Author: tarah

  • How to play Amazon Instant Videos on Ubuntu/Kubuntu Raring Ringtail 13.04 with Firefox

    How to play Amazon Instant Videos on Ubuntu/Kubuntu Raring Ringtail 13.04 with Firefox

    We’re all aware that there are issues with Flash and playing streaming videos on Linux. You can’t play AIV on Chrome; you’ll get that annoying “If you’re using the Chrome browser with Linux, you must disable PPAPI to continue using Amazon Instant Video. You can also use a different Web browser, like Firefox. Learn more” […]

  • Set up Kubuntu 12.10 and an HP printer for batch scanning in Xsane

    Set up Kubuntu 12.10 and an HP printer for batch scanning in Xsane

    This process needs to be much easier, but until then, here’s a script to get you set up. This is an update of an older post here: http://thetarah.com/2010/10/12/how-to-batch-scan-using-xsane/ to make this more intuitive. Instead of having you follow a long list of instructions, I’ve been testing out scripts to get my common tasks done upon […]

  • Google Chrome Will Not Start In KDE (Kubuntu 12.10)

    Google Chrome Will Not Start In KDE (Kubuntu 12.10)

    Have you had this problem in KDE? I’ve clicked a few times on a Google Chrome shortcut, and after 20-30 seconds of a bouncing Chrome icon, it disappears. The Chrome process never shows up in the System Monitor or in running processes, either. / Greetings, Madam. $google-chrome –enable-logging –log-level=0 Fontconfig warning: “/etc/fonts/conf.d/50-user.conf”, line 9: reading […]

  • How to fix KDE, LibreOffice, and dark themes in Kubuntu

    How to fix KDE, LibreOffice, and dark themes in Kubuntu

    I need to use a dark theme in KDE because I spend so much time on the computer that my eyes get tired of looking at whiteness all the time. I use a very dark theme to minimize the strain on my eyes. If you use LibreOffice and a theme such as Zvon Black, you […]

  • AVD Manager in Eclipse on Ubuntu won’t start device due to double slash error

    AVD Manager in Eclipse on Ubuntu won’t start device due to double slash error

    I have a weird error that happens to me every time I rebuild my machine; when I open Eclipse and attempt to start up AVD Manager, I get an error when I hit “start” for the Android 4.1 virtual device. That error contains this line: “android-sdk-linux//tools/” and has to do with not finding the adb […]

  • Kubuntu 12.10 Released (Tarah does a dance and installs on four different boxes)

    Kubuntu 12.10 Released (Tarah does a dance and installs on four different boxes)

    I am more excited than usual for the release of Quantal Quetzal. Holy CRAP. Just got done installing 12.10 on my Lenovo Z570; this is the first time in years that I haven’t had to log back in and reflag the boot partition on every box. That is wonderful. I am in love. Installation on […]

  • Lenovo Z570 phy0 hard blocked solution

    Lenovo Z570 phy0 hard blocked solution

    If you’ve had issues with wireless being grayed out and you’re unable to enable it on your Lenovo Z570 or any other box, there is a simple solution. You must reset your bios. There’s an oddity in the bios for Lenovo Z570 machines; even after unblocking all interfaces, you can still see that phy0 is […]

  • How to read from the Assets folder in an Eclipse Android application

    How to read from the Assets folder in an Eclipse Android application

    Seeing errors like these? java.io.FileNotFoundException at android.content.res.AssetManager.openAsset(Native Method) at android.content.res.AssetManager.open(AssetManager.java:315) at android.content.res.AssetManager.open(AssetManager.java:289) The problem is that Eclipse isn’t finding your file, because you may not be using AssetManager to retrieve plain-text files from the assets folder. Here’s how to fix this: Note that there is no file extension on text. When I pasted ‘text.txt’ into […]

  • Which JSON library should I use in my Android and Java projects?

    Which JSON library should I use in my Android and Java projects?

    JSON.org is where you start; this is the prepackaged JSON found in Oracle and Open Java Development Kits. The home page is a useful resource to see all the different JSON libraries out there for all different languages. GSON is most useful for converting Java objects into their JSON representation. The Google libs can also […]

  • Apache Virtual Hosts with SNI and SSL on Ubuntu 12.04 in Rackspace

    Apache Virtual Hosts with SNI and SSL on Ubuntu 12.04 in Rackspace

    Here’s a little howto: I was having the devil of a time earlier today configuring an SSL cert for a site Lorraine and I are working on right now. My problem is that I’ve never configured an SSL cert before, and proceeded to jump right on in with a whole lot of enthusiasm and zero […]