Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Creative Commons Music 1

Creative Commons 1 by sc_2009

I went to Freesound.org and downloaded some of other people's works and created this song. Unfortunately, I can't keep track of all the people who contributed to this song since I have over 200 sound loops. Anyway, to them, thank you!

Ardour, Audacity are used in this song. The song is stored at SoundCloud.

Note: If the above player doesn't work, just click on this link: http://soundcloud.com/sc_2009/creative-commons-1

Monday, December 20, 2010

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Cool Web-based Video Editor in Ubuntu Linux

Haven't tried it, but it looks pretty forward. You may need to download and install Google Chrome, go to Chrome Web Store, and look for Stupeflix.com. Or, check-out their website using Firefox http://www.stupeflix.com.

Note: Although the basic, personal plan is free for unlimited videos, you have to pay for high quality or high definition downloads, and it contains stupeflix ad at the end. You can check the pricing below their website.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

My Music Album out now called "Classical" on iTunes

My Music Album out now called "Classical" on iTunes. Thanks for supporting me. Click here.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Zimbra Desktop Won't Launch

If you have a firewall configuration:

System->Administration->Firewall Configuration.

Add Rule: Allow In port 80.


That's it!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Ubuntu Unity

Maybe you've already heard that the future of Ubuntu will use Unity instead of Gnome, and Wayland instead of X Server. Since these are new, next versions of Ubuntu will be buggy, and Mark Shuttleworth has expressed that it will take 3 years for it to mature on the desktop starting on 11.04 to be released next year. So, my advice is to stick with 10.04 since it has LTS (Long-Term Support) for 3 years.

In my opinion , his reason with using these technologies, is for mobile devices since it uses uTouch for touch screens like the iPad or Android Tablets, and can also be used for mobile phones because it is much responsive. His decision on Wayland, I guess, since Wayland can also make X Server run as client, it will also support the desktop, but it will take time and patience.

Thanks for supporting Ubuntu.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Run Fruity Loops in KDE (Kubuntu) Using PlayOnLinux and Wine

Run Fruity Loops in KDE (Kubuntu) Using PlayOnLinux and Wine

1. Right-click on Fruity Loops then configure Wine.
2. In Graphics, un-check Allow the window manager to decorate the windows and Allow the window manager to control the windows.
3. Click Apply.

That's it!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Zimbra Desktop for Yahoo, Gmail, Microsoft Exchange, IMAP, and POP

Since you can't backup your free, web-based Yahoo Mail on your local drive, you can do this using Zimbra Desktop for Mac, Windows, and Linux. This is an email client like Outlook where you can have several email accounts like Gmail, Microsoft Exchange and others.

To install:

Download from website http://www.zimbra.com/products/desktop.html.
$sudo install.pl
Then, run the command given for standard user.
Create another user zimbra folder.
Drag Zimbra icon from desktop to Gnome Menu.

That's it!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Fruity Loops 9 in Ubuntu 10.04 Using Wine and PlayOnLinux

Fruity Loops 9 works in Ubuntu using PlayOnLinux. Just install it in PlayOnLinux, but errors will occur during installation, just press Ok and it will continue the installation process. If you purchased it, you can import the registry keys in PlayOnLinux: Configure->Registry Editor->File->Import registry.

What I've tried: Using Presets, Generators, Effects, MIDI recording (although there is some lag). What I do is record MIDI using Muse, edit it, and export it to a MIDI file, then import in Fruity Loops, export to a WAV file and import it to Ardour, edit the mixdown in Audacity for post-production. You can print musical notes in Rosegarden using the MIDI file.

You can also use LMMS (Linux Multimedia Studio) for soundfonts that you can download on the Internet.

That's it!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Sintel Created with Open Source Blender 3D Application

"Sintel" is an independently produced short film, initiated by the Blender Foundation as a means to further improve and validate the free/open source 3D creation suite Blender. With initial funding provided by 1000s of donations via the internet community, it has again proven to be a viable development model for both open 3D technology as for independent animation film.
This 15 minute film has been realized in the studio of the Amsterdam Blender Institute, by an international team of artists and developers. In addition to that, several crucial technical and creative targets have been realized online, by developers and artists and teams all over the world.


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Download Manager for Ubuntu Linux

I was trying to download large files, and I could only find few Firefox download managers. Some of them, when I download files, it gets corrupted and is unusable. Therefore, I looked for Ubuntu apps in the Ubuntu Software Center, and searched for download manager. I've found several like Gwget, and KGet but settled for KGet.

