4shared Sync – Manage & Sync 4shared Uploads Across Multiple Platforms

4shared is a popular file sharing service that allows users to store, manage, and share files with others with a facility to search files by different parameters from huge 4shared public archive. If you’ve been uploading and managing your files from the website, 4shared Sync will help you easily add, remove upload, and organize your archives without having to login to 4shared website. With 4shared Sync, all you need to do is to enter your login details to view and sync your files across all 4shared Sync configured systems. Moreover, 4shared sync application is available for numerous OS platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Symbian, iOS, Blackberry and Android.Read More

grdesktop Is A Gnome Frontend For Remote Desktop Client (rdesktop)

Many network/system admins require a feature rich remote desktop client to perform their tasks efficiently, from remote locations. grdesktop is a Linux application which acts as a frontend for the rdesktop (a Gnome remote desktop client). grdesktop provides many similar options to the Windows Remote Desktop client, enabling you to save and manage several remote connection settings. It has the ability to connect with client systems on Windows Domain while letting users browse available Terminal servers connected in a network.Read More

How To Login As Root User In Ubuntu From Logon Screen [Tip]

Linux operating systems like Ubuntu do not allow logging in as root users due to security reasons. As an alternative users have to perform root actions (such as installing software) by using sudo commands. While it can be quite risky to login as root user, one may be willing to perform administrative functions in the GUI mode. In case you would like to login to Ubuntu using GUI, here is a small tip which will allow you to do just that.Read More

gm-notify Displays Gmail Notifications In Ubuntu With Bubble Messages

gm-notify (Gmail Notifier) is a lightweight app-indicator for Ubuntu which integrates with the system tray to provide Gmail notifications. gm-notify is designed to utilize notify-osd and indicator-applet to deliver seamless integration and bubble message pop-ups. Hence, it works quite well for the newer versions of Ubuntu such as 10.10 and 11.04. What makes gm-notify better than other applications of its kind (such as the previously reviewed CheckGmail) is that it uses Canonical's notify-osd on-screen-display notification agent, with semi-transparent click-through bubbles. Notify OSD presents these notifications as ephemeral overlays, which can be clicked through to avoid obstruction during work.Read More

How To Customize Themes In Ubuntu Linux [Tip]

Sometimes, one may download a custom Ubuntu theme which may not display buttons and menus properly for some applications (e.g. LibreOffice). This may be the case particularly for dark themes or the ones which may have the same color has an applications main interface. In this post we will provide you with a quick tip to resolve such issues by creating new themes.Read More

Install Linux Applications Without Root Privileges With Zero Install

In Linux operating systems the Superuser (Root) is disabled by default. Since the Superuser has complete system wide privileges to make any kind of changes, it can be dangerous to keep it active. For example, you can end up messing up your computer by simply entering an incorrect command. For this reason, Linux users have limited privileges. By default, the Root account password is locked in Ubuntu. This means that you cannot login as Root directly or use a command to become the Root user. You can, however, run sudo to perform root tasks and to install applications. Zero Install makes it even easier to install applications for Linux users by allowing users to install applications without root privileges (superuser access). It provides centralized security, as Digital signatures are verified before a software is run. Zero Install is an open source application which also has versions for Windows, Mac and Unix. Programs and libraries in Zero Install are identified by URLs which anyone can create to publish software.Read More

AeroFS Offers Unlimited Cloud Storage, Serverless File Sync Using P2P

Data Synchronization between PCs can certainly be achieved in endless ways. Users who need to sync data generally rely more on online data sync services like, Dropbox, SugarSync etc., instead of desktop data sync and backup tools which are designed to perform two-way incremental data synchronization between specified local locations and external storage mediums. The online cloud-based data sync services, however, provides a more convenient way to keep your data synced across all the configured PCs but there are 2 major factors which every online data sync service user has to keep in mind before saving files on cloud; data upload/transfer speed and total available space. Since cloud based data sync services use servers to respond to data send and receive requests, users have to check overall performance of different data backup/sync services before choosing one to upload their data. Apart from server response time, data security is something which can’t be underestimated. Therefore, one also needs to make sure that his/her cloud data storage privacy can never be breached.Read More

Convert PDF Files To HTML Format In Windows, Mac And Linux

pdftohtml is an open source application which converts files from the PDF (Portable Document Format) files to HTML file format. The conversion process is performed using CLI (Windows  Command Line Interpreter). Since it does not have a GUI front end, you can perform the conversion process by specifying the path of the executable file and the PDF document. pdftohtml supports extracting images from the PDF document, complete document conversion and can also be run in debug mode. It is a cross-platform application which works on Windows, Mac, and Linux.Read More

Manage Files And View Stats For Ubuntu One Using Magicicada

As we all know that Ubuntu One is a Dropbox like cloud storage service with applications for Ubuntu, Android and iPhone users. Magicicada is a GTK+ frontend for Ubuntu One to help you manage the file synchronization of the Ubuntu One cloud storage service, effortlessly. It displays synchronization stats in real time for Ubuntu One  files. Moreover, users can also view information about their shared files/folders and their meta data. Since this functionality is not available in the default Ubuntu One GUI, Magicicada provides Ubuntu users with in-depth information about their shared content instead of having to visit the Ubuntu One website to login and view their file sharing stats.Read More

