If you’re looking for addons or plugins for Microsoft Outlook to help you organize your emails and extend the functionality of Outlook
(note Outlook is very extensible, as with all Microsoft Office applications you can write Visual Basic code for Applications to hook into it’s functions. Absaloutely fantastic for hacking excel as I have been doing for the last few weeks – my work needs to invest in a proper database program for sure *sigh*)
Hi all, I was having trouble installing Mythubuntu 12.04 on an old PC I had lying around. Mythubuntu is based on Ubuntu 12.04 so if you’re struggling with the ATI Radeon 9200 on there these steps should help.
(Since I have a Hauppuage Nova-T 500 dual freeview pci card from old projects, and a 2tb drive from new ones, I wanted to see about recording some films!)
Basically, when booting it would come up with a garbled, black or blank screen.
If this happens during the livecd boot, preventing you from installing, when you see the logo:
Hit enter, and F6 for other options, select nomodeset, hit enter to enable then Escape and enter to boot.
If operating from a laptop, you might want to try noapic too.
In the latest grub setup – grub 2 – the boot menu is hidden, making it near impossible to access. Might make it look pretty but is major frustrating for troubleshooting!
The script /boot/grub/grub.cfg it uses is supposed to boot in textmode if it has failed to boot, but this does not work.
Note: you can login, type
and then skip typing sudo with every command below (it gets quite annoying I know!)
To access the grub bootmenu, hold down shift – after all your pc’s bios and add-on cards bios screens have disappeared and until it pops up – it takes a while to appear!
To access the console – textmode, insert the word text and remove ‘splash quiet’ from the kernel options,
also insert the word nomodeset
then press F10 or Ctrl-C to boot with the new settings.
Connect to the internet, if using Wired connection you may need to connect (hopefully you connected ok during the install)
sudo nmcli -p con up id “Wired connection 1”
If that doesn’t work check your wireless connections names with and edit the above command appropriately
sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-video-ati
(don’t freak out when you see ‘Removing Mythubuntu-desktop’ it seems to come right in the end.
Create a new link for the X server
(Not sure why this breaks after the upgrade but it won’t work without this step!!)
sudo ln /usr/bin/Xorg /usr/bin/X
Edit the default bootmenu script
Add nomodeset to the default grub bootmenu
sudo nano /etc/default/grub.cfg
Change this line near the top:
The # tells it to ignore this bit, it’s a backup so that we can make it quiet again later. You’ll notice text streaming by as the system boots instead of the cute (Myth) Ubuntu …. logo
Ctrl-X to exit, type s and Return to save
Reboot and Revel in the shinyness
I actually ran this command to to start the windows manager, (and I haven’t tried rebooting yet, shhh)
sudo start lightdm
If you have any extra trouble, comment below, check the ubuntu forums and google.
I managed to work this out on my own as I couldn’t find the answer!
I also created a script to set the resolution of lightdm at boot, following the guide here: LightDM Resolution
This did not work as when I started lightdm, the resolution was set higher than I’d set in lightdm, so I don’t think this was part of the fix.
Thankfully it was within my monitors capabilities. I think I set the output name wrong.
I need to figure out the display outputs are available but couldn’t query it from the command line without x running, which seems kinda silly.
I’ve been playing Go a bit of late, and a friend was taught this about openings, during a review of a game on KGS. Posting it here mainly so I remember for the future! 🙂
Teofrostus [2k]: when you're playing go, there's a nice checklist that you should go through during the opening
Teofrostus [2k]: it goes something like this
Teofrostus [2k]: 1) Do I have any weak groups?
Teofrostus [2k]: 2) Does my opponent?
Teofrostus [2k]: 3) Are there any unapproached corners? [opponent corners before allied corners]
Teofrostus [2k]: 4) Are there any "big points" left?
Teofrostus [2k]: and you should respond to these in this order
Also worth noting:
Teofrostus [2k]:it's something that you should follow until you're like 3d
I’m using Adobe Acrobat (for compatibilities sake only, please post your favourite PDF program in the comments below!), but I’ve been rather annoyed recently at it having a tendency to hang Firefox if I tried to open more than one PDF file from the internet.
Simple fix/hack – make Firefox save PDF files rather than open them.
Open Options (Tools \ Options in Windows and Edit \ Preferences in Linux)
Open the Applications tab
under ‘Adobe Acrobat Document’ change the value of the dropdown to ‘Save file’
OK the change
All done. Hopefully that’s one less annoying crash to worry about!
I’ve been looking for a really good set of headphones to use while doing extreme sports (Bocking) which has got to be the best test of how well the headphones stay in your ear!
I’ve tested a few different sets headphones designed specifically for sports (jogging) and ones that are not (in ear/noise isolating silicon ones.
Here’s a short review with ratings 1-5 (where 5 is best) in various categories. Scroll to the bottom to find out the overall winner!
