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.

2000th-Book-Home-Page-Banner

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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 setup.py install --user

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

$ ~/.local/bin/menulibre

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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…
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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 
1424

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 
	libgtk-x11-2.0.so.0 => not found
	libgdk-x11-2.0.so.0 => not found
	libXmu.so.6 => not found
	libXtst.so.6 => not found
	libjawt.so => not found
	libjawt.so => not found
	libXmu.so.6 => not found
	libpangoxft-1.0.so.0 => not found
	libXft.so.2 => not found
	libpangoft2-1.0.so.0 => not found
	libpangox-1.0.so.0 => 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 libXmu.so.6
libxmu6: /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libXmu.so.6
libxmu6: /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libXmu.so.6.2.0
libxmu6-dbg: /usr/lib/debug/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libXmu.so.6.2.0

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.

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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.

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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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