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April 24, 2012: Strange Clocks

I started playing around developing Android applications – it’s a pretty cool platform to develop on. The result so far is my first application, called “Strange Clocks“. Strange Clocks is a set of Home Screen Widgets, each of which calculate and display time in an unusual way: 1. Binary Clock – Displays the time in […]

January 5, 2012: Restore/Reload/Recover Crashed Gnome 3 Shell From tty1

I switched over to Linux Mint – a very nice Ubuntu derivative – a few releases back, and have just updated to “Lisa”, aka Linux Mint 12. The latest release uses Gnome 3, which is vastly different from Gnome 2 in pretty much every way. As much as I loved Gnome 2, I have to […]

August 24, 2009: Quickly archive multiple directories into separate archive files

I recently needed to quickly archive several hundred directories, and their contents into separate, compressed files named after the directories. The horribly slow way to do this would be to either right-click each directory and select “create archive” via the File Manager, or, via the command line, to manually run tar several hundred times – […]


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January 5, 2012: Restore/Reload/Recover Crashed Gnome 3 Shell From tty1

I switched over to Linux Mint – a very nice Ubuntu derivative – a few releases back, and have just updated to “Lisa”, aka Linux Mint 12. The latest release uses Gnome 3, which is vastly different from Gnome 2 in pretty much every way. As much as I loved Gnome 2, I have to […]

July 5, 2009: 64 Bit Jungle Forums now open!

I’ve decided to create a forum community for 64 Bit Jungle users, and anyone else who would like to join. I guess the forums are an extension to post comments, allow discussion of topics not (yet) covered in any articles or posts on the site, and will hopefully encourage discussion and debate within the community! […]

March 22, 2009: MySQL Workbench 5.1 Beta Released for Linux
MySQL Workbench 5.1 Beta Released for Linux

I’ve had a play with a few of the previous Alpha releases, and so far so good. Yesterday, MySQL Workbench 5.1 Beta was released, so I decided to download it and give it a go. There is currently no official 64 Bit binary installer available, so we still need to compile from the source. This […]

February 21, 2009: Some Really Useful Linux Command Line Tricks
Some Really Useful Linux Command Line Tricks

Many people, especially users new to the world of Linux, are afraid of the command line. However, the command line is incredibly powerful, and in many cases can save time, and execute tasks much faster than GUIs. Personally, I love the command line, and what follows is a list of tips and tricks I find […]

February 10, 2009: Batch Export Amarok Album Art to the Album’s Containing Directory
Batch Export Amarok Album Art to the Album’s Containing Directory

Despite being a Gnome user, I’ve been using Amarok – a KDE application – as my main music player for some time, and love it. I’ve also spent a lot of time within Amarok downloading and importing Album art for almost all of my music, with the exception of a few obscure albums for which […]

July 5, 2009: 64 Bit Jungle Forums now open!

I’ve decided to create a forum community for 64 Bit Jungle users, and anyone else who would like to join. I guess the forums are an extension to post comments, allow discussion of topics not (yet) covered in any articles or posts on the site, and will hopefully encourage discussion and debate within the community! […]

April 21, 2009: Webgrind: Cross-platform Xdebug Profiling Web Frontend
Webgrind: Cross-platform Xdebug Profiling Web Frontend

I’m using Xdebug as my primary PHP debugger. I have it integrated into my Eclipse PDT IDE, and have also been using its profiling capabilities. Until recently, I’ve been using KCachegrind – which has a wonderfully diverse feature set – as my primary profile data visualisation tool. However, as a Gnome user, KCachegrind requires a […]

April 4, 2009: Merge two images with PHP and GD
Merge two images with PHP and GD

One of the things I really wanted to incorporate into the new site design template, was a nice big, I-really-want-people-to-click-on-this-and-Subscribe-to-my-RSS-Feed image/link/button (big [what the hell is] “Web 2.0″ buttons seem to be the in thing at the moment – I didn’t want to feel left out…), which is located at the top right of the […]

November 30, 2008: MySQL Workbench 5.1.4 Alpha released for Linux

Ok, so this is a few weeks after it’s been released, but I’ve not had much of a chance to catch up on these things! Anyway, following my post on MySQL Workbench 5.1.3 Alpha, here’s an update on installing the latest version – 5.1.4 Alpha. 32 Bit users can install from the repositories, by first […]

October 31, 2008: Ubuntu Bundle and Widget Debugging on YouBundle

YouBundle is finally live! I’m currently trying to do 6 dozen different things, including debugging a really annoying “feature” in the Bundle Widget… For some reason, it only occurs on WordPress blogs, and basically, the page’s style sheet/CSS seems to be overriding the Widget CSS, and adding bullet styles to list items, where I really […]

July 5, 2009: 64 Bit Jungle Forums now open!

