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  • Peter Nikolaidis 1:39 pm on October 30, 2007 Permalink  

    Man Page Minute – whereis 


    whereis – locate the binary, source, and manual page files for a command (More …)

  • Peter Nikolaidis 7:27 am on October 30, 2007 Permalink  

    Dual Boot Your Firefox and Thunderbird on Ubuntu 7.10 Guty Gibbon 

    I recently mentioned on the Fresh Ubuntu podcast how I liked the write support for NTFS partitions that comes pre-installed and how the first thing I did with it was to use it to maintain a common set of profiles for Firefox and Thunderbird between my Windows XP and Gutsy installations. Basically, what this means is that I now have to configure new email accounts, extensions/add-ons, etc., one time. When I boot into the other OS, I get the same exact configuration. (More …)

    • capheind 12:25 am on April 4, 2008 Permalink

      There is a somewhat easier way to do this. First pick which OS is going to host the profile information, then from the other Operating System run the Mozilla App (firefox or thunderbird) with the option “–ProfileManager” delete the default profile and create a new one. On the screen where you name your new profile there should be an option to set the directory to use, just put in the profile directory thats located on the other operating systems partition.

    • peter 6:28 am on April 4, 2008 Permalink

      Ah yes. I confess I have never used profile manager, even though I’ve known about it since the Netscape days. Good advice!

    • jsast21 10:21 am on April 8, 2008 Permalink

      Question though – I primarily boot to Ubuntu but there are still (rare) times I have to go into vista (so I would be going the other way with this solution). When I tried capheind’s “-ProfileManager” way – windows would not let me see the linux drives. I didn’t think they would be visible, but I wanted to give it a shot. What is the workaround here to link the window’s version of TBird to my Linux profile from the Window’s TBird profile manager? Thanks in advance.

    • peter 12:27 pm on April 8, 2008 Permalink

      Unless your home directory is on a FAT32 or NTFS partition, or you load an EXT3 driver for Windows, you won’t be able to access your Linux partition from Windows.

      Another option would be to use something like FEBE (Firefox Environment Backup Extension) to backup your Firefox profile, but I don’t know if there’s an equivalent for Thunderbird.

    • jsast21 8:23 pm on April 8, 2008 Permalink

      Thanks very much. I do not know much about loading EXT3 drivers for windows, but I’m going to google it right now and hopefully will figure this out. I am also going to try saving my profile to my usb stick each time (I have portableapps Tbird on the stick) and maybe that will work. Thanks very much for the tip.


    • Poldi 10:31 am on June 14, 2008 Permalink


      Thx for this fine tutorial! It is working great :)


  • Peter Nikolaidis 12:34 pm on October 25, 2007 Permalink  

    How to Say Things Without Sounding Like an Idiot 

    Today’s rant will focus on something that really ticks me off: poor pronunciation. I don’t mind when someone has trouble pronouncing a difficult word, but some of these are just inexcusable.

    • McAfee – People say this “MAC-afee,” with the emphasis on the “MAC.” First off, it’s not even “Mac,” it’s “Mc,” which is pronounced so as to rhyme with “stick,” not “crack.” Speaking of that, why do they sell a “Big Mac” at McDonald’s? Shouldn’t it be a “Big Mc?” Oh, and it’s sure as hell not “Macafree.”
    • Asterisk – Okay folks, this one is just plain inexcusable. I’ve heard the name of the popular open-source telephony server pronounced “as-ter-iks,” and “as-ter-ik.” Hello? When did an ‘s’ which preceeds a ‘k’ become silent in this language? And since when do we swap their places so that “sk” sounds like “ks?” Unless you be talkin’ ebonics, where we “axe” you a question, asterisk is pronounced “as-ter-isk.”
    • Linux – This one is sort of flexible. Since it’s a mix of “Linus” (as in Torvalds) and “Unix,” one could pronounce it “LINE-ooks” which rhymes with the American English pronounciation of “Linus.” However, in Europe, the name is usually pronounced “LIN-oos,” so calling it “LIN-ooks” works too. However, if you do this, you should pronounce his name “LIN-oos” instead of “LINE-oos” to be consistent. Oh, an to the math teacher in Randolph, Vermont who called it “Lan-X,” I have no idea where you got that.
    • Debian – Take the names “Deb” and “Ian”, and put then together to get “deb-e-an.” Not “deeb-e-an” and not “deb-e-on.”
    • Suse – To get the pronounciation of a German Linux distro, I consulted an authority – a German. She said you would say Suse as “Soo-seh.” It doesn’t rhyme with (Dr.) Seuss, or “Sooza” and sure does not sound like “Susie.”
    • Ubuntu – To pronounce a word from an African language, I decided to check with someone from Africa. How about we ask, say, Mark Shuttleworth, the guy who started Canonical and Ubuntu? It’s “oo-BOON-too” (with each syllable rhyming). Not “yoo-boon-too, “”oo-BUN-too,” and surely not “yoo-bun-too.”
    • PostgreSQL – “Post-gres-que-elle.” You don’t say the “Postgre” portion without the “SQL,” so there’s nothing that sounds like “postgray.”

    That’s it for now. More to come, I’m sure.

  • Peter Nikolaidis 12:23 pm on October 25, 2007 Permalink  

    This is How You Pronounce Ubuntu 

    Excellent article on how to pronounce Ubuntu. I couldn’t have said it better myself. I started a post on this and other things a while back, but never finished it. Maybe I will soon.

  • Peter Nikolaidis 11:02 am on October 24, 2007 Permalink  

    Copernic Desktop Search vs. Google Desktop Search 

    I’ve been using Copernic’s desktop search program for the last several weeks as part of my ongoing effort to wean myself from Google. It’s not going too well. Unfortunately, Copernic just doesn’t find my stuff when I look for it. Furthermore, on the occasion when it does find some data (that which I have forcibly made it index and verified that it’s there), it takes a lot longer than Google Desktop Search to return my results.

    Previously, I tried Microsoft’s new search, and dropped it within a few hours because it is hideously slow and a system resource pig. I also tried the desktop search from Ask.com, but since it only indexes Outlook emails, not Thunderbird, that isn’t an option.

    So, I’m uninstalling that and moving on the the next candidate. Perhaps I’ll suck it up and try X1. I suppose if it works as well as Google’s desktop search, then it would be worth purchasing.

    • radaronpaws 5:12 pm on October 24, 2007 Permalink

      what is this X1 of which you speak?

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