Archive for January, 2010

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My new android

Just thought that I’d test the capabalities of this phone to post here.

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This Text Is Now Writing Your Mind

This Text Is Now Writing Your Mind

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Send to:

Using Send-to in Ubuntu is supposed to be a helpful thing. Although I prefer using the Terminal for copying files to new locations, let’s see how send to works:

First, we right click the file:

Then we see the Send To dialog box:

We select the “Removable Media”.

Select the disk we’d like to send it to:

We have the option to send it as a zipped file:

We go to the target location and see if the new file is there:

If it’s not, we can just consider what happens in the terminal if using the command “cp” which means to copy. First, I look to see what drives are available:
tommy@ubuntu:~$ ls /media
cdrom cdrom1 floppy U3 System
cdrom0 f2fc5429-adbc-4957-b436-f990c1cba426 floppy0 Ubuntu 9.04

Check what’s on the drive:
tommy@ubuntu:~$ ls /media/f2fc5429-adbc-4957-b436-f990c1cba426/
bin dev initrd.img media opt sbin sys var
boot etc lib mnt proc selinux tmp vmlinuz
cdrom home lost+found root srv usr

I want to see my new file. It’s called “new file”.
tommy@ubuntu:~$ ls
Desktop Downloads Music new file~ Public Videos
Documents examples.desktop new file Pictures Templates

I copy the file into the USB drive, which has a really long name.
tommy@ubuntu:~$ cp new\ file /media/f2fc5429-adbc-4957-b436-f990c1cba426/
cp: cannot create regular file `/media/f2fc5429-adbc-4957-b436-f990c1cba426/new file': Permission denied

I realize that the copy command cp doesn’t work outside the user directory. Therefore, use sudo with password.
tommy@ubuntu:~$ sudo cp new\ file /media/f2fc5429-adbc-4957-b436-f990c1cba426/
[sudo] password for tommy:

Check that the file copied:
tommy@ubuntu:~$ ls /media/f2fc5429-adbc-4957-b436-f990c1cba426/
bin dev initrd.img media opt sbin sys var
boot etc lib mnt proc selinux tmp vmlinuz
cdrom home lost+found new file root srv usr

yes, it did, because “new file” now exists on the drive. Wow, the terminal works but rightclick “Send to” doesn’t.

I wrote this post for… And if it’s published there, then I will update this page to link to that page!

According to LinuxToday (Dec. 21, 2009), Firefox 3.5 is now the world’s most popular browser. That means that there are millions of Linux users who choose Mozilla Firefox for their surfing needs. Although there are some very good reasons that Linux users like to use Firefox, the default skin is not one of them. Quite frankly, it’s quite boring! Just look at how Firefox 3.5 looks on your Ubuntu 9.10 when you first open it up:


Over eight million people currently use personas. Themes are another way to make your browser look better, but unfortunately, many theme builders fail to update their themes for new builds, which means that you can’t get the themes you like when a new build comes out—and you have to choose between a more secure browser or a beautiful one. Personas is a better way, because they are easy to create and that means easy to migrate to the new version. As a result, you can have most current and secure browser, and you can also have beautiful browser! This article will show you how to install a persona. It’s a great way to make your drab browser more colorful.

Looking at the current Ubuntu 9.10, we see that it comes with Firefox 3.5 by default. As personas aren’t built into the browser experience until Firefox 3.6, the first thing that you need to do is install the personas extension. (Note: You can upgrade to the Firefox 3.6 beta if you prefer not to install the Personas extension or if you’d like to help test Firefox One caution is that 3.6 is currently a beta!)

First, select Tools>Addons, enter personas into the search box and then hit Enter. You’ll see a screen like:


Choose “Add to Firefox” and after a few seconds, you’ll see the following:


Firefox will load the necessary files. Once that’s finished, a button “Install now” will appear. Click “Install now” when that happens. You’ll have to wait while Firefox installs the plugin.


Finally, click “Restart Firefox”.


Firefox should restart automatically. When it does, you’ll be presented with the following screen:


Close the extensions window. From here, there are several different ways to use the personas extension to add personas. One way is to browse for the personas you like. When you see one, just roll over it to preview the persona. It will automatically change the look of Firefox, but not permanently. If you want to keep the persona, then click “Wear it”. As you can see, I’ve selected the Lady Gaga persona.


That will take you to the page for the Persona. You can read what the creator had to say about their persona and also see how many people are currently using the persona.

Finally, there’s a faster way to access Personas. Click on the fox in the lower left corner of the browser, and it will bring up a menu. This menu gives quick and easy access to the 38,000+ personas that are available.


If you have any more questions, please feel free to contact me (, or you may prefer to take a look at the official Personas website (