Thursday, February 17, 2011

Setup Flash Non-Debian Way

Go to and download install_flash_player_10_linux.tar.gz.
After that :
tar xf install_flash_player_10_linux.tar.gz
mkdir ~/.mozilla/plugins
mv ~/.mozilla/plugins

64-bit users: Download a preview release ( flashplayer10_2_p3_64bit_linux_111710.tar.gz ) of Flash Player with native support for 64-bit Linux from Adobe Labs :
Same procedure as above !

Iceweasel : go to about:plugins page and check that Shockwave Flash is there. To show the full path of all the plugins change in about:config page plugin.expose_full_path to true.

See flash in action :

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Hide Unable To Connect Messages In Iceweasel

Using a hosts file these messages might appear in visited pages :

You can hide these messages the following way :

Go to the about:config page in Iceweasel :

Search for browser.xul.error_pages.enabled and set value from true to false.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Running Multiple Dropbox Accounts

Dropbox is a Web-based file hosting service operated by Dropbox, Inc. that uses cloud computing to enable users to store and share files and folders with others across the Internet using file synchronization.
The Dropbox client enables users to drop any file into a designated folder that is then synced with Dropbox's Internet service and to any other of the user's computers and devices with the Dropbox client. Users may also upload files manually through a web browser.

I've installed nautilus-dropbox version o.6.7-1 from Hadret's Debian PPA.
To use these PPA add these lines to your sources.list ( Unstable ) :

deb unstable main
deb-src unstable main

Become root, add GPG Key and update :

wget -O - | apt-key add -
apt-get update

Install nautilus-dropbox ( an extension that integrates
the Dropbox web service with your GNOME Desktop, by displaying the icon overlays and adding dropbox to the right-click menu )

apt-get install nautilus-dropbox

Installation will download and install the dropbox daemon the first time it's run, providing the tray icon, and this is the part that does the actual file-syncing. Three different folders will be added to your home directory : Dropbox , .dropbox and .dropbox-dist, the last one contains the daemon ( closed source ).

If you like to run another Dropbox instance ( with another account ) just run the following commands :

mkdir ~/.dropbox-alt
HOME=$HOME/.dropbox-alt /usr/bin/dropbox start -i

This will issue the initial setup of Dropbox for the ./dropbox-alt folder and download and install the proprietary daemon inside it. Use a new or another account, not the one that is already running. So inside the ./dropbox-alt there will be the three folders Dropbox, .dropbox and .dropbox-dist !

To have it started at login I created a script dropbox-alt :

HOME=$HOME/.dropbox-alt dropbox start

Add the script to the System > Preferences > Startup Applications

Easy enough to repeat the same for yet another account !

Edit Apr 29 2011 Had to add -i at the end of the line, so the line should be :
HOME=$HOME/.dropbox-alt dropbox start -i
Otherwise dropbox did not start....

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Why Debian Matters More Than Ever I look at the whole Debian situation, it seems to me that Ubuntu, with its leading the way from X Window to Wayland for Linux's foundation graphics and its new take, Unity, on the Linux desktop is now the ground-breaking Linux distribution that Debian once was. At the same time, Ubuntu is continuing to expand the Linux audience, while Debian continues to be a system that only hard-core Debian Linux fans will use.

Debian is the raw material that is used to create Ubuntu, Linux Mint, and dozens of other Linux distributions that look more modern and easier to use. However, the reason that Ubuntu and the rest are able to ship fancified Linux distros that are easier to use is because they're able to start with Debian. If the Debian Project ceased tomorrow, it would be an enormous — possibly fatal — blow to its derivatives.

Microsoft Trained Brain Syndrome

The Tragedy of Microsoft Trained Brain Syndrome

Windows users have many, many reasons to consider switching to Linux...... For many, however, there's one big, fat obstacle standing in the way: "Microsoft Trained Brain Syndrome."

That's right: It's the simple fact that most of us grew up on Microsoft products and so have trouble imagining any other way of doing things.

Cut To The Chase With Youtube Time

So what does this do ....
It creates a link to a YouTube video where you set the start time.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

WebGL Conformance Test Runner

WebGL is a web-based graphics language. It extends the capability of the javascript programming language to allow it to generate interactive 3D graphics within any compatible web browser.
WebGL is supported in Firefox/4.0b8+ by default (and in previous betas with webgl.enabled_for_all_sites set to true in about:config.) It's also available in Firefox Nightly builds and chrome , chrome beta , chromium and SRWare Iron.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Debian 6.0 Squeeze Released

After 24 months of constant development, the Debian Project is proud to present its new stable version 6.0 (code name Squeeze ).
On the occasion of the release, the layout and design of the websites run by Debian changed together with today's release.