Testing Mozilla Thunderbird Central Daily 20 safely on PCLinuxOS 2012.x

Hi all.

I wanted to test the latest version of the e-mail client from Mozilla. I am a huge fan of Thunderbird and it always was my main e-mail client. PCLinuxOS comes with the latest stable version. Its a good thing. I love stability of my distribution. However I want to try the newest Mozilla product before it becomes a default for PCLinuxOS. Also I want to help Mozilla Developers by filing a bug reports and make their products even better this way.

Here are few simple steps You can do if You want to test it too.

Thunderbird is a default PCLinuxOS e-mail client so its installed by default. If You removed it – reinstall it via synaptic.

Older version must be installed for few minor yet important reasons.

Close Thunderbird completely. Now open console and run these commands:

cd

Go to Your /home/ folder

This version of Thunderbird is a bleeding edge release so ride might be little bumpy. I never noticed any problems but just to be on the safe side…

cp -R ~/.thunderbird ~/.thunderbird.backup.20

let’s backup Your profile first.

wget -c http://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/thunderbird/nightly/latest-comm-central/thunderbird-20.0a1.en-US.linux-i686.tar.bz2

Download the compressed Daily XX file.

tar -xvjf ./thunderbird-20.0a1.en-US.linux-i686.tar.bz2

Extract it.

rm -f ./thunderbird-20.0a1.en-US.linux-i686.tar.bz2

Remove it.

su

Gain root privileges…

root password

…by giving correct root password.

rm -f /usr/bin/thunderbird

Remove old executable.

rm -f /usr/bin/mozilla-thunderbird

Remove old executable.

ln -s /home/yourlogin/thunderbird/thunderbird /usr/bin/thunderbird

Create symlink to a new executable in Your home folder. Replace yourlogin with Your actual login.

ln -s /home/yourlogin/thunderbird/mozilla-thunderbird /usr/bin/mozilla-thunderbird

Create symlink to a new executable in Your home folder. Replace yourlogin with Your actual login.

exit

exit

Go back to user mode and close the console.

Now You can use the old shortcuts (from the desktop, panel or KMenu) to open new Thunderbird. All the programs should open the mailto: links in new version of Thunderbird too.

Enjoy the latest and the greatest from Mozilla. I am. If You are using Daily You should know that it can also be safely upgraded to the latest version by using Help > About Daily from the Thunderbird menu bar.

Thunderbird 20 Daily on PCLinuxOS 2011.x

Going back to the repo version of Thunderbird.

Close Thunderbird completely. Reinstall Thunderbird using Synaptic.

Regards.

Andy

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Testing Mozilla Firefox Nightly 20 safely on PCLinuxOS 2012.x

Hi all.

I wanted to test the latest browser from Mozilla. I am a huge fan of Firefox and it always was my main browser. PCLinuxOS comes with the latest stable version. Its a good thing. I love stability of my distribution. However I want to try the newest Mozilla product before it becomes a default browser for PCLinuxOS. Also I want to help Mozilla Developers by filing a bug reports and make their products even better this way.

Here are few simple steps You can do if You want to test it too.

Firefox is a default PCLinuxOS browser so its installed by default. If You removed it – reinstall it via synaptic.

Older version must be installed for few minor yet important reasons.

Close Firefox browser completely. Now open console and run these commands:

cd

Go to Your /home/ folder

cp -R ~/.mozilla ~/.mozilla.backup.20

Let’s backup Your profile first.

wget -c http://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/nightly/latest-trunk/firefox-20.0a1.en-US.linux-i686.tar.bz2

Download the compressed Nightly XX file.

tar -xvjf ./firefox-20.0a1.en-US.linux-i686.tar.bz2

Extract it.

rm -f ./firefox-20.0a1.en-US.linux-i686.tar.bz2

Remove it.

cd ~/firefox/searchplugins/ && wget -c http://andrzejl.cyryl.net/WoTW/WoTW_files/FFxSearchPCLOSForum/pclinuxos-forum.xml

Add the search engine for PCLinuxOS Forum.

su

Gain root privileges…

root password

…by giving correct root password.

rm -f /usr/bin/firefox

Remove old symlink.

rm -f /usr/bin/mozilla-firefox

Remove old symlink.

ln -s /home/yourlogin/firefox/firefox /usr/bin/firefox

Create new symlink. Replace yourlogin with Your actual login.

ln -s /home/yourlogin/firefox/firefox /usr/bin/mozilla-firefox

Create new symlink. Replace yourlogin with Your actual login.

exit

exit

Go back to user mode and close the console.

Now You can use the old shortcuts (from the desktop, panel or KMenu) to open new Firefox. All the programs should open links in new version of Firefox too.

Enjoy the latest and the greatest from Mozilla. I am. If You are using Nightly You should know that it can also be safely upgraded to the latest version by using Help > About Nightly from the Firefox menu bar.

