30 November 2008

How to Install Media Plugins in Flock for Ubuntu

This is only a brief tutorial for installing flash, totem, and xulrunner plugins in Flock for Ubuntu.

  • Open up the folder /home/****/flock/plugins [replace the **** with your user name. This location depends on where you saved flock, if you followed my other tutorial, How to Install Flock in Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex, this would be the location] and create a new file there which you will call "flockplugins.sh" without the quotation marks.

if [ ! -d ~/.flock/plugins ];
mkdir -p ~/.flock/plugins/

for a in $FOLDERLIST; do
if [ -d "$a" ]; then
printf "\n$a plugins found, linking\n"
for i in `ls -1 $a | grep -E 'so|xpt'`;
if [ -f "$a/$i" ]; then
rm -f ~/.flock/plugins/$i;
ln -s $a/$i ~/.flock/plugins/$i;
printf "linking $i into ~/.flock/plugins\n"
printf "$i is a symlink, skipping\n"

if [ -z `cat /etc/ld.so.conf.d/* | grep xul` ]; then
printf "
Xul dependency not in path. Please paste these lines to fix:
sudo echo "/usr/lib/xulrunner" > ~/xul.conf
sudo mv ~/xul.conf /etc/ld.so.conf.d/xul.conf
sudo ldconfig

  • Save the file and you should be good to go.

How to Install Flock in Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex

Alright, I stumbled across this relatively new browser called Flock. Flock is made by Mozilla and, as opposed to Firefox, is designed to focus on the social aspect of the internet (i.e. Digg, Facebook, Blogger, etc.). According to their site, "When using Flock, people can easily discover, access, create and share videos, photos, blogs, feeds and comments across social communities, media providers, and popular websites."

Unfortunately, as of now, downloading and installing Flock was not made easy for us linux users, and especially not for us Ubuntu noobs. So I have made a quick tutorial of how to download and install it using the GUI way. If I get the time to figure out how to do it via terminal, I'll update this post.

How to install Flock in Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex... for uber noobs.

UPDATE: You can download a .deb version of Flock making your job much, much easier. Using GDebi to install the .deb is as simple as pie (errr... eating left-over Thanksgiving pumpkin pie). If you really need help figuring out how to use GDebi (it's pretty self-explanatory) you can post a comment and I'll explain it otherwise you can just look at this extremely short summary of how to use it. ~ Thanks to Vadi for bringing this even easier method to my attention.

But if you still want to do it my alternative method...

  • You can use Synaptic Package Manager to figure out if you have the latest libstdc++ installed.

  • Download the latest version of Flock from http://www.flock.com/download/versions [In this case I will be downloading the English (US) 2.0.2 version]. For ease, download it to your /home/**** folder where you change "****" with your user name.

  • Open the .tar.bz2 with Archive Manager [You can just double click it] and make sure you extract the folder in /home/**** [it doesn't really matter where you save the .tar.bz2, but where you extract the file to does matter.
  • Now open the folder "flock" which should now be towards the top of /home/**** and go down to the file labeled "flock-browser". Open this folder to begin the installation.

  • Now you are going to have to get your hands a little dirty with the terminal. Open the terminal (Applications > Accessories > Terminal) and type in the following:
sudo gedit /usr/share/applications/Flock.desktop
  • Once you have put in your password, you will be opened up to a blank file. In this file paste the following (replace **** with your username!):
[Desktop Entry]
Comment=Flock Web Browser

26 November 2008

In Browser Wars, IE is Still Winning... unfortunately

So, I wrote up this whole long thing praising Firefox, then Ubiquity went and crashed my browser. *sigh* Talk about irony.

Anyway, I came across a site called Market Share which keeps track of a lot of data about computer users around the world. Information such as how many people are using so-and-so web browser, or what ISP's are most widely popular. Here is some of their information.

Web Browser Market Share (as of December 2008)

It pains me, a Firefox fanboy, to see so many people using Microsoft's Internet Explorer. But, I have to admit, for the inexperienced computer user, IE must be pretty tempting. It is pre-installed in every Windows computer and many people would just not want to change, and stick with what they are comfortable. If you don't have Firefox, you can download it here (just press the big friendly button).

23 November 2008

Best Windows Errors

I always knew that Windows was a faulty system but...




The story of my life:

An error has occurred on this blog. Sorry 'bout that.

That looks like a nasty program. You better go and close it...

The computer was basically begging to be upgraded to Ubuntu.


Proof that Vista isn't supposed to work.

