Gmail Notifier

A couple of emails came through the other day that I didn’t catch right away.  This set me on a quest for a good notification system for my email.  I need something where if I step away from my computer for 30 seconds that I can see that I got an email during that time.  Or, if I am working on something that I can’t stop, I need something that will quietly sit and remind me that something needs attention when I have a chance.


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Packt Publishing Special Discount

I just saw that Packt is running a special on their books.  To celebrate their 2,000th title, you get a free eBook with your purchase.  If you’re in need of a book, now’s the time to check it out.

You can learn more on the Packt Website.


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Installing MenuLibre 2.0

I just discovered MenuLibre with this last time that I installed Ubuntu 13.10. Tom pointed out on that post that a new 2.0 version is available. It’s not in the Ubuntu 13.10 repositories, but it was easy enough to install (or, at least should have been) …

Here’s the easy way

First, you need to install two prerequisites.

sudo apt-get install python3-distutils-extra
sudo apt-get install python3-psutil

Now download the latest version from the Project Page.

Finally, extract and install like this:

tar -xzvf menulibre-2.0.1.tar.gz
cd menulibre-2.0.1
python3 install --user

Run it like this (or, from the menu):

$ ~/.local/bin/menulibre


Amazon Prime on Ubuntu 13.10

Normally, I watch Amazon Prime from a different computer that is hooked up to the TV. Every once in a while, I want to try to watch from my laptop. Just recently, I discovered that my old trick of just installing hal didn’t work. Thanks to WebUpd8, it ended up being pretty simple anyway…

LibreOffice 4.2 in Ubuntu 13.10

I ran across the articles on WebUpd8 and OMGUbuntu about the latest version of LibreOffice. I decided to give it a try. New features are always great.

Here’s all I did:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade


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WebEx on 64-bit Ubuntu 13.10

Periodically, I use WebEx with work. It seems like it is just often enough to remind me that I didn’t make sure it was working since my last install.

Well, thanks to Russ Lowenthal, I found an easy fix to get it working.

Ask Ubuntu: How to I make Cisco WebEx work with 13.10 64bit?

Existing directory

Well first, he has you look for missing libraries in the config directory. The problem is, I had two of them already.

$ ls $HOME/.webex 
1124  1424  lastshareindex.bak

I just deleted the directory to start from scratch.

rm -r .webex/

I started a new WebEx from my browser. I just logged into the meeting and ended it. After that, I had just one directory there:

$ ls $HOME/.webex 

As a side note, the Meeting Center opens at this point. I just can’t share my desktop or view someone else’s.

Finding Missing Libraries

Next, I ran this command to identify the missing libraries.

ldd $HOME/.webex/1424/*.so >>check.txt

I could have opened the check.txt with gedit or something like that. It was easier to use grep to find all of the “not found” lines:

$ grep "not found" check.txt => not found => not found => not found => not found => not found => not found => not found => not found => not found => not found => not found

Then, I installed the apt-file program.

sudo apt-get install apt-file
apt-file update

Finally, I used it to search each of the libraries that were not found.

$ apt-file search
libxmu6: /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/
libxmu6: /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/
libxmu6-dbg: /usr/lib/debug/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/

Once I knew the libraries, I could use that to install them. Not each of these actually installed packages because some were dependencies.

sudo apt-get install -y libgtk2.0-0:i386
sudo apt-get install -y libxmu6:i386
sudo apt-get install -y libgcj14-awt:i386
sudo apt-get install -y libpangoxft-1.0-0:i386
sudo apt-get install -y libxft2:i386
sudo apt-get install -y libpangoft2-1.0-0:i386
sudo apt-get install -y libpangox-1.0-0:i386

I didn’t even have to reboot or even restart my browser. The next meeting worked fine and showed me the shared desktop.

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Fixing SQL Developer 4.0

Back when I was going through installing my programming/editor related tools, I had installed SQL Developer, but it wouldn’t work for me.  Well, time to revisit!  I have it working now!

SQL Developer 4.0


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Switch Back to Bumblebee from Prime

When I first installed Ubuntu 13.10, I installed Nvidia Prime.  It was easy to install and things seemed to just work at first.  Now, I am having second thoughts.  Bumblebee sounds like the better route for me now, and these are my notes.  Switching back to Bumblebee was no trivial task though.


Using Microsoft Lync with Ubuntu

I have had two different needs come up for using Lync as my instant messaging tool.  First, the company that I work for subscribed to Microsoft’s online service called Office365.  Then, I started working for a client that hosted it’s own internal server.

These are my notes for getting connected so that I could chat on both networks using Pidgin.


Annual Report from WordPress

Today, I received my annual report from WordPress/Jetpack.  I have always enjoyed these reports, so I thought I would make it public.

For the complete report, view it here: Linux Sagas 2013 Year in Blogging


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