Firefox 20 Nightly on PCLinuxOS 2011.x

Going back to the repo version of Firefox.

Close Firefox completely. Reinstall Firefox using synaptic.

Regards.

Andy

Back to the roots – Starcraft – Final battle in the Terran campaign… [VIDEO]

Hi all.

Some time ago I have decided to buy Starcraft (Brood War version) – game by Blizzard Entertainment. It was cheap as the game is not new (as in recently released) plus it was a 2nd hand purchase. To make it playable I used the Crossover software that I got for free long time ago.

Couple of days ago I decided to start playing Starcraft again. It’s a really good game. It’s like Warcraft 2 but in the space. While Warcraft is all about might and magic Starcraft is all about power and technology… The game is not better then Warcraft 2. It’s just as good but there are few features that are really cool ie. you can move some of the buildings to a new locations once they were constructed.

Main objectives of the game are to build Your own empire starting from the least advanced structures and troops and work Your way up while going thru a different missions. The last mission in the first episode (Terran campaign) objectives are “Destroy Ion Cannon” and “Raynor must survive”. Second part is easy. Just hide Raynor somewhere in Your camp and tell him to hold positions. First part is much more difficult but still doable. You are situated in the bottom of the map. You have enough resources to defend Yourself for a while but You have to work fast… On the west part of the map there is a red enemy (not very powerful but still can do a lot of harm…) and on the east part of the map there is a white enemy and trust me when I say – be afraid… be very afraid. Those dudes will not let You live in peace. While You MAY try to conquer the red base – don’t really even think about attacking the white base. Yes it’s doable BUT it’s extremely difficult and even tho I succeeded in defeating them in the past – trust me – it’s a suicide mission… plus the objectives say nothing about defeating them… To draft the image of how nasty they are… White dudes will send their troops (a lot) on a regular basis to destroy Your base and if that isn’t enough they will send You a nuclear gift once in a while and those missiles can really do some damage to your camp…

Once I had my base “well defended” and in OKish shape I have decided to build a Cruisers and some Transporters and attack the big ION Cannon which is located far up north… and I have succeeded ;).

It may look easy on the video but trust me it’s NOT… One mistake may lead to restarting the mission from the scratch… and I have been there many times before I have gathered enough experience to succeed…

Enjoy the video. I am recommending the game to anyone.

Regards.

Andy

Santa's bad day…

When four of Santa’s elves got sick, the trainee elves did not produce toys as fast as the regular ones, and Santa began to feel the Pre-Christmas pressure.

Then Mrs. Claus told Santa her Mother was coming to visit, which stressed Santa even more.

When he went to harness the reindeer, he found that three of them were about to give birth and two others had jumped the fence and were out, Heaven knows where. Then when he began to load the sleigh, one of the floorboards cracked, the toy bag fell to the ground and all the toys were scattered. Frustrated, Santa went in the house for a cup of apple cider and a shot of rum. When he went to the cupboard, he discovered the elves had drunk all the cider and hidden the liquor.. In his frustration, He accidentally dropped the cider jug, and it broke into hundreds of little glass pieces all over the kitchen floor. He went to get the broom and found the mice had eaten all the straw off the end of the broom. Just then the doorbell rang, and an irritated Santa marched to the door, yanked it open, and there stood a little angel with a great big Christmas tree.

The angel said very cheerfully, ‘Merry Christmas, Santa. Isn’t this a lovely day? I have a beautiful tree for you. Where would you like me to stick it?’

And thus began the tradition of the little angel on top of the Christmas tree.

Not very many people know this

Made me chuckle… 😀

Source.

Regards.

Andy

Google… Evil corporation… I don't want You here.

Hi all.

Just in case anyone wonders why my page will not work in the Google Translate tools… I have blocked it. I don’t like Google. If You haven’t know it by now – Yes it’s true. I have blocked all the major indexing tools from accessing this page ever since I have created it. Not just by ticking a box in the WordPress options. Since it’s my server I could do more then that and so I did… I don’t want them here. I don’t need them here. Simple as that.

They started out with a “Don’t be Evil” motto but that was a LONG time ago… I was using their products then… Google was very cool. Google was a friend… Boy was I naive…

http://www.scroogle.org/doctorow.html

Regards.

Andy

TerryN saves the day! Shortenurl.pl irssi script fixed!

Hi all.

Some time ago shortenurl.pl script for Irssi died… Owner of the domain that was used to create short URL’s started using captcha on his site. I tried to fix the script myself to use different domain but I failed miserably ;). So I turned to a higher power… – PCLinuxOS Forum Members 😉 and asked them – could they fix it for me.

TerryN replied couple of days later with a fixed version of the script!

I have amended the HOWTO so You can download the latest version of the script and have it working again ;).

Script now works using http://tinyurl.com

Script works just fine! Thanks TerryN!

Regards.

Andy