Post found at http://www.365questions.org/.

18 November 2008

Net Neutrality: a serious problem

Alright, a big problem I have with most of the people where I live, is that they do not understand the whole debate of Net Neutrality. Therefore, I have decided to explain what it is to the lay person. I will warn you know, it will not be unbiased.

What is Net Neutrality?
Network Neutrality (Net Neutrality for short) is the whole concept of a free internet. What I mean by this is that, when you access the internet, you can access any website that you want with the fastest speed available no matter if it is made by a giant business or just an average Joe, the ISPs can not discriminate.

Why is this important to you?
Whenever you Stumble or Digg or even just surf the web, you will find that the most amusing sites are the small ones. Websites made by the common day people. Without Net Neutrality, accessing these sites would become so unbearable that most, if not all, web traffic will cease to exist to these sites. Without the visitors, webmasters will have no reason to keep their sites running. Social sites such as Digg, Stumble, or Redditt, will have no more material to report and therefore they will be no more.

You're just being melodramatic.
Not at all, these things are happening as we speak. Companies such as Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, and Time Warner want to control the flow of information on the web so they could profit even more. Here is a picture of a potential pricing situation in the near future:

There is much more to Net Neutrality, and I have only given the gist of what this huge problem is. Here are sites and videos which I feel you must see to understand this truly horrible threat to our own internet freedoms:


2) Here is a more fulfilling explanation as to what Net Neutrality is. Save the Internet.com is an excellent site, there are ways to become active and Save the Internet has supplied the means.

3) Also, Barack Obama has laid out his tentative plan for protecting with Net Neutrality. You can read a short analysis on the Save the Internet Blog.

This video is a segment from a speech Obama gave a little over a year ago (I believe it was in Google Headquarters):

12 November 2008

Find a Lost Master Lock Combination

**The information provided in this post is for educational purposes only. It is illegal to break into another person's lockers/property. Use the information in this guide for its intended purpose, which is to figure out a combination for a lock that you own.**

Have you ever had a Master Lock but forgot the combination? Here is an easy tutorial on how to find a lost code. Caution: The newer Master Locks may or may not work. It is much more difficult to distinguish the difference between the different sticky numbers in the newer models.

  1. Find the last number of the combination by finding the "sticky numbers"

    1. Pull out the top loop of your Master Lock while turning the dial

    2. There are about 12 spots where the Master Lock locks into place, these are the sticky numbers

    3. There are 7 “sticky numbers” that lock in-between two number dashes, ignore these

    4. There are 5 “sticky numbers” that lock in-between the half-way points between two numbers, record these numbers

      1. One of these numbers’ last digit is different from the other four, keep this number, it is the last number in the combination

NOTE: The 5 sticky numbers might be difficult to figure out, make sure the correct sticky numbers follow these directions.

  1. Find the first number in the combination by using "modulus 4"

    1. Figure out the highest possible multiple of 4 with out exceeding the last number in the combination

    2. Find the positive difference between the two numbers, this is the new number “x”

    3. Add “x” to 4 to come up with the new number “y”, record “y”

    4. Record “x”

    5. Add 4 to “y” as many times as possible without exceeding 39, record these numbers

    6. You should have recorded 10 numbers

    7. These are the possible choices for the 1st number in the combination

  1. Find the second number in the combination by following the applicable directions below:

    1. If “x” is 0 than turn it into 2, this is the new “x”, proceed to direction #4

    2. If “x” is 1 then turn it into 3, this is the new “x”, proceed to direction #4

    3. If “x” is 2 then turn it into 0, this is the new “x”, proceed to direction #4

    4. If “x” is 3 then turn it into 1, this is the new “x”, proceed to direction #4

  1. Find the second number in the combination by using modulus 4

    1. Add “x” to 4 to come up with the new number “y”, record “y”

    2. Record “x”

    3. Add 4 to “y” as many times as possible without exceeding 39, record these numbers

    4. You should have recorded 10 numbers

    5. These are the possible choices for the 2nd number in the combination

  1. There are now 100 possible combinations out of the theoretical 64,000 combinations, write out the possibilities and try them out on the lock.

