ubuntu touch dbus cron jobs




i need to sync my owncloud docs and calendar and sussed when you reboot using a dbus cron your allocated dbus number changes on every reboot.. for you user so if you want to sync your owncloud  or other cron jobs .. try this

make a script called synccalendar.sh

and chmod +x

enter this information

# Synchronisation des calendriers syncevolution
export DISPLAY=:0.0
export DBUS_SESSION_BUS_ADDRESS=$(ps -u phablet e | grep -Eo ‘dbus-daemon.*address=unix:abstract=/tmp/dbus-[A-Za-z0-9]{10}’ | tail -c35)
syncevolution owncloud
exit 0

then do a crontab -e and add this line

@hourly /home/phablet/Documents/synccalendar.sh

and save this will give you the new allocated dbus for the user on each reboot 🙂


Telegram Desktop in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Looking for a cross platform messaging servuce? want it on ubuntu desktop and phone? well you need telegram – has file and photo send and also can do private messages and emojis!Selection_001 on ubuntu touch it just installed just verify your number – on ubuntu run the following commands in a terminal

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:atareao/telegram
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install telegram

then for some reason it doesnt install the runner in the unity search so head to its install directory

cd /opt/telegram/

and run telegram like this


then verify your mobile number and then i right click and pin it to the unity launcher – enjoy 🙂


ubuntu native ex fat support

exFAT (ExteNative-exFAT-Support-Finally-Arrives-on-Linux-2nded File Allocation Table) is a Microsoft file system optimized for flash drives. It is proprietary and patented. exFAT can be used where the NTFS file system is not a feasible solution (due to data structure overhead), or where the file size limit of the standard FAT32 file system is unacceptable.

If you plug into a ubuntu box and you get errors just run this in a terminal:

sudo apt-get install exfat-fuse exfat-utils

Then plug in the drive 🙂


ubuntu touch OTA 8 / mycroft

Im eagerly awaiting ubuntu touch OTA 8, with each release the new featuresubuntutouch and stability have improved – the phones been a bit buggy right up to OTA 7 but now just starting to level out. I think around the time of OTA 6 we got like hot spot, OTA Auth in web pages and loads of other goodies. Ill blog on the OTA featues update and meanwhile here is a link to all the goodies in OTA 7 –>>  OTA 7 UPDATE INFO

Now were do we start with mycroft! when i first spotted the video of what mycroft was and the possibilities i was quite knocked out! a small unit you can put in your house stand alone with voice recognition that can play music, lock doors by you activating the device by saying  mycroft – so for instance mycroft open ebay or mycroft what appointments do i have today would speak back to Selection_014you the appointments you have, but as well as that because its open source people can develop on it and it can do stuff like open and lock doors and switch lights and kettles ons. Now this was all sounding great and the little units they supply look awseome, all this technology is based round the raspberry pi computer which is around 25 pounds for the board! But the latest news is that there intergrating this is into ubuntu tounch phone and ubuntu unity desktop which for me is amazing news . So more blogs on this to come.

The website is here

The community is here


droidbox vip remote and kodi

The droidbox vip sounded like just what i needed, bascally so i could use it on my kodi setup and program the buttons for the TV. Now the standby buttons and the four bottom buttons p41eSnGPdaTLrogram to the TV, i wanted the volume up and down and program up to be programmed for the TV which isnt possible and 1 through to zero be used on the TV as i would never use these on my OSMC setup and kodi. I used the UK support phone number which is handy, but when i explained to the first man who wasnt british he misunderstood and sent me a email on how to re-calibrate the air mouse which is a feature i would never use and didnt want to know how to use, the second call a british guy confirmed this cant be done rendering the remote control useless for me, nice design, nice build well layed out but doesnt do whats required im afraidflirc-1 so sent back and now im ordering a flirc dongle which i can program and it comes with a ubuntu installer for the gui which is awesome ( as well as windows and mac osx) these for around £13 on on ebay so that will be the next blog….

this is the controller running on ubuntu Workspace 1_011

easy to install on ubuntu

Installation Instructions Ubuntu i386:

	Add 'deb http://apt.flirc.tv/arch/i386 binary/' to /etc/apt/sources.list
	apt-get update
	apt-get install flirc

Installation Instructions Ubuntu x64:

	Add 'deb http://apt.flirc.tv/arch/x64 binary/' to /etc/apt/sources.list
	apt-get update
	apt-get install flirc

emby media server, a real media server

3607473ive been using plex for quite while now and to be fair its served its purpose well. The only problem i had with it was it never scrobbled my music and when i got the ubuntu touch phone there is no app for plex so was running it in a browser which was to be honest bloody awful! I recently caught a post on media servers and somebody was asking which media server to go for and somebody said plex and so did i but somebody said you want open source you want emby!.. so i took a look because im always keen to see new products.. and with the first glimpse i realised its what ive been looking for all along so removed plex and just aadded the PPA and just did a  apt-get install on my ubuntu nuc box 14.04 LTS.  Now some of the features i have gained is amazing,  For one it renders perfectly on my ubuntu touch phone and the big bonus lets me plays movies and music in the browser on my phone were plex wouldnt check this for rendering perfect.ubuntu touch

then i added the plugin to my now tv boxes which is the same set  up as my example on here installing the plex client it just replaces the plex app on the now tv and that works flawless!

The best media server that you can watch your media everywhere you go….

and then installed the plugin on the raspberry PI 1 & 2 which is a bit buggy but does work with a bit of messing, in the settings i select direct streams and that seems to work a treat.

lastfmOne of the big features is scrobbling not only does it scrobble to last fm for music scrobbling but also has a trakt scrobbling feature to scrobble movies and TV shows you watch which is awesome now plex does none of that at all ! This has to be the best media server around. Some of the features are really unbelievable, i give her ten out of ten. If your bored of your media server and are looking for one that expands try emby, im glad i did!! https://emby.media/ trakt