I’ve been working on a school paper for the last few days. Sorry about no posts.

Due tomorrow. Only 6 pages left…

Removing OpenOffice extensions

I was checking out some OpenOffice extensions the other day, and I found some neat ones. One of the best I saw was to get tabbed windows. I got it, as well as a few others.

Unfortunately, it is very buggy, and I do not like it at all, at least not right now. It is very bad. Possibly the worst part is that OpenOffice crashes when I go to the extension manager to remove it. I don’t want it, but can’t remove it…

I can’t even find a way to start OO without any extensions, similar to the ‘safe mode’ firefox has. Then I could remove it easily.

The only way I can find is to manually delete the extensions. To do this isn’t too hard:

  1. go to your home folder. Open .openoffice.org2. This can be done in nautilus just fine. To view hidden folders and files (those starting with ‘.’), just hit Control-h.
  2. Go into the ‘user’ folder.
  3. Delete or rename the ‘uno_packages’ folder. I renamed it, personally, so I could put it back if needed.
  4. Start OpenOffice. It will be just like new.

Simple, but it works well. Note that this assumes you installed the extensions as the local user, not for all users. I did, so that’s what I fixed here. A bit more research shows how for all users. I haven’t tested this.

For extensions installed for all users, do the same as above. However, instead of ~/.openoffice.org2/user/uno.packages, rename /usr/lib/openoffice/share/uno.packages. This should work the same. the only difference is that you need to be root to rename or delete the folder. The easiest way to get into root is to do it via command line. Navigate to the directory and do ‘sudo mv uno_packages uno_packages_no’.

If you really want to use the gui, open a terminal and run ‘sudo nautilus’. Do not do anyhting else in Nautilus as root. Very bad things will happen. Just do what you came to do, and exit it.


Back to normal =]

Update to compatibilizer

I’m not sure if anyone is actually using my compatibilizer script apart from myself, but I updated it to handle another method of specifying the max version. This update covers both types now.

To use it, simply use it insteadof the original. If you installed it, just re-run the install-compatibilizer script with the new compatibilizer in the same folder.

Link to update is here. I’m trying to find a decent file hosting service for free, as I have no money. This time it’s  FileFactory. I’ll see how it works out.

The link to the original script and details:

More on installing incompatible Firefox addons.

Transferring files with a Bluetooth phone and Ubuntu 7.10

My phone is Bluetooth capable (It’s a standard RAZR). The only reason I personally use the Bluetooth is to transfer my pictures and videos over to my computer so I can use them to illustrate articles about pencil sharpenings.

However, Ubuntu is not very well equipped to handle transferring files by default. It can connect to your phone, but then you’ll probably get a message saying something along the lines of ‘obex:[00:11:22:33:44] is not a valid ocation’ (the number being the MAC address of the phone).

As such:


Well, this is infact a very easy problem to solve. All you need to do is install one package, which gives Nautilus the ability to view obex ftp connections.

To install it, run ‘sudo apt-get install gnome-vfs-obexftp’. Or you could search for it in Synaptic if you feel like wasting time. The package is all of 164kb, but it does what we need it to do. I am mystified as to why it is not included in Ubuntu by default.

The contents of my phone in Nautilus:


There we have it. You can now do whatever you want with the contents of your phone. And you can do it all within your own Nautilus. Note that this won’t work if, say, your phone is ridiculously crippled. T-Mobile is pretty good on leaving functionality in their phones. I can do anything with Bluetooth on mine, including add mp3 ringtones.

Good Luck! Hope this is useful.

New Icons

I don’t really notice icons that much normally. The normal gnome ones seemed fine. However, one of the new features in Firefox 3 is that it takes the icons, such as the forward and back buttons, home, etc. from your local theme. This feature is great, as it allows the browser to fit in with the system better. It also almost eliminates the need to find a nice theme that matches. Just find one icon theme, and it applies everywhere. Very nice.

Here are my previous icons, as shown in FF3:


I found a new icon theme at gnome-look.org ( great resource for stuff to dress up Ubuntu, by the way). It’s called Ultimate Gnome, and it looks like the creator put a ton of time into it. Supposedly it has about 800 icons…

It is a really nice theme that covers everything, not leaving any blank spaces like others. Also, the icons all go together very well. The theme is a bit blue, but not too much.

The link:

Ultimate Gnome

To install the icons is quite simple. In your home directory, create a folder called ‘.icons’ if it doesn’t exist yet. Now extract the folder called Ultimate Gnome into it so that you have the ‘Ultimate Gnome’ folder inside of the ‘.icons’ folder.

Now, the new icon them will show up in System > Preferences > Appearance. Click ‘Customize’ at the bottom, go to ‘Icons’, and select ‘Ultimate Gnome’. Firefox 3 will need to be restarted to see the chages, but they will show up immediately almost everywhere.

Here is the same shot with the Ultimate Gnome theme:

I really like it. Feel free to check out others though, there are plenty for anyone’s taste.

Getting Flash working in Firefox 3

I now have flash working properly in Firefox 3 as well as Firefox 2 on my system!

Until now, I could not find a way to get my perfectly working flash from FF2 to translate to Firefox 3. It was killing me. I don’t particularly like flash, but it is an excellent way to view videos online, and needed for many websites, unfortunately.

Whenever I got the ‘Plugin needs to be installed to niew this content…’ error bar, I would try to install and it said that I already had Flash installed.

While reading a thread on installing Firefox 3 the hard way, I found a comment that explained what was wrong. The plugins were only installing to the FF2 plugins dir, not FF3.

To get Flash working in FF3, run this command:

‘sudo cp /usr/lib/firefox/plugins/* /usr/lib/firefox3preb3/plugins’

Note that the ‘firefox3preb3’ line might be different on yuor system. That was mine. It will be something obvious and similar, though. Just ls first to see what it is called.

This works perfectly, and all of the plugins now work! Firefox 3 is addictive. You can’t go back once you use that awesome url bar for a while. It can read your mind.

For getting some plugins to work, you need to link them. To do this, do ‘sudo ln -s -f /usr/lib/firefox/plugins/libjavaplugin.so /usr/lib/[your FF3 dirname]/plugins/’. This will link it, and now Java will work (after a Firefox restart, of course). This may link other stubborn plugins as well. YMMV.

Thanks to Solarwind from the Ubuntu Forums for finding the solution to the Java problem.

Some working Flash for proof.


Humorous comic that is surprisingly insightful.

I found this a few minutes ago. It has so much insight into Americans today that I couldn’t help but laugh. Then cry.

Anyways… Go look at it:

Some Prepared Remarks

This guy apprently put funny remarks on about 250 pictures. The nice part is, they are actually funny. A nice change from the usual, at least. At first I thought it was another stupid collection of fake motivational posters. (Interesting fact: I actually saw one of those at my school today. Did the fake posters kill the real ones? I never see them anymore.)