Watching Hulu/HAL on Iceweasel in Debian

Do you want to watch Hulu in Debian with Iceweasel/Firefox without having to go to Windows or Ubuntu? Of course, Adobe Flash is bad, and so is DRM. But if you’re going to watch it, isn’t it better to do it in Debian than having to restart your computer (or run a Virtualbox)?

There is a way to build the HAL package from Ubuntu’s PPA from source. I forget where I read it in Debian Forums, so I can’t give the shoutout, but I found this helpful website on how to build from the source package from a Ubuntu PPA. Here are my .deb files for Debian 64-bit. In the following, I will use Ubuntu 14.04 Utopic HAL PPA on Launchpad, as that is LTS, I believe. Continue reading

How to Install GNU/Linux on Computer

(Tired of the lagginess, bugginess, proprietary/expensive nature of Micro$oft Windows? Or hate the new Metro User Interface? Tired of viruses? Want to see what the big deal of free- and open-source software is? Want to run your computer more efficiently and safely?)

Here is a quick walkthrough that a certain someone (you know who you are, MJ) asked me for on how to install GNU/Linux on a computer and make it runĀ  dual-boot (Windows and Linux on one computer). Continue reading

How to Backup ClockWorkMod Recovery (CWMR) to Linux Computer

Do you have a CM phone or an Android device w/ ClockWorkMod Recovery (CWMR)? Have problems trying to find that backup file you just backed up? (If you want to know how to back up, and you have CWM Recovery, simply, boot into recovery (via the CWMR app or via “adb reboot bootloader” –> Recovery Mode.) Continue reading

Putting Music (and Playlists) into Your Android Phone from GNU/Linux w/ Gnome

Update: It is best (even necessary) when your music folders/files are the same as your computer’s. Folder organization is important for the Banshee-exported playlists to “find” the music on your phone.


(I use CM 10.2 Nightlies (Franco Kernel) on LG Google Nexus 4 16 GB w/ Debian Sid GNU/Linux w/ Gnome 3 – Kernel 3.10 –> AMD64)

My favorite music player of choice is Banshee. However, it seems that it crashes whenever I have my Nexus 4 mounted. šŸ˜¦

So really, the best way is to stop Banshee (that means quitting it, not just minimizing it. You have to go to the status bar and turn it off) [also, I tried w/ Rhythmbox, and it didn’t seem to play nice either…]. Continue reading

(Rooting/Unlocking) Android on GNU/Linux Quick Guide (Specfically, Nexus 4 on Debian)

For Debian-based systems, you may need to apt-get / aptitude install “android-tools-adb” and “android-tools-fastboot” or perhaps the whole package “android-tools”. If you cannot find in your repositories, google android-tools. For more recent distros on 64-bit, the package “lib32ncurses5” may need to be installed for adb to work (also, you may want to add this to your /home/user/.bashrc file –> “export PATH=${PATH}:/home/user/Android/android-sdk-linux/platform-tools” (see this link)). Continue reading

PDF Highlighting & Annotations in GNU/Linux: Xournal (or Okular for KDE)

SUMMARY/Cheat Sheet (2014 Jan 18)

Gnome or other Desktop Environment (DE)? Use Xournal for highlighting, note-taking, etc. For smaller text size comments, use Flpsed, which allows you to adjust size of the text you are superimposing over the PDF background itself (good for filling out non-form PDF permission sheets, applications, etc. Xournal’s text can sometimes be too large and clunky to fit in the space provided in PDF sheets/forms). Update: Ha! Somehow I missed it. You can easily change the font size and font type in Xournal. So no need for Flpsed.

KDE? Consider using Okular. In non-KDE, may not be worth it. Dunno. Not sure how well it saves changes. The only thing that is clearly superior is the fact that if you have a text pdf, its highlighting can be straight/with the line, whereas in Xournal, highlighting is freehand, and so will be less neat visually. [If you must use Okular in GNOME and can’t find it from your Gnome-shell, useĀ Alt+F2 –> “okular” and it will open.]

For saving changes permanently, you might need to EXPORT as PDF, not save as PDF.

For including signature, best to take a picture of your own signature, use GIMP (Photoshop) to make an image (export as .jpg), using contrast and brightness to ensure a pure white background (or else it just looks bad). Then crop and reduce pixels to a small size to fit in “signature” boxes in pdf forms/sheets. Then just copy the image and paste it into your pdf form (opened via GIMP), and export as pdf. Continue reading