Speed Up Ubuntu 10.04

Are you looking for ways to speed up the boot time of your Ubuntu 10.04 installation. Linux Tips offers one way of cutting down your wait time by creating a profile in Grub. By creating a profile, your boot information is stored for future use. You’ll see remarkable improvements after a couple of boots. Detail instructions are included in the article. To see the rest of details, just read the original article from Linux Tips.

Gimp 2.71 Comes With A New GUI

It looks like the latest Gimp will get a new GUI. The new single window mode will be a welcome addition. In the past, opening a graphic file in Gimp involves two or three separate windows. Now, the Tools and Layer menus are all going to be one window. Here is an excerpt from an article from the H.

With the release of developer version 2.7.1, GIMP users and early adopters have been given the opportunity to preview the new features of the free image editing software’s forthcoming stable 2.8 release. The most important improvement is the graphical user interface (GUI), which has undergone a thorough overhaul. For instance, it now includes a single-window mode which doesn’t display elements such as the tools or layers menus in separate windows next to the image window, instead lining these elements up alongside the image in the same window.

Ubuntu Satanic Edition 10.04

Are you kidding me? Is this for real? Desktop Linux Reviews dissects the Ubuntu Satanic Edition 10.04. or Lucifer’s Legion.

It has been ages since I delved into the nightmarish and barbaric world of Ubuntu Satanic Edition. Much has changed since I first dared to install it back when I worked for ExtremeTech. Is Ubuntu Satanic Edition still as evil as it used to be? Find out in this review as I take you on a journey into the dark side of Ubuntu Linux. Together we’ll explore…the distro of the beast!

To read the rest of the reviews, visit Desktop Linux Reviews.

iPhone Is A Ripoff

Don’t shoot me. I’m just the messenger. I just read a ComputerWorld article called ‘5 Ways iPhone users get ripped off.’ It speaks of iPhone users overpaying for services and features they don’t even use. It details how iPhone users tend overpay from the data plan, tethering and applications they don’t even use. Users also pay when jumping carriers and when recommitting to a new contract.

The author seems to focus a lot about AT&T, but not the iPhone itself, which in my opinion is an expensive piece of hardware. Anyways, you can read more about the article and form your own opinion. In the end, every user has to make an assessment if the iPhone is worth throwing away all that money. It seems that there might be a cheaper or a better alternative.

Google Analytics And Your Blog

What is Google Analytics? Do I need it on my blog? Google Analytics is the enterprise-class web analytics solution that gives you rich insights into your website traffic and marketing effectiveness. Powerful, flexible and easy-to-use features now let you see and analyze your traffic data in an entirely new way. With Google Analytics, you’re more prepared to write better-targeted ads, strengthen your marketing initiatives and create higher converting websites.

The easiest way to install Google Analytics to search for a plugin in the WordPress repository. Just search for ‘Google Analytics.’ There are several plugins to choose from. The second option is to install Google Analytics manually. I prefer this because I know exactly what is happening to my blog. Just go to Google Analytics website and download the code. Paste the code in the footer.php of your WordPress theme just prior to the ‘</body>’ code. It’s important that the Analytics code is placed after all of a webpage has alreaded loaded, so placing them in the footer is good idea.

It takes a good 24 hours for the tool to synch up before you see any results. Come back in a week or so and analyze your data. You’ll be surprised what you will find out.

The Emergence Of Video SEO

Video SEO is like website search engine optimization, but it is all about your video submissions to the online social video sites. If you are not using video to promote your business online, then you are missing out on a lot of extra sales. Videos are soon replacing the way most people look for information on the internet.

When you upload you video, think about your content, your meta data, your video promotion, and your community. When you consider these four categories when you create and submit your videos you will increase your chance for a first page search results ranking. Your objective is to not be buried under all the other video submissions.

Did you know that the average online video site receives twenty hours of video submission per minute? You see now why you have to optimize your video submissions. Content is the most important part of the optimization process. But do not expect to create one video and control the search rankings.

Meta data is not as important as the other factors in your video optimization, but it is a factor. If you have a video with great content and effective Meta data, you have a key to success. If you have on the other hand, a video with mediocre content, but great Meta data, you will not rank high on the search result pages. Meta data refers to the title of your video, your video description, and video tags.

On the other hand, promotion of your video is critical. One way to promote your videos is to use social networking online sites. You can build your following and then send out messages to your followers that you have uploaded a new video, one that they will find valuable.

Your video will be ranked higher when you build a community. Build a brand by creating a profile video home page so people can find your other videos quickly by going to one web page on the video website. This takes more effort, but your site will be more organized and your videos will be ranked higher.

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Send Twitter Messages via SMS

The following instruction gives you details how to send Twitter messages from your cell phone? Yes, it’s possible to send Twitter messages via SMS. Twitter does not charge for the service, but standard SMS rates apply from your phone provider.  In my case, my provider is AT&T.

To sign up for the service, just login to Twitter first if you already have an account. Next, go to http://twitter.com/devices. Select your country of residence. USA for me. Then, enter your mobile phone number. Verify your phone number by clicking on the Start button. Once verified, you can send tweets by a text message to 40404.

There are additional commands you can use such as:

FOLLOW username – Start following a user
UNFOLLOW username – Stop following a user
ON/OFF – Turn all Tweet notifications on or off
ON/OFF username – Set Tweet notifications for a user on or off (you’ll still be following them even if you set it to off)
GET username – Shows you the latest tweet from any user
RT username – Retweet a user’s latest tweet
FAV username – Favorite a user’s latest tweet
D username your-message – Send a direct message to a user

Decibel Audio Player

Are you looking for yet another audio player in Linux. Try Decibel. From UbuntuGeek:

Decibel Audio Player is a GTK+ open-source (GPL) audio player for GNU/Linux. It is very straightforward to use thanks to a clean and user-friendly interface. It is especially targeted at Gnome  and follows the Gnome HIG.

Decibel Audio Player is built around a highly modular structure that lets the user disable completely the features he does not need. A disabled feature uses absolutely no memory and no processor time.

Decibel Audio Player is a real audio player and does not include features that are not meant to be part of an audio player. These features, such as tagging files or burning CDs, generally have a better support in dedicated software. If you are looking for an audio player than can make coffee, then you should stay away from Decibel and give a try to other players (e.g., Amarok, Exaile).

To install, just run:

sudo apt-get install decibel-audio-player

Google Buys ITA for $700 Million

Google plans to buy ITA for $700 million. Here is an excerpt from an article by ComputerWorld and IDG News Service:

Google has reached an agreement to buy ITA Software, a maker of air travel flight-information software whose customers include major airlines and online travel agencies.

Google will pay $700 million in cash for the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based software vendor, the companies announced on Thursday.

Google plans to use ITA’s software to improve the ways in which people can find flight information online using Google search services, Google said in a statement.