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WhatPulse on Ubuntu

WhatPulse on Linux

Installing WhatPulse on Ubuntu (or on any other Linux distribution) is not as easy as installing it on Windows or Mac. Here is the procedure I use every time I have to install it.
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First you need to download the binaries from the official WhatPulse site (http://whatpulse.org/downloads/) and extract the files into a folder. You will have to install the dependencies using the terminal. These dependencies are required to allow WhatPulse gather different stats (i.e. network stats):

You will need to run the the setup-input-permissions.sh script and follow the instructions:

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Make sure you add your username when requested and select Yes for other questions. Press Ctrl + C to finish the installation.

What to do if network traffic is not captured

In case your network stats are not captured (network traffic is monitored but not captured) you will be asked if you want to fix it automatically. If you still have issues, then you need to tun the following command (CD to the executable directory in a terminal):

Now restart WhatPulse and everything should be OK.

 

 

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Evernote on Linux Mint or Ubuntu

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Even if there is no official client available for Linux, you can still install Evernote via Wine. If you don’t have Wine installed already just paste the commands below in a terminal.

Install Wine

Once Wine is installed you can install Evernote. First you have to download it from Evernote website: https://evernote.com/download/get.php?file=Win

Install Evernote on Linux Mint 

Once the installtion file has been downloaded paste the command below in a terminal:

The download location and file name will be different, so make sure you change /home/nicu/Downloads/Evernote_5.8.13.8152.exe accordingly.

Follow the installation wizard and you are ready to go.

 
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Install OneDrive on Ubuntu based distros

If you are migrating from Windows and you used OneDrive to sync your files, like I did, a wise step is to install OneDrive-D which is a Microsoft OneDrive desktop client / daemon on Linux, written in Python 3.

Install OneDrive on Ubuntu

First you need to download the zip file from github. Extract the zip file and run the install.sh script inside onedrive-d folder. Run the following command in a Terminal:

I am using Elementary Freya and I got an error:  

Cannot Install OneDrive-D

In case you get the same error (./inst: command not found) drag and drop install.sh in your terminal and type sudo ./install.sh

Run install.sh for OneDrive-D

After OneDrive-D is successfully installed run command onedrive-pref to setup the application. 

 There are 4 steps in the configuration process, but the most import is the first one, to authorize sign in with your OneDrive account. You need to click on the URL provided and after you authenticate with your OneDrive credentials you will end up at an empty page – just copy the URL and paste it in your Terminal.

Authorize sign in with your OneDrive account

For next steps you can select n and use default settings

Finish installing OneDrive on Ubuntu

After finishing the OneDrive configuration run command onedrive-d start to start syncing your OneDrive files.

 Notes: 

  1. Files and folders deleted locally can be found in Trash and files and folders deleted remotely can be found in OneDrive recycle bin.
  2. Files that are overwritten remotely may not be synced, because OneDrive-D performs overwriting only when it is 100% sure that one file is older than its counterpart.
  3. Copying and moving files are treated as uploading and when you copy/ or move a folder OneDrive-D will upload the entire folder.

I still need to figure out how to enable it in top panel. On Elementary Freya I have the same issue with Dropbox, even though both apps work and sync as they should.

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Radio Tray Is Not Working in Elementary Freya

About Radio Tray

Radio Tray is an online radio streaming player with a minimal interface that allows you to listen to online radio stations. This is not a replacement for your media player, it’s an applet that sits on the top panel and allows you to quickly switch between your favorite stations – read more about it on the Radio Tray project page. However, Radio Tray is not working in Elementary Freya after final release.

To install it open a Terminal and paste the following command:

Radio Tray is not working? Let’s fix it

By default in SysTray.py there is a call to gtk.gdk.threads_init() which should be commented (thanks to 3vi1). To do this we need need to edit SysTray.py – type the following commands in Terminal:

Then press Ctrl+W to search for gtk.gdk.threads_init() and add a # in front of it to comment it.
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Radio Tray is not working - Edit SysTray.py

Now press Ctrl+O to save the changes (WriteOut), leave the File Name Write as it is and hit Enter. Press Ctrl+X to close the file and now you can enjoy Radio Tray.

