Thursday, April 30, 2009

Connect Ubuntu to wlan automatically

One issue i had in my Ubuntu laptop, everytime i booted up i had to manually enter the password to connect to our wireless lan at home.
-Oh well, it's just once- i thought.
But this little issue became slowly an annoyance so i decided that it was time to do something about that.
What is the first logical step? right! ask google! a couple of minutes search and i found this little trick in order to make my laptop connect automagically to my wlan.
Open up a terminal and navigate to /etc/network, the open the file 'interfaces' with your favorite editor in superuser mode, then add this under iface eth1 inet dhcp.

wireless_essid (essid here)
wireless_key (password here)

Make sure you don't use quotation marks with the essid or it won't work and don't use the brackets.
This little trick has saved me some anoying time, now everytime i boot at home, my laptop finds and connects automagically to my wlan :-)

Tuesday, April 28, 2009


Not long ago i had the chance to play around on a friend's macbook and must say that i quite like the interface, specially the bottom bar with the jumping icons, so i decided to give it a go and turn my ubuntu into 'macbuntu.'
First step? of course ask o'powerful google for enlightenment, which came by the lot, at the end i ended up following this excellent tutorial and i must say that i'm very satisfied with the results.
In the following picture you see the original mac leopard desktop

The next picture shows how my desktop turned out, mind the 1024 x 768 resolution of my 12' laptop :-), notice that there are more icons on the top right that i decided to keep and the missing menus of the left that i think i could live without, installing the needed applications was a easy as copying and pasting most of the commands from the tutorial into a terminal ( was too lazy to type) and the result you can see, give it a go and have fun!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

New Linux mascot.

The rumors are true, Tux days are counted, our long-time Linux mascot can finally go into retirement and rest.
Introducing Tuz, a Tasmanian devil camouflaged as a penguin, the official 'release' will be with the new kernel 2.2.29.
Linus Torvalds sent Tux in a 'sabbatical 3 month vacation' and presented Tuz to the main kernel developers, Linus said this way he hopes to bring more attention to the Tasmanian devil which is in danger of extinction due to "Devil Facial Tumour Disease", some rare form of transmissible cancer.

Friday, April 3, 2009

The 10 geek commandments.

Here are the holy ten commandments of the Net, stick with them and you will reach enlightenment :-)