Author: tarah

  • How To Build A Ruby Server With RVM On Kubuntu 12.10

    How To Build A Ruby Server With RVM On Kubuntu 12.10

    So I’m building a Ruby server right now for the first time. I’m going to list out here the resources I used as a skilled web dev to get this up and running right away. These links do assume that you know what you’re doing in the cloud, but if so, they’re the best way […]

  • Vegan Tab with Viewsonic gTablet

    Vegan Tab with Viewsonic gTablet

    I’ve obviously been busy for the last month, and the posts concerning the LadyCoders Kickstarter will appear on the ladycoders.com site. I’d really rather get back to the fun of reviewing a hardware/OS combo. About three weeks ago, I got a used Viewsonic gTablet and flashed Vegan Tab on it. I’ve never had a tablet […]

  • How to get the microphone working in Skype with Kubuntu 12.04 (and likely with previous versions)

    I have had this problem perpetually since starting to use Skype. I had to boot into my Windows partition for this single task in order to have conference calls via Skype. I finally put together a howto and a script to fix this problem. So, the issue is that PulseAudio conflicts with the internal microphone […]

  • HOWTO: set up a cloud server with WordPress at Rackspace

    You’re probably here because you are finally at the point where you need root access to your web server so that you can install applications like MediaWiki or WordPress or Joomla or any other CMS. If you have a website that you want to move away from a hosted environment, this is how to set […]

  • HOWTO: Always know your home computer’s IP address from anywhere using Dropbox

    To always know what your home machine’s IP address is (and while I’ll assume that you’re running Kubuntu, this can be adapted using the following bash script to any machine). Apt-get ‘kcron’. Open Task Scheduler and set the following bash script to run every five minutes: #!/bin/bash J=`wget http://checkip.dyndns.org/ -qO – | grep -Eo ‘\<[[:digit:]]{1,3}(\.[[:digit:]]{1,3}){3}\>’` […]

  • How to move WordPress sites between cloud servers using Ubuntu 11.10 and PHPMyAdmin

    Here’s a quick howto: I use Rackspace as my cloud service; I was moving a few sites from one server using Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Lucid Lynx) to a new one using 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot). I hit a few issues, so I thought I’d tell you how to export a WordPress site in its entirety and […]

  • Third Edition Earthdawn Dice Roller in Java

    So, I play an RPG called Earthdawn; it’s a lot like D&D, but for real nerds. One of the things we all do in my gaming group is write our own dice rollers; rolling actual dice is SO passé–and there’s an ongoing argument about whether or not a seeded random is more or less random […]

  • The IDE Wars: NetBeans or Eclipse for Java Software Development

    I’ve been working on several applications for a few years; some are ready or released into the wild. I’ve used NetBeans and Eclipse to develop one application in particular; I’ve written an Earthdawn dice roller application. Earthdawn is like Dungeons & Dragons, but for real nerds. The Earthdawn dice system is complex, including a shifting […]

  • How to SSH into your home computer to access media files, documents, processes, or anything else you might need

    I wanted access to my home machine so I could access any files I want. Dropbox is pretty awesome, but if you’ve forgotten to put something in your Dropbox folder, you’ll be in deep trouble. (1) Run “sudo apt-get install openssh-server” at the command line. (2) Run “sudo cp /etc/ssh/sshd_config /etc/ssh/sshd_config.original”. This copies your original […]

  • How to batch scan using Xsane

    If you’re like me, you can’t throw important documents away, but there’s no easy way to scan old records, tax documents, and all the crap you’re supposed to save for 7 or 10 years…or however long taxes are supposed to stick around. Unfortunately, batch scanning with Xsane using an ADF (auto document feeder) is not […]