Monday, August 24, 2009

Texas Instruments TI89 Titanium On Ubuntu Linux Jaunty

It is easy to connect, browse and manage a TI calculator with TILP.

To install:
> sudo apt-get install tilp

To Run:
> sudo tilp

Right click on the left window, and click Change device (ctrl+D)

Click the button with the lens to scan for your device.

Select your device in the list and press OK. You should have the device ready for browsing, backing up, as well as restoring, much better than the device browser provided by TI for windows.

I have not tried the cellsheet, or other options which are available in Windows. There should be some options in Linux as well.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Jaunty a brilliant product with a bad kernel

I loved the fist impression and, now I loathe the experience. To be truthful, I think Ubuntu team could have done better by releasing a little late, or by updating Jaunty release with the kernel 2.6.30, because it works.

You can install the latest kernel-image, and headers from

Reboot, and your life immediately gets easy. Overall performance is great.

UXA leaks reduce, and acceleration gets better.
Blueman works either way, connecting easily, means there was a problem with original bluetooth module.
VMplayer would have problems compiling, use the patch from;jsessionid=4FA51D8195A709F472E22E3E56BA76EC#1246247

So if you want to enjoy Jaunty, get kernel 2.6.30.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Ghost borders in IE6

After having come so far away from IE6 with Google's Chrome glittering well in Linux, we still have to care a lot for IE6 which seems to have 14% of user base in our company, and it is a pain.

External container would have problems if it is leaving a padding, or has a border, resulting in ghost borders, which would flicker or appear partially.

To fix, add zoom:1, or add display:relative to the to the css for the container.


Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Another surprise 3d accelerator UXA for intel x3100 leaks memory unaffordably

I have more than sufficient memory for my heavy duty use of my computer with at least two operating systems running all time, and have never had a memory crisis. My swap partition rarely gets touched, and here right after using Compiz after enabling UXA in xorg.conf, I have a memory crisis, my whole system becomes so sluggish only to remind me to check the memory to find out that my swap is full, and I have only a quarter of my RAM left.

Reason, UXA is leaking a lot of memory creating a havoc, which I would not be able to accept, because I can not live without Compiz, and it is so sluggish with UXA disabled.

Solution is to edit /usr/bin/compiz, and change the

COMPIZ_OPTIONS="--ignore-desktop-hints --replace"
line to:
COMPIZ_OPTIONS="--replace --sm-disable --ignore-desktop-hints ccp --indirect-rendering"

This fixes the problem, I also upgraded my intel driver to the latest, but that did not seem to help, until the above mentioned fix.

System is smooth again.


Monday, August 17, 2009

Rar and Unrar-free

on Jaunty, when I was looking for a rar extractor, I found unrar-free in the depository to be attractive (FREE is always attractive, even when one is working in a open source environment). I installed it, and tried to extract an archive. It would extract a few, and leave a few as failed. I downloaded the file multiple times, only to get the same results. Finally, I gave rar a thought, and it did it.

Beware, unrar-free does not work!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Jaunty Apache2 no VirtualHosts problem

After moving to Jaunty, I encounter a queer problem, which would display the following mesage, and Virtualhost would not work.

Could not reliably determine the server's fully qualified domain name, using for ServerName
[warn] NameVirtualHost *:80 has no VirtualHosts

I had not changed anything, and copying same files from Hardy to Jaunty should have not caused an issue, since Apache's version remains the same, and so do the config files.

After scanning through apache2.conf, ports.conf, and all my website conf files, I could not find an issue. Then on a careful observation of the examples in Apache documentation I realized that a port definition was required in all virtual hosts.

So <VirtualHost *> would no longer work. One will have to change to <VirtualHost *:80> in all the websites. This fixed the issue.

New OS, new surprises!


Nautilus Ubuntu Missing Thumbnails

The thumbnails in Nautilus do not seem to be regenerated, once the correct libraries or codecs for different video formats are installed. If one has opened the folder filled with videos without installing codecs, there's a chance they have been blacklisted by the thumbnailer.

The solution is to open the /home/[username]/.thumbnails folder and delete all files in fail folder.

After that, to restart Nautilus from a command line, do:
>killall nautilus

>nautilus &

Now it should regenerate the thumbnails.

If this does not work, please make sure you are able to play those videos, and correct libraries to play them are installed.

You can also try deleting all files in the all folders in.thumbnails.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Finally Ubuntu Hardy Heron 8.04 to Jaunty 9.04 on Thinkpad X61

I have finally made the move to the new world, after waiting for a year. It's just great. Plug-n-play Xorg, so I do not have to restart X to enable my Wacom tablet (in simple terms re-login, or start another x-session meaning "switch user"), and can change the screen resolution on fly, and the rotate, it all works flawlessly.

A few problems:
1. Blueman bluetooth manager from is an excellent tool to facilitate bluetooth device, audio, and network management. It (version 0.5) was flawless with my Iphone on Hardy, and 1.1 seemed very promising, not available for Hardy. It does not connect so easily with my Iphone now for tethering, but works. I have not tried the pulse audio, and other plugins, but they definitely look promising.

2. It does have thinkfinger tools available, but that does not work properly, and is very annoying, but the same can be installed by adding a repository by editing /etc/apt/sources and adding the following line
deb jaunty main

at the end, and installing the related key:
sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver F2A12FABE936A7BBDC4EA33351DB180D1323E149

Later run:
sudo apt-get udpate && sudo apt-get upgrade

Finger reader should work flawlessly.

3. The "New Wave" theme looks beautiful. Have a look:

Gimp's toolbars do not show on the taskbar anymore.

That's all for now, will add more soon.