Posts Tagged ‘windows’

f.lux screen temp adjustment

November 8, 2013 2 comments

It’s been a while since I have posted here, but I thought it best to pick it up again 🙂

A few weeks ago I found this website that adjusts your screen temp to accommodate the time of day. Here is a quick description below:

f.lux fixes this: it makes the color of your computer’s display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day.

It’s even possible that you’re staying up too late because of your computer. You could use f.lux because it makes you sleep better, or you could just use it just because it makes your computer look better.

Check it out @

Just to clarify this does work on Ubuntu / Raring, I’ve also installed it to my Windows and random laptops around the home. When working  late night, your eyes don’t feel like they are being burned out of your head from staring at the computer screen.

Try it out!

How to backup all my Windows pics to the Linux box

March 25, 2012 Leave a comment

So if your like me, then you shoot RAW!  I use Adobe Photoshop CS5 and Adobe Lightroom 3.5 for most of my post imaging which means my photography is mostly saved on a windows box. So there’s really no “play nice” backup solution. Plus I have about 20 some odd GB of photos which makes FTP out of the question.  What would be ideal is if they made rsync for windows….  Wait, they do!  Check it out here using Cygwin.

So assuming your using a file server like Ubuntu I’ll jot down some instructions so you can do this at home as well!

I’m already guessing that you have rsync installed on your linux box, if not that can be easily fixed by:

#sudo apt-get install rsync

  1. Create a file named rsyncd.conf in /etc
    1. #sudo vi /etc/rsyncd.conf
    2. Add the following to rsyncd.conf, replacing all instances of usernamewith your Ubuntu username:
          path = /home/username/backup
          comment = Backup
          uid = username
          gid = username
          read only = false
          auth users = username
          secrets file = /etc/rsyncd.secrets
    3. #sudo chmod 644 /etc/rsyncd.conf
  2. Create a file named rsyncd.secrets in /etc
    1. #sudo vi /etc/rsyncd.secrets
    2. Add the following to rsyncd.secrets, replacing username with your username and passwordwith a password of your choosing:
    3. #sudo chmod 600 /etc/rsyncd.secrets
  3. Open rsync port by editing /etc/default/rsync and setting
  4. Restart rsync
    #sudo /etc/init.d/rsync restart

Set up rsync client on Windows

  1. Install Cygwin, making sure  Net > rsync (3.0.8) and Net > openssh are selected
  2. Add C:\cygwin\bin;to the Windows PATH statement
    1. Right-click on My Computer and select Properties
    2. Switch to the Advanced tab and click the Environment Variables button at the bottom
    3. Find the “Path” or “PATH” variable in the System variables list at the bottom and click Edit
    4. Add C:\cygwin\bin; to the beginning of the list
  3. Create secret file to store password in Cygwin
      1. Start Cygwin Bash Shell
      2. Create secret file in the filesystem root and enter only the password in rsyncd.secrets above, with no spaces or line breaks
    #vi /secret
    #chmod 600 /secret
  4. Create bat file to run rsync
    1. Open Notepad and enter the following command, replacing User Name with your Windows User Name directory, username with your Ubuntu username, and ipaddress with the IP address of your Ubuntu server (e.g.
      C:\cygwin\bin\rsync.exe --chmod u+rwx -qrtzv --password-file=/secret --delete "/cygdrive/d/photos" username@ipaddress::usernamebackup

      This will copy "/cygdrive/d/photos"  to the path specified in the rsyncd.conf. .

    2. Save the file as C:\rsync.bat

Now to simply kick off a backup just copy the batch file to your desktop and kick that off every time you finish your edits. You could also create a schedule task to execute the batch script daily @ midnight, I prefer to just run it manually as I don’t keep my linux box up or windows system 24/7

Where is Windows 8 going?

March 5, 2012 3 comments

So while going through my list of websites that I usually catch up on I was sent this link here regarding windows 8. I love the picture above btw, might to have to add it to my collection!

Now just by reading the title you would think that this is sort of a bashing the Window 8 OS itself, well quite frankly it is. It’s interesting the direction that microsoft is going. I’m not sure if everyone over there has their screws snugged tight, if you know what i mean.

May favorite pieces of this article:

Based on its current form, Windows 8 represents an unconscionable, and barely comprehensible, rejection of the values Microsoft has spent the last 26 years perfecting in its visual operating system.

And, of course, there are plenty of serious users who don’t want the PC on which they spend huge chunks of their waking life to look like it was designed by Fisher-Price.

I would have to agree with the Matthew Murray on this one, I’m really content with windows 7. In the event I want to play a game or two, i usually fire up my windows 7 box and game away. The world is not all tablets… yet???  hehe…  doubtful..  but again I would like to see how this pans out for microsoft, changing their operating environment so the user experience is the same across all devices desktops / tables & phones, I think they are a little late in the game for this. By the way, who in their right mind buys a Windows phone? 🙂

Anyways doesn’t all of this sound familiar now?  Ubuntu & Unity, the same desktop experience across desktops & phones & tablets, I don’t think that was announced as the original intent for switchig to Unity, but doesn’t it make sense now with the announcement of Ubuntu TV and Ubuntu on the Phone.   If I remember correctly, Ubuntu took their “fair share of flack” from the community for dropping gnome but that’s a story for another post. <Let the Linux Mint Trolls come out of their caves>

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