Archive for the ‘Tips & Tricks’ Category

SGLNX takes Nvidia ION2 for a spin (Part 1/3)

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

The board
Nvidia ION2 GPU with Atom D525 Pineview CPU in an Mini-ITX form factor mainboard (17×17cm)

The memory
2x 2 gb (Dual Channel ) Kingston DDR3 1066MHz ram

The storage
Seagate 2.5″ Momentus XT hybrid 500gb SATA2 HDD

The operating system
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS

Misc hardware dongles
RT73 Wifi USB stick
USB bluetooth adapter (for use with Wiimote in XBMC)

The objective
Test run the board to run the default Ubuntu system with addon PPA repositories to ensure maximum performance for 1080p media playback using XBMC. Geekbench benchmarks to be used for testing the raw processing power of the D525 coupled with ION2.

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Fixing Windows Registry with Linux

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

It is possible to now do M$ Windows Registry editing without having to boot into Windows.

This is extremely useful when there are glitches in the Windows Registry that prevents it from booting up properly even when in Safe Mode.

With this tip, Linux can rescue the Windows System by removing malicious registry entries and even perform password reset for Windows Administrators account.

Source : LifeHacker : Fix the Windows Registry from a Linux Thumb Drive

10 ways to avoid dodge linux hardware issues from TechRepublic

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

TechRepublic.com has recently published a good read on how prevent linux hardware issues.

1) Don’t use very old or cutting-edge hardware

2) Verify support

3) Use proprietary drivers

4) Know your log files

Read the rest of the 10 ways and the details here! <——

Earning Money with Opensource and Linux

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

At SGLNX, we’d given tips on how you can save money with opensource and linux by using alternative applications and operating systems that is cost free.  It doesn’t take long to realise that if money can be saved using opensource, the knowledge can be used to earn money.

Here are some tips of how we at SGLNX is able to generate some revenue from our ever-growing experience and knowledge of opensource and linux

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Relocating windows buttons in Ubuntu themes

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Much has been discussed recently over the location of windows buttons [ Maximize, Minimize, Close. etc ] in the upcoming release of Ubuntu Lucid [10.04].

Two school of thoughts in argument over if Ubuntu should look more like “Windows” or should it emulate the “Mac” when it comes to the window buttons placement…

At SGLNX, we shall quell this rhetorical debate….. by letting the users decide what to put on the top-left or the top-right for every window in Ubuntu. The solution is actually simple and a no-brainer.

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Running Linux on laptops not battery efficient? Check again!

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

On most distros installations, there is a package “laptop-mode” tools included.

The package is meant to ensure power saving features on laptops.

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Optimize HD video playback for Nvidia ION in Linux

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

The Nvidia ION powered Intel Atom processor netbooks and nettops are the rage these days.

Affordable, lightweight and powerful graphics processor.

The Nvidia ION is actually an Intel Atom CPU coupled with a Nvidia 9400m graphics chipset.

Most linux distributions install fine on most netbooks and nettops. However, their default video player may not be optimized for the Nvidia ION chipsets. For HD video playback, without tweaking the parameters of the video player application, the end result may be lacklustre and the playback may even be not in sync or skipping frames.

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OpenShot Video Editor for Linux

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

For linux users whom have been drooling over Apple’s video editor, Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premier Pro on the Windows platform, there is now an opensource video editor out on Linux!

Introducing the OpenShot Video Editor for Linux!

Easy to use “drag & drop” graphical user interface

Combine video clips and insert in nice transitions between the scenes.

Videos can be in 4:3 or 16:9 format.

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Detect monitoring voltage, temperature, fan-rpm sensor values with linux lm-sensors!

Friday, January 15th, 2010

What is lm_sensors?

By Wikipedia’s definition of lm_sensors :

lm_sensors (Linux-monitoring sensors), a free open source software-tool for Linux, provides tools and drivers for monitoring temperatures, voltage, and fans. It also monitors chassis intrusion detection.

lm-sensors is already included in many popular linux distribution repositories.

For Gnome desktop users, values obtained from the lm_sensors can be placed in the “top panel” by installing “sensors-applet”.

Here is a good “lm-sensors” guide for Ubuntu users to add lm-sensors to your customized installation [ for both Gnome and KDE users ]

For those with bleeding edge hardware, the usual repositories lm-sensors package may not yet support all the latest sensors on their mainboards and graphics card.
However, there has been some new developments in the detection of new yet to be supported sensors that can be installed with a simple script.

More on this lm-sensors update here from Phoronix.

Source: Phoronix

via LM_Sensors Gets A New Configuration Utility.

Create Stencil Art using Gimp

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Create Stencil art using Gimp!

From Eternity on a Rock: Nathaniel in Stencil Art.