Reaper on Linux, Wine – Blog – Part 1/2

Yesterday I was just going through the Reaper website and I noticed something really interesting. I was so happy to see it.

windows - wine

Seems reaper works well through wine. I have always thought of how the Reaper guys never ported it to Linux. Since Reaper feels so much like Linux, in philosophy and working.

So I did it. I installed Reaper on Fedora through Wine.

reaper-wine-linux

It runs reaaally well!. Super slick!. I love it. I haven’t done anything on it though. No recordings or projects yet. Will do it sometime in a few days. I will get back to you on how everything went. Hopefully it is not disappointing. 🙂

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Following a Blog – RSS Feed

I am mainly creating this article so that I can send it to my friends who want a way to follow my blog easily. We will use this age old tradition of RSS. Most of us don’t even know that our browsers support something like that natively or via extensions.  RSS is Rich Site Summary. You can read more about it on the wiki page later but in short it is a subscription to a website. It helps you follow multiple sites easily. Used to be really popular long ago, but not now I guess.

Now wordpress blogs give you the option to follow a blog by email. You get notified each time a post is made. Which is awesome, but tumblr does not. We need a work around for that, without creating a tumblr account. So this blog is about that.

Firefox

There are two ways. You can either head to the RSS location of a particular website or use an option in the firefox boookmarks menu.

Bookmarks Menu

If you are using the Bookmarks menu, then this is the way.

  1. Head to the blog that you want to subscribe to. Example: beingjoys.tumblr.com or joyslearns.wordpress.com
  2. On the menu bar, look for the ‘Bookmarks’ menu and select, ‘Subscribe to this page’.
  3. You might see couple of options, choose the one that makes sense. For wordpress sites, you might get the option to subscribe to comments, which is not what you want.
  4. You will see the option to Subscribe Now.
  5. RSS are like bookmarks and are saved in the bookmarks menu. So when you subscribe, you will be asked where to save it. You can choose any place in your bookmarks. Bookmarks bar is a good place for RSS feeds. You can do this any website that gives you periodical content. You will get the updates in your bookmarks bar.
  6. You can view them in the dropdown list in the bookmarks bar or your bookmarks manager. Image shown below. As you can see. You will get an updated list of all the latest posts.

Joys Learns - Blog - RSS Feed

Chrome does not seem to support RSS. Probably because it is an age old tradition and people have moved on to apps like Feedly to subscribe to websites.

Opera has a pretty neat News app, where all you have to do is give the link to the blog and it forms a really nice interface. Image below. All I did was click on the news icon, click on add sources and entered by blog address and it was done. That was pretty neat.

Opera News

I liked the Opera method the best. You could also use some feed apps to get a richer experience across all websites and blogs.

Search Switch – Part 2/2

Recently i made a search engine switch. To read about why I did it and some other information, take a look at this article. But this is the second part that I promised. I promised I would come back in sometime and tell you if i really liked the switch or it was just one of my ‘need for change’ things. I actually said I would come back in a month or so, but I guess I came a bit early because I think this mindset is here to stay.

So the truth is. I have been loving it. I have been loving the results duckduckgo has been giving me and I am very satisfied. Yes sometimes, I would have to add some extra parameters in my search to get what I want. But again, we come to the same point I mentioned in the previous article. Do we want our search results to be that customized to us that we miss out on the rest of the internet. For me, its a NO. I am fully satisfied.

I did make one change though. I switched from Firefox to Opera because Firefox was SO slow on my Fedora machine running on AMD A10 and 8 gigs of RAM. While chrome and opera run quite smoothly. Opera had some gui issues in the MATE spin of Fedora. But it works really well on the Gnome issue of it. The UI and UX is awesome. I think I am here to stay, for another year at least.

Cheers. Thanks for reading.

Search Switch – Part 1/2

I recently made the shift to move from Google search to DuckDuckGo. As my default search provider. Web search is something we do all the time. For me, it happens around 20 to 200 times on a typical working day. This provides my search provider with enough information about me to target ads and also make my consequent searches more relevant. The former makes people uncomfortable. But the latter point is usually taken happily, as we would get well filtered results. We get something out of it. But, do we really want this.

I have come to a conclusion that I don’t, at the moment. I just want to see what is objectively popular and ranked higher. I do not want customized search results, because I feel I am missing out on the diversity that the internet has to offer. It is through these random searches that you find good content from all over the globe. If it is good, You see it, End of story. As I am using DuckDuckGo, I can sense this happening. My results are not biased, they are not based on who I am, but rather on the actuality of the articles themselves. A Ted video from long back influenced this thought process of mine. Lazy to find it now and give you a link.

And yes, DuckDuckGo does not save your search entries or track you. So that is something that you might find interesting as well. There is no use if you are using DuckDuckGo on Chrome I guess, but still, internet privacy on its own is sort of a gray area. You can never be 100 percent private. You can control some of the parameters. But not all. At the moment, I am using DuckDuckGo on Firefox, both of which claim similar ideology about privacy.

Anyway, this is an experiment. Let me see if I have the same opinion a few months from now. Will keep you posted. Part 2/2 in a few months, or sooner.

Screen Record, on Linux

This is a quick way to make a tutorial or how-to video for someone. On my fedora, I already had this command line app called, recordmydesktop and it works well.

All you have to do is head to the command line and say recordmydesktop test.ogv. This will record the screen and save it to a file called test.ogv. To end recording, you can hit Ctrl + c.  It takes some time to process the file and save it. You might see something like the image below.

record

There a lot of options, including ways to specify an area of the screen to record and things like adding a short delay before it starts recording. Check out the man page (man recordmydesktop) for more details.

This records in OGV format. But you can quite easily convert it to an mp4 file, if you’d like, with ffmpeg or some other conversion software. With ffmpeg, use the following command.

ffmpeg -i test.ogv -c:v libx264 -preset veryslow -crf 22 -c:a libmp3lame -qscale:a 2 -ac 2 -ar 44100 output.mp4

I’m not sure if this is default or it got installed along with some other package. Anyway, installation is as simple as, dnf install recordmydesktop, as a root user. Happy recording.