Sunday, 28 April 2013

YouTube Help Fail

For better results, adjust your Quicktime settings to prepare videos for Internet streaming. For more information, visit our Help Centre.

Which would be great, except I'm using Linux and I don't have Quicktime. Duh.

But out of interest, I hit the Help link and got this:

Help home: The information you've requested isn't currently available in your language, but you can select from the list below to view this help topic in another language or download Google Toolbar, which can instantly translate websites in 42 languages.

Double fail.

YouTube. Bleeaagh! RC

Friday, 26 April 2013

Ubuntu 13.04 Released

The Ubuntu team is very pleased to announce the release of Ubuntu 13.04 for Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core products.

Codenamed "Raring Ringtail", 13.04 continues Ubuntu's proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution...

To get Ubuntu 13.04
In order to download Ubuntu 13.04, visit:

Friday, 19 April 2013

How-to: Find Other Messages in Facebook

Other Messages in Facebook"Why didn't you reply to me messages? Didn't you see the notification? You rude son of a -"

As a friend of mine reminded me last month, Facebook filters your messages all the time, so you may not get a notification. It may not be that obvious to you. Go to the messages pane and you'll see the headings for Inbox and Other.

Didn't realise you even had 'Other'?

"Your messages get filtered automatically so you mostly see stuff from friends and people you may know in your inbox."

The keyword is 'mostly.' As in "they mostly come at night. Mostly." (Aliens, 1986)

What is the "Other" folder in my messages?

Friday, 12 April 2013

How-to: Fix No Host only adapter selected in Virtualbox

After my last upgrade of Oracle VirtualBox, I got a strange message unseen previously:

"no host only network adapter selected"

This is when I try to configure my vritual machines.
In VirtualBox terms, this is a standard and expected bit of virtual kit, and the application complains if it doesn't find one.

Usually, this message means the virtual host-only network wasn't set up. This operates at system-level, not individual virtual machine so it looks like a serious breakage in virtualbox. It isn't.

You can set this up manually yourself:

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Ubuntu: Can't Organise a File Manager in a Brewery

Yes, it's that time again. I've loaded the Ubuntu 13.04 Raring beta and guess what Canonical's decided to break this time? The tree view is gone in the Nautilus: the file manager can no longer display an expanded or collapsed of the file hierarchy. Which means that Nautilus is pretty well crippled if you want to use it for moving or copying files around different levels of folders.

Unfortunately, Ubuntu is based on Linux, not the iPod: it is still firmly hierarchical and you need to do a lot moving and categorising collections of files when tidying up your file system hierarchy. Which I do a lot.

Perhaps I'm a dinosaur for using Tree view, but just setting up a new install and bringing data across and I'm finding it difficult to manage the file system without it. So why remove it?

Monday, 8 April 2013

Full Circle Magazine 69 Audio Edition has Landed

Hello World. And welcome to… oh, this is not the podcast.

But it is our first bold experiment in producing an audio edition of Full Circle Magazine.

We decided, after editor Ronnie’s attempt to put the magazine through a screen-reader, that an entire edition sounding like a cross between Stephen Hawking and Donald Duck would be bad for everyone’s sanity.

Somewhat later than billed, you will find here the audio edition of Full Circle Magazine issue 69.

Our thanks go to the volunteers who managed deliver their readings.

So listen, enjoy and do please give us some feedback. Use the magazine website for comments and let us know what you thought of our efforts. RC

Listen now!

Try the MP3 audio edition:

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

What is Ubuntu Touch? [Guest Post]

Ubuntu TouchFrom Command & CONQUER: Ubuntu Touch by Lucas Westermann from Full Circle Magazine issue 71.

I originally wanted to write this article on my first impressions for the developer preview of Ubuntu Touch. However, as I couldn't get the work-in-progress version working on my TF101 (Asus Transformer), and as I wasn't willing to sacrifice my brand new Nexus 7's warranty (and data) to test a very basic version of Ubuntu Touch, I had to head back to the drawing board.

Monday, 1 April 2013

News: Full Circle Magazine Issue 71 Has Arrived

Full Circle Magazine Issue 71Full Circle Magazine Issue 71 is available now from the main site.

This month:
  • Ubuntu News.
  • How-To : Programming in Python, LibreOffice, and Using PAF.
  • Graphics : Blender, and Inkscape.
  • Book Review: Python for Kids.
  • Review: Chrome OS
plus: Q&A, Command & Conquer, Linux Labs, Ask The New Guy, My Story, and soooo much more! Get it while it’s hot! Magazine PDF and EPUB edition.