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hildebrand
post Oct 28 2009, 12:01 AM
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Tip #12: Typing Tutor

KLavaro is a lovely typing tutor software for those looking for one. It has lots of good features. it has lots of exercises and grades well too. Tests check for wpm, accuracy and fluidity as well.


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Samandar ko Baandhe Aisa Koi Ghaat Nahi, Kadmon ko thaame aisi koi baat nahin Patli si dhaara samundar mein milti hai, milkar ke kho jaati hai, ghaat ghaat hi rehte hain woh samundar ho jaati hai, karlo jo chaaho, banlo jo chaaho

“Geet boodhe nahin hote, unke chehron pe jhurriyan nahi girti
wo palte rahte hain, chalte rahte hain
sun-ne walo ki umra badal jaati hai….”

Please Visit
http://www.anmolfankaar.com: A website dedicated to Artists of the Indian Subcontinent. Now follow it on twitter too. http://twitter.com/anmolfankaar

http://www.shamshadbegum.com : A website dedicated to the Living Legend Shamshad Begum. May She Live Long.

http://www.madamnoorjehan.com : A website dedicated to Madam Noorjehan

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post Nov 5 2009, 06:54 PM
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Tip #13: How to type in Hindi in Open Office and other softwares?

I normally use KDE. will mention the procedure for that incase
someone's interested:-
1. Open Control Center. Go to Regional & Accessibility->Keyboard Layout.
2. Click on Enable Keyboards radio button.
3. Select India on left panel (Available layouts) and click on add.
This will cause a new India layout to come in active layouts on the
right.
4. In the layout variants you can choose 'deva' (if you want standard
hindi keyboard) or 'bolnagri' (if you want phonetic hindi keyboard,
which I prefer since its easy).

Once this is done the KDE Keyboard Layout tool shall be available in
your system tray. Whenever you need to type in Hindi select the
appropriate hindi layout. Once thats done you can type in Hindi in all
softwares supporting hindi unicode including Open Office. If you want
hindi fonts ttf-devanagri package should be installed.

Its possible to do similarly in GNOME also where you have a switcher
applet which you can add to your desktop.
Add -> Utility -> Keyboard layout switcher (for Gnome <2.6). For newer
gnome use 'keyboard indicator'.

Please note that instead of hindi layout you could have gone for other layouts like tamil, telugu, punjabi, oriya, bengali etc also to type in those languages.

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Samandar ko Baandhe Aisa Koi Ghaat Nahi, Kadmon ko thaame aisi koi baat nahin Patli si dhaara samundar mein milti hai, milkar ke kho jaati hai, ghaat ghaat hi rehte hain woh samundar ho jaati hai, karlo jo chaaho, banlo jo chaaho

“Geet boodhe nahin hote, unke chehron pe jhurriyan nahi girti
wo palte rahte hain, chalte rahte hain
sun-ne walo ki umra badal jaati hai….”

Please Visit
http://www.anmolfankaar.com: A website dedicated to Artists of the Indian Subcontinent. Now follow it on twitter too. http://twitter.com/anmolfankaar

http://www.shamshadbegum.com : A website dedicated to the Living Legend Shamshad Begum. May She Live Long.

http://www.madamnoorjehan.com : A website dedicated to Madam Noorjehan

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post Nov 12 2009, 10:01 PM
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Tip #14: Installing Winamp using wine on Linux
Follow the following steps:-
1. Install wine using your favourite package management software
2. Download Winamp Version 5.541 from www.oldapps.com (Newer winamp does not work) (or direct link: http://www.brothersoft.com/winamp-download-227621.html )
3. Right click on the executable and open with wine
OR
Run ' wine </yourpath>winamp5541_full_bundle_emusic-7plus_en-us.exe'
4. During the installation process do not select the "Winamp Agent" or "Modern skins" under User Interface Extensions (it makes winamp very slow and unstable otherwise)

Your installation is done and you can run by clicking the icon on your desktop. Alternatively run:
wine '/home/yourusername/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/Winamp/winamp.exe'

In case you need to be a DJ for shoutcast radio on HF or other stations you can also install the usual dsp plugin over wine. (This is what I use for my shoutcasts).
The plugin is available here:-
http://www.shoutcast.com/download (Direct link: http://yp.shoutcast.com/downloads/shoutcas...9-0-windows.exe )

Follow the procedure to become DJ given here:-
http://www.hamaraforums.com/index.php?showtopic=16324#

This post has been edited by hildebrand: Nov 12 2009, 10:07 PM

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Samandar ko Baandhe Aisa Koi Ghaat Nahi, Kadmon ko thaame aisi koi baat nahin Patli si dhaara samundar mein milti hai, milkar ke kho jaati hai, ghaat ghaat hi rehte hain woh samundar ho jaati hai, karlo jo chaaho, banlo jo chaaho

“Geet boodhe nahin hote, unke chehron pe jhurriyan nahi girti
wo palte rahte hain, chalte rahte hain
sun-ne walo ki umra badal jaati hai….”

