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Ubuntu ‘pictures folder’ screensaver – custom folder

If you use Ubuntu, and you use the ‘Pictures Folder’ screensaver, you may want to not have it point at your entire folder of pictures. So if you want it to just display pictures from a specific folder:

  • edit the /usr/share/applications/screensavers/personal-slideshow.desktop file
  • change the Exec entry to look like: Exec=slideshow –location <path to folder>
Published by erich, on October 30th, 2011 at 4:26 am. Filled under: linux,quickNo Comments

Getting the the ‘nice’ Picasa on linux

If you do not use a apple computer, then your choice for free photo management is pretty much going to be Picasa from google. It is a nice ¬†program, with some cool features. But if you use linux, you may be feeling a bit unloved. You see, the only ‘official’ linux package of Picasa stops at version 3.0. And this is missing some of the nicer features, like facial recognition. But fear not, all it not lost!

You see the official package is pretty much just a wine package anyway, so with a few simple steps we can upgrade. What we are going to do is:

  1. download the current windows version of picasa
  2. make sure you have wine installed and then install this new windows picasa binary using wine
  3. once setup is done head to /opt/google/picasa/3.0/wine/drive_c/Program Files/Google
  4. get rid of the picasa3 folder
  5. now create a link to ~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/Google/Picasa3 to replace the folder you just deleted

Now when you start up picasa,it will load the new version with the new features. Enjoy.

Published by erich, on October 30th, 2011 at 1:35 am. Filled under: linux,quickNo Comments

sftp transfer logs

If you want to log the usage of sftp on your linux box you can make a simple edit to your (normally found here) /etc/ssh/sshd_config:

Subsystem sftp internal-sftp -f AUTH -l INFO

The addition of those two switches will greatly increase the details that are logged showing source, what directories accessed and what file actions are taken.

Published by erich, on August 18th, 2011 at 8:11 pm. Filled under: linux,quickNo Comments

New Post – Passwords, Universal Problem?

Finished a quick post on some password thoughts. Can be found here

Take a look and let me know.

Published by erich, on February 23rd, 2011 at 3:59 am. Filled under: posts,quickNo Comments

Note to self..

When creating images from whole disks using dd (ie: dd if=/dev/sda of=/mnt/disk/test.img), it really helps to speed things up if you remember to use the bs option (ie: dd if=/dev/sda of/mnt/disk/test.img bs=10240). Unless of course the plan is to wait for days….

Published by erich, on January 19th, 2011 at 3:11 pm. Filled under: forget-me-not,quickNo Comments

Default boot screen for OSX

If you want to change the default boot screen on OSX, then replace:


..with the picture you want. You need to sudo through command shell to get it done due to permissions and I would suggest changing the picture owner to root:wheel (chown root:wheel DefaultDesktop.jpg), but it is a fairly simple procedure.

Published by erich, on January 14th, 2011 at 2:49 am. Filled under: osx,quickNo Comments