HOWTO: Create ISO Files in Ubuntu

October 9, 2009 Leave a comment

If you ever wanted to create an ISO file, you don’t need additional software or any power skill under Ubuntu. You can either create an ISO of an optical drive (e.g. CD, DVD) or a bunch of folders .

If you want to create an ISO file of a folder just type this is a terminal:

mkisofs -r -o file.iso /folder/

If you want to create an ISO file off of CD/DVD:

dd if=/dev/cdrom of=file.iso bs=1024


dd (aka Data Destroyer) can cause serious data loss if you don’t be careful when writing if (input file) , of (output file) locations you will lose data.

That’s it



HOWTO: Fix Firefox Backspace Key Action on Ubuntu

September 2, 2009 Leave a comment

For some reason, if you can’t get backspace button to navigate back in Firefox, here’s a fix for it:

Open up your firefox and type


in the address awesome bar. Click “I’ll be carefull, I promise” if it asks. Then in the filter bar type:


You don’t need to type it all. It’ll show you the this entry if you type some of the first letters. Probably it has a value like “2” Double click the item and change it’s value to 0 (zero).

That’s it. You don’t even have to restart your browser.

Have fun.

Simplay – A Very Fast Music Player

August 28, 2009 Leave a comment

“Ever been annoyed about your music player’s speed? I can hear it.

So you’re sitting in front of your pc, you want to listen to some music. You fire up your favorite music player software. And you wait. Well if you’re using iTunes, you wait a hell lot. Then you search for the song which is a disaster if you have a huge library of songs like me. And if you’re not one of the guys with a power-pc it will need a lot of RAM and CPU.

But wait! It doesn’t have to be this way. People were listening to music in their pc’s like what, 15 years? And the pc’s back then weren’t so powerful. So there must be a way to just listen to music. Fast. I mean really fast. And without the need of a powerful pc.”

These are the words of Halil OZGUR, a Turkish programmer which is sharing our eternal quest for a good music player. He also couldn’t find one of these. So he made it for himself.

Enough about talking, just go check it for yourself.

Simplay Music Player

Optimize Firefox Databases/Performance on Ubuntu

August 26, 2009 Leave a comment

Firefox is an awesome browser. It’s even more than that with the awesome bar. But did you know your whole web history, bookmarks (and also some more info) are stored in sqlite databases? This means it’s more stable than standart DOM Storage but has less performance if it gets too many changes in a short period.

But fear not. Just like on your website, you can optimize your databases in Firefox. Under ubuntu you have to install sqlite3 from repository:

sudo apt-get install sqlite3

Then just run this command to Vacuum your databases under your firefox profile folder.
(It’s harmless but make a backup of your profile folder, in case of…life)

find $HOME/.mozilla/ \( -name "*.sqlite" \) -exec sqlite3 {} "vacuum" \;

[Via: Ubuntu Forums]

HOWTO: Restore Default Gnome Panels on Ubuntu

August 15, 2009 5 comments

If you have deleted some of your panels by mistake or on purpose (e.g. trying out some dock panels like “awn”) there’s a way to revert them back to the initial form that they were in , as in a fresh ubuntu installation.

Open up a terminal window and type the following lines:

gconftool-2 --shutdown
rm -rf ~/.gconf/apps/panel
pkill gnome-panel

That’s it. Enjoy it!!!

HOWTO: Tweak OpenOffice to load up and work faster

August 15, 2009 Leave a comment

Open up OpenOffice Word Processor. Go to Tools > Options. Select memory in the sidebar.

  • Set number of undo steps to 30.
  • Under Graphics cache section, set Use for to 20MB
  • Memory per object to 5.0MB
  • Cache for inserted objects to 20

[Via OpenOffice Blogs]

Firefox – Fresh Installation

Everytime you install firefox, you have to transfer your passwords,bookmarks and extensions. And if you’re testing betas or even nightly builds like me it gets more and more complicated. One solution is to use a portable firefox. That comes handy for many users. But it definitely has some performance issues. Also it does NOT come handy if you want to test new nightly builds back and forth.

So let’s move on to the simple steps to install a fresh firefox.Remember to first install Xmarks and backup/synchronize your bookmarks and passwords.
(Note: I strongly recommend you to use Weave from Mozilla Labs instead of Xmarks but Weave’s only compatible with FF 3.5beta)

Install Add-ons

You can browse the Add-ons category if you may, or head to the special rss feed which will install must-have add-ons on to your firefox.

Feed: Get Firefox Add-ons

Install Sets

  • Adblock Filterset from Rick752: Easylist (or optionally choose Easylist option after installation of Adblock Plus)
  • Adblock Filterset from us: Get It Here (special for Turkish users)
  • Ubiquity Commandset from us: Get It Here (Head over here for details on commands)

Any suggestions for the feed?