Please Visit
http://www.anmolfankaar.com: A website dedicated to Artists of the Indian Subcontinent. Now follow it on twitter too. http://twitter.com/anmolfankaar

http://www.shamshadbegum.com : A website dedicated to the Living Legend Shamshad Begum. May She Live Long.

http://www.madamnoorjehan.com : A website dedicated to Madam Noorjehan

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post Nov 12 2009, 10:09 PM
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HB,

Will installing Wine in a Linux machine increase its vulnerability to viruses?

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post Nov 12 2009, 10:19 PM
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Tip #15: Installing Goldwave on Linux using wine

Goldwave is one of the best audio editing tools available. I was missing using it on linux earlier. Not anymore. Follow this procedure to get it for you too:-

1. Download Goldwave 4.26 (Newer one doesn't work due to DirectX not being supported by wine yet) from here: http://www.oldapps.com/goldwave.php
2. Install the executable using wine.
3. Get mfc42.dll from any XP Installation and copy it to /home/yourusername/.wine/drive_c/windows/system32/ (needed for program to work). You can also download it from here: http://www.dll-files.com/dllindex/dll-files.shtml?mfc42

Your program is ready to be used. All audio editing works seamlessly like on windows. I have never tried CD ripping (for obvious reasons, there are foss tools available) and don't know if that will work.

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Samandar ko Baandhe Aisa Koi Ghaat Nahi, Kadmon ko thaame aisi koi baat nahin Patli si dhaara samundar mein milti hai, milkar ke kho jaati hai, ghaat ghaat hi rehte hain woh samundar ho jaati hai, karlo jo chaaho, banlo jo chaaho

“Geet boodhe nahin hote, unke chehron pe jhurriyan nahi girti
wo palte rahte hain, chalte rahte hain
sun-ne walo ki umra badal jaati hai….”

Please Visit
http://www.anmolfankaar.com: A website dedicated to Artists of the Indian Subcontinent. Now follow it on twitter too. http://twitter.com/anmolfankaar

http://www.shamshadbegum.com : A website dedicated to the Living Legend Shamshad Begum. May She Live Long.

http://www.madamnoorjehan.com : A website dedicated to Madam Noorjehan

http://www.geetadutt.com : A website dedicated to Geeta Dutt Nee Roy
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post Nov 12 2009, 10:20 PM
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QUOTE(Exon @ Nov 12 2009, 10:09 PM) *

HB,

Will installing Wine in a Linux machine increase its vulnerability to viruses?

Exon


No Exon. Windows viruses don't affect linux even when you use wine. The wine programs can always be removed in case of any problem.

This post has been edited by hildebrand: Nov 12 2009, 10:21 PM

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Samandar ko Baandhe Aisa Koi Ghaat Nahi, Kadmon ko thaame aisi koi baat nahin Patli si dhaara samundar mein milti hai, milkar ke kho jaati hai, ghaat ghaat hi rehte hain woh samundar ho jaati hai, karlo jo chaaho, banlo jo chaaho

“Geet boodhe nahin hote, unke chehron pe jhurriyan nahi girti
wo palte rahte hain, chalte rahte hain
sun-ne walo ki umra badal jaati hai….”

Please Visit
http://www.anmolfankaar.com: A website dedicated to Artists of the Indian Subcontinent. Now follow it on twitter too. http://twitter.com/anmolfankaar

http://www.shamshadbegum.com : A website dedicated to the Living Legend Shamshad Begum. May She Live Long.

http://www.madamnoorjehan.com : A website dedicated to Madam Noorjehan

http://www.geetadutt.com : A website dedicated to Geeta Dutt Nee Roy
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post Dec 13 2009, 10:55 AM
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Tip #16: How to recover files deleted by rm -r

http://osscamp.in/blog/how-recover-deleted...-command-ext3fs

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Samandar ko Baandhe Aisa Koi Ghaat Nahi, Kadmon ko thaame aisi koi baat nahin Patli si dhaara samundar mein milti hai, milkar ke kho jaati hai, ghaat ghaat hi rehte hain woh samundar ho jaati hai, karlo jo chaaho, banlo jo chaaho

“Geet boodhe nahin hote, unke chehron pe jhurriyan nahi girti
wo palte rahte hain, chalte rahte hain
sun-ne walo ki umra badal jaati hai….”

