Duplicate your Ubuntu Installation….

CLI, Linux, Ubuntu, Unix
As good as Ubuntu (and linux) are in general, once in a while you just get to a point where you need a reinstall. That's when the realization kicks in that you've got far too many packages installed since the initial Ubuntu install. It's okay, there is a way out. Make sure you have a USB key.On Ubuntu Workstation (with graphical interface):Run Synaptic package manager. Once inside Synaptic, go to File/Save Markings As menu option and choose a filename and location (USB stick). MAKE SURE YOU ALSO CHECK THE BOX "SAVE FULL STATE, NOT ONLY CHANGES". This will save a text file that contains every single package installed on your system (through apt system and all it's variants....manual compile/installs are something else). Now you can go ahead and reinstall the…
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Disk for Iphone….Turn your IPhone (IpodTouch) into a portable HD.

Apple, Google, Linux, MacFUSE, Macintosh, Opensource, OSX, osx Server
MacFUSE project has grown a lot since we last covered it here and here. MacFuse 2.0 is here and it's looking really nice. MacFUSE is the mac implementation of FUSE (File-system in USEr space) filesystem originally developed for Linux. For those of you who've not heard of this gem before, MacFUSE allows you to extend Mac OS X's native file handling capabilities via 3rd-party file systems. Pretty much anything that has some order to it can be turned (viewed as) into a filesystem (ie: sshfs, youtubefs). As a user, installing the MacFUSE software package will let you use any 3rd-party file system written atop MacFUSE.Disk for iPhone is a MacFUSE based filesystem that allows you to read and write files on your iPhone. It uses the MobileDevice API (like iTunes)…
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Would you like your PC over IP?

Apple, Disruptive Technology, Linux, Macintosh, OSX, Technology, Windows
Imagine if you could hide your 16 Core, Quad GPU, Nitro burning gaming PC in the closet in the basement. What if you could build the next University lab where all the highpowered CAD workstations where humming away in the machine room and you could actually "teach" in a quite classroom/lab. Fill in the rest of the scenarios yourself. The next wave in thin client computing is here and it's name is Teradici. They don't really make a end user product (they just make the custom compression chipsets), but companies like Leadtek have end user products on the market now.Integration of Teradici's PCoIP remote enterprise desktop technology in Leadtek's WinFast VP200 enables delivery of a high-definition graphic and multimedia experience across standard IP networks, unmatched by any thin client on…
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Super Ubuntu save you time….

Linux, Technology, Ubuntu
If you've ever installed Ubuntu and started cursing right after because some piece of software you thought was in there wasn't, then Super Ubuntu might be for you. It's basically Ubuntu with a bunch of useful applications pre-installed. You even update through the standard Ubuntu methods. The only downside is that the distro is 32-bit only for now. Below you'll find a list of pre-installed additional software you get with Super Ubuntu:Adobe Reader 8.1.3 aMule 2.2.2 aMSN 0.97.2 Autopackage 1.2.5 Brasero 0.8.4 compizconfig-settings-manager (to configure the settings of Compiz and the desktop effects) EnvyNG (command line version) Firefox 3.0.4 Furius ISO Mount GParted 0.3.8 GIMP 2.6.3 gufw (GUI for uncomplicated firewall) 0.20.6 MPlayer (media player) NDISwrapper and ndisgtk OpenOffice.org 3 Opera 9.63 padevchooser (the graphical interface for PulseAudio) RealPlayer…
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Energize your Apple TV based Media Centre machine with BOXEE….

Apple, Linux, Macintosh, OSX
I was lucky enough to get a alpha Boxee account and I have to say.....It's slick. If you haven't tried it, head over to boxee.tv and sign up for a invite (Mac OS and Linux only for now). If you already have an account you might be interested in this tutorial video that shows you how to install boxee on your Apple TV box. Before you leave please make sure that when you create the patchstick there are no external drives connected.
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Seam Carving Gui….Resize images just like the new Photoshop CS4

Linux, OSX, Windows
So you've probably been hearing a lot lately about the new feature in Photoshop CS4 that allows you to resize an image in a way that the image will not get distorted. Dubbed Seam Carving (we covered it here, here and here), the new function is all the rage.Well, if that's the only reason you're going to upgrade to CS4, you might want to hang on and save a bit of $$$. You see, there is a opensource, free, standalone implementation of seam carving called Seam Carving GUI (which is itself a frontend GUI for CAIR.....Content Aware Image Resizer). It's available for OSX, Windows and Linux so download it, read the manual and have fun saving $$$. Here is a example of what this little gem can do..... Original  Stretched/squeezed and black…
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Synkron, because syncing can be such a pain….

Apple, Linux, Macintosh, Opensource, OSX, Windows
I know, rsync is the answer to all my prayers, at least as far as syncing data is concerned. I agree, BUT sometimes you just want a simple GUI (yes pointy/clicky) application to do the job. Well that's were synkron comes in. A simple applications that does one thing and it does it well, synchronizing your files/folders. It's multi platform and works really well. It uses tabs to setup multiple synching jobs. It supports 1-to-1 synching or what's known as multi-sync were synkron synchronises the sources one by one with their representing folder in the destination. This can be used for backups for example. It also has a scheduler/filters/blacklist and the ability to restore as well. The analyze function is also very useful as it can tell you what will be backed up before its backed up. Oh,…
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Basic APT commands

CLI, Linux, Shell Script, Ubuntu
Okay, now for a bit of CLI goodness. Here is a quick list of basic apt commands.  Debian and most derivatives (Ubuntu) use these for package maintenance.#searchapt-cache search packagename#package infoapt-cache show packagename#cleansudo apt-get cleansudo apt-get autoclean #old packages#checkapt-get check#get source codeapt-get source packagename#get depapt-get build-dep packagename#update/install/remove/upgradesudo apt-get updatesudo apt-get install packagenamesudo apt-get remove packagenamesudo apt-get upgradesudo apt-get dist-upgrade
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