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Extract Audio From Youtube HD MP4 Video Files

Extract Audio From Youtube HD MP4 Video Files

What if you want to get the audio file corresponding to one of the HD videos that you like on Youtube? It is very easy if you have a linux box to run a few simple commands. This post would also tell you how to convert an aac or m4a file to mp3. First...

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DIY Webcam Server or Home Security / Monitoring Setup Using BeagleBoard XM Running Ubuntu

DIY Webcam Server or Home Security / Monitoring Setup Using BeagleBoard XM Running Ubuntu

Earlier I showed how you can use a BeagleBoard XM as a home file server as well as a DLNA server using Ubuntu headless server. It is now time to extend the setup to include Home Security / Monitoring capability using a cheap webcam and a webcam server software. This tutorial is not restricted...

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Install XBMC in Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail

Install XBMC in Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail

Installation of XBMC Frodo 12.2 in Ubuntu is a breeze. Just get on with running following commands in a terminal and you are all set. sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install python-software-properties pkg-config sudo apt-get install software-properties-common sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install xbmc For those of you who are not...

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Perfect Desktop Using Ubuntu 13.04 – Post Install Guide

Perfect Desktop Using Ubuntu 13.04 – Post Install Guide

Ubuntu 13.04  Raring Ringtail is not a LTS (Long Time Support release), however that is not going to stop us from jumping in to this Linux goodness with Ubuntu Raring. Clearly the Unity flavour keeps getting better and better with each new release. However, it should be noted that Adobe Acrobat is no longer...

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Enable Workspaces / Multiple Desktops in Ubuntu 13.04

Enable Workspaces / Multiple Desktops in Ubuntu 13.04

Default installation of Ubuntu 13.04 has workspaces disabled or one is left with only a single desktop. If you want to enable it, here is what to do. Launch system settings and then open Appearance settings. Move to Behavior tab and check the Enable workspaces box and you have regular 2×2 workspace. Not too...

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Subsonic Plugin for XBMC 12 Frodo

Subsonic Plugin for XBMC 12 Frodo

You love XBMC and can’t live without Subsonic! Then why not get them to entertain you together. I came across this XBMC subsonic-plugin while searching for the same a few months back. So the credit goes to the developers who were responsible for hacking some old code and getting it to work for XBMC...

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Clone or Backup an SD / SDHC / Micro SDHC Card / Media on Linux

Clone or Backup an SD / SDHC / Micro SDHC Card / Media on Linux

I wanted to move my Raspbmc installation to a faster SDHC card for my Raspberry Pi, a complete reinstall would be silly, unless you have tons of time to waste. Easy way is cloning! Cloning is good way to backup bootable Micro SDHC or SDHC etc. cards (these cards are notorious at failing without...

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Free Android App for Shutter Count / Actuation / Clicks on Your Nikon DSLR

Free Android App for Shutter Count / Actuation / Clicks on Your Nikon DSLR

There is an App for it, probably several apps for it. But I love this one for Android which works very well with Nikon DSLRs, the name is Shutter Count and it can be downloaded from Google Play store for free. Usage is very simple, just select an image taken using your DSLR already...

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Install DLNA Server On Ubuntu File Server

Install DLNA Server On Ubuntu File Server

While there are a host of DLNA / UPNP servers out there with a host of features such as on-the-fly transcoding to formats that client devices can handle, I was looking for a simple and easy to use DLNA server which I can use to feed content to my Smart TV or my Android...

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DIY Multimedia / Photo / Video Frame Using Raspberry Pi

DIY Multimedia / Photo / Video Frame Using Raspberry Pi

Long long ago I talked about converting a LCD panel from a laptop to external monitor which was an easy exercise as long as one was willing to dish out $40 to buy a controller board from ebay. But when I did that I could not stop myself from imagining far better applications of...

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Fixed Grub error: “symbol not found: ‘grub_efi_secure_boot'”

Fixed Grub error: “symbol not found: ‘grub_efi_secure_boot'”

If you have an EFI bios boot enabled computer then updating Ubuntu would leave Grub with the following error: error: symbol not found: 'grub_efi_secure_boot'. error: symbol not found: 'grub_efi_secure_boot'. The solution to this error is identical to the original hack needed to enable dual boot. The issue is that Ubuntu update copies the updated...

