May

28

Posted by : Arun | On : May 28, 2008

I use GMail Manager add-on for Firefox to access my 5 emails I have under Google’s hosted accounts. For some reason, GMail Manager stopped working with hosted accounts for the past couple of weeks. GMail Manager team has released a new version couple of days back with a fix. The GMail Manager 0.5.5 includes the following fixes.

  • Fixed login issue for hosted accounts
  • Fixed compose mail feature for hosted accounts
  • Fixed password compatibility with Firefox 3

May

28

Posted by : Arun | On : May 28, 2008

KDE team has released 1st beta of KDE 4.1. This beta includes

  • Greatly expanded desktop shell functionality and configurability
  • KDE Personal Information Management suite ported to KDE 4
  • Dragon Player, the lightweight media player, makes its debut.
  • The KDE CD Player returns.
  • A new printer applet provides unparalleled printing power and flexibility on the Free Software Desktop.
  • Konqueror gains support for web browsing sessions, an Undo mode, and improved smooth scrolling.
  • A new picture browsing mode including a full-screen interface come to Gwenview.
  • Dolphin, the file manager, gets tabbed views, and many features appreciated by KDE 3 users including Copy To, and an improved folder tree.
  • Zeroconf networking has been added to several games and utilities, taking the pain out of setting up games and remote access.

KDE 4.1 is scheduled to be released on July 29th, 2008.

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May

28

Posted by : Arun | On : May 28, 2008

Environmentally friendly bombs on the way.

May

23

Posted by : Arun | On : May 23, 2008

I was reading news just now when i came across these funny headlines from CNN. :)

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May

23

Posted by : Arun | On : May 23, 2008

Update for Ubuntu 9.10: With Ubuntu 9.10, based on my experience, sounds work at the same time for multiple devices. If you have Ubuntu 9.10 and Skype 2.1 beta, all you have to do to get the microphone to work is, right click on the volume icon in the top panel next to the date & time, select preferences, click on the input tab, uncheck the mute option next to input volume, if it’s checked. Now talk over the microphone and see if there are any movements in the bars next to input level. If not, click on the connector option and try with other options available there. For me, the default option and Microphone 1 didn’t work. Microphone 2 worked. You’ll see the movement in the vertical bars next to input level. Once you get that working, Skype should work fine.

Sound Preferences

Warning: It didn’t work for some people. I don’t have instructions to undo this. Use it at your own risk.

After I installed Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron on my new Quad core desktop , I installed Skype . The installation was smooth, but the microphone didn’t work. The output sound was fine. The webcam was detected automatically, but the video loses brightness after 2-3 minutes of use. I wasn’t sure if the microphone problem was due to buggy implementation of Pulse Audio in Ubuntu 8.04 or not. I tried changing the sound preferences and mic preferences, but nothing worked. I finally found a solution to install complete Pulse Audio pack after searching the Ubuntu forums and then for Skype microphone problem.

I followed zman0900’s guide in Ubuntu forums for complete pulse audio setup. Once I set that up, I got the microphone working in Skype. These are the steps I followed to get the Pulse audio setup and microphone to work.

Open a terminal (Application -> Accessories -> terminal)

1. Install additional packages for Pulse Audio by entering the following command in the terminal. Enter your password if prompted.

sudo apt-get install libao-pulse libasound2-plugins

2. Then edit or create your asound.conf file

sudo gedit /etc/asound.conf

and add the following lines. Click save once added.

pcm.pulse {
type pulse
}
ctl.pulse {
type pulse
}
pcm.!default {
type pulse
}
ctl.!default {
type pulse
}

3. Edit libao.conf.

sudo gedit /etc/libao.conf

and add the line below

default_driver=pulse

Now go to System -> Preferences -> Sound. Set under Devices tab the following to PulseAudio Sound Server
Sound Events Sound Playback
Music and Movies Sound Playback
Audio conferencing Sound Playback and Sound Capture

Set the Default Mixer Tracks Device to your sound card. In my case it’s HDA Intel (Alsa Mixer). Check the screenshot below.

