Fix SpellCheck in Firefox and OpenOffice.org!

29 10 2008

I’ll make this quick. Remember back in Windows how everything you wrote incorrectly in Office Word got underlined in red? Well in OpenOffice.org and Firefox that doesn’t happen automatically. You’ll need some packages first.

Simply go to Synaptic and search for:

myspell

Now check among the results for the ones that end on “en’ or “es”(for spanish).

Check all that apply, reading carefully their descriptions and making sure that they’re the languages you’ll need. Then hit “Apply”, install all the needed dependencies that Synaptic is gonna ask for by hitting “OK” on the pop-up window, and wait for it to install. Once done fire up your Firefox and/or OpenOffice.org! You know get the red lines below the wrong words and you’ll also get the spelling suggestions!

Hope this helps someone!

Oh, and tomorrow is the great day!!!! Tomorrow October 30, 2008 Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex 8.10 goes officially live!!! I’ll be making a special post for tomorrow (hopefully)!

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Solutions For Mediaphiles!

26 10 2008

“Yeah, how do you even rip CDs and encode videos with Ubuntu?! This can’t be! I’m going back to Window$!!” Hold it right there partner! Ubuntu has some cool programs you’ll love for doing common things we normally did back in Window$.

Once of these things is ripping audio CDs to the computer’s HDD. Back in Windows there are tons of thousands of programs that do this, and most of them are worth $40.00+ and people end up downloading them from somewhere, illegally of course. Well, here in Ubuntu we don’t have the need to pirate programs.

If you want a good CD ripper just go to Synaptic and search for:

sound-juicer

This little program (found in Applications>Sound & Video>Audio CD Extractor) rips your music and converts it to WAV, MP3, OGG and others. After ripping the music just sync it with your mp3 player (gtkpod-aac for iPods and as of other mp3 players you’re on your own. I don’t have any other mp3 player which I can test. I do know that iPod Classic 160GB, iPod Nano 1st gen 4GB and iPod Shuffle 2nd gen 1GB work perfectly in gtkpod, if you have a Zune…well…you’re pretty much alone in the dark since no one can make a Zune work with Linux this far…go figure.)

And what if you want to convert videos for your iPod?…SIMPLE! just follow my instructions on how to install ffmpeg and winff found here.

I won’t go into much detail here because these programs are pretty easy to figure out. But if you encounter any problems or you have questions, just post them on the comments section! I’ll be happy to help!





Create your own ringtones!

25 10 2008

Well, actually this is not an “Ubuntu-Exclusive” but I think you guys should know.

Let’s say you have a cool song and want to have a ringtone of it on your cellphone…Prepare yourself, if you buy it from your carrier you’ll end up paying $3.00+ for the song and the Internet time you use to download it to your cell.

Well, there’s an easy and inexpensive way to do this…and it’s called “Audacity“! No, no need to take out your credit card, Audacity is absolutely free and it’s a very handy program for all your music-editing needs, not to mention that it is available on the repositories.

Let’s stick to the topic here. To make a ringtone simply choose your favorite song.

Now open up Audacity by going to Applications>Sound & Video>Audacity.


Click File>Open and then select the song you want to ringtonify…

Now with the cursor in Selection mode select the part of the song you want for your ringtone by dragging the cursor.

Fiddle back and forth with Play and Pause and make sure that the selected area is exactly how you want it. Once the area is selected click the “Trim” button (check the picture below to see the location of the button).

Now switch the cursor to Time Shift Tool. And drag the chosen part to the start of the timeline.

Now switch back to Selection mode. And select the areas where you might want to add an effect, like Fade IN or Fade OUT. For these effects select the beginning of the song (where you want the fade to take effect). Now click on Effects and select Fade In from the dropdown list.

For fade out do the exact same thing but selecting the end of the song and then Fade Out on the dropdown.

And DONE! You now have a freshly baked ringtone for your cellphone! Now simply go to File> Export and give it a name and a format on the new window. Select Mp3 Files on the dropdown on the bottom of the window.

And now all you need is a Bluetooth adapter or a card reader to send it to your cellphone. I won’t be going into great detail here because every cellhpone works differently. In my case I use both Bluetooth and a card reader (sometimes) to sync my new ringtones to my LG Shine CU720.

Anyway, I hope this was helpful and I hope I was clear enough! Remember to post comments!

NOTE: You can do the exact same thing in Windows. Audacity is multi-platform!





My Art v2.0 (The Power Of Inkscape!)

