Launchpad PPA for Ruby and Ruby Bindings with the Base Version as 1.9.1

I have started working on a Ruby on Rails project and am using Rails 3.0 as the base version. Rails 3.0 can be installed either with Ruby 1.8.7 or Ruby 1.9.1. I decided to go along with 1.9.1. However I soon found out that a lot of ruby-bindings have not been updated to support Ruby 1.9.1. I did not want a system with both Ruby 1.8.7 and Ruby 1.9.1 versions. Continue reading

Kill/Quit and Restart Plasma on KDE

Every so often, Plasma freezes on me or the graphics get cluttered. It is a hassle to restart KDE (logout/login) when you have 101 tabs open in Firefox and several xterm windows.

I had been a Gnome user since shifting to Ubuntu a couple years back, and recently shifted to Kubuntu/KDE when KDE 4.2 was released. Its been mostly stable, except for the occasional Plasma issues. Individual components in Gnome can be easily killed/restarted. For eg Gnome Panel can be killed/restarted using the following command. Continue reading

Creation and Initial Import of a New Project into the Google Code SVN Repository

Google Code provides a free collaborative development environment for open source projects. It has everything thats required for project hosting; SVN/Mercurial repository for code hosting, Wiki for documentation, an Issue Tracker for Bug reports and a Downloads area so that you don’t need to host the packages on your personal website. There are alternatives to Google Code like SourceForge, Savannah etc, but Google Code according to me is the most responsive and simplistic. I have created/adopted a couple wordpress themes which I have been wanting to upload to Google Code for a long time, but haven’t gotten down to doing it partly due to laziness and partly due to lack of time.
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Fast Parallel Downloading/Upgrading for Ubuntu using aptitude/apt-get/aria2c

I recently moved to Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), Vietnam from the US of A. There’s a lot different between the two countries – the people, the culture. I am throughly enjoying my stay in this city, the social life is rocking, the food is amazing and the people are very nice. However, there are a few things I do miss about the US of A and one of those things being the blazing fast Internet speeds. Continue reading