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BeagleBoard XM Powered File Server Using Ubuntu

BeagleBoard XM Powered File Server Using Ubuntu

Single Board computers like Raspberry pi and BeagleBoard have found wide range of applications among DIYers. This post tells you how to install Ubuntu headless server on a BeagleBoard single board computer and then configure it as a File Server using Samba (almost like a NAS). BeagleBoard XM is an OMAP3 board and works...

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How to Install or Remove DEB Packages Using dpkg (Ubuntu / Debian)

How to Install or Remove DEB Packages Using dpkg (Ubuntu / Debian)

This post explains how to install, uninstall, verify deb packages on Debian or Ubuntu. dpkg is the command that allows one to install or uninstall a .deb package in Ubuntu or Debian Linux. Here is how to use it. Before we begin, it is important to note that you should use dpkg only in...

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Repair / Recover Crashed fat32 Drive/ File System Using fsck in Ubuntu

Repair / Recover Crashed fat32 Drive/ File System Using fsck in Ubuntu

If your fat32 formatted USB memory stick / hard drive is failing on you and not allowing you to access it. You can try repairing it to restore access by using free tool fsck available with most linux distros. Beware: fsck does not guarantee full recovery but is certainly expected to fix the disk...

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Install Apache MySQL PHP phpmyadmin (LAMP) on Linux Mint 13 Maya

Install Apache MySQL PHP phpmyadmin (LAMP) on Linux Mint 13 Maya

Installing Apache MySQL, PHP and phpmyadmin on Linux Mint 13 Maya is very easy. You start by installing a small utility called tasksel which does most of it for you. sudo apt-get install tasksel Now you caninstall Apache2, php, MySQL all in one shot using the following command: sudo tasksel install lamp-server After this...

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Viewport / Workspace Switching Using Mouse Wheel Ubuntu 12.04 Unity

Viewport / Workspace Switching Using Mouse Wheel Ubuntu 12.04 Unity

I love multi-tasking and Ubuntu 12.04 allows me to have my way with 4 (2×2) workspaces by default. However, old Gnome allowed one to change number of workspaces or viewports with ease. With new Unity in Ubuntu 12.04 Precise, one can achieve similar setup. One can have as many viewports as one wants and...

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Sony VAIO with Insyde H2O EFI bios Ubuntu 12.04 Dual Boot

Sony VAIO with Insyde H2O EFI bios Ubuntu 12.04 Dual Boot

If you have a Sony VAIO laptop (it could be E series or S series), there is a strong chance that your laptop’s MOBO uses Insyde H2O EFI bios. Getting Ubuntu dual booting with Windows 7 is not as straight forward as it usually is for most systems. I won’t go in to the...

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Move on from Worst Passwords to Create and Remember Powerful Passwords

Move on from Worst Passwords to Create and Remember Powerful Passwords

Mashable.com listed out 25 worst passwords for year 2011, with the top honor taken by all time favorite password, “password”.  Check it out, its a fun reading, top 10 worst passwords are listed below 1. password 2. 123456 3.12345678 4. qwerty 5. abc123 6. monkey 7. 1234567 8. letmein 9. trustno1 10. dragon They...

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Enable Gnome-shell 3D Desktop Effects in Virtualized Fedora 16

Enable Gnome-shell 3D Desktop Effects in Virtualized Fedora 16

Due to a bug Gnome3 doesn’t load by default and only the failsafe Gnome 2 loads everything. However to enable Gnome3 or the Gnome shell with 3D effects in Fedora 16 guest installed using Virtualbox, you need to do the following: 1. After installing Fedora 16 Verne, install the  guest additions as described here....

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Disable SELinux on Fedora 16 Verne

Disable SELinux on Fedora 16 Verne

You can disable SELinux in Fedora 16 Verne (which is more of an annoyance for several user) by editing the config file in /etc/selinux while being root (either you can use text editor of your choice or by using vi as described below) su vi /etc/selinux/config In vi to edit a file you first...

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