Wordpad Alternative For Linux

RTF, by far is the most useful format for writing notes. Well, what I really mean is some heavy notes that include some basic formatting like, bold, emphasize, underlining, custom size font, etc. On windows, you have the built in editor, wordpad. This editor is very simple in term of UI and feature completeness. But, that’s what wordpad works damn well for writing heavy notes. But, If you work on linux, you can’t easily find a good alternative that match wordpad’s ease of use, features and UI layout.

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Track Site UP Time Using Pingdom.com

Got the IDEA from Twitter Status page. Give it a try for a couple weeks and I see wonderful result!. It turns out, this blog is UP for almost a month. Well, not really a month though, as I just start using it 18 August. Anyway, go ahead and track your sites using pingdom!

I don’t receive economical benefit from pingdom for posting this. I’m merely a satisfied customer giving advice.


Avoid SPAM With Disposable Inbox

There are so many new web applications today. Some with good intention while others have bad behavior. Things like email harvest, etc. How do we avoid this? Easy, there are services out there that act as temporary inbox which help us register to new services and applications.

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Minggu-minggu terakhir ini saya sering banget download film via torrent. Sebagai orang Indonesia yang gak terlalu jago listening english, otomatis butuh subtitle dong. Nah, dulu, ketika butuh subtitle tujuan utama pasti google dulu. Tapi, sulitnya cari di google itu, sering kali subtitle yang ditemui tidak cocok dengan film yang ada. Kadang terlalu cepat, kadang terlalu lambat. Istilahnya, gak singkron antara suara dengan subtitle yang keluar. Solusinya bisa aja sih di singkronkan pake software2 subtitle yang banyak beredar di Internet (kalau pakai windows) atau tinggal apt-get install.

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I forgot since when did I install this firefox extensions. Because from time to time I always got new ubiquity extension update notification. Up until several days ago, I still don’t really know the full capacity of it. All I know is CRTL+SPACE invoke it’s window. Taken from the main site

Ubiquity is an experiment into connecting the Web with language in an attempt to find new user interfaces that make it possible for everyone to do common Web tasks more quickly and easily. It’s a Firefox extension, so it works on Macs, Windows, and Linux.

With only a couple keystrokes, it lets you use language to instruct your browser. You can translate to and from most languages, add maps to your email, edit any page, twitter, check your calendar, search, email your friends, and much more. All without leaving the page you’re on.

Hmm.. this is looks interesting!

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aqualung simpleIf you are frequent reader in this blog, you may know that I’m an amarok user. You may ask, why a gnome user use amarok as it’s music player. Well, up until now (or yesterday to be exact) I don’t find a good and intuitive UI that match my need. All player that I tried either have too much feature that make it’s UI very complicated or it doesn’t have a good way to manage play-list the way I want. While the other have GUI that use skin that I don’t feel comfortable using it. Yeah, I’m talking about xmms and the like of it.

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Gnome-Do: A powerful, speedy, and sexy remote control for your GNOME Desktop

Been using it for quite a long time and the experience is great!. Gnome-do is a launcher for pretty much almost anything you want to do. From the site, It say gnome-do is inspired by Quicksilver and GNOME Launch Box. I myself don’t know what this two things doing as I never use it. But, with gnome-do I almost never use Gnome’s Main Menu. Why? you might ask. Well, because I just need to press SUPER+SPACE and type what application or action I want, hit enter and there, what I want is laid out on my screen. Give it a try and tell me what you think?

Here’s some example of how this little beast speed up my morning boot up. Every morning at work I’m working on a couple of files that need to be cleanup. Here’s the sequence of how I get ready to filter the file before using gnome-do:

  1. Open up Firefox via Laucher in panel for downloading the file from gmail
  2. Open up Opera via Laucher in panel for processing the file in office’s PHPMyAdmin. I always open my office related site using Opera
  3. Open up Nautilus via Places menu in panel for preparing file, creating new result dir, etc
  4. Open up Geany via ALT+F2 Run window for preparing the script for filtering the data
  5. Open up FileZilla via Launcher in panel for uploading the unfiltered file to filtering server

Imagine how many mouse move there compared to this one when I use gnome-do:

  1. SUPER+SPACE, type fi, hit RETURN to open firefox
  2. SUPER+SPACE, type fil, hit RETURN to open filezilla
  3. SUPER+SPACE, type op, hit RETURN to open opera
  4. SUPER+SPACE, type ~, hit RETURN to open nautilus
  5. SUPER+SPACE, type ge, hit RETURN to open geany

This, along with embedded VTE in geany (I’ll talk later about it) have greatly save my life!.