Aug 31, 2013

Easily Copy Files from One Cloud Service to Another

Moving from Dropbox to Google Drive or SkyDrive. You can use mover to easily copy all your files from one cloud storage service to another, over the cloud.

This story, Easily Copy Files from One Cloud Service to Another, was originally published at Digital Inspiration on 31/08/2013 under Amazon S3, Dropbox, Google Drive, Skydrive, Internet

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Set an Expiration Date for your Tweets

You can set an expiration date for your tweets using hashtags and the message will be deleted from your Twitter timeline after the set time has passed.

This story, Set an Expiration Date for your Tweets, was originally published at Digital Inspiration on 31/08/2013 under Twitter, Internet

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ImageEmbed Offers High-Quality Photos for your Blog Posts (mostly free for small blogs)

Image Embed helps you find photographs for your website and also offers an option for you to sell your Instagram, Flickr, Picasa and Facebook photos online.

This story, ImageEmbed Offers High-Quality Photos for your Blog Posts (mostly free for small blogs), was originally published at Digital Inspiration on 31/08/2013 under Creative Commons, Embed, Images, Internet

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Aug 29, 2013

LightDM Session Locker `Light Locker` Sees First Stable Release

Light Locker, the new session locker for LightDM forked from GNOME Screensaver, has reached version 1.0 (stable).

According to its GitHub description, Light Locker aims to be simple, secure and well integrated with the desktop while not carrying any desktop-specific dependencies.

Using it, LightDM will be used for screen locking so the lock screen will look identical to the LightDM greeter:

Unfortunately, Light Locker needs at least LightDM 1.7.0 and doesn't work with LightDM 1.7.5-1.7.9 which basically that the only supported Ubuntu version is the latest 13.10 Saucy Salamander.

But the good news is that all the reported bugs have been fixed so Light Locker should now work properly when resuming from suspend or when using the Unity session menu.

For more information about Light Locker 1.0, see the release announcement.

Install Light Locker in Ubuntu

1. Before installing Light Locker, I recommend removing gnome-screensaver (for Unity / GNOME Shell users) to avoid conflicts:

sudo apt-get remove gnome-screensaver

2. To install Light Locker in Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander, use the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:light-locker/release
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install light-locker

The PPA has packages for Ubuntu 13.04, but since Raring doesn't have the required LightDM version, Light Locker won't work properly.

If you're not using Ubuntu, grab the code from GitHub.

3. Once installed, log out and log back in.

4. Light Locker should now be used when locking the screen from the session menu or when resuming from suspend, but the lock screen keyboard shortcut won't work. This can be fixed by setting a custom keyboard shortcut for "light-locker-command -l" (this is the command used to lock the screen). For Unity / GNOME Shell, this can be avoided by creating a symbolic link:

sudo ln -s /usr/bin/light-locker-command /usr/bin/gnome-screensaver-command

For Xfce, go to Settings > Keyboard > Application Shortcuts, click "Add", for the command use "light-locker-command -l" and for the keyboard shortcut, use whatever you want (like CTRL + ALT + L for instance).

Reverting the changes

If for some reason you don't want to use Light Locker any more, remove it using the following command:

sudo apt-get remove light-locker

And if you've removed GNOME Screensaver, install it back using the command below:

sudo apt-get install gnome-screensaver

Report any Light Locker bugs you may find @ GitHub.

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Aug 28, 2013

Touchpad Indicator 0.9.5 Brings Important Bug Fixes

Touchpad Indicator is an Ubuntu AppIndicator which, like the name suggests, allows you to easily enable or disable your laptop touchpad. This is useful if your laptop doesn't have a touchpad toggle key or if the key doesn't work.

The application comes with an optional keyboard shortcut to enable/disable the touchpad, can automatically disable the touchpad when a mouse is plugged in and more.

Touchpad Indicator 0.9.5, release recently, introduces mouse wheel support for the AppIndicator so you can toggle the touchpad status by scrolling on the AppIndicator icon.

