Archive for December, 2008

Want to Tweak Ubuntu?

Friday, December 19th, 2008

If you want to tweak Ubuntu I would suggest that you should try Ubuntu Tweak 0.4.4. It is easy to use with a simple user interface and you can get things done without much hassle.

I wanted to change my icon beside the Applications menu so I used Ubuntu Tweak I changed it to a smiley face which has a great big toothy grin. That was one of those things that will make a hassle about which size of a picture you can have… which is 24×24.

Also you can change security features like: Disable ALT-F2, Disable Lock Screen, and a couple more. I would use this to change a couple more things if it had the features… 1)change panel height 2) change themes. Those are a couple of things that could be put into this program.

I love this program and it is getting better by the release. To download go here which i s for the 32bit Intrepid Ibex (Ubuntu 8.10)

Ryan Orser.

How to Setup Thunderbird for your Gmail

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

Lots of people need an email client because they like to have their emails on their computer. So what they need is an email client that is nice looking, easy to use and works great. I would say that the one that I would suggest is Mozilla Thunderbird. You can get this from the Ubuntu Repositories by following this single command: sudo apt-get install thunderbird .

Now that you have that installed you can start setting it up.

  1. To start open Mozilla Thunderbird from Applications->Internet->Mozilla Thunderbird Mail/News
  2. Now that you have it open the first time dialog asks you to select what kind of thing you want it to do:  News, Gmail, RSS, Email Account.
  3. For this how to we are looking at the Gmail section. So you can click on Gmail.
  4. Now you get to the next page. On this page you need to put in your name… most likely it is already done for you, but the one thing you may have to change is the email address as the application puts in your name before the What you need to do is put in your email address without the
  5. Click Next.
  6. The dialog that comes up is very easy to use you can either leave the box checked to download your email or you can uncheck the box to make it not download your email.
  7. Click Finish.

You are done! Start reading or downloading your email!

Ryan Orser.

Trevor Linden Night

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

From the Canucks to the people who he touched in their lives which may have ended and others who he brought happiness to. I would like to thank Trevor Linden for his hard work in the community and on the ice.

Ryan Orser.

(UPDATED) Who wants to be a Wizard?

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

You can be a Wizard with Compiz Fusion Plugin: Wizard! Wizard is the coolest effect that you can get from the developmental plugins in Compiz Fusion. Here is how to get this cool plugin:

1. You need to have these programs installed and to get them use this command: sudo apt-get install compiz-fusion-bcop compiz-dev compizconfig-settings-manager build-essential libtool libglu1-mesa-dev libxss-dev libcairo2-dev git-core

2.  Next go to your folder that you created  /compiz/ which is where you use the following commands.

3. Now lets create the Wizard from source.

4. go into ~/compiz/ and copy this command: wget -O /tmp/wizard.tar ‘’

5. Now use this command to untar this tar.gz and also we can get it into the right folder:  tar -xf ‘/tmp/wizard.tar’ -C ~/compiz/

6. Now that we have everything we need to keep on going.

7. Now go to the wizard directory: cd /wizard/

8. Now there are only 3 commands left: 1) make clean 2) make 3) make install

There you have it all done and ready to be used. Here are the instructions to enable it:

1. Go to System->Preferences->CompizConfigSettingsManager.

2. Type into the search box: wizard.

3. Click on Wizard.

4. Click enable Wizard.

Now to run this crazy plugin press at the same time: Super W

And there you have it. Screenshots coming later,

Ryan Orser.

Wizard Plugin for Compiz Fusion in action

Wizard Plugin for Compiz Fusion in action

Who Wants a Snow Globe?

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

I wrote yesterday about how to get snow falling on your desktop! Best part is I have been running it for over 3 days straight and have had no problems. Today we have something to go along with this wintery theme: A snow globe! Here are the instructions:

WARNING!!!! I have to say if you do not know much about the command line you could get yourself into trouble. I am fairly good at the command line as I start to use it more and more. WARNING!!!

1. Open Terminal.

2. go to the folder compiz: cd ~/compiz/

3. You need a few packages: to install if you do not already have them: sudo apt-get install compiz-fusion-bcop compiz-dev compizconfig-settings-manager build-essential libtool libglu1-mesa-dev libxss-dev libcairo2-dev git-core

4. Now lets create the snowglobe from source.

5. go into ~/compiz/ and copy this command: git clone git://

6. It should now download.

7. When it is done go to the snowglobe folder: cd snowglobe

8. Now we only have three steps left:
1)Type in this command: make clean.
2)2nd to last command: make
3)Finish with this command: make install

You should be done. If you want to enable it go to System->Preferences->Compiz Config Settings Manager and enable Snow Globe.

I have not been able to figure out why it does not work so well for me. If you have any ideas just leave a comment and I will try them out and if they work they will be posted.

Ryan Orser.

Who Wants Snow?