I’ve decided to create a forum community for 64 Bit Jungle users, and anyone else who would like to join. I guess the forums are an extension to post comments, allow discussion of topics not (yet) covered in any articles or posts on the site, and will hopefully encourage discussion and debate within the community! […]

April 21, 2009: Webgrind: Cross-platform Xdebug Profiling Web Frontend
Webgrind: Cross-platform Xdebug Profiling Web Frontend

I’m using Xdebug as my primary PHP debugger. I have it integrated into my Eclipse PDT IDE, and have also been using its profiling capabilities. Until recently, I’ve been using KCachegrind – which has a wonderfully diverse feature set – as my primary profile data visualisation tool. However, as a Gnome user, KCachegrind requires a […]

April 4, 2009: Merge two images with PHP and GD
Merge two images with PHP and GD

One of the things I really wanted to incorporate into the new site design template, was a nice big, I-really-want-people-to-click-on-this-and-Subscribe-to-my-RSS-Feed image/link/button (big [what the hell is] “Web 2.0″ buttons seem to be the in thing at the moment – I didn’t want to feel left out…), which is located at the top right of the […]

January 16, 2009: Full 64 Bit (or 32 Bit) Web Development and PHP/MySQL IDE with Eclipse 3.4 Ganymede and PDT 2
Full 64 Bit (or 32 Bit) Web Development and PHP/MySQL IDE with Eclipse 3.4 Ganymede and PDT 2

I’m probably a little late with this article, since PDT2 has been out for a few weeks now! PDT 2 is an improvement  on v1, and of course, Ganymede is also an improvement on Europa -thankfully, the installation process has also improved and is much easier than my previous post on the subject. There is […]

January 14, 2009: Gnarly Malware – Hijacks Website .htaccess and Steals Search Engine Traffic

A friend in the US called me a few days ago, asking me to take a look at his website, calypsoislandtours.com, since his site traffic had dropped dramatically, for no obvious reason. Upon further investigation, he discovered that only search engine traffic was affected, which, as with many if not most websites, happened to be […]

April 20, 2009: On the Edge: PHP IDE With Eclipse Galileo (3.5 M6) and PDT 2.1 M6
On the Edge: PHP IDE With Eclipse Galileo (3.5 M6) and PDT 2.1 M6

Eclipse 3.5 AKA Galileo is scheduled for release on the 24th June 2009, with PDT 2.1 shortly after on the 26th. Not being one to wait, and also getting some obscure pleasure from testing pre-release software, I decided to download and install the current stable Milestone, M6, of both Eclipse Galileo and PDT 2.1. The […]

January 16, 2009: Full 64 Bit (or 32 Bit) Web Development and PHP/MySQL IDE with Eclipse 3.4 Ganymede and PDT 2
Full 64 Bit (or 32 Bit) Web Development and PHP/MySQL IDE with Eclipse 3.4 Ganymede and PDT 2

I’m probably a little late with this article, since PDT2 has been out for a few weeks now! PDT 2 is an improvement  on v1, and of course, Ganymede is also an improvement on Europa -thankfully, the installation process has also improved and is much easier than my previous post on the subject. There is […]

August 4, 2008: 64 Bit Eclipse 3.4 (Ganymede) IDE with PDT and SQL Explorer – Full PHP/MySQL Web Application IDE
64 Bit Eclipse 3.4 (Ganymede) IDE with PDT and SQL Explorer – Full PHP/MySQL Web Application IDE

Update, 16/01/09: This Guide has been superseded by “Full 64 Bit (or 32 Bit) Web Development and PHP/MySQL IDE with Eclipse 3.4 Ganymede and PDT 2“, but will be left here for reference, history, and so on… PDT is MUCH easier to install now I’ve been checking out the recently released Eclipse 3.4 (Ganymede), and […]

May 21, 2008: Traversing, and opening include files in Eclipse IDE
Traversing, and opening include files in Eclipse IDE

While aimlessly wandering the web yesterday, I happened upon a rather cool little plugin for Eclipse, called AnyEdit tools, which adds a bunch of useful tools to the context menu of the Eclipse editor, and also to the output consoles, main menu and editor toolbar. Most interestingly for me, is the addition to the context […]

April 13, 2008: Debugging PHP Applications with Xdebug and Eclipse PDT
Debugging PHP Applications with Xdebug and Eclipse PDT