    1. Relax and good luck


The Top 100 Reasons It's Great To Be a Guy

I want to make this perfectly clear, I did not come up with this list, I found it at: http://darrel.knutson.com

**There are sexual and mature references in this post, if you are under 13 years old, please skip this article. I can't actually stop you, so we're going on the honor system, here.**

The top 100 reasons it's great to be a guy

  1. Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat.
  2. Movie nudity is virtually always female.
  3. You know stuff about tanks.
  4. A five day vacation requires only one suitcase.
  5. Monday Night Football.
  6. You don't have to monitor your friends sex lives.
  7. Your bathroom lines are 80% shorter.
  8. You can open all your own jars.
  9. Old friends don't give you crap if you've lost or gained weight.
  10. Dry cleaners and haircutter's don't rob you blind.
  11. When clicking through the channel, you don't have to stall on every shot of someone crying.
  12. Your ass is never a factor in a job interview.
  13. All your orgasms are real.
  14. A beer gut does not make you invisible to the opposite sex.
  15. Guys in hockey masks don't attack you.
  16. You don't have to lug a bag of useful stuff around everywhere you go.
  17. You understand why Stripes is funny.
  18. You can go to the bathroom with out a support group.
  19. Your last name stays put.
  20. You can leave a hotel bed unmade.
  21. When your work is criticized, you don't have to panic that everyone secretly hates you.
  22. You can kill your own food.
  23. The garage is all yours.
  24. You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness.
  25. You see the humor in Terms of Endearment.
  26. Nobody secretly wonders if you swallow.
  27. You never have to clean the toilet.
  28. You can be showered and ready in 10 minutes.
  29. Sex means never worrying about your reputation.
  30. Wedding plans take care of themselves.
  31. If someone forgets to invite you to something, he or she can still be your friend.
  32. Your underwear is $10 for a three pack.
  33. The National College Cheerleading Championship
  34. None of your co-workers have the power to make you cry.
  35. You don't have to shave below your neck.
  36. You don't have to curl up next to a hairy ass every nite.
  37. If you're 34 and single nobody notices.
  38. You can write your name in the snow.
  39. You can get into a nontrivial pissing contest.
  40. Everything on your face stays its original color.
  41. Chocolate is just another snack.
  42. You can be president.
  43. You can quietly enjoy a car ride from the passenger seat.
  44. Flowers fix everything.
  45. You never have to worry about other people's feelings.
  46. You get to think about sex 90% of your waking hours.
  47. You can wear a white shirt to a water park.
  48. Three pair of shoes are more than enough.
  49. You can eat a banana in a hardware store.

To see the 51 other reasons why it's great to be a guy, please visit the original site: http://darrel.knutson.com/

Connect Xbox to Internet via Vista laptop

Here is a quick tutorial of how to connect your XBOX to the internet (for XBOX Live) by connecting your console to a laptop running Windows Vista. You can do this with a PC, too. I do not know how to do this on other operating systems, a quick google search may help you if you another OS.

XBOX => computer => internet

Things you need:
- Laptop running Windows Vista
- Ethernet Cable (a normal, everyday ethernet cable. The one supplied with the XBOX when you bought it, works perfectly)
- an XBOX (the original or 360)

1) Open Network and Sharing Center
2) On the left hand side, click Manage Network Connections
3) Right click the internet connection you are using (i.e. Wireless Network Connection) and select "Properties"
4) Click the "Sharing" tab
5) Check the box which says "Allow other network users to connect through this computer's Internet connection" *
6) Press OK
7) Now connect your XBOX and the laptop with the ethernet cable (this does not need to be a special ethernet cable, the one that came with the xbox works fine) **

* I also have the "Allow other network users to control or disable the shared Internet connection" box checked, I don't think you need to have this checked, but if it doesn't work without it checked, go back and check it.

** Sometimes the internet spazzes (it may just be my laptop, though), here is how to work it out: Check to see if your computer can still access the internet, if so then the problem is the connection with the XBOX. If it is the computer than I dunno, you gotta move it into a good position. If it is not the computer, try unplugging both ends of the ethernet cable and replugging them back in. If that doesn't work, then... umm... I can't help you. You'll just have to wait until your laptop is behaving again.

Welcome to Slightly Toasted Tomatoes!

Welcome to Slightly Toasted Tomatoes. The one stop shop for extremely random postings. To tell you the truth, I would not expect regular postings, as my schedule is extremely hectic, and my computer is a grade A spaz. What you can expect are how-tos, videos found on youtube, geeky news. This is just a small sampling of what this site may become

Now for introductions. You may call me Crayboff. I am a student. I am also paranoid enough, that I will not divulge anymore details about myself over the tubes.

So please Stumble this site, Digg it, and put it on Reddit. Love it or hate it. Just don't do nothing.