To use KGet, you right-click on a link and copy the download link location, then New Download, and paste the URL. Or, drag to the KGet icon on the lower-right corner.

Sometimes, downloading gets interrupted. You just have to click Resume. At other sites, your downloads gets stalled, and in order to resume, you have to copy again the link, right-click on the downloading file->Transfer Settings->click on the file->click Mirrors->Remove the current mirror, then Add the new download link. After pressing Ok, the downloading process resumes.

That's it!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Suggestion on Improving Kdenlive Playback Performance Solving Stuttering Playback Problem

Install Ubuntu Restricted Extras in Ubuntu Software Center.

Note: This may or may not solve this issue.

Friday, September 3, 2010

MIDI Playback to Sound Card Using A Sound Font

Install Qsynth.
Use Sound Font Downloaded in website: http://zenvoid.org/audio.html
In Rosegarden, Settings->MIDI. Check Load sound blaster at start-up. Choose Sound Font.
In Jack->Connect, ALSA Midi to Qsynth input.

Or, in LMMS, Settings->Paths: Default sound font file.
Import MIDI File, then Export to WAV, or OGG.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Installing Myst Uru Live Using Wine and PlayOnLinux

1.To fix(almost) sound issue, configure wine: Configure this Application->Configure Wine->Audio->change 41000 to 48000 and check both ALSA and OSS.
2.In URU, use default graphics, remove Anisotropic Filtering, and un-check Vertical Sync, then change resolution according to your monitor.
3.Minimize sound effects, and remove ambient sound. You may also disable voice chat if it's not working. Use OSS instead of ALSA.

Note: The mouse cursor is not supposed to be, showing only a white box, and stuttering sound effects.

Good news is, they're going to open source URU Live, so please support them.

For more info, go to www.urulive.com

That's it!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Playing Warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos and Frozen Throne in Linux

I've never thought this is possible in Linux: play Windows only games. If you haven't much heard of Wine, it is a Windows compatibility layer for Linux but is not an emulator. Before, installing Wine and installing applications in Wine is rather difficult. But now, it has never been easier on Ubuntu's newest version 10.04. Just click on Applications->Ubuntu Software Center and install PlayOnLinux. It will install both Wine and PlayOnLinux.

To install Warcraft 3, Just run PlayOnLinux and select Install, insert the CD and it will install required patches for it. After installation, Go to Applications->Wine->Programs->Warcraft III.

That's it!

Battle.net (you have to apply the patch) and single player works well. The only thing I've noticed is that there are no movie trailers unlike playing on Windows. But, you can watch the movies in this directory:

/home//.PlayOnLinux/wineprefix/WarcraftIII/drive_c/Program Files/Warcraft III/Movies.

Humble Indie Bundle: Games For Charity and Linux

I'm into games recently and as gaming in Linux is not that good compared to Windows. But now that Steam has announced to bring their games to Linux, this might change. I've read about Wolfire's promotion regarding donating to charity and developers by giving six quality games: Aquaria, Gish, Lugaru, World of Goo, Penumbra, Overture, and Samorost 2.

Aquaria is a 2D underwater adventure game, which has good graphics and rich story, which I like despite it has been created only by two developers for two years.

Gish on the other hand is a blob of tar with unique abilities that can climb walls, slide through narrow tunnels and jump with difficulty (at first), and will make you laugh.

Lugaru is a kung-fu, ars-kicking, action-packed rabbit that at first make you wonder until the story will turn to be serious. It has high-definition graphics and will be sparring with speed.

World of Goo is a creative and very unique game, which at first try will make you think it's a game for children but it is also enjoyable and fun for teenagers and adults too.

Penumbra: Overture is really creepy. When I first tried the demo years ago, I didn't have the guts to play it because it's that scary. It has very good graphics and a unique gameplay which is not only click-and-point but you must also drag the mouse to interact with the items around you.

Samorost 2 is a flash-based game that is very creative and imaginative. The game is point-and-click but it has puzzles which is out of this world. Very enjoyable, and I recommend you to buy their latest game Machinarium.

Humble Indie Bundle is going open source, but you might still want to donate at any amount to charity and help promote cross-platform games for Linux, Windows and Mac. This promotion has limited time only.