OK, so I have x64 Eclipse successfully installed and running with all the plugins I use for Web Application Development. But what about debugging? Sure, var_dump(), echo, print and so on are all valuable to me when debugging a script, but it’s always good to have more information. Xdebug is a fantastic PHP extension, which […]

April 21, 2008: Digital Photography – Linux Darkroom with LightCraft’s LightZone 3.4
Digital Photography – Linux Darkroom with LightCraft’s LightZone 3.4

I love Photography, and any oportunity I get, I try and take photos. I have a great camera, and living in the jungle, fantastic surroundings and photo oportunites everywhere I look. The only thing I’ve been lacking is a digital darkroom for Linux. OK, so we Linux users have GIMP, CinePaint (a fork from GIMP […]

March 27, 2008: Conky: Dual Core Processors in .conkyrc
Conky: Dual Core Processors in .conkyrc

OK, this is a bit of a cheeky post, since I’m merely extending a previous post “Conky on Ubuntu 64 Bit – .conkyrc” – or elaborating on it – to clarify setting up .conkyrc for Dual Core Processors – specifically for my AMD Turion 64 X2. I’ve had a few requests specifically about this, so […]

March 11, 2008: BOINC and SETI@Home Data Output with Conky
BOINC and SETI@Home Data Output with Conky

Since my previous article about Conky, Conky on Ubunty 64 Bit – .conkyrc, I’ve been playing around with trying to get Conky to output some BOINC (SETI@Home data), and through a little digging, found a couple of very useful resources. The first being BOINC’s own client_status.xml file, located on Ubunutu in /var/lib/boinc-client/client_status.xml, which contains a […]

March 9, 2008: Conky on Ubuntu 64 Bit – .conkyrc

I recently installed Conky, which is a highly configurable and “light weight system monitor”. As with many packages, it’s available via the Ubuntu Repositories: sudo apt-get install conky The default installation outputs some pretty useful information about the system – CPU usage, RAM/Swap usage, HD IO, HDD space and so on, and there are also […]

March 22, 2009: MySQL Workbench 5.1 Beta Released for Linux
MySQL Workbench 5.1 Beta Released for Linux

I’ve had a play with a few of the previous Alpha releases, and so far so good. Yesterday, MySQL Workbench 5.1 Beta was released, so I decided to download it and give it a go. There is currently no official 64 Bit binary installer available, so we still need to compile from the source. This […]

December 20, 2008: MySQL Workbench 5.1.5 Alpha Linux – 32 and 64 Bit

So, the latest Linux Alpha version has been released for MySQL Workbench 5.1, with a bunch of features added, and lots of bugs fixed. Once again, 32 Bit users can install from a precompiled deb, which can be downloaded from one of the available MySQL Workbench 5.1.5 mirrors. Once downloaded, it can be installed with […]

December 1, 2008: Amiga Emulation with E-UAE on Ubuntu 32 and 64 Bit
Amiga Emulation with E-UAE on Ubuntu 32 and 64 Bit

Speedball, Canon Fodder, Alien Breed, Flood, Defender of the Crown, Powermonger… the list of classic Amiga games is not quite endless, but is certainly far longer than I can be bothered compiling. A recent bout of nostalgia had me searching obsessively for Amiga games, and a way to play them. UAE and WinUAE have been […]

November 18, 2008: Blast from the Past: Pushover, puzzle game
Blast from the Past: Pushover, puzzle game

Those who had an Amiga will remember this one, developed by Oceon in 1992: Pushover. A cool puzzle game, where you control an Ant, and have to work out and set up the correct sequence of Dominoes in order to topple them all, and the Trigger domino to progress to the next level. To make […]

March 1, 2008: Retro: Sinclair ZX Spectrum 48k on Ubuntu 64 Bit
Retro: Sinclair ZX Spectrum 48k on Ubuntu 64 Bit

So, I have a state of the art Notebook (well, almost state of the art), with a Duel Core 64 Bit AMD Processor, 2Gb RAM, and a 64 Bit Operating System (Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon) – but, whatever… because I’ve found a Sinclair ZX Spectrum 48k Emulator! What better use for such a system than to […]

February 27, 2008: Oolite Addons with Ubuntu
Oolite Addons with Ubuntu

I used to love playing Elite when I was younger – a fantastic intergalactic space simulator, so I was delighted when I stumbled across Oolite, which is based on the classic game, but implements modern graphics! It’s already available via the Synaptic Package Manager (System -> Administration -> Synaptic Package Manager) – just search for […]