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KDE: autostart programs upon login

Submitted by Druss on Thu, 2007-05-24 12:14

The following applies only for KDE 3.x and was the original article:

KDE for all its eye candy and general slickness really sucks on some basic points. One of these is with auto-starting programs upon login. Suggestions to get this working almost always involve having the use the command-line or following a prolonged series of steps for a task which should ideally involve no more than a few clicks. Usually, most people suggest the following as a solution even to newbies:

Tangling with the Samba

Submitted by Druss on Tue, 2007-05-22 13:47

I upgraded to Feisty over the weekend. Everything appeared to have gone through smoothly. However, I found that I could not access my Feisty shares from my other Linux / Windoze boxen. The connection just failed. I could however access other samba and windoze shares _from_ the Feisty box (which was living up to its name :S). So, I tried going into System Settings, Sharing to sort things out by fiddling with the options, making everything readable and writable by everybody, enabling guest account access and so on and so forth.

All to no avail.

Adjusting display / screen position using xvidtune

Submitted by Druss on Mon, 2007-05-21 14:09

Many moons ago, I had to run an update to the nVidia driver for my Kubuntu box. After installing it, I found that the next time I ran X, my display was offset by about 50px to the right. Normally, it would have been possible to fix this via the monitor, most of which have a convenient "auto" button to solve such issues. However, my set-up involves the use of a KVM switch, which allows me to use a single keyboard, mouse and monitor for more than one PC (four in my case).

Print to file : Viewing saved .prn files

Submitted by Druss on Thu, 2007-04-05 03:56

I usually have something along the lines of Adobe's PDF Writer or Flash Paper and such, to print stuff directly to a file. However, earlier today, I found myself needing similar functionality, but not having the afore mentioned software. Therefore, I had to resort to using the "print to file" check-box on the Windows print form that allowed me to save a document to a file on the hard disk.

Windows XP : command vs. cmd

Submitted by Druss on Sun, 2007-01-14 02:15

I was asked by some dude online today as to what the difference was between typing command and cmd in the Start -> Run menu. To repeat my answer to him:

  • Typing command runs COMMAND.COM. Typing cmd runs cmd.exe.
  • command is basically the 16-bit command-line interface. It is essentially a legacy application. cmd, on the other hand is the 32-bit CLI, and is comparatively modern and more user friendly.

apache2: Could not determine the server's fully qualified domain name, using for ServerName

Submitted by Druss on Mon, 2007-01-01 03:38

Setting up apache 2 on my Kubuntu box lead to the following error whenever I restarted the daemon:

apache2: Could not determine the server's fully qualified domain name, using for ServerName

The fix is to edit the conf file and add in the ServerName setting (as the error message requests). In other words,

sudo vi /etc/apache2/httpd.conf

followed by adding the following string:,

# ServerName is to be specified to avoid warning during reload

I am not entirely sure about the status of the httpd.conf (vs. apache2.conf where the above line can also be inserted) file in Debian based distros.. Is it deprecated or something?

Virtualdub : mp3 compression limited to 56 Kbps

Submitted by Druss on Tue, 2006-07-25 23:19

I am a big fan of VirtualDub. While my systems usually have the LAME encoder installed, this system (laptop, not mine) didn't. So, when I opened up the VirtualDub audio compression panel, I found that the maximum compression for the mp3 codec was limited to 56 Kbps. With the advent of VideoLAN etc., I've tried to keep separate codec installations to a minimum.


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