Jun 28, 2013

Do More with your Feedly RSS Reader

Feedly is our favorite RSS Reader. If you have just migrated from Google Reader to Feedly, this guide will help get up to speed and learn a few trick in the process.



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Digital Inspiration @labnol This story, Do More with your Feedly RSS Reader, was originally published at Digital Inspiration on 28/06/2013 under Feedly, Google Reader, RSS, Internet.






via Digital Inspiration Technology Blog http://www.labnol.org/internet/feedly-tips/28078/

Wimlib: ImageX / DISM Alternative To Manipulate WIM Files In Linux [Ubuntu PPA]

Wimlib is a library that allows creating, modifying, extracting and mounting WIM (Windows Imaging Format) files. It comes with a free implementations of ImageX called "wimlib-imagex", available for both Linux and Windows.




WIM is a file-based disk image format developed by Microsoft for Windows Vista and later. The Windows Setup DVD uses such files for the installation process. For more information, see the WIM article on Wikipedia.






Besides WIM extract, create and update support, this free software alternative to ImageX or DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management) allows users to mount WIM images, either readonly or read-write and on Linux, it can even be used to extract or create WIM images to/from unmounted NTFS volumes, by using ntfs-3g. Using it from Linux, you can back up, install or restore Windows directly from a WIM file.





Extracting a WIM file can also be achieved by using p7zip (for example, you can extract a WIM file using Archive Manager, by renaming the file extension to .7z, or you can do it via command line, using "7z") however, the latest stable p7zip 9.20.1 seems to fail with Windows 8 WIM images. Wimlib on the other hand should handle Windows 8 WIM files properly.





Wimlib features (via Wimlib Sourceforge page):


  • Support for both Linux and Windows;

  • Apply/extract an image from a WIM file to a directory;

  • Apply/extract an image from a WIM file directly to a NTFS volume;

  • Capture a directory tree as a WIM image in a new or existing WIM;

  • Capture a NTFS volume as a WIM image in a new or existing WIM;

  • Mount an image from a WIM file read-only or read-write (Linux only);

  • Add or delete files from a WIM image without mounting it;

  • Extract individual files or directories without mounting it;

  • Delete an image from a WIM file;

  • Display information about a WIM file;

  • Change WIM image name, description, or bootable status;

  • Export image(s) from one WIM to an existing or new WIM;

  • Support for both compression formats used in WIMs (LZX and XPRESS);

  • Split a WIM file into parts, or join a split WIM into a standalone WIM;

  • Directly apply, export, or mount an image from a split WIM.




Wimlib isn't available in the official Ubuntu repositories and the Launchpad PPAs I've found either don't have Wimlib for all the supported Ubuntu versions or they have old Wimlib packages so to make it easier to install in Ubuntu (and derivatives), I've uploaded the latest Wimlib to the main WebUpd8 PPA.





Install Wimlib in Ubuntu via PPA




To add the main WebUpd8 PPA (note: our PPA has quite a few packages, so check out the package list before adding the PPA) and install Wimlib in Ubuntu, use the following commands:


sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install wimtools


Once installed, run "man wimlib-imagex" (for the command, you can simply use "imagex" instead of "wimblib-imagex") in a terminal to see the available options. To create a customized bootable image of Windows PE, check out "man mkwinpeimg".



Arch Linux users can install Wimlib via AUR .



For other Linux distributions and windows, download Wimlib from Sourceforge.







via Web Upd8 - Ubuntu / Linux blog http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/webupd8/~3/pf34bzrZTSc/wimlib-imagex-dism-alternative-to.html

How to Quickly Compose a New Email Message

Learn how to quickly compose a new mail message in your default email program directly from the address bar of any web browser.



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Digital Inspiration @labnol This story, How to Quickly Compose a New Email Message, was originally published at Digital Inspiration on 28/06/2013 under GMail, Mailto, Internet.






via Digital Inspiration Technology Blog http://www.labnol.org/internet/compose-message-shortcut/28076/

Xfce4 Composite Editor: Easily Change Compositor Settings Not Available Via Window Manager Tweaks [Xfce]

Xfce4 Composite Editor is a tool that lets you easily tweak various Xfce window manager compositor settings that are not available in the Window Manager Tweaks settings panel.







