GNU/Linux

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Iceweasel is my primary web browser in Debian Jessie and I use it for Google Hangouts too. Recently a month back one fine day when I was about to start with a meeting after an 'apt-get upgrade' on my Debian machine, Google Hangouts stopped working in Iceweasel. Google marked Iceweasel as an unsupported browser and I was left without an option. Enormous searching asked me to use a different user-agent string to act as a supported browser, which also failed in my case. Even with a changed user-agent string Google rejected my Hangout sessions. I haven't been so very comfortable with Google Chrome web browser (experienced from past usages) and didn't want to try it on my Debian Jessie machines, just for Google Hangouts.

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gnome-tweak-toolWith the advent of SSD's and mSATA we have a very less system boot time in the order of few seconds. That makes us impatient to click and open applications on our desktops! I recently switched to SSDs in the machines which I use, to make the systems responsive and end with impatience ;)

All my systems run Debian Jessie (8.0) and the systems on which GUI is enabled I have GNOME 3, specifically GNOME 3.14.x. There are some primary applications such as Terminal, Pidigin, Icedove and Iceweasel which I want to be ready as soon as I login to my machine enabled with GUI. This takes 4 clicks after login, but I wanted to have 2 steps only, ie., power on and login after which everything should be ready to get going. The way to go is some kind of session Application startup manager where I can instruct my machine to startup application as soon as I login. Looks like we had gnome-session-properties in the past for configuring the same in GNOME. It was recently removed.

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This is something very personal and I want the world to know about what is happening in my life! I used to stare at women like these during my college days. Initially I thought they were very beautiful and I wanted to stay away from them. Though, as every man has an instinct to spend a life with such a kind of woman I had my thoughts deep inside me, to have someone like one of them. During college there was at least 10 women inside our college premises, with whom I used to hook around occasionally. After finishing college I used to have many chicks who were slim, beautiful (and you know what) with whom I ve spent a lot of time, but still I missed those kinda women in life.

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add-apt-repository is a command which allows us to add a new repository link to the apt sources ie., /etc/apt/sources.lst file. This is very handy in order to add PPA archives. The advantage of using this command is, it will automatically import the gpg public key of the repository and registers it.

In Ubuntu version 12.10 ie., Quantal this command is not part of 'python-software-properties' package, like the previous ubuntu versions, but available in 'software-properties-common'. In order to install add-apt-repository in 12.10, we must install the package 'software-properties-common' as follows:

$ sudo aptitude install software-properties-common

To find in which package the command we are looking for exists the following will be of help:

$ sudo apt-file update

$ sudo apt-file search add-apt-repository

NOTE: The above commands assume 'apt-file' is already installed in your system.

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OpenShift is a very cool platform and I got attracted. I wanted to extend my experiment and wanted to onboard an application which I have written. I thought about some ideas which I could code in python and at the same time I can test various features of OpenShift, also I wanted to learn some new web framework in python during this experiment.

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OpenShift is a free cloud-based application platform from RedHat. Of late I caught an interest in Cloud Computing and wanted to try out different stuff. Though I did extensive reading on Eucalyptus, Amazon EC2, Ubuntu Cloud, etc. I wanted to try something hands on and chose to experiment with OpenShift. OpenShift has two flavors such as Express and Flex. Express is a shared application platform which supports Ruby, PHP, and Python applications. On the other hand flex is dedicated platform-as-a-service for Java and PHP applications which creates and provides management capabilities to operate on Amazon EC2 clouds (in future more cloud platforms will be added).