Please Visit
http://www.anmolfankaar.com: A website dedicated to Artists of the Indian Subcontinent. Now follow it on twitter too. http://twitter.com/anmolfankaar

http://www.shamshadbegum.com : A website dedicated to the Living Legend Shamshad Begum. May She Live Long.

http://www.madamnoorjehan.com : A website dedicated to Madam Noorjehan

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post Feb 17 2010, 12:49 AM
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Tip #17 - Stapler for pdf

Often one has lots of pdf's and one wishes it was possible to have an "software" stapler with which one could add delete pages at will and do other things with it.

pdftk is what you've been looking for.

To quote from the manual:-

If PDF is electronic paper, then pdftk is an electronic stapler-remover,
hole-punch, binder, secret-decoder-ring, and X-Ray-glasses. Pdftk is a
simple tool for doing everyday things with PDF documents. Keep one in the
top drawer of your desktop and use it to:
- Merge PDF documents
- Split PDF pages into a new document
- Decrypt input as necessary (password required)
- Encrypt output as desired
- Fill PDF Forms with FDF Data and/or Flatten Forms
- Apply a Background Watermark
- Report PDF on metrics, including metadata and bookmarks
- Update PDF Metadata
- Attach Files to PDF Pages or the PDF Document
- Unpack PDF Attachments
- Burst a PDF document into single pages
- Uncompress and re-compress page streams
- Repair corrupted PDF (where possible)

That gives an idea about what all the software can do.

What more can one ask of a software which is just a little over 3 MB in installed size!

Here are some examples on how to use the lovely software:-

Decrypt a PDF
pdftk secured.pdf input_pw foopass output unsecured.pdf

Encrypt a PDF using 128-bit strength (the default), withhold all permissions (the default)
pdftk 1.pdf output 1.128.pdf owner_pw foopass

Same as above, except password ’baz’ must also be used to open output PDF
pdftk 1.pdf output 1.128.pdf owner_pw foo user_pw baz

Same as above, except printing is allowed (once the PDF is open)
pdftk 1.pdf output 1.128.pdf owner_pw foo user_pw baz allow printing

Join in1.pdf and in2.pdf into a new PDF, out1.pdf
pdftk in1.pdf in2.pdf cat output out1.pdf
or (using handles):
pdftk A=in1.pdf B=in2.pdf cat A B output out1.pdf
or (using wildcards):
pdftk *.pdf cat output combined.pdf

Remove ’page 13’ from in1.pdf to create out1.pdf
pdftk in.pdf cat 1-12 14-end output out1.pdf
or:
pdftk A=in1.pdf cat A1-12 A14-end output out1.pdf

Apply 40-bit encryption to output, revoking all permissions (the default). Set the owner PW to ’foopass’.
pdftk 1.pdf 2.pdf cat output 3.pdf encrypt_40bit owner_pw foopass

Join two files, one of which requires the password ’foopass’. The output is not encrypted.
pdftk A=secured.pdf 2.pdf input_pw A=foopass cat output 3.pdf

Uncompress PDF page streams for editing the PDF in a text editor (e.g., vim, emacs)
pdftk doc.pdf output doc.unc.pdf uncompress

Uncompress PDF page streams for editing the PDF in a text editor (e.g., vim, emacs)
pdftk doc.pdf output doc.unc.pdf uncompress

Repair a PDF’s corrupted XREF table and stream lengths, if possible
pdftk broken.pdf output fixed.pdf

Burst a single PDF document into pages and dump its data to doc_data.txt
pdftk in.pdf burst

Burst a single PDF document into encrypted pages. Allow low-quality printing
pdftk in.pdf burst owner_pw foopass allow DegradedPrinting

Write a report on PDF document metadata and bookmarks to report.txt
pdftk in.pdf dump_data output report.txt

Rotate the first PDF page to 90 degrees clockwise
pdftk in.pdf cat 1E 2-end output out.pdf

Rotate an entire PDF document to 180 degrees
pdftk in.pdf cat 1-endS output out.pdf

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Hildebrand


Samandar ko Baandhe Aisa Koi Ghaat Nahi, Kadmon ko thaame aisi koi baat nahin Patli si dhaara samundar mein milti hai, milkar ke kho jaati hai, ghaat ghaat hi rehte hain woh samundar ho jaati hai, karlo jo chaaho, banlo jo chaaho

“Geet boodhe nahin hote, unke chehron pe jhurriyan nahi girti
wo palte rahte hain, chalte rahte hain
sun-ne walo ki umra badal jaati hai….”