The tool has been created by Keith Hedger, the Xfce Theme Manager developer, and it allows changing the following composite settings:


  • shadow opacity;

  • Shadow delta X, Y, width and height;

  • move window opacity;

  • inactive window opacity;

  • frame opacity;

  • resize window opacity;

  • popup opacity.




Some settings are live, meaning that they are applied instantly, while others require a window manager restart which can easily be done from Xfce WM Composite Editor dialog.



The tool also allows you to enable/disable composite, dock shadow, frame shadow or popup shadow.






These settings are available in the XConf Settings Editor but, according to the Xfce4 Composite Editor developer, "the xconf settings editor is one of the most awkward GUI's I have ever used as you have to select the xfwm4 channel, expand the tree, scroll to the option you want, select it, click edit, change the setting and click save, then the tree gets collapsed and you have to start again". Using this tool should make it a lot easier to change all these Xfce Compositor settings.





Install Xfce4 Composite Editor




Xubuntu users can install Xfce4 Composite Editor from the same PPA as Xfce Theme Manager. To add the PPA and install it in Xubuntu, use the following commands:


sudo add-apt-repository ppa:rebuntu16/other-stuff
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install xfce4-composite-editor




Arch Linux users can install Xfce4 Composite Editor via AUR.



For other Linux distributions, download Xfce4 Composite Editor from GTK-Apps.







via Web Upd8 - Ubuntu / Linux blog http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/webupd8/~3/3zFHxBvtNLw/xfce4-composite-editor-easily-change.html

How to Embed Instagram Videos on your Website

Learn how to embed any Instagram video or photograph into your website with a click. You may also use the tool for downloading Instagram videos.



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Digital Inspiration @labnol This story, How to Embed Instagram Videos on your Website, was originally published at Digital Inspiration on 28/06/2013 under Embed, Html5, Instagram, Internet.






via Digital Inspiration Technology Blog http://www.labnol.org/internet/embed-instagram-videos/28074/

Jun 27, 2013

Generate Disposable Email Addresses That Do Not Expire

With Maildrop, you can instantly create disposable email addresses that do not expire and the service requires no logins or passwords.



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Digital Inspiration @labnol This story, Generate Disposable Email Addresses That Do Not Expire, was originally published at Digital Inspiration on 27/06/2013 under Email, Spam, Websites, Internet.






via Digital Inspiration Technology Blog http://www.labnol.org/internet/disposable-email-address/28072/

Kubuntu Not Switching To Mir Display Server

Even though Thomas Voß, Technical Architect at Canonical, has recently posted a screenshot which shows that Kubuntu runs on XMir (a layer that allows running X11 applications on top of Mir), the KDE-based Ubuntu flavor won't be switching to Mir or XMir.












Kubuntu Mir
Kubuntu on XMir - image via +Thomas Voß




According to a recent blog post by Jonathan Riddell, the main Kubuntu developer, the distro will continue to use X by default for the 13.10 release which is currently under development, and for the 14.04 LTS release which will arrive next year. After 14.04 LTS, Kubuntu will probably switch to Wayland, "which is what KDE and every other Linux distro hopes to do", says Jonathan.



"[...] compositing is very fragile, even Ubuntu shipping the latest Mesa can increase the number of beasties the poor KWin developers have to handle with because of unexpected issues it creates. Putting another layer between KWin and your monitor is certain to create new issues so I'll be keeping anything to do with Mir off the Kubuntu images."







There are still things to figure out though, like what happens if an Ubuntu Desktop user installs Kubuntu Desktop or the other way around - the Kubuntu developers will need to find a way to deal with this until Ubuntu makes the switch to Mir which, according to the initial Mir announcement, should happen before April 2014.







via Web Upd8 - Ubuntu / Linux blog http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/webupd8/~3/Iv42hSEAOwg/kubuntu-not-switching-to-mir-display.html