Make A Lazer Into A Burner

I just stumbled upon this awesome video from SEP (Shooting Egg Productions) on Metacafe

It teaches you how to turn your 15$ lazer into a 600$ burner! Well, it isn’t much of an effort (it looked like it from watching the video), but it is a really cool thing! :)

Here’s the video:

[Hack A Laser! Make It A Burner!]( – [Celebrity bloopers here](

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First Look At Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope)

Hi all!

OK, so I promised I’d write a review about Jaunty when it comes out, but sheesh, I have exams going on (and I’m also 3 days late now…yeah, Jaunty got released on 23rd :P ). But oh well, you can’t do anything about your real life eh?

It’s hard to keep your blog running with real life problems on your head (exams :P ).

I just stumbled on an awesome post on Lifehacker which reviewed Jaunty and lists it’s cool new features. So, here’s the link: Lifehacker – First Look at Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope – Ubuntu 9.04

I can only apologize for not writing my own review (not that you waited for it, did you? naughty naughty…).

OK, time for me to run, I’d be able to get this blog running in full pace only after my exams (which will end at the end of May…wow, really long time… :/ ).

Take care all, keep visiting (who knows I might post a couple more stuffs here) ;)

Cya :)

  • gastly

Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope Due On April 23


Hello everyone!

I can’t wait for 23rd of April now! Yes, Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope)’s official release date is 23rd of April. This is a happy happy news to all those Ubuntu fans out there who just can’t wait to get there hands on this new version!

OK, so here’s a overview of what’s new in this release:

  1. Gnome – 2.26

Gnome has been upgraded to v2.26 in Jaunty (Intrepid had v2.24.1), which includes lots of bug fixes and feature improvements.

The most notable of which is the new *Brasero *disk burning application. Earlier versions had an ‘easy way’ of burning CD’s, which were built into Nautilus (afaik), but now Gnome has full-fledged app for disk burning!

It also has integrated support for PulseAudio in the volume control bar.

There are many more such as, new visual effects, file-manager improvements etc. In short, it’s better than KDE 4 (imho) :P

  1. X.Org Server 1.6

To quote from Ubuntu’s website:

The latest X.Org server, version 1.6, is available in Jaunty. A number of video cards have been transitioned to free drivers as part of this update.

Sounds good enough! ;)

  1. New notifications

The new notifications of Jaunty (as seen in Beta) are simply awesome!.
Here’s an example:

  1. Boot Performance

According to Ubuntu’s website, it says that boot performance has been improved, I’ve heard that also from the people who are running the current beta of Jaunty, but I’ll test that when I get my hands on the stable release :P

  1. Linux kernel 2.6.28

This is a newer version of the linux kernel, it has many bug fixes and feature improvements…out of which the most notable is the support for Ext4 filesystem. Cool! ;)

  1. Native support for Ext4

Yes, you heard it right, Jaunty has native support for Ext4, which promises to be more efficient and reliable than Ext3 and also faster! ;)
But still, Ext3 is the default option and Ext4 is optional…which is good move, since Ext4 is fairly new.

OK, so this was the feature’s overview of Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope). I hope you had fun reading it ;)

mutters ooh I can’t wait! :P

Cheers ;)

– gastly

Minimize Your Apps With AllTray [Ubuntu]

I recently found out a new app (to me) names AllTray. It’s a fairly simple app which minimizes your applications to the tray.

It’s really really useful if you want to de-clutter your taskbar (like me). I use it mainly to minimize apps like Thunderbird which do not have a built-in ‘minimize-to-tray’ feature. Although, yes I can use some extentions of Thunderbird which provide a similar feature, but really, I want more flexibility than just an extension.

I use AllTray to start Thunderbird on boot-up and I’m going to show you how you can do that same thing ;)

OK, so fire up a terminal and install AllTray.

sudo apt-get install alltray

And then after it gets installed, you can start it by typing alltray in a terminal (or the gnome app launcher Alt+F2). It then asks you to click on the window which you wish to minimize to tray. But in case of thunderbird, I have done this:

In System->Preferences->Sessions, I have added a new item in the startup list with the following command:

alltray thunderbird&

So, you see, you can minimize apps from the command line too with AllTray. It’s a pretty nice app!

So, please comment if you liked this post (it gives me motivation :P ), and also tell me what you have done with AllTray.

Cheers :)

– gastly


10 Open Source Books Worth Downloading…

OK, so I stumbled upon this really nice post on TecTonic, which had a list of 10 Open Source Books that were worth
downloading (according to TecTonic :P ).

But, well, it’s a fairly nice list…I loved the book about Blender titled Blender Basics (number 7 on the list), it taught me some cool stuff about Blender…really ;)

here’s the link, it’s worth checking out imho ;)

10 open source books worth downloading [TecTonic]


Emacs With Nice Fonts [Ubuntu]

Hi all :)

So, I was just tinkering around here and there and I thought ‘hey, why not learn Emacs today’. Seriously, I’ve only used the simple Vim and nano *and *gEdit as of now, and I’ve heard a lot about Emacs.

So, I gave it a try and installed it on my Ubuntu system. But to my amazement the fonts looked like utter trash!

So, I did a search on their website and google and found you can compile your own emacs with cool rendering of fonts and such…but don’t worry, I won’t teach you how to compile emacs in this post!

We’ll do it the ‘easy’ way ;)

In the upcoming version of Emacs, there’s a pixel-shading support enabled (means your fonts will look good with it).

And so, I search Ubuntu repositories to look for Emacs pre-compiled with pixel-shading support, and to my amazement I found it!

So, ok, fire up your terminal and run this:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install emacs-snapshot emacs-snapshot-gtk

It will download the package and it’s dependencies and after some d/l`ing (downloading :P ) and installing, you’ll get a fully functioning emacs on your Ubuntu system! Pretty cool eh? ;)

OK, so here’s a comparison:

NOTE: I found this pic (first one) on google and therefore this may not be the exact representation of new versions Emacs, but still the fonts rendering is the same that I got from the default Ubuntu repositories. The second pic is of my current one ;)