How To Sopcast on Ubuntu

Posted in Ubuntu HowTo's by tux4life on March 18, 2009

Setting up Sopcast in linux can be  bit of a pain.  But recently, I stmbled across a very nice project called sopcast-player hosted in Google Code.  This project offers a GUI based windowed player similar to the Windows version of Sopcast.

The authors are also kind enough to compile the project and give installable packages for various distributions.

Enough said, this is how you install Sopcast on Ubuntu.

Download the package sp-auth_3.0  from here

This package has the script that acts as the streaming server for the video.

Download the package sopcast-player from here

This package has the GUI for the player.

Install both the packages and you are all set.



PS: The authors also provide packages for other architectures and distributions.  You can find it here.


Download Albums From Picasa Web

Posted in Ubuntu HowTo's, Uncategorized by tux4life on February 8, 2009

Recently, one of my friends shared a picasa web album to me.  The photos were good and I wanted to download all the photos in the album to my hard drive.

There is an option in the picasa web interface to download a photo.  But it allows you to download only one photo at a time and so downloading the entire album can be a real pain.

But there is a much easier way of doing this.  You will need Firefox and an addon called DownThemAll.

Here is how to do it.

Install the firefox addon DownThemAll from here.

Go the picasa web albu that you want to download and click on the “RSS” link.  (You will find this link on the right hand side.)

From the page that comes up, right click and select DownThemAll.

Select the “Images” checkbox, choose a download location for the photos and click “Start!”

DownThemAll !!

DownThemAll takes care of the rest.

For all those tech geeks, you also use the Google APIs to achieve the samething.  I am working on developing a perl script for the same.

I am also working on developing a script to download Youtube favourites as MP3 files.  Will post about those once I complete them.

Printing to PDF File in Ubuntu

Posted in Ubuntu HowTo's by tux4life on January 12, 2009

We all know that OpenOffice has a very nice feature to export any document to a PDF file.

But still, I was looking for a solution to print to a PDF file.  Yet again, with google’s help I found out that this functionality is provided by the package cups-pdf.

Follow the steps below to install and configure this package.

Open up a terminal and use the following command to install this package.

sudo apt-get install cups-pdf

Restart the printer service using

sudo /etc/init.d/cups restart

Finally, open up the printer configuration dialog using

System -> Administration -> Printing

Add a new printer by selecting “PDF Printer”, continue by selecting defaults.

Now when printing, you can select the newly created printer to print to a PDF file.

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