Pulse Audio Setup

After you are done with that, install some additional packages. Enter the following command in the terminal.

sudo apt-get install libflashsupport padevchooser pulseaudio-module-hal pulseaudio-module-x11

sudo apt-get install libsdl1.2debian libsdl1.2debian-alsa

Now add the repositories given below to your sources.list file to install additional packages needed for Pulse Audio.
Open your sources.list by

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

and add the following lines

## zman0900’s PPA
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/zman0900/ubuntu hardy main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/zman0900/ubuntu hardy main

Save and close. Now enter the following commands one by one in the terminal.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get install libsdl1.2debian-pulseaudio

If the installation goes fine, then you can move ahead to Device Chooser. If libsdl1.2debian-pulseaudio won’t install, then enter

sudo apt-get install libsdl1.2debian-all

sudo gedit ~/.profile

and add the following two lines. Save and close.

# Make SDL audio work properly with Pulse
# export SDL_AUDIODRIVER=pulse

Now go to PulseAudio Device Chooser under Applications -> Sound & Video. It’ll show an icon in the top right menu bar, next to Tracker search tool or Date area. Click that icon and select preferences. Check the box Start applet on session login under Startup. See the screenshot below.

pulse audio preferences

Restart the computer. You should see the PulseAudion Device Chooser icon to appear once you login. I then changed my input sources by selecting Volume Control under System -> Preferences and selecting the Options tab. I selected Front Mic for all 3 input sources as shown below. This will vary from system to system and you may not see this option in some systems. My microphone was connected to the back of my computer, but it worked after I set it to Front Mic.

volumecontrol

I then started Skype , clicked the small Skype icon at the bottom and selected options. I then went to Sound Devices and selected HDA Intel (hw:intel,0) as my sound in, sound out and ringing options as shown below. I then made a test call and everything worked fine.

skype

May

21

Posted by : Arun | On : May 21, 2008

In a welcome move, Microsoft is finally adding support to Open Document Format (ODF) and Adobe‘s PDF format to Microsoft Office 2007. This support will be released as part of Office 2007 service pack 2. Microsoft is also bringing back the support for PDF after it pulled out the support due to Adobe’s objection. They are getting it back since Adobe submitted PDF as open standard to ISO. It’s a welcome move from Microsoft.

Source: PC World.

May

20

Posted by : Arun | On : May 20, 2008

According to an analysis from ThreatFire, 58,000 PCs running Vista were compromised by at least one piece of malware over the six months to May 2008, equivalent to 27 percent of all Vista machines probed.

In total, Vista suffered 121,380 instances of malware from its 190,000 user base, a rate of malware detection per system is proportionally lower than that of XP, which saw 1,319,144 malware infections from a user base of 1,297,828 machines, but it indicates a problem that is worse than Microsoft has been admitting to.

Source: Computer World.

May

19

Posted by : Arun | On : May 19, 2008

Watch this video where a student threw eggs at Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer when Ballmer was delivering his speech at Corvinus University, Budapest. It was funny, but that’s not the way you treat people. The student also wore a T-Shirt with the wordings Microsoft = Corruption. :)

Thanks to my brother for the link.

May

15

Posted by : Arun | On : May 15, 2008

Mono, an open source project sponsored by Novell has released Moonlight 0.6 with profile 1.0 and profile 2.0. Moonlight profile 1.0 is based on Silverlight v1.0 and Moonlight profile 2.0 is based on Silverlight v2.0. Silverlight is Microsoft‘s answer to dethrone Adobe’s flash player. Moonlight is Silverlight for Linux.

The above Moonlight versions are test installers, so they are not bug free. Firefox 3 support is known to be buggy, particularly as regards plugin detection from javascript. The funny part is, these are currently built without multimedia support. No video or mp3 playback is enabled on these binaries.

May

15

Posted by : Arun | On : May 15, 2008

CBS
Corporation
has entered into an agreement to acquire
CNET Networks, Inc. CBS will make a cash tender offer for all issued and outstanding shares of
CNET Networks for $11.50 per share, representing an equity value of
approximately $1.8 billion. The acquisition will make CBS one of the 10 most
popular Internet companies in the United States, with a combined 54 million
unique users per month, and approximately 200 million users worldwide. CBSNet?

Source: Yahoo News.

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