Friday, October 13, 2006

Ubuntu and Mp3 player

Ubuntu and Mp3 player

On Ubuntu Dapper my USB mp3 player Creative MuvoV200 sometimes isn't recognized. After a cold start it always works.

"sudo modprobe -r usb-storage" and replacing the player solves the problem.
Another webmail solution

Another webmail solution

Another way to download mail from webbased mailaccounts.

It's a plug-in for thunderbird and works great. Very nice is the feature in thunderbird to filter your mail. I've made separate folders for all my accounts, and the mail is filtered automaticly to the folders. And with spamassassin - build in Junk filter of Thunderbird, most of my spam is transported to the trashbin.

There was a small problem to get the extention to work. It is needed to change the pop and smtp port from 110 to more than 1024 (the same change is needed in the pop/smtp setting for every account in Thunderbird). After this the pop and smtp servers are green in the preferences of the webmail extention.

Pop settings:
servername: localhost
username: (example)

For now smtp doesn't seem to work. I've changed the port above 1024, it could be a firewall issue.
Not that important for me, the hotmail and lycos accounts I'm using are mainly used to receive mail.

Edit: It works, you can only choose 1 "smtp" server and the right server isn't chosen automaticly.

Smtp settings
servername: localhost
username and password: (example)

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Hotmail in your e-mail client

Hotmail in your e-mail client

I've got some hotmail addresses. To log into all your acounts costs some time, so to make this process automatic I've discovered this great program.

After starting this Java program, it's possible to download your mail with a normal client (like evolution or thunderbird) Of course you have to add your hotmail accounts in your client.
For more info: go to the site.

Highly recommended!

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Ubuntu Breezy 5.10

Ubuntu Breezy 5.10

Soon after Ubuntu Breezy 5.10 was available I downloaded it and tried it on my laptop.

Upgrading from Hoary wasn't successful, so I did a complete new install. Installation was painless and all components were recognized.
The new Breezy isn't very different from Hoary from what i've seen. Open Office 2.0 is for me the biggest difference together with the newest Gnome version 2.12.

Maybe I will see the big benifits of Hoary after the update of the Ubuntu Guide.

Because I needed to do a new install I tried some other distro's too

1. Debian. After installing no X server started, so I didn't bother...
2. Mandriva 2005 (I thought I'd downloaded 2006)
Nice distro. Very complete 'out of the box' even AVI / mp3
3. OpenSUSE 10.0
Also a very nice distro. With this guide :
It's very easy to make a complete desktop in a short time.

I think the main distro's are all very good, and there isn' t one for me that is the absolute best.

Ubuntu is still my favorite, the reason for this is the community, the forum and the Ubuntu Guide.

Sunday, October 02, 2005



Mame is an emulator for arcade games. It's a problem getting it to work with a nice gui in linux.
This is the way I do it, but it doesn't work flawless.

- install xmame (synaptic)

- install the newest version of gxmame Gxmame projectpage
to install use sudo dpkg -i gxmame_0.35beta2-1_i386.deb

- after that I changed the default rom directory

- copied a hiscore.dat file from
unzip the file and save the hiscore.dat file in /usr/share/games/xmame/ (another directory doesn't work)
I changed permission of the file with chmod 666 hiscore.dat

- You can't see the romfile names if you start gxmame. You need to change the fontsize of the gamelist font (default size = 0).

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Firefox Mplayer plug-in

Firefox Mplayer plug-in

The Firefox/Mozilla Mplayer plug-in I could apt-get in Fedora was a better one than the one I installed with Synaptic for Ubuntu. I need the Mplayer plug-in for some Windows Media streams.

Especially the full screen option was something I missed in Ubuntu.
Of course it's available for Ubuntu too, I found this solution on the Ubuntu forum.


Saturday, September 03, 2005

Opinion about Linux / Open Source vs Windows

Opinion about Linux / Open Source vs Windows

I think we (open source community), should stop trying to convince Windows users to join 'our club'. Even the debate about the quality of free software vs commercial is something I don't really find interesting.

What I do find interesting is comparing free distro's, keep an eye on FreeBSD and Solaris. Try new updates of software, watch for games on and read the linux news on
If we stop comparing, be happy with what we've got and try to help newbies in the open source community with good information, this community will grow without trying to convince others.
The philosophy of free open source (share) doesn't need marketing, it will find it's way to the people anyway.
It may take a few years, but I believe it's a process that will not be stopped.

Just my 2 cts :)

Saturday, August 27, 2005

How to: Ubuntu and gdesklets

How to: Ubuntu and gdesklets

Gdesklets are small programs you can put on your desktop. Mostly the programs will show the status of something like cpu usage, harddisktemperature but you can also see weather(forcast), rss feeds.

These gdesklets make your desktop like the dashboard of your car, with speedgauges.

I've tried the gdesklets with synaptic, but that didn't work out. Probably the version is too old and you need a newer version. This is my working solution (found it on the Ubuntu forums):

First download:


sudo dpkg -i gdesklets_0.35.2-1~5.04ubp1_i386.deb
sudo dpkg -i gdesklets-data_0.35.2-3_all.deb

After that start gdesklets and click on the ones you like and put them on your desktop. A couple of them are not working very well, but most of them will.

I'm using 2 rss feeds, some computer usage monitors and a xmms tool. Fun and I think they look great!
The picture is my desktop, with the gdesklets I'm using.