Picasa 3.0 on kubuntu


Just pulled the beta 3.0 install for ubuntu / debian – installed no problem.
Started up the application and told picasa the location of my pictures which it added them into the app for me. The next part is the best part – I enter my google account details and selected which albums i want to sync to my 1 gig online storage and selected the folders i wanted public viewing. Picasa uploaded all my pics to the online google storage so i have now got a nice back up of my photo collection! Well the app works on mac and doze so give it a shot!!!
Nice and easy to use – the gui looks a bit windowish didnt have the better look of kde – but the features are great – Again google is going to take over – its happening right under your nose!…..

one week into intrepid..


I’m now one week into intrepid ibex which is the latest offerings from ubuntu.
I have been running Debian 64 studio on my desktop for over a year now and just thought I would test the new kubuntu version as it bundled with KDE4 and the new kontact to go with it. Anyway I liked it that much I installed it right through the house apart from my server this is still running Debian and will do until it dies !!
Now this gave me the chance to try and various machines and also different installs.
I did a fresh install on my desktop computer – two fresh installs on the two asus 701’s we he have and I ran one upgrade on my sons machine. In the middle of all this I installed intrepid on a mates 701SD.

My Machine:
Install was 100% – fast install – very few questions. After the reboot it installed my nvidia drivers and one more reboot and it was finished loaded up ready to go! The feel of KDE 4 now is like ready to use for me! I tested around a month ago and hated it!! But now its feeling and looking very usable. I installed wine and cedega and chucked a few games at it which I noticed straight away its much snappier. Kontact connected straight to the kolab server.
Problems – Still a few KDE3 apps I.E. – amarok / smb4k / konversation / k3b
Now ive managed to get KDE 4 versions of smb4k and amarok and although they are testing they have been working fine for a week! Adept 3.0 is nice and I like having update manager back as its been broke in Debian for a while now.
And for some strange reason I had no screen savers installed? which was easy enough to do like so nothing really to moan about. My biggest problem which I will fix is getting desktop effects to work on two monitors, in desktop were you enable them it complained about missing xcomposite which I dug around google for and got the lines to add to my xorg.conf file, now after I make the changes and restart X I have desktop effects but my right monitor is loading a X session but the screen is just black and does nothing?
Device wise apart from that picked up the printer and usb scanner / firewire and all other hardware – I synced my palm treo no problem so happy days !!

The two laptops installed great – quite fast! all hardware great apart from wireless I just had to install the kernel from array.org and then its spot on! Now on my laptop I had to upgrade the memory from 512 to one gig as it was being a bit laggy – but now its great! desktop effects work spot on which is very handy!! The new network manager worked a treat!! Now one thing you have to change is the powermanager is its set to dynamic by default which can scale the chip down to 400MHz and it gets choppy as hell. Very happy with it on the asus 🙂

On my sons machine he had it running well with hardy so he just upgraded – the upgrade went smooth again it installed the nvidia drivers reboot and results are 100% his game play has accelerated he is very happy! 🙂

The 701SD is fine see my previous blogs for information on that. My mate is very happy 🙂

Verdict – yes its here its ready to kick ass!! Very polished install – desktop – eats vista alive.

Blogging software for KDE


If your blogging on kde there are various blogging clients around.
I have a wordpress blog which is pretty standard like..
Any way on kde 3.5.x we have blokkal and kblogger.

Blokkal isnt in the repositories so you have to download the deb file and install. Now its a quite nice program to use very polished off with some nice features, you get a shortcut in the program menu to launch it. I found it didnt correctly put the date in so I would end up with the blog i wrote being at the end of my blog because the date would have the year of 1999 etc!
Has some nice features for bold text and links and adding images very much like using open office writer.

Kblogger again isnt in the repositories so get the deb file and install. Now this program does’nt put a icon in the program menu it adds it as a kicker applet which is handy! Very light weight great for a fast blogging and the date is correct. Very light on features but i like fast style blogging without all the bells and whistles!

KDE 4 – Blogging on kde

Everything changes here. Now we have still got kblogger which now displays its icon in the program menu and gains a few more features but fails to work on intrepid at all, blokkal only has source code available which i tried to compile but fails badly even with all the dev libraries required.
Last but not least – now this was one of the reasons for me switching to kde 4
Kontact journal – yes you can now blog to your wordpress and other types of blogs while in kontact! I use kontact to run my business so use it all day every day so being able to blog direct from kontact is great for me! So for one its already installed with a standard install and another you dont have to use other software its all in one place! easy to setup – I right clicked on calendar and selected add journal on blog entered my blog url and username and password and selected auto detect. It setup all the settings for me and just works fine! The only problem I have is when i write a blog it automatically posts the blog and come back with a invalid blog ID error? i just click OK and it goes and it still posts the blog!
So for me its currently journal in kontact! its early days and all the bugs will get squished hopefully.
The only other answer is do it through a web browswer like its designed too but that would be to easy maybe ? 🙂

Im a PC!


