jail.)

Anyway long story short, with a lot of help from a lot of good people I finally found this old travel trailer and $800 dollars later. The significance of this is that she no longer has control of my living situation. I now have a have a home base and can actually get a decent job.

Ah but there is a rub... I need to repair it and well barely get enough money a month to pay the lot rent and the electric bill (plus keep my cell phone going as well.)

So I am doing the one thing I never wanted to do and had hoped to God I never would do. I am begging for money online but I'm in a do or die clutch situation and have an opportunity to end the living hell I have endured for far to long.

So I am using Go Fund Me to ask for the money I need to repair the trailer for long term living and do it correctly, not just half ass.

Here's the link: http://www.gofundme.com/2hbglk

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Saturday, August 4, 2012

We probably have all seen the ads where HP sends a cute baby's picture over the internet to be printed at the home of the family so its ready when they get home.

When it comes to cloud services I like this one especially. HP though doesn't support Linux based computers (Though they do support Android [Huh?!?])

Google has a similar service called Google Cloud Print. I just recently bought a Brother MFC-J430W printer and discovered that it had the ability to connect to Google Cloud so I signed in using my Gmail account using the printer's simple http interface.

Now let me say I LOVE THIS PRINTER. I can print from my phone to the printer over the local wireless network and I can scan from the printer to the phone. (Still working on connecting to the scanner via SANE client over the wireless network. That will be another post.)

It took a little research but I found a CUPS driver for Google Cloud Printer service with setup instructions here so if I ever need to print something and my netbook and I are at a remote location I can send it over the cloud.

Folks this is an extremely valuable service and one well worth having. Check into at http://www.google.com/cloudprint/learn/