Please Visit
http://www.anmolfankaar.com: A website dedicated to Artists of the Indian Subcontinent. Now follow it on twitter too. http://twitter.com/anmolfankaar

http://www.shamshadbegum.com : A website dedicated to the Living Legend Shamshad Begum. May She Live Long.

http://www.madamnoorjehan.com : A website dedicated to Madam Noorjehan

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post May 26 2010, 07:14 PM
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A nice list of mistakes done by new users of linux is available at the following link:-

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/btl/10-mistakes-...bies-make/34444

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Samandar ko Baandhe Aisa Koi Ghaat Nahi, Kadmon ko thaame aisi koi baat nahin Patli si dhaara samundar mein milti hai, milkar ke kho jaati hai, ghaat ghaat hi rehte hain woh samundar ho jaati hai, karlo jo chaaho, banlo jo chaaho

“Geet boodhe nahin hote, unke chehron pe jhurriyan nahi girti
wo palte rahte hain, chalte rahte hain
sun-ne walo ki umra badal jaati hai….”

Please Visit
http://www.anmolfankaar.com: A website dedicated to Artists of the Indian Subcontinent. Now follow it on twitter too. http://twitter.com/anmolfankaar

http://www.shamshadbegum.com : A website dedicated to the Living Legend Shamshad Begum. May She Live Long.

http://www.madamnoorjehan.com : A website dedicated to Madam Noorjehan

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post Mar 29 2011, 06:05 PM
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Tip #18: Partitioning a pen drive with label name

As root for a pen drive with device name /dev/sdb1 (ensure not mounted) give the following command:-

mkfs.vfat /dev/sdb1 -n <labelname>

For sudo based systems like Ubuntu don't forget to put sudo before mkfs.vfat.




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Samandar ko Baandhe Aisa Koi Ghaat Nahi, Kadmon ko thaame aisi koi baat nahin Patli si dhaara samundar mein milti hai, milkar ke kho jaati hai, ghaat ghaat hi rehte hain woh samundar ho jaati hai, karlo jo chaaho, banlo jo chaaho

“Geet boodhe nahin hote, unke chehron pe jhurriyan nahi girti
wo palte rahte hain, chalte rahte hain
sun-ne walo ki umra badal jaati hai….”

Please Visit
http://www.anmolfankaar.com: A website dedicated to Artists of the Indian Subcontinent. Now follow it on twitter too. http://twitter.com/anmolfankaar

http://www.shamshadbegum.com : A website dedicated to the Living Legend Shamshad Begum. May She Live Long.

http://www.madamnoorjehan.com : A website dedicated to Madam Noorjehan

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post Apr 2 2011, 05:56 PM
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Tip #19: Using mp3info to get the information from mp3 files in desirable format

This software had been pointed out by Exon in this thread earlier. I have made a script to show it in the format I want it. (Default one doesn't give the bitrate and time duration information. The order is not intuitive as well.)

This is the script I made:-

mymp3info.sh
mp3info -r a -p "File:%f \nTitle: %t\nArtist: %a\nAlbum: %l\nYear: %y \nBitrate: %.2r\nDuration: %02m:%02s\n" "$1"

This script gives output as shown for a file below:-

mymp3info.sh 01\ TERE\ NI\ KARARAN\ -\ INH100614651.mp3
File:01 TERE NI KARARAN - INH100614651.mp3
Title: Tere Ni Kanaran Mainu Pateya
Artist: Lal Chand Yamla Jatt
Album: Khedan De Din Chaar - LCYJ
Year:
Bitrate: 128.00
Duration: 06:38




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Samandar ko Baandhe Aisa Koi Ghaat Nahi, Kadmon ko thaame aisi koi baat nahin Patli si dhaara samundar mein milti hai, milkar ke kho jaati hai, ghaat ghaat hi rehte hain woh samundar ho jaati hai, karlo jo chaaho, banlo jo chaaho

“Geet boodhe nahin hote, unke chehron pe jhurriyan nahi girti
wo palte rahte hain, chalte rahte hain
sun-ne walo ki umra badal jaati hai….”

Please Visit
http://www.anmolfankaar.com: A website dedicated to Artists of the Indian Subcontinent. Now follow it on twitter too. http://twitter.com/anmolfankaar

http://www.shamshadbegum.com : A website dedicated to the Living Legend Shamshad Begum. May She Live Long.

http://www.madamnoorjehan.com : A website dedicated to Madam Noorjehan

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