Archive for January, 2007

Installing additional Ubuntu software

January 29th, 2007 Comments off

To install additional software required to support various types of multimedia:

The GUI way

  1. Applications->Add/Remove Applications.
  2. Type xine into the search box at the top.
  3. Find “Xine extra plugins” in the list and tick it.
  4. Find and select “Gstreamer extra codec” and “Sun Java 5.0 Plugin”
  5. Press OK.

The Command Line way

This is much quicker as long as you know the names of the packages you want to install.

  1. Install codecs etc:
    sudo apt-get install sox vorbis-tools flac lame mpg321 faad faac
  2. Install the Xine-backend version of Totem:
    sudo apt-get install totem-xine

Flash v9

The version of Flash in Ubuntu 6.10 is v7 which is quite old. Lots of websites now require version 9, which is easy to install in Firefox:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on the green jigsaw piece icon to install the current version of Flash.
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CSS Code to allow Image Float in WordPress Themes

January 29th, 2007 Comments off

To enable the ability to float images left or right, add the following code to the CSS stylesheet.

Obviously this works for any web page, I just happen to be doing it for this blog on WordPress.

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Pastebin tools

January 29th, 2007 Comments off

A pastebin is a website that allows you to paste text in order to share it with someone else on the web. They are useful for troubleshooting all sorts of programming and configuration issues. appears to be the original, and it allows a wide variety of syntax highlighting and also the creation of private Pastebins (private in the sense that only your content should be on there, but still available to anyone who knows the URL) doesn’t appear to be working properly at the moment so I can’t say much about it.

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Mount MP3 network share located on main Windows PC

January 29th, 2007 Comments off

SlimServer doesn’t like the Music Folder path in the form smb://computer/share – presumably it can’t use smbclient. I therefore need to mount this share in the filesystem.

Parts of this are taken from here and here.

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Installing SlimServer 6.5.1 on Ubuntu 6.10

January 28th, 2007 Comments off

Ubuntu is based on Debian, so I followed the instructions on the Slim Devices website here and it worked fine. It basically involves adding the Slim Devices repository to Synaptic Package Manager (Settings/Repository->Third Party) and then installing using apt-get.

The next thing to do is mount the network share so it can be accessed by SlimServer.

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Auto Mounting NTFS partitions at boot

January 28th, 2007 Comments off

There’s a very useful Getting Started document over at UbuntuGuide which describes lots of basic configuration tasks.

In the Ubuntu 6.10 official documentation there seem to be references to a utility in System->Administration->Disks but apparently the Disks utility was removed in v6.10. It’s not difficult to edit the /etc/fstab file as on any other Linux. There are instructions in the Ubuntu documentation and also here

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First time Ubuntu experiences…

January 28th, 2007 Comments off

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I’ve just installed Ubuntu 6.10 and I’m going to be recording my experiences here, mostly so I can refer back to it later when I can’t remember how I did things…
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Cuesheets for CDs/MP3 files

January 23rd, 2007 Comments off

Since Cuesheet Heaven seems to be down, here are a couple of alternatives:

  • Freedb2cue – online converter from freedb to cue sheet
  • CueMaster – Windows software to create cue sheet from freedb data
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FM Transmitter

January 12th, 2007 Comments off

On December 8th 2006 the UK law regarding low power FM Transmitters was changed, so they are now legal in this country (providing they are CE Certified

There are loads available now, just look here.

I’m planning to get one soon and will post a review here.

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Delete/action a large number of messages in Gmail

January 5th, 2007 Comments off

When you search in Gmail the results are returned in pages of 20. If you press Select: All, then you only get the visible 20 selected. What if you want to perform an action on all of the matching messages?

The same thing applies if you want to perform some action on all messages in a Label. You can only see 100 messages at a time, so how do you select the entire Label?

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