Thursday, April 21, 2011


Download videos from various Flash-based video hosting sites, without having to use the Flash player. Go to :

(as root ) apt-get install libwww-mechanize-perl libxml-simple-perl
dpkg -i get-flash-videos_1.24-1_all.deb

Then, to download a flash video :
get_flash_videos url
See examples :

Who The Bloody Hell Cares About Debian?

Debian is unique in: (1) its independence from money, infrastructure, people power, and similar "features" that companies use to control the progress of free software distributions; (2) its culture of freedom and democracy, which are both at stake with company-driven decisions on the evolution of free software distributions.
If you care about free software, you couldn't care more about Debian. This talk by Stefano Zacchiroli will show you why and how.

To download : wget

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Thumbnails For HTML Files

A few days ago I purged shutter ( and with it gnome-web-photo and xulrunner-1.9.2 ), see a former post about installing it.
That removed the ability to show thumbnails of HTML files, which was not my intention....
Xulrunner-1.9.2 is no longer to be found in experimental for my architecture ( amd64 ) so I grabbed both packages from Ubuntu Lucid.

xulrunner-1.9.2 :
gnome-web-photo :

Install xulrunner-1.9.2 before installing gnome-web-photo with ( as root ) dpkg -i package

Logout and login. If it did not work start gconf-editor and check at desktop/gnome/thumbnailers/text@html if it is enabled.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Unp Universal File Unpacking Utility

Unp : unpack (almost) everything with one command.
Unp is a small script with only one goal: Extract as many archives as possible, of any kind and from any path to the current directory, preserving the subdirectory structure where needed. Is a Do-What-I-Want utility and helps managing several extraction programs without looking for needed options for the particular tool or worrying about the installation of the needed program.
There is also a special option (-u) which is very useful for extracting of Debian packages. Using -u, unp extracts the package (i.e. the ar archive) first, then extracts data.tar.gz in the current directory and then control.tar.gz in control/filename/.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011


UMPlayer is a new cross-platform SMPlayer fork. It uses the award-winning MPlayer software as its back-end engine, thus is able to play the most known audio & video formats.
The contrasting features in UMPlayer include the ability to stream both Youtube’s movies ( you can watch YouTube videos even without having Adobe Flash player installed and download them ) and SHOUTcast Internet Radio streams while supporting more than 270 audio and video codecs.
The package on the download page has issues playing Youtube videos, so you better grab the package from here.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

WeTransfer The Easy Way To Transfer Big Files

Go to
Select the file(s) you want to send by clicking on the +.
Fill in the receiver's email addresses ( up to 25 ) and your own email address. Write a message to your recipients (optional).
Hit the Transfer button, and the files are uploaded to the WeTransfer servers.
Once the file(s) have reached your intended recipients, you receive an email that confirms that we have received the file(s). In that email you will also find a link to our website where you can find anything you want to know about WeTransfer. When the file(s) is downloaded, you get an email that notifies you that the recipient has received your files successfully.

It's free and you can upload up to 2 GB per transfer. Files are kept for 2 weeks. After that, the files will be permanently deleted to make room for new transfers.

Puddletag Audio Tag Editor

Puddletag is an audio tag editor similar to the Windows program Mp3tag. It's powerful, feature-rich and intuitive and uses a spreadsheet-like layout so that all the tags you want to edit by hand are visible and easily editable.
Puddletag excels at automating repetitive tasks like extracting tag information from filenames, tagging files from text file or clipboard, renaming files and folders based on tags by using patterns and manipulating tags using actions and regular expressions.
You can lookup tags using Amazon (including cover art), Discogs (does cover art too!), FreeDB and MusicBrainz.
Install dependencies as root:
apt-get install python-qt4 python-pyparsing python-mutagen python-configobj python-musicbrainz2

Download puddletag_0.10.3-1_all.deb and as root :
dpkg -i puddletag_0.10.3-1_all.deb