18 10 2008

I’ve talked about Inkscape before, and I must reemphasize . . . IT ROCKS!!! I made some new pictures on it, and they were completely made from scratch. Keep in mind I’m just an Inkscape-noob…I still have tons to learn. Anyways I hope you enjoy my pictures! Please note the details on the pictures, check out the gradients and shades. Some of the pictures might need a little fixing here and there, but they look cool (I think/hope).

One of my firsts… My Toshiba Satellite A135-S4527 (posted on a previous post)

Then my ESP LTD EC-1000 (still needs some fixing around the body shape and binding)


Then…Wall-E!!!!


And the newest one…Stitch!!! (This one might need some scaling and polishing)


I hope you guys liked my pictures! I’m really loving this whole Inkscape stuff! And I deeply encourage you to try it! If you like photography and drawing then Inkscape is for you!





Request Section!

17 10 2008

Yep, you read right. I was thinking that I’ve never seen a blog with a request section ever before, probably because that’s what discussion forums and IRCs are for. But anyways, I wanted to know what you guys want my next post to be about! If you have a question, suggestion or need a tip/trick just post it in this post as a comment and I’ll do whatever I can to make a post about your request! Remember that I talk/write spanish too, so if you need help in spanish just ask!

I hope tons of people comment here! Let me know what you guys need to know!





The Time Is Near. . .

16 10 2008

YEEEAAAHHH!!! In 15 days the new and improved Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex 8.10 is coming home! I know I’ve been talking a lot about this lately, but today I want to help Toshiba Satellite owners with some bugs that were found in hardy…and luckily have been fixed in Intrepid!

Well, mostly Toshiba is not very friendly with Linux, at least on some models that use Atheros and Intel hardware. As I’ve stated before I own a Toshiba Satellite A135-S4527, and I must add it is a very nice laptop for the price. But with Ubuntu it tends to get a little freaky.

First off, the sound is extremely low or non-existent, and if you use the common fix found in other blogs and forums, chances are the headphones won’t turn off the internal speakers when playing sound. Well, I have just the thing for you!

Simply fire up a Terminal and type:

gksudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base/

Once inside that document that will open go to the very bottom and type this in.

option snd-hda-intel model=lenovo

Now hit “Save” and close gedit. Now check that in Sound Control (double click the speaker icon on the notification area) and make sure HDA Intel (Alsa Mixer) is selected as the playback device, and that the PCM and FRONT levels are all the way up. Also check that the Headphones switch (in the Switches tab) is ticked. Reboot and you should have sound!!!…but a very harsh and tinny sounding one though!…

To fix this issue you must play around with PulseAudio…and since I’m gonna reinvent the wheel here you can check this great tuitorial psyke83 published on the ubuntuForums!

Ok, another issue that Hardy had was a violent overheating whenever the laptop got busy…I never guessed how the heck to fix that completely, but here is a sweet fix!

Open a Terminal and type:

gconf-editor

Now go to “Apps>gnome-power-manager>ui” and check the unchecked box that says something about the processor. Now you can go to the Power Manager in System>Preferences and decide the processor speed policy…to avoid overheating make it “Based on processor load” and that should cool it down quite a bit! Thank God this was fixed in Intrepid…no need for this fix since the Power Management on Intrepid is a whole lot better and keeps the laptop ice cold!

Another few fixes are:

– No more proprietary/restricted drivers for Atheros Wi-Fi cards.
– Xorg now uses Xrandr and that helps speed up the dual-monitor process. Now you can use the laptop’s S-Video and VGA outputs with ease! (Still under testing though).
– The video resolution improved quite a bit, now the screen looks more crisp than on hardy.
– The overall system performance and stability feels stronger and a whole lot smoother.

These last fixes were made on Intrepid Ibex, almost no way to make them on Hardy, since they’re very difficult.

Anyways, if someone has questions, suggestions or corrections for this post, just let me know by posting a comment below!
I hope this has helped someone!





My Art!

13 10 2008

That’s right, my art…in Inkscape! I’m a complete noob in photo-editing, let alone svg-making. I’d like to show you guys my Toshiba Satellite Loading Ubuntu picture! It was completely created by me except for the Ubuntu logo.

I’d like to know what you guys think! Let me know through comments below! It’s a little wobbly, but it’s my second svg creation (the first one was this blog’s header). So remember leave a comment if you wish, I’ll be very grateful!

Note: The following picture is in .png format. Feel free to use it if you want!

And now without further ado…