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Canonical Announces Smart Watch
March 31, 2014, 9:20 p.m. by Nathan Osman

Yes folks, the future is here. Today, Canonical announced the Ubuntu Smart Watch. This tiny little gadget allows you ta take the world's most popular Linux distribution around with you on your sleeve. Use your favorite Ubuntu application while you're on the go without carrying around a bulky phone in your pocket. The following picture of the new device was ...


Squashing git commits with interactive rebase
March 29, 2014, 5:04 a.m. by Nitin Venkatesh

Sometimes you want to make a gazillion little commits to keep track of your project and then later on you wish you could combine them into a single commit. This comes in especially handy when you are working on code in a public repository. You don't want to see every little change you make reflected in the logs, it's just ...


Reverting to an old commit & Grabbing changes from another branch : git checkout
March 21, 2014, 11:47 a.m. by Nitin Venkatesh

You might have seen me blogging regularly the last three weeks. That's thanks to James Clear's advice on forming new habits. I am trying to keep the "blog every saturday morning" habit this week with a short post on things I learnt to do with Git's Checkout command. So here we go! Reverting to an old commit To revert back ...


Using Ubuntu Touch Apps in Saucy / Trusty
March 19, 2014, 10:38 p.m. by Nathan Osman

This article is for those of you running Saucy or for those of you brave enough to run Trusty. Did you know that you can run some of the Ubuntu Touch system apps right on your desktop? That's right. Continue reading to find out how. (And see some screenshots!) Grabbing the Packages The first step is to grab the packages ...


Keeping your forked repo synced with the upstream source
March 14, 2014, 11:45 a.m. by Nitin Venkatesh

We code, we fork, we code again, submit pull requests and the cycle goes on and on. Welcome to the world of Open Source. You fork a project to add some upgrade or feature and submit a pull request. However, when you're new like me, one big question that arises is - how do we keep the forked repo up-to-date ...


Making cross-domain AJAX possible with your PHP backend
March 7, 2014, 6:42 p.m. by Nitin Venkatesh

Generally, browsers will not allow you to make AJAX calls to your scripts that reside on another domain because of the Same-Origin Security policy present by default. This can be circumvented by using JSONP and stuff, but what if your script only returned text as output? You could tweak your script to wrap the text output in JSON which would ...


Still Around
March 6, 2014, 1:09 p.m. by Roland Taylor

As you may have noticed, things have been quiet around here. But, we have our reasons! And good reasons, by the way. That being said - look out for a slow trickle of tips and tricks from me in the coming weeks. I am taking a break from Linux news for the time being (to be honest, I don't like ...


Installing Django and MongoDB in your virtualenv
Feb. 20, 2014, 1:09 a.m. by Nitin Venkatesh

This post is another in the series where I experiment with Django being a total newbie. Things got a little messy when I wanted to try and use MongoDB in Django, (things tend to get messy when you are a complete noob, I know :P ). Anyways, here is the error I encountered when I tried installing django-mongodb-engine: ImportError: Could ...


Virtualenv, Virtualenvwrapper and Pip - A python newbie's best friends
Feb. 16, 2014, 9:51 a.m. by Nitin Venkatesh

Sometimes installing the specific packages and then discovering you require another set of packages for one application you're developing(or trying to develop, atleast) can all be a bit overwhelming, especially for a Python newbie. I recently discovered Virtualenv, Virtualenvwrapper and pip which have made my life much, much easier. Yes, I know these have been the Python developer's tools for ...


Inkscape with GTK+ 3
Feb. 10, 2014, 5:03 p.m. by Roland Taylor

A big hello to all you fellow artists out there. If you use Inkscape, you probably know that it is frustratingly slow to make new releases, and as a result, it's lagging behind in the switch to GTK+ 3... or is it? Hax? You may not even notice the difference, but if you know what to look for, you should ...


Gufw 14.04.1 LTS
Feb. 5, 2014, 2:27 p.m. by Roland Taylor

Gufw, the popular GTK interface to "Uncomplicated FireWall" (UFW) has been released, to correspond with the up coming release of Ubuntu 14.04. This new version brings a much simplified interface, and much simplified workflow. This should make it easier for less experienced users to configure their firewall, and quickly secure their computer(s) from external threats. One of the features that ...


Accessing Bootstrap docs offline + Installing Jekyll on Ubuntu 13.10
Feb. 1, 2014, 9:52 a.m. by Nitin Venkatesh

Yesterday night, my internet crapped out on me and I was offline the whole night without any access to the Bootstrap documentation online. It's easy if you Jekyll installed on your machine properly, so let's deal with installing it on Ubuntu 13.10 first. Installing Jekyll on Ubuntu 13.10: The jekyll package present by default in the Ubuntu repositories is a ...


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