Showing posts from June, 2011

How to install Evernote in Wine on Ubuntu 11.04 GNU/Linux

Evernote has the "Platinum" rating at , which means this windows program runs awesome sauce on GNU/Linux. Wine is an awesome program that lets you run windows programs in GNU/Linux - there's also a commercially supported version called crossover by codeweavers, check it out here.

In this tutorial we'll be installing Evernote in wine1.3 from on Ubuntu 11.04 GNU/Linux. See the install steps below the video.

Here are the steps (Easy Pleasy):

1.) Go to and download the Evernote for windows version
2.) Install wine1.3 in Ubuntu 11.04 with these commands (thanks to Scott Ritchie for the ppa):
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa
3.) Update your Ubuntu with the new ppa repository data and install wine1.3
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install wine1.3
4.) Right click on the Evernote installer that you downloaded in step 1, then left click "Open with Wine Program Loader".
5.) Follo…

Install GIMP 2.7.x on Ubuntu 11.04 using PPA

GIMP is an awesome Free Open Source Software photo editing program which is arguably comparible Adobe's Photoshop.
GIMP does not come preinstalled by default on Ubuntu 11.04 GNU/Linux anymore but you can easily add GIMP 2.6 by installing it from the Ubuntu Software Center.

Despite the program's greatness, the "text tool to be clumsy and restrictive as compared to Photoshop" according to Tony Bradley on his "Ubuntu Linux, Day 27: Working With GIMP" blog post (see pics below for examples).  But this is something that's getting revamped in the newer "beta/development" version of GIMP (version 2.7.x) and the future 'stable' release GIMP 2.8.x.

But until the new release is available, you can easily install the newer 2.7.x version of GIMP (with the great new features) thanks to the 'matthaeus123' PPA for Ubuntu.

(New text tool in Gimp. (top - Gimp 2.6, bottom Gimp 2.7.x))

Here's how to upgrade GIMP using the 'matthaeus123'…

How to Add Music to a Video with OpenShot(FOSS)

This post is a response to Tony Bradley's article entitled: "Ubuntu Linux, Day 20: Editing and Making Movies" where Tony mentions: "I still couldn't find an easy way to mute the sound from the original video clip so the song could play as a solo soundtrack for the video montage."

I've created a quick video to show how to mute the sound for the video and have the music play instead for the entire compilation.

I've also included the written instructions for this task below.

From OpenShot:
1.)Click the plus (+) and add your video
2.) Click to select the video in OpenShot, then right-click, then click Add to Timeline(+), then click Add
3.) The video now shows in the Track 2 position on the lower portion of the OpenShot interface, click the small speaker-volume icon on the clip to disable the sound for that track
4.) Add your audio track and import it, then drag it to Track 1 on the bottom of the OpenShot interface

Shannon VanWagner

How to search for content in (+ Docs using Loook

Today's post is a response to Tony Bradley's post on entitled: "Ubuntu Linux, Day 19: Using 'man' and 'grep'". In his post, Tony describes his woes when trying to use 'grep' to search for content in LibreOffice documents.

First of all, in my experience, grep does a lot better job at finding things in files that are "plain text" rather than looking for stuff in "binary" files. LibreOffice documents, while saved in open and ISO standard formats, are stored in binary as opposed to plain text files.

So, to address Tony's problem, I've been looking around trying to find a way to search for content in ODF files and not having much luck. Surprisingly, there doesn't seem to be this type of functionality built into Ubuntu GNU/Linux by default (at least not that I have ever noticed).

However, there's a posting out there on that mentions the problem, how additional development is needed for th…

Sample Script to Report /home Directory Usage

So, awhile back, I created this simple script to monitor usage of the /home directory on a GNU/Linux server. I've been working on it a bit more lately and I figured it's time to share it. The script is configurable to check for "certain" files in a user's directory (i.e., .iso, .mp3, .etc), has a minimum reporting threshold setting, and outputs to a file.

Keep an eye out for crazy numbers because I'm seeing differences in the way the find and du commands report, depending on their versions. So if you see some weird reporting situation, let me know so I can address the problem.

Using user quotas on server would probably be just as effective but what can I say, I like a challenge.

Note: before you light your torches, I don't claim to be a bash scripting expert (not yet anyways). So if anyone has any "constructive" criticism, please feel free to leave a comment.

The script is GPL (of course), so please feel free to use any part of it (or the whole …

Setting to Automatically Extend Your Screen onto External Monitor in Ubuntu Linux w/Nvidia graphics

Setting to Automatically "Extend" Your Screen onto External Monitor in Ubuntu Linux w/Nvidia graphics

Just a quick write up with a fix for those who are having problems saving their "extended" monitor configurations when using their notebooks with and without the docking station.

For a long time I would use the nvidia-settings utility to manually set up my external monitor after docking. This required several clicks of the mouse. Now I've found a way to make a minor edit to my /etc/X11/xorg.conf file that will keep the "extended" setting when docked and revert to the single screen without issue when not.

Here are the 2 steps to to configure Ubuntu GNU/Linux to allow you to a.) automatically "Extend"your display onto the external monitor, set the external monitor as "primary"(configurable), set the external monitor to be to the right of the built-in one(configurable), and autoselect the best resolution for the monitors as necessary.…

Setting to Automatically "clone" External Monitor in Ubuntu Linux w/Nvidia graphics

Automatically "clone" External Monitor in Ubuntu Linux w/Nvidia graphics

Just a quick write up with a fix in response to the configuratin problem Tony Bradley( describes in his article entitled "Day 7: Lessons from the Unity Trenches"(June 7th, 2011).

Tony was having problems getting his external monitor to show up as a "clone" of the notebook monitor(with correct resolution), having the setting stay after reboot, and being able to shut the lid of the computer without breaking his configuration.

Here are the 2 steps to to configure Ubuntu GNU/Linux to allow you to a.) close the lid of your laptop and not have the action change anything, and b.) automatically "clone" the notebook display to the attached external monitor (note: these steps only need to be performed once):

1.) Set the laptop lid close option to do nothing:
Hit alt+f2 to bring up the Run Dialog box
Type or paste in the command below and click OK or hit enter to set

How To Connect Ubuntu Linux to Cisco VPN with openconnect (anyconnect-capable alternative)

For Ubuntu Linux, Cisco provides the anyconnect VPN client. But why not connect with the simplistic, FOSS, and Network-Manager-integrated, "openconnect" and "network-manager-openconnect" packages from the "universe" repository instead? I've used this method with much success for quite some time now.

Special Note - these instructions are for connecting to the VPN using the open source alternative to Cisco AnyConnect client (openconnect). If you are looking for instructions related to using the open source alternative to the Cisco Systems VPN client (vpnc), have a look at my post entitled: How To: Cisco Systems VPN with Ubuntu 11.10 / 10.10 GNU/Linux

You can install these packages easily with using either of the two methods below. Also, you may need to enable the universe FOSS repository first (see the "****" note below for enabling the "universe" repository):

Method A.) From the Ubuntu Software Center (see image below).

Simply click …