Recover deleted files with Magic Rescue

Categories: Utilities
If you’re trying to recover deleted files or files in a corrupted partition, you might want to give Magic Rescue a try. With this command-line tool you will basically be looking for specific file types (searching by their extension). So, for a massive file recovery task, it will not be a good approach. The program uses what it calls “recipes” as the instruction of which files to look for and how to do so.

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Arora – completely FLOSS Webkit browser

Categories: Utilities
If you want to run a WebKit web browser with no strings attached (unlike Safari and Google Chrome), Arora is surely worth a try. First plus is that it runs on Linux, Windows and MacOS X. It is fast, has private browsing and looks like it has some plug-in support. Another good news is the announcement Kubuntu will carry Arora as its default browser in the 9.10 release.

Pidgin now supports audio and video

Categories: Messaging
One of the “I thought it would never come” moments in the open source software industry would be audio and video support in Pidgin. Now it is here! Almost… Windows is not yet supported. With the release of Pidgin 2.6.1. audio and video is finally supported in the xmpp protocol (used by GTalk). I have to say I haven’t tried it yet since my default IM client is now Empathy (already having audio and video support), which will be the default multi-protocol IM client for the Ubuntu 9.

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Compare files in Linux

Categories: Utilities Web services
Not long ago I was working with some .po files and needed a nice and simple diff program to merge 2 files. First I tried the multi-purposed text editor vim. Using vim as a diff and merge tool: with Andrej’s article I found some nice tips & tricks and the Vim manual for diff tasks. Some useful commands, “vim -o one.txt two.txt three.txt” (for horizontal split), “vim -O one.txt two.

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Gnash supports YouTube [linux]

Categories: Utilities
Gnash, the freedom alternative to Adobe Flash Player now supports displaying YouTube movies! The to-do list for Gnash is still pretty large until we’re all freely able to browse the web without the Adobe plug-in. But, at least this is some major good news I found out today. Now let’s hope html5 gives us more goodies and web developer adopters to make Adboe Flash Player even less needed. Update: I was hoping I could use Gnash completely now but unfortunately a lot of websites are still not functioning well with it (such as Google Analytics) so I had to remove it.

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Debug, edit and monitor a live web page

Categories: Web Dev
One of the tools that I use daily is the Firefox add-on Firebug. If you’re dealing with web development in any way, Firebug will give you an enormous wealth of information and tools: monitor how long it takes for each component of your web page to load; edit css and html with a live preview; debug javascript errors; analyze DOM, and more. Although this is a plug-in, it has its own environment of extensions to add even more to the fun.

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Emacs – text editor on steroids

Categories: Utilities
Although it has been a round for quite some time, I’m not a coder so my experience with text editors and IDEs is very limited. To give you an example, I’ve been using on the command line the good-ol’ simple nano. But, since I’m starting to need a bit more powerful features, my search began for a more powerful program. Emacs was my first try since it has been highly rated and praised.

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Ebook reader and manager

Categories: Office Utilities
For those who like ebooks, Calibre is a great program that was created to manage pretty much any aspect of your reading files. The list of features is pretty extensive: convert files from and to epub, mobi, LRF and supports input of several other formats including PDF, html, odt, rtf amongst others; syncs to mobile reader devices (seems to work well with the iPhone/Stanza and the Kindle); convert a news feed to an ebook; scans your computer to check for all supported ebook formats so you can keep them organized, download cover art and meta data; runs on Windows, Linux and MacOS X.

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Import and edit PDF files in OpenOffice

Categories: Office
For quite a while now OpenOffice has been promising the ability to import and edit PDF files. Although not released with the program itself, you can grab the Sun PDF Import extension to do just that. This extension is in beta and is available multi-platform for Windows, Linux and MacOS X systems. Tests that I ran were pretty good. The text in the PDF file is imported well and in a way I could edit the text, font settings and images.

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SIP client for Android OS

Categories: Mobile Utilities
Finally a SIP/VoIP program for the Android OS! Sipdroid is a great GPL licensed program that allows you to make and receive SIP and make VoIP from your mobile. The app is incredibly simple to use, which just requires you to enter your SIP credentials (server, login and password). Once it is on, you will see a little green bubble on the status bar indicating that you’re online. After that, just enter the phone number you’d like or use the phone numbers on your contact list, remembering to enter the country code.

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