(Update) It has only one more day left!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Restoring Boot Splash Having Nvidia Driver In Ubuntu 10.04

I found another bug. When switching users, the screen will dim when using the default driver. To fix this, you have to install nvidia's driver using
System->Administration->Hardware Drivers. The only problem with this is that your boot splash will be distorted and ugly. A workaround is to comment out #GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX=" splash vga=x" in /etc/default/grub.

Yup, still ugly. :)

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Vista Cannot Detect Other Windows Partition After Installing Ubuntu 10.04

This problem is caused by Ubuntu 10.04 when upgrading the grub boot loader installed in Windows partition where the MBR resides. To fix this, you have to restore Windows' boot loader by using your Windows installation DVD:

1. Boot using the Windows installation DVD.

2. Click repair Windows.

3. It will show you where your Windows is installed. If not, you may have to load drivers.

4. Click Next.

5. Choose MSDOS prompt.

6. At the prompt, type in:

bootrec /fixmbr then press enter.
bootrec /fixboot then press enter.

7. Click Finish then Restart.

Your grub will now be erased and Windows boot loader is restored. When you log-in, Windows will detect other partitions.

Now, how about Ubuntu?
You can restore grub on a different partition other than where your Windows is installed. It is recommended to install grub on your Ubuntu partition. You may search on how to restore grub using your live CD.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Ubuntu 10.04 is Finally Here!

On launch day, I immediately downloaded the Live CD, before finding out that Ubuntu missed a bug that would not detect other OS if you dual-boot from Windows and Ubuntu. Fortunately, they have fixed the problem as soon as possible, so I downloaded it again today.

If you have a previous installation of prior versions, it is recommended that you clean-install rather than upgrading using the Update Manager tool since I tried it and had some bugs like no title bars in administrator account, the grub 2 installation did not install it in my first hard drive (since I dual-boot), but at upgrade, it asks for partitions to install grub to (you must not miss this). Of course, it is recommended to backup all your precious data before being adventurous.

What I did was, burn to a CDR, then using USB Disk Creator, install a Live Ubuntu on a USB drive without persistence (because it takes time to boot), then reboot. In your BIOS, choose to boot from the live USB drive, then from there, install to your partition you want. Remember to check the disk to write the bootloader (grub) to in the final step before installation by clicking the Advanced button, and choose the partition. After that, everything looks good from here.

Let's thank all the people who contributed in this great software!


Monday, March 15, 2010

Got Ripped-Off by Globe Telecom

Last year, I created a Java app game with a dancing 3D avatar (not the movie) that dances along with a tune (It took me months of hard work to make it), and it got rejected because they said that it has no music when the game starts. I kept telling them that it runs fine with the emulator and I even bought a cellphone just to test the app and works just fine. Obviously, I stopped developing it since they rejected it because of that. Now, a few months later, they added the same concept game to their app store called Deer Dance Mania. Very sad since they are a rich telecom company and I am just a lone developer and they ripped me off. On top of that, they even rated it as five-stars. I tell you, when you're are starting out to develop apps, and you are not affiliated with a company, don't bother.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Stream Your Videos To Your Friends Without Uploading To A Website

This is possible with the new Opera browser. It turns your computer to a web server, which can stream videos to anyone you give access to WITHOUT uploading to a web site (which takes hours to upload and consumes much bandwidth). Unite is what is called (Although, I'm experiencing some disconnection with the computer your connecting to sometimes). I even rip my VCDs to mpeg using K3B, then convert it to MP4 using Kdenlive, then download it using a web browser to my mobile phone.


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

When starting SpecTcl GUI Builder for the first time, you'll have a time error

1.Change your timezone to US, New York.
2.Start GUI Builder. Then it will successfully start.
3.Revert to previous timezone. That's it!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Python Switch Statement

Python has a switch statement like in Java.

Check out this cool python code snippet:

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Ubuntu 10.04, Yahoooooooooo!!!

Yahoo will be the Firefox default search engine in Ubuntu 10.04: http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=NzkyNg

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Book Snippets

An Open Source(free) Application I created using Python, Tkinter, Pmw, where you can add, edit, delete, search for any book excerpts or snippets.

It is recommended for students who wants to search through piles of books easily.

For set-up and installation, a user manual is included.

Download it here.

Your donation will be used for promoting Open Source Software and support.
Thank You!!!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Python, PyQt, Code Snippets

I've just created my new project called, "Code Snippets" It is a simple program where you can add,edit,delete,search and browse source code you got from books or on the web. It is created using python, pyqt, sqlite, mostly for educational purposes. Check it out here: