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February 11, 2009

Goosh – The fastest way to search NetBeans wiki?

Filed under: netbeans,opensource,tools — James @ 4:49 pm

Whether you are new to NetBeans or not, NetBeans wiki is a great place to find many NetBeans related tips and tricks. It is from here that I learned about installing NetBeans IDE in Ubuntu when I switched from Windows. Not only that, I keep coming back to these wikis whenever I need some help with NetBeans IDE.

But since NetBeans adoption is growing at such a rapid rate, it’s no surprise that the number of NetBeans wikis has grown exponentially too. Yes, there is an inbuilt search function to help you find what you want, but if you want to search something very quickly, then you might find goosh very useful.

Goosh is a shell or terminal or command line interface to access google services. To use goosh, just open your browser and then point it to “goosh.org“. Now you can search the NetBeans wiki pages damn quickly by entering the command “site wiki.netbeans.org <your search term>”. For example, if you want to find a solution to solve the garbled text problem you face when using NetBeans on Ubuntu, you would enter “site wiki.netbeans.org garbled text” in the goosh terminal.

You can find more information about goosh from my post, “Goosh – A fantastic front-end to Google Services”.

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Goosh – A fantastic front-end to Google services

Filed under: opensource,tools — James @ 3:56 pm

I recently came across a nice little tool called “goosh” or “The unofficial Google Shell”. It resembles a linux shell (or terminal) and provides a “command line interface” on the web for many google services. This means that you can just open and read your mails very fast by typing just 2 commands: “login” and then “gmail”. That’s it, your mails are loaded damn fast and this is what you might want if you are in a hurry!

And goosh provides some cool facilities like searching wikipedia, news, rss feeds, blogs etc etc with simple to use (and remember) commands. Let’s see some of goosh’s firepower in action.

This is what you might see when you load goosh initially.

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November 30, 2008

jUploadr – A cool upload tool for Flickr

I upload photos regularly to my flickr account. Till now, I used the built-in web based upload tool offered by flickr. I’ve used both the basic version and the flash based version of their upload tool on both windows and linux. However, as I upload more and more photos, I didn’t enjoy the web based upload tool offered by flickr. That doesn’t mean the web based upload tool is not good. It’s really good and based on your taste and need, it might be the only tool you would like to use to upload photos to your flickr account.

My taste was different. I preferred a desktop upload tool and initially looked for some firefox add-ons. I tried some add-ons but they were really a nightmare! Some of them crashed my browser and some of them slowed down firefox. So, I quickly removed them and lived with the default web based upload tool offered by flickr. Of late, as I was looking for some desktop tools, I found some tools listed down in the official flickr site. There are some official flickr desktop tools for both windows and mac, but sadly, there are no official tools for linux. This is not the first time linux had been treated as a third class citizen by many vendors! Nevertheless, there are so many third party applications avaliable for linux. And if there is one tool which immediately got my attention, it’s jUploadr. The beauty of jUploadr is, unlike many other flickr tools, which were available for a dedicated operating system, jUploadr can run on linux, mac and windows.

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November 26, 2008

Excellent list of quality opensource Ubuntu applications

Wow, today looks like a great day for me as a Ubuntu user. I normally don’t like stuffs like “Top 10 must have tools for your blah blah” kind of things. I got bored by reading the same stuff again and again especially when I hear application list for windows. But today I came across a very good collection of opensource Ubuntu applications and this one looks very interesting (might be because I’m new to the linux world). I think almost all of these apps can be used on many linux distros and not just Ubuntu.

Since the author is a graphic designer you can see a lot of “graphics” related tools but there are other good collection as well. And my personal favourite among the applications listed is “NetBeans“. Not that I don’t know about NetBeans before, infact, I have been using NetBeans for almost three and a half years now. It’s really a top notch opensource IDE for Java programming.

What applications do you use on your Ubuntu machine? What are your favourite apps?

November 24, 2008

Getting better results with WUBI

Filed under: opensource,ubuntu,unix-linux — James @ 4:03 pm
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WUBI dramatically reduces the gap that prevents windows users to try Ubuntu. If you are wondering what WUBI is all about, you may get some idea from my post “WUBI – A wonderful little gem that helps windows users to try Ubuntu“. Yes, with WUBI, installing Ubuntu is just like installing Firefox or Thunderbird on a windows machine.

Well, while there are so many great things that WUBI offers, there is one drawback that can make eyebrows rise. WUBI downloads the latest “iso” image from the web automatically when you run it. There is nothing wrong with that and infact this is what makes WUBI a very very easy tool to use. Then what really is wrong with WUBI?

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November 22, 2008

Adoption of Open Source Software (OSS) growing rapidly in public sector

Filed under: general,opensource — James @ 8:58 am
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I recently attended a conference titled “Open Source Economy” organized by Sun Microsystems and some government institutions of Malaysia. I was very excited to hear about the increasing adoption of Open Source Software (here after OSS) in the public sector in Malaysia. I also came to know that this adoption started way back in 2003. Here are some facts I collected from it:

– The government of Malaysia has setup an Open Source Competency Center (OSCC) which is responsible for the adoption of OSS in public sector institutions. There are many information and statistics available from their portal.

– 1208% increase in the use of OSS in public sector since 2003.

– Collaboration with universities to incorporate OSS into syllabus and to increase the use of OSS in ICT labs.

– Several states were issued circulars to use OSS.

– Openoffice.org is now the most widely used office suite in public sector.

– Other open source softwares used are Firefox, Thunderbird, Java, PHP, MySQL, Apache, Drupal, Joomla, OpenCRM

– 300,000 PCs in schools to use Openoffice.org. They are now using MS Office. Looks like a bad news for MS 😦

– Collaborating with countries like Australia, South Africa etc to set up centres similar to OSCC.

Many notebooks I saw in the presentation booths were running Ubuntu Linux. Very refreshing.

As an open source enthusiast, this really is a great news for me. I will be very happy if Linux is also accepted in the same way like Openoffice.org.

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