26th Jul2012

Resize VirtualBox Disk Image – grow, expand, increase a .VDI disk image in 1 minute

by Gyro
Resize VirtualBox Disk Image -- the easy and the hard way.Today I actually used up the 20GB of virtual disk space I set for the Windows XP I use for specific Windows Software. Who would have thought that an old Windows XP license would be useful again, eh? :)

After performing a quick search on how to manipulate an existing VDI file, I found a bunch of lengthy guides, all pretty much saying the exact same thing… create a new VDI, load the old and new VDI disk images into a Virtual Machine as a master and slave drive, boot with a gParted or equivalent BootCD image, and then clone the old disk to the new one… or in short: do a lot of steps that take forever, but not what I want: Resize VirtualBox Disk Image.

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After flipping through the 10th or so guide, I realized that pretty much all of them were written in 2008… very unusual as bloggers usually write about the same subject on a yearly basis. That in mind, I search a bit more and… BINGO! Since VirtualBox 4 is out, there is a simple command line tool to resize VDI images. Man, those extra 5 minutes of searching just saved me from a lot of hassle and a huge waste of time.
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23rd Jul2012

Install JDownloader for Ubuntu – DLC Download Container App

by Gyro

Install JDownloader, the DLC Download Container App for Ubuntu.

JDownloader is an open source software, written completely in Java and platform independent. Download files from One-Click-Hosters like Rapidshare.com, Share-Online, BitShare, FreakShare, or CloudNator.com — it works for users who don't pay, and users with a premium account can enter their account details to download with Full Speed. JDownloader can open DLC files and download multiple files at the same time, it has captcha recognition, and even extracts archives automatical once all files have been downloaded. JDownloader is absolutely free to use, as you would expect from Open Source software.

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06th Jul2012

Merging video, multiple audio tracks, and subtitles into one file

by Gyro

As a movie lover living in a household that speaks 3 languages, multiple audio tracks are a must for a movie, and at least English subtitles for those of us who are not native speakers of the audio we are listening to.

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05th Jul2012

Customize your OS with Ubuntu Tweak

by Gyro

Ubuntu Tweak is an application to make configuring Ubuntu easier for everyone. It provides many useful desktop and system options that the default config-tool for the desktop environment doesn't provide.

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02nd Jul2012

Scenic – A Video Conference Software on Steroids!

by Gyro

Scenic is an on stage telepresence system that allows for real time transmission of audiovisual data over any IP network. Scenic can be used in various artistic contexts, so that two different creative spaces can communicate with each other or present a combined performance. Thus, a dramatic work could be performed simultaneously in Paris and Montreal, with actors viewing each other and replying live over the network.

Scenic facilitates the transmission of high quality streaming audio-video at a guaranteed low latency on quality networks. It can transmit a maximum of 64 non-compressed audio channels, offers numerous audio and video codecs and allows the choice of compression ratio.

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15th Jun2012

Download MP3s from GrooveShark™

by Gyro

I have long been a fan of GrooveShark. When I am not listening to Coast2Coast or other Talk Radio, GrooveShark is usually my choice for audio entertainment. Looking back, it's amazing how many new musicians I only know because of GrooveShark, and it almost hurts thinking about all the awesome music that I would have never had the opportunity to listen to otherwise.

While listening to some tunes, I though how awesome it would be to listen to them in the car… but how to I download music from GrooveShark?

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14th Jun2012

Photoshop CS crashing when opening complex PSD files using Ubuntu/wine

by Gyro

I installed the new Photoshop CS6 trial version on Ubuntu using Wine 1.5.5, and had a strange error when I tried to open a complex psd file with multiple layers etc, Photoshop would just crash.

As much as I hate the way email lists look when searching for something, this time they were the only source I could find with the solution for this annoying problem.

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14th Jun2012

Browser Wars: Chrome vs Firefox vs IE vs Opera

by Gyro

LifeHacker.com has released awesome Browser Speed Tests for Chrome 19, Firefox 13, Internet Explorer 9, and Opera 11.64.

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19th May2012

Keep your passwords together and safe with KeePassX

by Gyro

As a web craftsman I have to keep a nearly endless list of usernames, email addresses, and the respective passwords.

KeePassX is the perfect solution to keep all your passwords, as well as all other important information in one place. It is an Open Source software for Linux, MacOS, and even Windows, that uses one single file to store all your information. This file is protected by your own password, the encryption technology used complies with the standards of the NSA, and best of all -- you can share and open this file on the before mentioned operating systems.

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19th May2012

Download YouTube Videos, Channels and Playlists with Youtube-DL

by Gyro

Today, I found a fantastic YouTube channel with loads of videos that interest me. Since I especially enjoy watching videos when I do not have an Internet connection, I tend to download videos from youtube to watch them later. However, this has always been a pain in the behind to do, especially if you are following a certain channel and would like to have the latest videos…

Well, if you are a Ubuntu user, it takes about 1 minutes to setup and start downloading.

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18th May2012

Using touch and imagemagick To create PDF files

by Gyro

Dean Howell from ThePowerBase.com has written an excellent guide for Linux (Ubuntu/Debian) users on how to use imagemagick to create multi-page PDF files with ease.

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18th May2012

Install handbrake video converter on Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

by Gyro

If you are using Ubuntu 12.04 and would like to install the video converter tool "handbrake", simply follow these instructions:

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13th May2012

Best Free Screenshot and Screen Capture Software 2012

by Gyro

If you are using Ubuntu (or another Linux Distro with the same GUI), I have a real treat for you!

Check out Nanoshot, it's probably the most handy screen capturing tool there is.

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