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Get the Amazon MP3 Downloader Working In Ubuntu 11.10

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After the iTunes Store, one of the most popular online mp3 stores is the Amazon MP3 store. It has singles and albums available, a lot of free sampler albums, free music, and a daily deal. When you purchase an album, it is automatically placed in your online music player, and you can also download it […]

Remove Overlay Scrollbars In Ubuntu Linux Via The Terminal

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One of the recent additions to Ubuntu is the idea of overlay scrollbars. Instead of the scrollbar constantly taking up 8 or 10 (or more) pixels, the scrollbar disappears, only to be replaced by a thin sliver of color (usually orange, but blue in the screenshot below). When you hover your mouse near the scrollbar […]

Create A Customized Ubuntu-Based Distro Using Ubuntu Builder

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If you’re the type of computer user who constantly bounces between different Linux distros, it can be kind of a hassle to continually get each one set up the way you like it. Even if you’re returning to your “normal” distro (for instance, returning to Ubuntu after having tried out Linux Mint and Fedora), then […]

Easily Backup Software List Files To A Single File In Ubuntu

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Ubuntu has tons of software available by default in its software repositories. Enable the Universe and Multiverse repositories and you’ll find even more. Even so, there are still certain programs (or newer versions of programs), that won’t find their way into Ubuntu for a few months, when the newest version is released. Because of this, […]

View Your Google Calendar In A Widget On The KDE Desktop

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Web services can be incredibly convenient, even more than their Desktop counterparts. Having a Gmail account means easy access to all your email as long as you have a web browser and an Internet connection; you don’t need a separate email client installed. The same goes for keeping your to-do lists on the Web, or […]

Compile Viewnior, A Fast, Lightweight Image Viewer, In Ubuntu

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It’s highly unlikely that any particular computer user is completely satisfied with every program that comes with their operating system of choice. Maybe they switch to a different word processor, or a different music player, or even a different calculator or file manager. Perhaps the image viewer is too bloated, or doesn’t have enough features. […]

Easily Install Picasa 3.9 and Fix Login Issues In Ubuntu Linux

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Picasa, an image management tool from Google (available for Windows and Mac), has a lot of cool features, such as incredibly simple photo sharing, facial recognition, and a great image viewer. Unfortunately, Google stopped releasing a version for Linux a couple versions ago. This isn’t a huge deal, as the Linux version was – in […]

Turn Off Or Remove The Global Menubar Entirely In Ubuntu

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With the addition of the Ubuntu Unity interface has come the global menu or AppMenu. This is the Mac-like menubar that appears at the top of the screen, on the panel, as opposed to on each window, as in Windows or other Linux releases. There are a couple advantages to having the global menu in […]

Three Easy to Use Configuration Tools For Ubuntu Unity

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One of the things that has long set Linux apart from Mac OS X and Windows is in how easily it can be customized. Simply grab a text editor, the configuration file, and start editing. Of course, this isn’t necessarily the simplest way to configure something, and is certainly not the most user friendly. However, […]

Caffeine Keeps Your Monitor Awake While Using Flash In Linux

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To say that Flash has some issues on Linux would be an understatement. It’s never been as smooth or as memory efficient on Linux as it is on other operating systems (Windows in particular), and now it’s been announced that Linux will no longer be officially supported (aside from the built-in Google Chrome Flash support), […]