Sennheiser Mx55 ((£15 from HMV)
Comfort 4 (can get a bit unconfortable after a few hours in)
Sound 5 (excellent sound quality)
Volume 4 (Not as loud as i’d expected, but also doesn’t leave my ears ringing after listening with my player on full volume)
Quality 4 (the snap on interchangeable covers designed to let you bling it up a bit are pointless and come off too easily. I’ve superglued one already, but at this price, who’s complaining?!)
Hold/fit 5 (they stayed in for hours while i bounced around, amazing!)
EDIT: Superglue the rubber bits on too, they fall off in pocket!
Skullcandy in ear
Comfort 4 (pretty comfortable until i took them out then found my ear holes were quite sore)
Sound 3 (good, but lacking something, and no matter of EQ tweaking could give me that…too crisp)
Volume 5 (ear blisteringly loud :()
Quality 2 (poor, the metal mesh on one of them fell off after about a week, and then the speaker on that side got kind of bent in and the volume halved)
Hold/fit 2 (fall out often, not suitable for jogging/sports)
Sony Active MDR-AS20J Ear Clip Sports Headphones ~£12
now it’s been a little while since i used these headphones so forgive me if i’m a little less specific. These have got to be my second favourite since the Sennheiser MX55.
They disappeared a while back and I can’t seem to find them anymore 🙁 lol.
Quality 5 (survived being chucked into my bag with various implements until they disappeared)
Volume 4 (not as good as the in ear ones obviously, but louder than the MX55’s)
Hold/Fit 4 (the stay on, but its a bit fiddly to get them on)
Sennheiser CXII300 In ear noise isolating ~£30
These were quite expensive for me, but sounded greate and lasted ages. The hold while Bocking wasn’t too bad (it helped taping the cable to my neck with a plaster to prevent tugging).
I killed them by accidentally snagging the cable on a street sign and turning round. The cable separated at the connector.
Comfort 3 (got a bit uncomfortable after an hour or so)
Quality 4 (good, rubbery cable didn’t seem to kink and was easily wrapped but the rubber cable ends on the buds slid down after a good few months of kicking around in the bag)
Fit/hold 4 (not best suited to sports, the cable always caught on my clothes and dragged them out of my ears. Better fit than the skull candy though.)
My recommendation? Get the Sennheiser MX55. Great hold and sound quality for an amazing price. I don’t miss the volume, my hearing seems to be improving now (i think a volume rating of 5 is excessive!!).
The in ear/noise isolating ones especially the sennheiser were pretty good, but i quite like being able to have some sound from the surroundings. Even though the hold was pretty impressive for something not secured to your ear, the cable always won and ended up yoinking them out of my ears.
Fore note: Garreth has gone up to Newcastle to study Building Services (foundation) at Northumbria University.
This has to be the most random and unrelated note (i won’t call it a blog, it’s not worthy of that).
Tonight after chowing down on a awesome kofte kebab from Get Stuffed (Newcastle fast food 😉 ) and feeling much better from having some sugar in my veins I was in a chatty mood. Here is the information I gathered!
Guy with guitar, looks like a student, sitting on a chilly step eating a kebab:
Newcastle Student Union hold a Open Mic night every monday!
(Finally some real music!)
There’s a Jazz club that also hosts real music, there’s a guy who hands out leaflets for it during the day near the church.
He’s a fresher.
Builder on St Mary’s street, by the church:
Turns out tonight they are removing the cabins located literally right next to the church. They’ve just completed the new Haymarket Metro station after a 2 year build. Coincidentally, he mentioned off the cuff that they had to use 125ft drilled piles!
Phew! It’s coincidental cos that’s what I was studying today in my Building Construction lecture with Kevin Elliot.
So they drilled 120ft (presumably couldn’t use displacement piles cos it’d disrupt all the buildings nearby, and the underground!), put steel in and poured concrete.
Mr Builder said they had to be really careful with the positioning of the piles or they’d have gone bankrupt – after all the client is not going to be too happy if you drill into the tube you’re building a station for!
It’s strange how you can reinforce your learning with random late night chats with builders! I’d recommend anybody studying built environment courses give it a try 😉
Now about that darn assignment :'(
Btw I have some half decent posts in draft too (Web 3.0, firefox addons), if only I had the motivations to finish them!
Currently, I’m going past this poster every time I go through a certain underground station.
(Cookie for the first person who guesses which station *).
As you can see, its an advert for the John Twelve Hawks book “The Dark River”, which apart from being a good read, contains a insightful set of images about our current existence in a surveillance state.
Almost directly opposite this poster, almost staring at it, is this delightful example of exactly that surveillance state:
In other news, I still think that Daviey (of Ubuntu-UK Podcast, amongst other achievements, fame) sounds almost like one of the London Victoria Tube station announcers. Something in the inflection of the voice…
Work is going well. I’m quite tired and haven’t had much time spare to do much I like. I’m coming to realise that I can’t afford to run a car, and live close to work. Great. Sell the car, or put up with 2 to 2 and a half hour commute. Wonderful.
Lazyweb, whats your advice?
* Note, cookie is entirely virtual and is a figment of our collective imaginations.
As long as you don't actually want to look at it, feel it or eat it, its exists and can be won...