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An alternative for Radio Tray you can use Great Little Radio Player, which has a smart looking GUI and over 500 radio stations of different genres from different countries.

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How to create bootable Windows USB in Linux Mint

WinUSB - create Bootable Windows USB

If you need to create a bootable Linux USB stick from Linux Mint it is very easy, just right click on the image file and select Make Bootable USB Stick option. However, if you need a bootable Windows USB you cannot use the same method because it will not work. So, you need another tool for this: WinUSB.

WinUSB allows you to create bootable Windows USB stick from an ISO image or a DVD – Windows 7 or Windows 8.

WinUSB - create Bootable Windows USB

Installing WinUSB on Linux Mint 15

WinUSB package includes two programs:

  • WinUSB-gui: a graphical interface which is very easy to use.
  • winusb: the command line tool.

To install WinUSB open your terminal and paste the following commands:

Open WinUSB and select the source (from a disk image – ISO, or from a CD/DVD) then select the target device (if you have several USB sticks connected they are automatically recognized and displayed in the Target device section). Click Install and wait for the image file to be written.

Now you will be able to create bootable Windows USB in Linux Mint. This also works for Ubuntu users.

Installing WinUSB in Ubuntu 14.04

First you need to download the files:

For 32-bit:

For 64-bit:

Then run the following command to install it:

Fix dependencies errors:

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Thunderbird “Copying message to Sent folder” hangs forever

Thunderbird

I am using Thunderbird 31.5.0 on Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca. I prefer using IMAP over POP3 to have my emails synced with my Android email client (Outlook Preview). Everything works OK and all my emails and folders have been imported/synced correctly with the server. However, every time I send an email I get the following message which hangs forever, even though the message is sent correctly: 

Copying message to Sent Folder

If I click Cancel I get the following message and if select to retry i get the initial message again.

There was an error saving the message to Sent

Solution to fix Copying message to Sent folder 

Thunderbird is trying to save a copy of the sent message in the Sent folder which is located in the root of the account folders. If this folder doesn’t exist then Thunderbird will try to create the folder and if it cannot be created then you get the “Copying message to Sent folder”  message which hangs  until you click Cancel. Since I have an IMAP account, the Sent folder exists so I get stuck with that message.

The solution is very easy and you just need to disable saving the sent messages. There is no need to keep a copy of the sent messages since I am using IMAP – the Sent folder is automatically synced with the server: 

  • Go to Preferences > Account Settings

Thunderbird Preferences

  • Select Copies & Folders and uncheck the Place a copy in option

Thunderbird Copies & Folders

And that’s it, now the “Copying message to Sent folder” will not be displayed anymore.

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How To Install Silverlight on Ubuntu 14.04

This is actually an alternative to Silverlight, called Pipelight. It works for many Linux distros and browsers: Firefox, Chrome, Midori, Opera etc.Pipelight Distro Support

So, in order to install Silverlight on Ubuntu you need to add Pipelight to repository and install it. Open a terminal window and paste the following commands:

After installation you must enable Silverlight plugin by executing the following command in your terminal:

To disable Silverlight plugin run:

 

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ThinkPad Fingerprint In Ubuntu 14.04

ThinkPad Fingerprint In Ubuntu

ThinkPad Fingerprint In Ubuntu or Linux Mint

Recently I switched to Ubuntu 14.04 trying to give Linux another chance (previously I tried Linux Mint which I find  an excellent distro for users migrating from Windows) and after finishing setting up my ThinkPad W520 I wanted to enable the fingerprint reader.

I found multiple solutions describing how to enable the fingerprint reader using, one of them was using fPrint but it wasn’t so “elegant” as Fingerprint GUI.

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Installing ThinkPad Fingerprint In Ubuntu

To enable the ThinkPad fingerprint in Ubuntu 14.04 you will need to add the following PPA and install Fingerprint GUI: ppa:fingerprint/fingerprint Continue reading ThinkPad Fingerprint In Ubuntu 14.04