Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Gnome 3.0: Tricks & Tips

Tricks and tips about Gnome 3.0:

How to Play Blu-Ray Discs on Your Computer

How to Play Blu-Ray Discs on Your Computer (Lifehacker)

Sony's licensing on Blu-ray is obnoxious, and it means it's pretty difficult to play Blu-rays on your computer—in fact, Windows is the only operating system that can play them back natively. However, there are a few workarounds. Here are the best ways we've found for easily playing Blu-ray on a PC. Note that Windows users can use all three methods, while Mac or Linux users will need to go with the more complicated methods two or three.

Link: How to Play Blu-Ray Discs on Your Computer

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Everything You Wanted To Know About Nokia, Symbian, Qt

Everything you wanted to know about Nokia, Symbian, Qt:

(1) Nokia Firmware/Apps:

(2) Symbian

(3) Qt Resources/Apps/Downloads

(4) Ovi / Nokia Store

(5) How To/FAQs

(6) For Nokia N8 Users

(7) General Blogs

(8) Resources for Unlocking Nokia Phones

See my other blog postings in the "Everything You Want To Know" Series.

How to Make a Website (LifeHacker)

LifeHacker has an excellent 5-part series on creating your own website from scratch, entitled: "How to Make a Website." You can either download all the parts as a single PDF File or click on the following links to explore each of the 5 parts separately:
Also available as a PDF File.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Dropbox & SugarSync: File Sharing in the Cloud

When friends ask me what I recommend for file sharing and syncing in the Cloud, I have no hesitation in recommending both Dropbox and SugarSync. Both are excellent and reliable cloud-based sites for syncing and sharing a variety of files and folders across a variety of platforms.

Here are my thoughts on why I use both services:

  • Dropbox is the granddaddy of file sharing in the cloud. It's well established and is available for Windows, Mac and Linux. In fact, I use Dropbox as my primary filesharing system because of the availability of a Linux client. Since I am running both Ubuntu and Windows on the various computers that I own, Dropbox allows me to sync files across my Ubuntu and Windows systems. The drawback is that Dropbox only offers a miserly 2 GB free storage and 250 MB per referral. They offer 2 paid plans: 50 GB for $9.99/month or $99/year, and 100 GB for $19.99/month or $199/year. For additional information on Dropbox, please refer to the earlier blog posts I have written about Dropbox in the Additional Links section below.

  • SugarSync is catching up fast with Dropbox. SugarSync offers multiple folder syncing across multiple platforms and its plans are more generous: a free 5 GB account with 500 MB per referral and paid plans that are significantly cheaper than Dropbox. One major drawback is that SugarSync currently does not offer a Linux-based client. As my main systems are running in Ubuntu, I use SugarSync mainly as a secondary backup for my Windows-based systems.

Interested to sign up for either or both of these services? If you use my referral links, you and I both get bonus storage space:
  • Dropbox - If you sign up through this this link, you get 250 MB of bonus space and I get 250 MB for the referral.

  • SugarSync - If you sign up through this link, you get 500 MB bonus space and I get 500 MB for the referral.


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

How to Stream Al-Jazeera Live In Ubuntu

Al-Jazeera has emerged as an indispensable news source for these turbulence times in the Middle East and North Africa. If you live in the United States, you are limited to watching Al-Jazeera on the web using your browser, unless you happen to live in one of the few areas where the local cable provider carries Al-Jazeera.

However, if you are running Ubuntu, you can also stream Al-Jazeera directly to your desktop via rmtpdump + mplayer, thereby bypassing your browser completely.

Here's how you do it:
  • Step 1: Fire up Terminal

  • Step 2: Install rmtpdump by typing
    sudo apt-get install rtmpdump
  • Step 3 (optional): If you are running a firewall, ensure that TCP port 1935 is open for the rtmp service.

  • Step 4: Copy and paste the following in terminal:
    rtmpdump -v -r rtmp://livestfslivefs.fplive.net/livestfslive-live/ -y "aljazeera_en_veryhigh" -a "aljazeeraflashlive-live" -o -| mplayer -
  • Step 5 (optional): For lower quality use "aljazeera_en_high" or "aljazeera_en_low" - For arabic version use "aljazeera_ar_veryhigh"

Alternatively, you can also create a shell script (.sh) and give it permission to run, as follows:
  • Step 1: In a text editor, copy-and-paste the following:

    rtmpdump -v -r rtmp://livestfslivefs.fplive.net/livestfslive-live/ -y “aljazeera_en_veryhigh” -a “aljazeeraflashlive-live” -o -| mplayer -

  • Step 2: save it in a file, e.g., aljazeera.sh

  • Step 3: Start up terminal and change permissions to x:

    chmod +x aljazeera.sh

  • Step 4: Then run the script from the commandline:

Enjoy watching the live stream of Al-Jazeera to your Ubuntu desktop.

NEWLY ADDED: Other Channels that you can watch using rtmpdump in Ubuntu

Thanks to tip #836999 on gist.github and Harish Pillay.