PSensor, The Graphical Interface For lm-sensors

Temperature is a factor that is convenient to take care of in our equipment and especially in laptops. Some time ago an article was published in this blog presenting the command lm-sensors to monitor the temperature of the equipment. You can see that article in the following link. That article simply stated how to install it, but it was passed to indicate that this program can be added a graphical interface called psensors.

Temperature control is a factor that should not be neglected in our equipment. That’s why this program is good to have it installed. The temperature control will help us to know the health of some of the components of your machine.

For example, everyone at some point has been concerned about the noise produced by a CPU fan or the sudden rise in temperature of your laptop. This may be the prelude to a computer misfortune and it is already known that preventing is healing.

Transfer.sh: Upload and Share Files Straight From Your Ubuntu Terminal

Transfer.sh is a website that allows users to easily share files from a Linux terminal, for free. The only requirement is to have wget and cURL installed on your system, which are already preinstalled on most distributions so you probably won’t need to install anything.

The service is absolutely free, it allows users to upload files up to 10 GB, you can upload single or group of files in one shot. You have a option to encrypt files before uploading, all files can be deleted automatically from server after 14 days.

Transfer.sh support currently the s3 (Amazon S3) provider and local file system (local). This code is free to use, so you can explore Transfer.sh on your own server environment by modifying few settings.

HowTo Download YouTube Audio Straight From Ubuntu Terminal

If you are looking for a tool to download videos from multiple platforms you may already know some popular options like jDownloader. But there is an application as powerful as the above – one of the most interesting is YouTube-dl. Following this guide, you will be able to use it to download Youtube audio straight from the Linux terminal.

Youtube-dl is a small Python-based command line tool that allows you to download videos from platforms like YouTube, Dailymotion, Google Video, Photobucket, Facebook, Yahoo, Metacafe, Depositfiles and some similar sites. The Python interpreter is required to run the program. This program is open source and should run smoothly on any Unix, Windows or Mac OS X based system.

Youtube-dl also allows you to choose the video quality format available to download or let the program automatically download the highest quality video from the indicated portal. It also has support for downloading playlists, options for adding custom or original titles to the downloaded video file. It also has support for using a proxy.

Google Search inside Linux Terminal

googler is a power tool to Google (Web & News) and Google Site Search from the command-line. It shows the title, URL and abstract for each result, which can be directly opened in a browser from the terminal. Results are fetched in pages (with page navigation). Supports sequential searches in a single googler instance.

googler was initially written to cater to headless servers without X. You can integrate it with a text-based browser. However, it has grown into a very handy and flexible utility that delivers much more. For example, fetch any number of results or start anywhere, limit search by any duration, define aliases to google search any number of websites, switch domains easily… all of this in a very clean interface without ads or stray URLs. The shell completion scripts make sure you don’t need to remember any options.

googler isn’t affiliated to Google in any way.

How To Install VLC 2.2.0 on Ubuntu 14.04 Using PPA

VLC, the popular video player for every operating system out there, has just published a major update.

What’s new in VLC 2.2.0, codename WeatherWax?

  • Fight the popular vertical video syndrome! VLC automatically detects rotated videos and rotates them using hardware acceleration (on compatible platforms)!
  • This is supported for MP4/MOV, MKV and raw H264.
  • Resume playback where you left off. Supported on all the mobile versions of VLC for quite some time, it is now available on the desktop.
  • Vastly improved support for UltraHD video codecs like VP9 and H265, including encoding.
  • New hardware acceleration mechanism, GPU 0-copy decoding, faster and implementations for Linux, Android, and Raspberry Pi. (Other OSes will have it in 3.0.0)
  • Extensions: supported since a long time, we now feature an in-app downloader for the desktop, like Firefox
  • Subtitles downloading extension…..

VirtualBox and Ubuntu 14.04 Low Resolution (640×480) Fix

The last time I’ve tried to run Ubuntu 14.04.02 in VirtualBox, I got a very low screen resolution of 640×480, and xrandr was reporting it’s the only resolution available; not good because I could only use half of each window. This was the first time I came across this issue and don’t really care what caused it, but, searching around the web, I found various possible quick fixes, not of them actually working.

All you need to do is to install Guest Additions. That’s all! ;-)

Manage Android with AirDroid USB Cable Connection

Managing an Android device from Windows isn’t very hard because most smartphones have a software for doing so, provided by the manufacturers. Probably most are for Windows and OSX only. There are also a bunch of 3rd party applications to choose from. But what about Linux? Well, thank God for AirDroid! However, running AirDroid through your mobile carrier is slow and not cost-effective so it requires a direct WiFi connection from your PC to your Android device in order to transfer data through a local connection.

This is a quick tip for using AirDroid through a USB cable when a WiFi connection is not available:

Install and Configure LogWatch Log Analyzer on Ubuntu

Every time something goes wrong with your system or programs, something has been modified or it needs your attention, an entry is created somewhere in the /var/log/ directory. LogWatch analyzes that data every night and it sends you an email with a short report of the changes. That’s pretty useful, don’t you think? Also, LogWatch doesn’t run a daemon so it won’t interfere with any services running on your computer.

Howto Customize Your KDE Desktop Appearance

KDE allows you to easily customize the look and feel of your desktop by controlling different parts of the visual appearance. The combinations are almost endless so you have to play around with them to find which suits your tastes best. This quick guide shows how to configure every part of the KDE visual appearance, however, it’s not necessary to use the examples in this post, you can choose another set of icons, window decorations, colors etc.