Depressing Comic Week 5 – Cyanide and Happiness

April 6, 2011 8 comments

Today, I was reading Cyanide & Happiness comic like every other day. But, the final frame said Depressing comic week 5. IT’S HERE.

Here are all comics from Depressing Comic Week 5:
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Ubuntu easter eggs

December 8, 2010 Leave a comment

Recently I came across an interesting easter egg in Ubuntu 10.04. Then I looked on the Internet for some more, and here is the list of most interesting ones.

  • Press Alt+F2 (in Gnome) and type (without the quotes):
    • free the fish“. Click on fish to make it swim away. I am not sure how to remove it, though.
    • gegls from outer space“. You get a space invader game with cows and fish. The instructions for playing the game are on the bottom of the game screen.
  • Another easter egg is in terminal. Here is the screenshot, you’ll get the idea what to type.

Terminal Easter Egg

  • If you want to find alternative names for Ubuntu releases, type this code in Terminal 

zgrep “The.*Release” /usr/share/doc/dpkg/changelog.Debian.gz

This is what I got:

The “Good, clean fun” Release.
The “Bully’s Special Prize” Release.
The “On like Donkey Kong” Release.
The “In like Flynn” Release.
The “Maidenhead Creeping Water Plant” Release.
The “Just kidding about the God part” Release.
The “Flatulent Elm of West Ruislip” Release.
The “Or the Wabbit gets it” Release.
The “Paying off Karma at a vastly accelerated rate” Release.
The “Mysteriously Unnamed” Release.
The “Livin’ like a good boy oughta” Release.
The “Three banana strategy” Release.
The “Awh, yeah?  Ripper!” Release.
The “Grab your gun and bring in the cat” Release.
The “Captain Tight-Pants” Release.
The “你他媽的天下所有的人都該死” Release.
The “Donald, where’s your troosers?” Release.
The “Let the Wookie win” Release.
The DebConf4 Release.

  • This easter egg is from Open Office Spreadsheet (or Calc). Open it, and type in any cell “=Game(“StarWars”)”. Star Wars game like Space Invaders will appear.

That’s all, folks.

Turn your notebook into a Wi-Fi Access Point

September 4, 2010 Leave a comment

Well, I got a new Android mobile phone a few days ago. I decided to install some apps, and then BUMP. All Wi-Fi networks in my neighbourhood were password protected. I tried to create ad-hoc network both in Ubuntu and Windows 7, but without any success. It seems that my phone (Samsung i5700 Spica with Android 1.5) cannot access Ad-hoc network.

After some googling, I found the program called Connectify. Here is the website where you can download it -> connectify.me. You will need computer with internet access, wireless network card and Windows 7. After a straight-forward set-up, you can easily manage your own Wi-Fi hotspot, and share internet connection from your computer with other mobile devices. Network can be protected with WPA2-Personal encryption,  so you don’t have to worry about security. However, I could not make stable download version working , so I installed BETA version and it works just like it should.

I’d say that Connectify development team have done a great job.

NEF files preview (thumbnails) in Ubuntu

August 10, 2010 5 comments

If you are a photographer and you shoot in RAW, you may have this ‘problem’: By default, Ubuntu doesn’t display thumbnails for NEF files (and other RAW formats), unlike for PG. Ubuntu comes with preinstalled application – F-Spot Photo Manager, which can open NEF files. But, if you like to preview your RAW photographs just like they are JPG, here is a possible solution.

First, I installed Gnome-Raw-Thumbnailer by typing  sudo apt-get install gnome-raw-thumbnailer in Terminal. Here is the ‘website’ http://gnome-raw-thumb.sourceforge.net/. Doesn’t seem very serious. And this does’t work. For now.

Second step is to install UFRaw. Here is the website http://ufraw.sourceforge.net/Install.html. Download .deb package and intall it. Process is straight-forward, and I wouldn’t explain it in details here.

Third, and final step. Type gconf-editor in Terminal. Then go to desktop/gnome/thumbnailers/application@x-ufraw and desktop/gnome/thumbnailers/image@x-nikon-nef, and enable both of this things (check ‘enable’).

Now, you should be able to view NEF thumbnails.  This should also work for other RAW formats.

Facebook spam ‘pages’ – how to get rid of them

Imagine this situation. You turn on your computer, open your web browser, login to Facebook, and BOOOM. Some of your friends have become fans of a group/fan page with ten-kilometer-long name. (“I’m Awesome”,”Let’s count to 20000″, etc.) Well, it wouldn’t be such a problem if you don’t have to scroll down for hours to get to part of the home page with more interesting content. I don’t know how this spam pages really works, but there is one thing you can do.

  • Click the ‘Hide’ button next to the post
  • Choose ‘Report Link’
  • Choose ‘Spam’ from drop down list and click ‘OK’

This won’t hide this pages from your home page, but will notify Facebook administrators of this spam pages. If you have any ideas how this spam pages work, or how to remove them from your home pages, feel free to leave a comment here.

Volcanic ash vs. airplanes

As I write this post, planes across the Europe take off, after being grounded for several days due to volcanic ash from Iceland. Eyjafjallajökull, volcano located at the south of Iceland, is ‘responsible’ for chaos in air transport in Europe. About 95.000 flights were canceled last week, and airlines lost billions of Euros.

So, there is a question – Why is the volcanic ash so harmful to airplanes?

Volcanic ash consists of very small particles, from several microns to 1-2 millimeters in diameter. Being so small and light, they are very easy carried by wind, and can ‘travel’ thousands of kilometers from the volcano and reach very high altitudes. The ash mostly affects aircraft engines. The silica, the material ash particles are mostly made of, melts at about 1100°C. Modern jet engines operate at 1400ºC. So, when such particles enter the engine, they melt and fuse on the turbine blades and other hot engine parts. Therefore, rotating parts can be destabilised and severely damaged, or fuel nozzles blocked, which results in decreased thrust, or complete engine failure.

Since volcanic ash is highly abrasive, it also affects all surfaces of the aircraft. The most affected are windscreen, fuselage, leading edges of wings, control surfaces (ailerons, elevators, flaps, etc.). Damaged pilot windscreen or light covers can make visual landing very hard or impossible. Ash accumulated on a runway can cause problems during take-off or landings, when it is easily thrown in the air, and can be sucked by a jet engine and cause enormous damage to the rotating parts. The ash can also lead to landing gear failure.

Being able to cause severe damage on the aircraft, volcanic ash is a big threat to the safety of passengers and crew. What is more, large amount of money is needed to fully repair aircraft which encountered volcanic ash. Several airplanes almost crashed after their engines went silent because of ash damage. All in all, more than 50 airplanes were written off of due to damage from volcanic ash.

So, recent blockade in air traffic was a reasonable precaution, taking in account possible consequences.

Depressing comic week 4 – Cyanide & Happiness

April 14, 2010 2 comments

As you maybe know, well-known webcomic, Cyanide and Happiness, include Depressing comic week from time to time. 4th has begun on last Sunday (April 11th). Here are the comics which are published this week (new comics will be added to this post as they are published).

Enjoy Depressing Comic Week 4

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xkcd 1 April fool

You have probably heard about xkcd, “a webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language”.

As a 1 April fool, the homepage was converted to Unix terminal. Since April 1 is behind us, the homepage is now restored to its default look. However, you can still access Unix version here.

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