Posted October 25 by GreenCloud

Just last week, I was talking to an owner of small company here in the city. This owner previously commissioned me to redesign their company website, and this time he talked to me about some of the issues they were experiencing  with their computers and network within the office. He asked me if I could suggest any technical options he could implement in his office so every transaction could run as smooth as possible. He was actually concerned about computer viruses, sudden corruption of very important computer files, leakage of sensitive company files, etc. So I thought about suggesting to him to migrate to Linux Operating System.

After I sort of talked him out with the advantages of running a Linux system in his office, the final question I heard him asked sounded like a kid wanting to know if he can walk on water. It was a very pessimistic question of whether they would be able to learn to use it. I was surprised I can’t think of any effective answer to support his question for about 3 seconds or so. So, to everyone out there, the following are some of the things that I think would be best to keep in mind if you are used to Windows Operating System but would like to try GNU/Linux: [Continue reading...]

Posted October 23 by GreenCloud

If you are used to Windows or a Mac, and you’re trying to use Linux for the first time, you’ll probably wonder why most Linux distributions doesn’t come out-of-the-box with a TTS (text-to-speech) synthesizer program by default. Well, I’m not really interested in finding out the reason why, but I do know  there are quite a few TTS programs available out there that you can download and install on your favorite Linux distro. These TTS programs all have their own flavor so to speak. Among these TTS programs that you might want to try and experiment with are Festival, eSpeak and KMouth.

Among these 3 TTS programs that I’ve mentioned, my personal favorite is festival. One thing I like about festival is it comes with a wrapper called text2wave which is used to record the program’s text-to-speech output into a WAV audio file. Although I’m pretty sure you can also do the same thing with both eSpeak and Kmouth, but based on my experience, doing this task in festival is a little less complicated compared to the others. [Continue reading...]

Posted October 11 by GreenCloud

 

This would be a quick post. Most of us like I do, love to read funny if not inspiring quotations from known individuals who have influenced us, or most of us in so many different ways. Last week I was searching for a different package in my Arch using pacman when I bumped into this familiar package called Fortune. Well fortune is actually based on the NetBSD fortune 1.4 with just a few enhancements. [Continue reading...]

Posted September 15 by GreenCloud

 With the large number of handheld gadgets and other mobile devices spreading all over the place, and the rapid growth of the Internet specially the World Wide Web, there’s no question most web designers today now also consider including these tiny electronics to their list of viewing tools for their webpages. The first time I tried designing a webpage that could also be decently viewable for mobile phones I was overwhelmed because I never thought getting the right result I wanted could be quite tricky to achieve. To those who are just starting to design websites, there are several number of what we call media types in CSS that you can use for your stylesheet layout and the two most common are “screen” (also your main stylesheet) and “print” (for printable layouts). Example for screen and print media types can be implemented as follows: [Continue reading...]

Posted March 26 by GreenCloud
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The Non-alcoholic Wine For Linux UsersNo it’s neither brandy nor rum, it’s just plain pure wine – a type of Windows emulator that enables you to install your favorite Windows application in a Linux/UNIX-like operating system. It’s a computer software, a tool, – so basically it is safe for you, for me, and even for our kids. Some may not know this but Wine has been around for quite a while now. It was first released on July of 1993 roughly two years after Linux’s first release. By the time of this writing the latest stable version is Wine v1.4. Although not all Windows applications installed in Wine may not run as perfectly the way it does in Windows, it is still one free emulator that’s worth a try.

Personally, I’m not really into Windows applications at this time (I have my reasons) but I do have three Windows programs installed in my Linux machine – Office 2007, IE7 (for cross-browser testing purposes only) and Adobe Photoshop CS2. Although Photoshop CS2 is a little bit outdated when it comes to user interface compared to the succeeding versions (CS3 and later), it is the version of Photoshop that runs quite smoothly with Wine. The Office 2007 was actually a request from my wife and her friend because they don’t know how to use LibreOffice, so don’t ask me about it, but it works really good :)

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Posted March 19 by GreenCloud

This is just one quick post. Portable Document Format or PDF file (sometimes I call it ‘pido-file’) as we all know it, is an open standard file format independent to any application software, hardware or operating systems. If you want to share documents, turning it into a PDF file not only secure the file content from being altered so easily, but also make sure that the content of the file can be read accessed in whatever platform you send it to.

But what if, after you have created the PDF file and you wanted to rearrange, merge or delete some of its pages. Just recently I got caught in the exact same situation when one of my clients asked me a favor if I can delete a couple of pages from their downloadable company profile which is in PDF. After searching for the right tool, I came across with this very simple yet handy tool called PDFJumbler.

To my fellow Archers, you can install PDFJumbler from the AUR. Tor other Linux distros, you can try download and install PDFJumbler’s JAR file from SourceForge. Buena suerte!

Posted March 13 by GreenCloud

Cyber terrorism is once again taking its toll and another decent website became the new victim – this time it’s InDigitalWorks.com, owned by a guy named Goran Zinic from Croatia. This morning I checked one of my old email account and saw this very sad news that Goran Zinic’s website, InDigitalWorks.com, has been hacked and hijacked by a guy who call himself Ahmad Rashid Mohammed that turns out to be living somewhere in Dubai – I doubt it.

It’s been said that the terrifying act happened just recently on February 22nd of this year and reported that the cyber-terrorist was able to transfer the domain name illegally (which unfortunately was unlocked) and hijacked all the web files pertaining to the domain. Other online accounts such E-mails, Twitter, Facebook and Hosting was also hijacked. This is huge and I’m pretty sure the hacker/cracker was working on this dark motive had been working for this for quite some time before he made a big hit of hacking and hijacking all these accounts. This guy’s a pro and should be put behind bars.

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Posted March 04 by GreenCloud
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Speed Up Linux Application Loading Time Using PreloadSpeed, in every sense of the word, is I believe the main reason why we all use computers nowadays; whether in recreation, editing family photos from the previous summer vacation, or even when browsing your favorite website on the Internet – we want speed, and lots of it. That’s one fact I think that everyone would agree.

Although Linux operating system is already known to it’s speed, there is one tool called preload that was created to add more spice to that flavor. I first encountered preload a few years ago when part of its source code and its usability was featured on a Linux magazine. I did not really pay attention to it until just recently while I was thinking of other ways to add more boost to my Linux apps’ loading time that I once again thought about it. So I did a little search for it in the Arch repo, fortunately it’s there so I installed it. Preload, as described in its manual, “is an adaptive readahead daemon that prefetches files mapped by applications from the disk to reduce application startup time.” [Continue reading...]