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Archive for April, 2008

Converting Word documents to pdf via Google docs (& Gmail)

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

If you receive a Word .doc file as an e-mail attachment to your Gmail account, you can view it as a Google doc. From Google docs, you can print it, and printing actually creates a pdf file for you to view or download. Neat. (Obviously, it would be even neater not to receive .doc files […]

Screenshots with ImageMagick’s “import”

Monday, April 14th, 2008

For quick-and-dirty screenshots ImageMagick’s import command is unbeatable. sudo aptitude install imagemagick ImageMagick is worth getting for a lot of other reasons, too, just see man convert or man mogrify after installing. Here are the most important options for import import pic.jpg This changes the cursor to a crosshair — draw around the region you want […]

Quickly configure exim (MTA) on Gutsy

Monday, April 14th, 2008

sudo dpkg-reconfigure exim4-config This will give you a graphical interface and guide you through each step to get the basic setup.

Connecting Logitech Quickcam on Xubuntu Gutsy 7.10

Monday, April 14th, 2008

Works almost out of the box (Logitech Quickcam Messenger for 15 GBP on Amazon UK). Well, worked completely out of the box on the laptop. On the desktop, camorama complained “could not connect to device (/dev/video0). Please check connection”, and Skype said it didn’t find a device. However, /dev/video0 looked just the same as on […]

Sync tomboy via SSH

Monday, April 14th, 2008

Tomboy is a nifty little wiki-like application for taking notes on your desktop. You can sync two or more computers via SSH. If you have an account on a remote server and SSH access, the following screenshot shows how to do it. Note that I set restrictive permissions on the sync folder. For some bizarre […]