Saturday, February 21, 2015

I'm just gonna put this right here.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Extract Multiple Zip Files With Ark

Made with some of the graphics I downloaded and needed to extract.
The other day I needed some fresh backgrounds, clip art, and various vector graphics. I found a site named Vector Portal and downloaded close to 200 different vector graphic packs. Each graphic pack was zipped and contained some eps,svg, and ai files that needed to be extracted. I started the process of clicking each file and opening each individual graphics pack in ARK and after doing about 15 of them, I realized this was going to be an all day affair. Boring, not fun, and definitely not what I was planning on doing all day.

I tried highlighting all the files and opening them all at the same time in ARK but that didn't work. Then discovered that you can do a batch extract from the command line. It was really easy and what would of took all day was now accomplished in under 2 minutes. Here's what you do.

1) Create a directory for your compressed files, and move all the compressed files that you want to extract into that directory.

2) Open up a terminal program and go to the directory you created with all your compressed files. For me it was

cd graphics/vectors

3) Now we use ARK from the command line, and execute a batch extract like so.

ark -b -a *.zip

Here's what we did. ark runs the ark program -b tells ark to use the batch interface from the command line, -a creates a subfolder if ark detects it's not a single folder archive. Finally I used a wild card *.zip so ark extracts every file with the .zip extension in that directory. This command saved me a ton of time.

I should note two things. One, make sure you're in the right directory when you run this command or you risk extracting every zip file in your system. The other thing is this can take a little bit of time. In my case with close to 200 files it took about a minute and a half for the command to complete. Be patient, and let your computer do the work. 

If you want to learn more about using ARK from the command line just type man ark in your terminal for all the different options that are available for this powerful program.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Adjust Touchpad Delay with Synaptiks

Post removed. Upon reboot, synaptiks wreaked havoc on my system. If you're looking for a way to fix this, in your system tray, find synaptiks and disable it. You may have to right click on system tray to show hidden programs.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Adjusting Touchpad Delay With Syndaemon

So I've been on openSUSE now for about 3 days and I'm really enjoying it. Whenever you set up a new system or even do a simple upgrade, you often end up with little annoyances. Maybe something different in the sound, or the screen resolution changes, or in my case, the laptop touchpad is bouncing the cursor all over the screen while you type.

This can be really annoying and cause some serious mistakes while typing. For instance, you're writing a blog post and the cursor ends up in the middle of another sentence. Worse yet, how about an accidental highlight and delete, losing everything you've typed. My personal favorite and the one that gets me cussing like Yosemite Sam going head to head with Bugs Bunny, is the cursor going over the publish button while social networking on say and your post being submitted before you were through writing it. That just about covers everything I've endured in the last three days with this mild inconvenience. So what do you do ?


Syndaemon is the way to add a delay to your touchpad so your cursor isn't bouncing all over the screen while you're typing. For full instructions, and a list of options, just open the terminal program of your choice and type :

man syndaemon

I kept it basic, and used a command to give a 2 second delay.

syndaemon -i 2 -d

So this is what we did. syndaemon starts the program -i is the interval 2 is the amount of seconds -d runs the program in the background as a daemon. So for the tweeted version , the above command gives you a two second delay on the touchpad while your typing. Two seconds believe it or not seems a bit long, you might want to switch it to 1, play around with it and see what your comfortable with.

If you're having this problem I hope this helps. This worked in openSUSE 13.2 and I hope it works for you.It was a minor annoyance but I'm glad it's gone. Thanks for reading !

Monday, January 26, 2015

It's cold out there, busting out the tux hoodie !

It's cold out there, time to bust out the tux hoody ! Found this on Amazon a couple years back. Here's a similar one.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

A Monthly Update 5 Months Late

Wow, I can't believe I haven't posted here for a little over 5 months. That's just too long. Anyway, things are going great, still using Linux full time and loving it.

Last night I crashed my Fedora trying to install Pipelight so I could try to watch an Amazon movie. I wasn't overly crazy about installing it in the first place. It needs Wine to run, and I really didn't want that in my computer. From what I understand Wine can make you computer vulnerable to many of the same vulnerabilities Windows has. NO THANKSi!

So I screwed up while installing it, the system crashed and ... I decided to try a new distro ! I think a little  over two years on the same distro is enough and I wanted to try something new. I am now a proud openSUSE user.

I installed the openSUSE 13.2 and the install went really smoothly. As usual the broadcom drivers were a bit of a pain the ass but after doing it a few times now, I got it configured fairly quickly. I found this tutorial here, and I had no problems at all.

After that, I spent the day doing a little system hardening and removing things I'm not using like, telnet, cups, and few other programs. I still want to read more about openSUSE and hardening the system. I got use to SElinux and openSUSE uses AParmor <-- might have that spelled wrong, but it's late and I'm tired.

I'm embarrassed to say I never finished the linux course I was taking. I've got a lot of stuff going on here and just haven't had time. There will be more on that in later posts. However, there are a few differences with openSUSE compared to Fedora so I think I'm going to try and finish the course, and I'll be posting here.

So for the monthly update that's five months over due, I plan on posting here more. I'll be posting about openSUSE, and linux related stuff. I'll be finishing that course now to help me get more comfortable with using openSUSE and posting regular updates here.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Code : Story Of Linux Documentary.

Great video, the title says it all. The Code : The Story of Linux. Found this in my G+ Stream and thought it was great. Thanks +JayVan Geli