Microwave Biscuit

PC Magazine Pics Ubuntu

Posted in Linux, ubuntu by microwavebiscuit on August 31, 2007

I just finished reading the September 18th issue of PC Magazine (Mobile Super Guide) and they have an extended section on using Linux. The article has roughly 10 pages devoted to trying out Linux. The distro that they spend most of the time discussing is Ubuntu. The article is very basic and geared towards someone who hasn’t used and/or installed Linux before. My only real complaint about the article is that it misses one of the really nice features of Ubuntu for new users which is the Live CD. Having the ability to boot up a distro and see that all of your hardware works, etc is very comforting to new users. They don’t mention that at all in the article.

Anyway, it’s nice to see Ubuntu getting more good press!


Weather Wallpaper using Imperial Units

Posted in Linux, ubuntu by microwavebiscuit on August 30, 2007

Via: Weather Wallpaper using Imperial Units : Journal Of An Open Sourcee

So I saw Og’s post on Weather Wallpaper and I asked him to forward me on his code/hack to use imperial units. He sent it on to me and I further “hacked” it to include wind speed in mph. I sent it on back to Og who may or may not send it back on to the original author.

The basis of this project is a python script that auto-generates wallpaper with the current weather conditions. It’s very cool and now that I’ve fully hacked it to display all of my weather in imperial units I like it even more. If you’d like a copy of my version of the updated code leave a comment and I’ll forward it on.

Thanks to Og as well as the original author of the code. BTW – if you wish to use my (Og’s) code you still need to install the package from the author then you can replace the script with the new one.

Link to Weather Wallpaper site: http://mundogeek.net/weather-wallpaper/

Deluge Bit torrent client

Posted in Linux, ubuntu by microwavebiscuit on August 16, 2007

I have been using Azureus for a long while to satisfy my bittorrent needs but it just kills me how resource intensive it is (thanks Java). I have tried several other clients and found them all to be lacking in some of the functionality that I want. That being said, I recently read about Deluge and decided to give it a shot. I’ve been using it for a few days and here are my thoughts.

The good:

  • Uses half or less of the resources of Azureus
  • Supports RSS feed scanning and filters
  • Really easy to reseed previously downloaded torrents
  • Nice set of features and plugins available

The not so good:

  • It seems that I can’t easily “move” files that I’ve downloaded. Azureus has the ability to move downloads automatically or manually. Deluge can do it automatically, however I can’t seem to right click on something and move it to a different folder.
  • On the web site there is talk of a built in scheduler for dl/ul speeds but I can’t seem to find it. That’s something I use quite a bit with Azureus as I don’t mind using a ton of bandwidth while I’m sleeping but during the day I share my bandwidth with several others and I like the ability to set max speeds for different parts of the day.
  • It keeps all torrents in the same area. Azureus has a downloading and uploading area so that you can at a glance see what is seeding versus what is downloading.

My complaints aren’t many and I think I may continue to use Deluge especially given its much lower memory footprint. There are pre-built debs available (as well as RPM’s, sources, etc) including a AMD 64-Bit deb!

Link: http://deluge-torrent.org/