Tweak Ubuntu Desktop Settings To Get Rid Of Common Annoyances

Many users who move to Ubuntu from other operating system find it hard to get rid of with common annoyances present in the Gnome desktop. For example, they end up removing their Gnome Panel, have problem updating the operating system and managing software sources. In this post we will provide you an easy way to manage your Gnome Settings to avoid common annoyances.Read More

Googlizer Searches Google For Text Copied To Clipboard [Ubuntu]

When using the Ubuntu Terminal or reading a text, PDF or Libre office document, one often comes across terms which are unheard of or require more elaboration for better understanding. Normally, one would copy these individual terms and launch a browser manually to search for them. A better alternative can be to copy the text to clipboard and launch Google search in a single click each time you require looking up a word, phrase or command. Googlizer is a Linux application which  has been designed to do just that. It does not have a GUI front end and merely requires being integrated with the Unity launcher to launch Google search for items saved to the clipboard. Furthermore, it also includes support for a command line option -u/--url, to select an alternative URL to search the clipboard text.Read More

Get Google Music Manager For Linux; We Test It On Ubuntu

Google launched a new web service called Google Music which allows users to upload up to 20,000 songs from personal music collections. After releasing a Windows and Android version, Google has now come up with a Google Music Manager application for Linux. It is similar to the Windows music manager and is available for multiple Linux distributions. In this post we will provide you with an overview and how you can upload your music collections to Google Music (via the Google Music Manager) in Linux.Read More

How To Get Classic Scrollbar Back In Ubuntu 11.04 [Tip]

Along with the many changes which we saw in Ubuntu 11.04 Natty, the overlay scrollbar was perhaps one of the most distasteful ones. While some users might find it convenient to auto-hide the scrollbar, yet some of us just can’t seem to get used to it. Moreover, the overlay scrollbar also seems to be a bit buggy as it sometimes fails to show up at all. If for some reason you want to get the old scrollbar back in Ubuntu 11.04, here is a small tip that will come handy.Read More

Ubuntu Tips Applet Displays Ubuntu Server Tips In Bubble Messages

Lately, the Ubuntu Server has been making a lot of progress and arousing interest among system and network administrators regarding its usage. However, it might take a while before the Ubuntu Server is able to gain massive share. The biggest hurdle perhaps in using it is the lack of knowledge of administrators regarding its usage. Ubuntu Tips Applet is a system tray applet which shows useful tips in bubble messages. You can see tips through Show one tip option in applet menu or set a refresh time for showing tips periodically.Read More

Fix Failed Packages With Failed Ubuntu Package Installation Fix

Tired of manually fixing Ubuntu failed packages? Why not automate the process. Failed Ubuntu Package Installation Fix is a script for the Gnome desktop which can be used to easily fix failed packages automatically. This script fixes Ubuntu package errors which occur during software installation. When such errors occur, users normally resort to quitting their installation forcibly or leaving the failed packages unrepaired. Another alternative is to go through the lengthy process of manually fixing the errors. Failed Ubuntu Package Installation Fix aims at getting rid of this common annoyance and providing means to automate the process of fixing packages.Read More

Encrypting Ubuntu One Files With Ubuntu One Encrypt / Decrypt

Ubuntu One is a web service similar to Dropbox which comes pre-installed with the Ubuntu operating system. It allows users to store and sync files between computers and mobile devices using it's cloud storage service. We told you how to encrypt Dropbox in Ubuntu using ENCFS. This time we have Ubuntu One Encrypt/Decrypt which is a script for encrypting and decrypting Ubuntu One data before uploading it. According to the developer, he made this script keeping in view the weak security provided by Ubuntu One (reminds us of Dropbox), which does not provide encryption for uploaded data from your Ubuntu computer to the cloud.Read More

How To Delete And Disable Recent History In Ubuntu [Tip]

Whenever files are accessed in an operating system, a log of recently accessed files and folders is created. While this can be handy to reopen recent files and folders quickly, it can also become a privacy issue for some users. Unlike Windows, where it's fairly easy to find recent documents (as explained here),  Ubuntu users often find it hard to find the recently used documents. Moreover, some users might want to prevent the logging of recent history. In this post we will tell you how to delete recent history in Ubuntu and how to disable recent history logging.Read More

How To Install Copyright Restricted Packages In Ubuntu

Ubuntu Restricted Extras is a software package for Ubuntu that allows installing essential software which are not pre-installed due to legal or copyright reasons. This meta-package installs support for MP3 and unencrypted DVD playback, Microsoft TrueType core fonts, Flash plugin, and a number of codecs for common audio and video files. It depends on some commonly used packages in the Ubuntu multiverse repository. In this post we will tell you how to install Ubuntu Restricted Extras for your Ubuntuversion. Read More

Hamster Indicator Is Time Tracking Applet For Ubuntu Linux

Hamster Indicator is time tracking tool which works from Ubuntu app-indicator menu. It allows you to quickly enter tasks and set the timer to track time you spend on specified tasks. After you've defined all the tasks, you can easily start and switch between listed tasks from app-indicator menu. It has the ability to monitor time you spend on tasks in real-time, as well as, to calculate the time frame which you may manually enter for spend time on specific tasks. You can receive statistics for tracking the amount of time spent on each task.Read More