May 2008 Archives

May 31, 2008

Microdia WebCam (0c45:xxxx) experimental drivers – installation and testing Part 1

Posted by in Linux, Technology, Ubuntu 75 comments

Updated 04/04/09 to reflect changes to the installation process. The driver currently supports the following Microdia webcams: 0c45:6240 0c45:6242 0c45:6243 0c45:6248 0c45:624b 0c45:624c 0c45:624e 0c45:624f 0c45:6253 0c45:6260 0c45:6262 0c45:6270 0c45:627a 0c45:627b 0c45:627c 0c45:627f 0c45:6280 0c45:6282 0c45:6283 0c45:6288 0c45:628a 0c45:628b 0c45:628e 0c45:628f 0c45:62a0 0c45:62b0 0c45:62b3 0c45:62ba 0c45:62bb 0c45:62bc 0c45:62be Keep up to date on the current […]


May 25, 2008

Viewing CHM files, and converting CHM to HTML or PDF files in (Ubuntu) Linux

Posted by in Linux, Ubuntu 3 comments

As most people know, CHM (Microsoft Compiled HTML Help) is a proprietary format, and not supported by default in Linux. Thankfully, there are several options available for viewing CHM files, and even converting them to another format – such as HTML and PDF. Viewing CHM Files The simplest method for dealing with CHM files is […]


May 21, 2008

Traversing, and opening include files in Eclipse IDE

Traversing, and opening include files in Eclipse IDE Posted by in Eclipse No comments

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 […]


May 14, 2008

Compiz and Emerald problem after Ubuntu Hardy Heron Upgrade

Posted by in Linux, Ubuntu 5 comments

I’ve just solved a funky little problem with Compiz and Emerald, whereby Emerald wasn’t used for window decorations, and changing the Theme via the Emerald Theme Manager accomplished nothing – this is after upgrading to Ubuntu Hardy Heron, by the way. If you don’t have Emerald installed, it can be done by running, in a […]


May 13, 2008

Search file contents in multiple directories with Recursive grep

Posted by in Linux, Ubuntu 4 comments

There are times – many in fact – when I need to find a file, or multiple files containing a particular string. For example, I’m developing a web application, and need to find out which pages call a particular class method, say, all the files which call the getTopTenCDs() method – I can do this […]


May 12, 2008

Installing and Customizing Skype (and other QT apps) on 64 Bit Ubuntu

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Skype. Skype, skype, skype… Say it enough times, and it sounds like a nonsensical sound. Mind you, say any word repeatedly, enough times, and it ceases to sound like a real word and becomes gibberish, randomly rolling between toungue and palate like a peanut in a tin can. Try it. “Flannel” is a great word […]


May 11, 2008

Weird Fonts in Ubuntu

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I noticed today that a bunch of applications, and even some web sites were displaying interesting fonts, making the application/web site unusable and unreadable – most notably QT applications. The text rendered like an interesting cross between Hindu and Arabic. This issue just so happened to crop up shortly after transferring a bunch of fonts […]