That's the only new feature added in the latest Touchpad Indicator 0.9.5, but there are also many bug fixes:

  • the touchpad is no longer reset to "on" when resuming from suspend;

  • the autostart feature has been fixed;

  • when using the "Disable touchpad when mouse plugged" option, if you unplug the mouse, the touchpad will now be enabled automatically;

  • the keyboard shortcut should now work under Ubuntu 13.04;

  • the bug that prevented some users from saving any changes made to the Touchpad Indicator preferences should be fixed;

  • other bug fixes.

Touchpad Indicator is developed by Lorenzo Carbonell from, who's also behind other popular AppIndicators such as My Weather Indicator or Google Calendar Indicator.

Install Touchpad Indicator in Ubuntu

To add the Atareao PPA and install Touchpad in Ubuntu 13.10, 13.04 or 12.10, use the commands below:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:atareao/atareao
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install touchpad-indicator

There's also a package for Ubuntu 12.04 in the same PPA, but unfortunately it hasn't been updated to the latest Touchpad Indicator version, probably because of some dependency issues.

Report any bugs you may find @ Launchpad.

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Metro: Last Light Linux Release Confirmed For Later This Year

4A Games and Deep Silver have confirmed that a Linux version of Metro: Last Light is scheduled for release later this year.

Metro: Last Light (formerly Metro 2034) is a first-person survival horror video game in which the action takes place in the universe of Metro 2033 (a post-apocalyptic science fiction novel by Dmitry Glukhovsky) and its sequels.

The news comes directly from, which mentions that Metro: Last Light will be released for Mac on September 10th, 2013 via the App Store and Steam and that "a Linux version is also in development, scheduled for release later in the year".

"Development was handled in house by 4A games, and we are very happy with the results. We hope that Mac & Linux gamers will appreciate our efforts to create the best possible version for their machines", said Oles Shishkovstov, Chief Technical Officer at 4A Games.

Below you can watch the Metro: Last Light launch trailer:

(direct video link)

The game, released in May 2013 as a sequel to Metro 2033, is currently available for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

via Reddit / image via Steam

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Rhythmbox CoverArt Browser Plugin Gets New Coverflow View, Rhythmbox 2.99 Support

CoverArt Browser is a Rhythmbox plugin that lets you browse and play your music library using an album art view.

The plugin comes with many useful features which basically transform Rhythmbox into a new music player:

  • configurable search (all fields, albums, artists, etc.);

  • display all your music or only the play queue, top rated, recently added or recently played;

  • it integrates with another plugin to allow downloading cover art for all your albums;

  • export albums art in the tracks, useful to display cover art on mobile devices;

  • an optional tracks pane is available so you can easily view the tracks available in an album;

  • can be set to start automatically when launching Rhythmbox;

  • higly customizable;

  • more!

The latest CoverArt Browser 0.9, released today, brings important changes like a stylish new coverflow view which supports 4 different styles:

Rhythmbox CoverArt flow
Coverflow (regular)

Rhythmbox CoverArt flow
Coverflow (vertical)

Rhythmbox CoverArt flow

Rhythmbox CoverArt flow

All the coverflow styles are customizable and you can set the width, scale, show or hide caption, select the maximum number of covers to display or background color:

Besides the new coverflow view, CoverArt Browser 0.9 also comes with the following changes:

  • support for Rhythmbox 2.99;

  • support for Python 3 for the upcoming Rhythmbox 3.0;

  • advanced options to control the icon-view spacing and selection padding - this can give a very different look to the plugin;

  • toggle buttons to switch view as well as new Properties button;

  • access preferences for both Search and Browser plugins via Properties button;

  • play random albums from your current playlist & search filters;

  • quick filter track artists via Properties button;

  • track view can be toggled automatically on click as well as configured to manually open.

Install Rhythmbox CoverArt Browser plugin in Ubuntu

Ubuntu Saucy, Raring, Quantal and Precise users can install the latest Rhythmbox CoverArt Browser plugin by using fossfreedom's PPA, which by the way, contains many other useful Rhythmbox plugins. Add the PPA and install the plugin using the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:fossfreedom/rhythmbox-plugins
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install rhythmbox-plugin-coverart-browser

After the installation, launch Rhythmbox and enable CoverArt Browser from the Rhythmbox Plugins dialog.

For other Linux distributions, see the installation instructions available on the CoverArt Browser GitHub page.

Report any bugs you may encounter @ GitHub.

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