Sep 23, 2010 GMTWhile the Writer's Tools extension for OpenOffice.org is developed and maintained by your truly includes the Visual Word Count tool, it does have one serious drawback: it uses a modal window, i.e., you can't do anything until you close the Visual Word Count window. Fortunately, there is an alternative solution that solves that problem. The Live Word Count macro for OpenOffice.org is written in Python, so it uses a non-modal window which can be opened alongside the current document. To install the macro, create a folder called python in the /home/USER/.openoffice.org/3/user/Scripts directory (where USER is your actual user name), grab the latest version of the script and put it in the...
Sep 20, 2010 GMTSince popular music players like Rhythmbox and Amarok support Internet radio streaming, why would anyone need a tool like Radiotray? For two reasons: 1) It's light on resources, 2) It doesn't stand in your way. Radiotray sits in the Gnome panel and lets you quickly switch between your favorite radio stations. Radiotray supports notifications, so it displays the name of the currently played song. In addition to that, Radiotray supports most popular playlist formats, including PLS, M3U, ASX, WAX, and WVX. You can add as many radio stations as you like, and you can use the available tools to organize and sort the...
Sep 14, 2010 GMTdotEPUB is a simple yet genuinely useful Chrome Extension and browser bookmarklet that lets you save the currently viewed Web page in the EPUB format. That's pretty much all it does: there are no other features or options to tweak. Hit the button (or click on the bookmarklet), and dotEPUB saves the current Web page as a nicely formatted EPUB document. You can then read it on any device using a reader that supports the EPUB format. dotEPUB provides a perfect "read it later" solution which you can use to save interesting articles and pages and peruse them later on any device at hand. dotEPUB is also available...
Sep 13, 2010 GMTThere are many situations where you can easily miss an important call or text message because you can't hear your phone while working on your computer. Fortunately, there is a neat solution to this problem: the Android Notifier tool enables your Android phone to automatically push notifications on incoming calls and text messages to the desktop.The solution consists of two pieces: the Android Notifier app that pushes notifications, and the Android Notifier Desktop client which receives them. So the first order of business is to install both of them.Android Notifier can send notifications either via a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection. So the next step is to select the desired notification...
Sep 08, 2010 GMTUsing Gwibber? Here is a nifty feature you might not have noticed: you can save any status update as a Tomboy note. To do this, click on the button next to the post you want to save (the button looks like gears), and choose the Save to Tomboy command. That's it. This feature can come in handy when you need to archive a specific status update or save it for later use. By the way, this feature works with both Identi.ca and Twitter accounts.
Aug 13, 2010 GMTUbuntu One may not be as popular or feature-rich as Dropbox, but the file synchronization service bundled with Ubuntu has one nifty feature that makes it a handy tool -- the ability to synchronize Tomboy notes across multiple machines. To make use of this feature, you have to enable and configure the synchronization options in each instance of Tomboy. To do this, launch Tomboy, right-click on its icon in the gnome panel, and choose Preferences. Switch to the Synchronization section, select Tomboy Web from the Service drop-down list, and press the Connect button. Authorize your machine with the Ubuntu One service, switch back to the Preferences window and press Save. Do the same on other...
Aug 12, 2010 GMTSMART-capable hard disks are commonplace these days, and there are a few tools that can help you to use this technology to monitor the health of your hard disk. The smartmontools toolset, for example, lets you monitor and manage hard disks from the command line, while the GSmartControl utility can be used to keep a close eye on the hard disks. Despite its simple interface, GSmartControl is a rather capable tool that automatically reports and highlights any anomalies, performs short self-checks every four hours, and provides comprehensive info about the hard disks and their capabilities. The best part is that...
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