Wednesday, April 13, 2011

How to Install Calibre in Ubuntu


If  you have an e-Reader like the Nook or the Kindle then you may want to download this piece of software. Both the Nook and the Kindle can view pdf files as they are already, however most e-readers don't read the pdf properly and it looks broken. With this software called "Calibre" you can import a pdf file, or a number of other different file types, and it will convert it to the epub format. This allows you to get your books for free if you know where to download them. I have a Nook e-Reader from Barnes and Noble. When you first start Calibre it will ask you what kind of reader you have. Select the one you have accordingly and now your ready to start importing books. When you import the book and right click it and click convert books, they will be available in the  "/home/<your username>/Calibre Library" then you just have to connect your Nook, and transfer the file in the "my documents" directory in Ubuntu. This makes it so easy to get free books. Just download the book online in pdf format via a torrent, and you can enjoy free books without paying.

If you want to install this software, then open up a terminal and type:

sudo python -c "import urllib2; exec urllib2.urlopen('http://status.calibre-ebook.com/linux_installer').read(); main()"
 Make sure you copy the whole line that is in bold into your terminal and press enter. Don't forget to enter your root password. Once it is installed you can just run "calibre" from the terminal or, you can go into your Ubuntu menu and find it at Applications -> Office.

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

How To Install Dolphin Gamecube Emulator in Ubuntu


Everyone loves and wants to play their old Gamecube games. Since Ubuntu doesn't have a great selection of games to choose from right off the bat, its best to enjoy games on Emulators. I have heard on a number of Ubuntu forums that Gamecube emulators don't work right. This is obviously coming from people that don't have a good machine to run this stuff. Here are the commands that you should run if you want to install a gamecube emulator for all your gaming goodness. Open a terminal and type these commands in...

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:glennric/dolphin-emu

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install dolphin-emu

After that you should have the Gamecube emulator Dolphin installed. This runs most games flawlessly and I recommend everyone give it a shot. Of course you will need the ISO images of all the games you wish to play and I can't help you find places to download them, that is illegal. Instead try to find the roms your self. Here is a hint, check torrent sites. I hope this has helped you and have fun playing game cube games in Ubuntu!

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Wireless Keeps Disconnecting in Ubuntu


Wireless networking in Ubuntu is one of the features that puts it in the same league as Windows and Mac OSX. In this day and age, an operating system that doesn't support wireless cards, both internal and external, is useless. I have come to love the interface that Ubuntu uses to navigate through all of the available wireless networks. I have noticed that the main Ubuntu distribution install comes with most wireless drivers, but it doesn't include the package "ntp". If you are having trouble with your wireless losing connection, I would recommend that you install this package. After installing this package, I have found that my Ubuntu no longer acts sparatic when it comes to staying connected to various types of wireless networks. If you are having trouble, give this command a shot from your terminal. Open a terminal window and type:
sudo apt-get install ntp
After installing the ntp package your wireless should be working wonderfully. Even if you aren't having problems I would recommend this package be installed. I hope this helps you with your wireless networking problems.

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