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

Want to make your Laptop or Desktop start Snowing? I sure did and I found a way to get it working. I started by searching around the internet figuring that if anything would show up it would be in google. I finally got to a compiz fusion forum which had the necessary mods and versions available. Problem was I found it first for 0.6.x then I had to go to 0.7.x, but wait I had to go to another page for 0.7.4 or 0.7.6 and then I found what I needed on the next page which was for version 0.7.8. So four pages later after google and I was on my way to “let it snow let it snow let it snow” on my desktop. Here in Vancouver we do not usually get snow very often but when it does it is either a light snow fall or a heavy one. I figured if I had it snowing on my laptop I would not miss it quite so much.

Here is how to get it:

  1. Use this command to check the version… it must be 0.7.8 for this to work: compiz –version
  2. I have to say if you do not know much about the command line you could get yourself into trouble. I am fairly good at the command line as I start to use it more and more.
  3. You need a few packages: to install if you do not already have them:
    sudo apt-get install compiz-fusion-bcop compiz-dev compizconfig-settings-manager build-essential libtool libglu1-mesa-dev libxss-dev libcairo2-dev git-core
  4. Now that you have installed all of that I suggest we get on to the creating of snow!
  5. open terminal and type in this command: mkdir -p ~/compiz/
  6. now in the terminal:  git clone git://
  7. now you have to get into the snow folder: cd ~/compiz/snow
  8. Now to compile Snow in only 3 commands:
  9. First command: make clean
  10. Second command: make
  11. Third and Final command: make install

You have now got Snow installed for compiz! Now all you have to do is go to compiz config settings manager and look under Extras: enable snow and find out the button command and there you have it. You only need to use one set of buttons to turn this on or off.

Ryan Orser.


Friday, December 5th, 2008

Wow 32000 visits in less than 17 months.

Thank you for visiting,
Ryan Orser

How-To install SongBird 1.0.0

Friday, December 5th, 2008

I reviewed Song Bird 1.0.0 yesterday and now I am thinking why waste another second on how to install SongBird 1.0.0. I find that Song Bird works best with KDE…. I saw that on yesterday when I looked over the contents.

So here we go with the easy step by step how-to:

  1. Click on the link to download SongBird 1.0.0
  2. Now that you have downloaded this Debian package install it by double clicking it on the desktop.
  3. Type in your Sudo password and then tap enter.
  4. Wait for the dialog to load.
  5. Click Install.
  6. Wait for it to install.
  7. After the installation close the application.

There you are done! Start it up by going to Applications->Sound And Video->Song Bird.

Ryan Orser.

Song Bird 1.0.0 Review

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

This is a great program only made better as it comes to the 1.0 release milestone. I had been using this one since its’ release candidate and it has always worked like a charm. I have had no problems with it and I hope it continues that way.

I really like this one program as I have been able to use this with my old iPod Nano and with ripping cds… not only is it fast, it is faster then the other programs that I have used to import music from CDs and from the HDD. Yes as I said faster then any other program that I have used. Only 5 seconds for more then 700 MB of music. That is pretty good.

The GUI looks really nice almost like iTunes though Song Bird 1.0.0 is a cleaner search, download and play interface. I love how this looks almost like iTunes as it may be a great program for people who are switching from either Mac or Windows to Linux. If you want to get music you can use Song Bird. If you want to play music Song Bird works great. If you want to browse the internet….. you guessed it Songbird works great.

You can get themes but I will not be needing any as I really like the default theme.

Thanks for reading and comments are welcomed… even encouraged!

Ryan Orser.

Game Review TrackBalls 1.4.1

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

This is a  game where you try to take a ball that is on a ledge from the highest point to the lowest point in a specific time limit. There are different textures as I will write about later in the review and there is a whole lot of falling off the edge to do in this game as there are no walls to get you where you want to go.

I am guessing that you need to go to the big arc at the end of the level (I believe it is the end of the level but I cannot be sure.) This game is quite hard and the way you have to play it makes it even more tricky. I had to play it with my arrow pad on my laptop keyboard which made it even more tough. Mind you, I am not very hand eye co-ordinated which sucks.

I have only been able to play “Warm Up.” Warm Up is pretty tough as it has spears coming out of the sides of buildings and out of the ground. I was so close to the end of the level and then it said “GAME OVER” and also “You Got a High Score” I found that I just did not like it very much. The program did not have my set screen resolution so I played with 1024x800x32. (My screen res is 1280x800x32) If they had this resolution it would be great.

On the “Warm Up” I saw a couple of different ground textures: Ice and Normal. Ice was so slippery that I fell right off 3 times in a row and then made it down the slide without falling off. Then I came skidding around a 90 degree corner and went right off. I tried playing this game twice today and it made no difference as my confidence plummeted drastically when I got the “GAME OVER”.

I will probably uninstall this game as I do not know what else to do with it. If you have any suggestions just leave a comment… I guess that is all for today,

Ryan Orser.