Dont make me laugh!!
Life without walls!!
For one microsoft is taking the piss out of apple’s tv advert!
For one they tried to copy the mac with vista
And the only walls here in question is the wall they hit when they released
The shitest operating system ever!! ha ha!!
Bye bye bill – I dont thnk it will be long!! (it cant be!!)

KDE 4 firefox memory leak


Im running KDE 4.1.2 and firefox 3.0.3
Im using the asus 701 with 512meg ram and it has 900mhz processor
Now it all seemed fine till i had a few tabs open in firefox it would grind and start disk reading like memory leak…
I tried konqueror but that is just crashing which is a pain
Anyway i have done ctl+esc and right clicked on firefox and reniced the application i notched it down a tad it seems to be fine…
Could be a indication that i may need to upgrade my 512 ram to 1 gig ram?

If this carries on ive read on forums to try turning of desktop effects…
Which is a pain as im using the mosiac feature in kde4 which comes with the desktop effects enabled only 🙁

Kde 4 usefull apt repo’s


Im just getting all the apps required for intrepid here is my extra apt repositories so far..
##amarok 2 beta
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/kubuntu-members-kde4/ubuntu intrepid main
## flash and w32codecs
deb http://packages.medibuntu.org/ intrepid free non-free
##smb4k for kde
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/paulo-miguel-dias/ubuntu intrepid main

apt-get install smb4k smbfs (for smb4k)
apt-get install amarok-kde4 (for amarok 2)
apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree (for flash plugin)

now the next reposoitory is to get the latest kernel for kubuntu 8.10 on the asus
deb http://www.array.org/ubuntu intrepid eee


apt-get install linux-image-eeepc
apt-get install linux-eeepc-lean (for the new lean cut down kernel)
this will install all required packages with all fixes for the new asus 701SD

Im looking at the k3b kde 4 for version setup now…..

a mad weekend of linux installs!


Ive just had a crazy weekend installing various flavours of linux and various machines and platforms!
I started testing kubuntu 8.4 on i386 and started adding kde 4 which didnt go to bad bt then realised was available! with kde 4 added like a remix version! That seemed better but then fell across the kubuntu 8.10! hell now this is the latest beta bleeding edge version which has nearly got all the apps moved in to kde 4. I noticed amarok still comes in the kde 3.5.x style and k3b does to, you can add te test amarok version to get the kde 4 versin of amarok (dont know why they never did this anyway!?) aldo a package is available for the kde 4 version of smb4k but if you use that make sure you install smbfs package or it will moan at you!
Well anyway with 8.10 you get adept 3.0 which is the kde 4 version and a new icon for plasma dashboard! And you get this new home folder browser icon which is cool. All the kontact apps are kde 4 which is good and saves you ugrading etc etc.
Im just testing the 64 bit version with real time I see there isnt a RT kernel so i may have to use a older kernel which i cant see being a problem we will see…
But it works very well on the asus 701 with the latest kernel from array.org
The new kernel i went for is the eeepc lean kernel.. yep they ripped all the crap out of the kernel thats unrequired like nvidia drivers and macintosh support to make it faster at loading and running etc!.. Seems cool all the hotkeyss work and wireless is great! I also gained suspend to ram and suspend to memory support! Overall on the laptop 9/10 as i got a few minor bugs which i can live with …
Ill test the 64 bit version today as the install has just spat the cd ot and is for the reboot into 64 bit linux mmmm….

Ebay postage rules


I think ebay should put some rules in regarding postage, you get these greedy bastards who put items on cheap and load up the postage. I ordered a GTA stratergey guide for my lad of ebay of my_little_alice now the book was a quid so i thought what he hell i noticed the P&P was four quid which i thought was a tad dear and was obvoius the had loaded it up a bit. Anyway i paid straight away and the book arrived two days after in a ripped grey piece of paper! it was fit enough to trace through! So i followed the ebay recommendations and gave accurate feedback – now the silly cow who has the account pressumed i was new to ebay ! but this was just a fresh account i had setup – I ve had accounts for years ive sent £8000 pound guitars world wide the blooody nougat! Now when i send a package i charge the correct price and and use proper packaging. Now i would have sent this book for £1.50 – £2.00 max and it would have been in a decent envelope or bubble rap envelope. Any way the silly cow sent me a abbusive message becase she has over a thousand decent feedbacks and im so new to ebay and i dont have a clue!! nougat! Anyway i told her to stop send me shitty messages and that i had took pictures of here crappy packaging and would show these to ebay if she wanted ?! guess what she didnt reply. Why cant people just take shit on the nose highly strung little cow!!!!
I think they should put a fare P&P policy in place to stop people like this taking the piss and stop the rip off greedy ebayers!