I’ve been using PowerShell quite a bit in the past few months for various tasks, such as mass Storage vMotion, snapshot reporting as well as some other tasks and have found it to be invaluable and I learn more every day. It reminds me of AppleScript, but much more useful. Since nearly everything MS related has cmdlets, it is worth learning and sharing. Lately, I’ve been wanting to learn Git for version control so I figured theres no better time to learn. I’ve started a GitHub repository that I plan on using to share my scripts and bits. I’ll most likely move my other “projects” into GitHub too as I continue to learn how to manage it. So without further ado here is the vm-powershell script repository and you can follow me (rabbitofdeath) too!
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General list of apps I use on my Ubuntu desktop:
thunderbird – great email client
banshee – quite possibly the best music/media player out there
vlc – this can play any movie you throw at it
transmission-daemon – great for running transmission when you aren’t logged in to the machine
ushare – unpn/dlna media server – works great with xbox 360
filezilla – personal favorite ftp client
pidgin – empathy sucks
gnome-do – this helped me transfer finger memory from OS X
gparted – I am a storage guy – I format and look at things.
ssh – is there anything ssh can’t do?
ubuntu-restricted-extras – youtube is boring without flash
xchat – for when I’m feeling extra creepy
vpnc – great cisco compatible vpn client
network-manager-vpnc – makes it guiful
ttf-droid – I love the android font
audacity – I cut up mp3s too
terminator – awesome terminal app
OpenNote is a modified WordPress theme that is designed to be used for a private “notebook” site. I wanted a place to keep notes and other bits of information handy, but did not want to use any third party services such as Evernote because I wanted to keep it under my control. I had been using my hacked W2+ installation, but I needed functionality to better handle files such as pdf and Word documents. WordPress is extensible and reliable enough that it works nearly everywhere and there is an official WordPress application for nearly every phone so that makes adding content a snap from anywhere. I hope you enjoy the OpenNote theme and you can download it from the OpenNote Project page at erickiel.com. Let me know what you think!
I have to say this first since I’m looking to get a new phone shortly, but I love Android. It is open, stable and not too irritating. However, the fact that I have to use a Google account to use the phone is very annoying. I’ll say that I’ve grown a little apprehensive about what they collect, but I’ll save that for another day. But like I said, I do like Android and the fact that I can do whatever I want with it. Right now I’m using an unlocked G1 running Cyanogenmod and this is what I consider essential apps for Android in no particular order:
Beem: great Jabber client – since I’m moving away from Google, this is a great alternative to the built in Talk app.
Seesmic: nice and fast Twitter client. I used to use Twidroid, but I found that it was just annoying with the constant notifications, but that is just me.
Advanced Task Manager: great for killing Twidroid.
Astro File Manager: handy for poking around the SD card.
BeamReader: best PDF viewer I could find.
CM Updater: upgrade your ROM with ease.
Shazam: music tagger – I love this so I can identify songs that I’ve never heard of before. Try it at Old Navy.
Wireless Tether for Root Users: This allows your phone to be a wireless access point. Handy for when your hotel wants to charge you 15.00 a day for internet access.
ConnectBot: Awesome SSH client – this even allows port forwarding.
Transdroid: this lets me monitor my linux distro torrents from the comfort of my couch. Also scans barcodes and searches for applicable torrents.
Did I miss any must-have apps? Let me know!
In case there is ever a need to format a disk with HFS or HFS+ (OS X native disk format) or NTFS in Ubuntu, you can add the following packages to your Ubuntu 9.10 system to add support for gparted:
HFS – hfsutils
HFS+ – hfsprogs
NTFS – ntfsprogs
You can install them all in one shot too:
apt-get install hfsutils hfsprogs ntfsprogs
Also, if you don’t have gparted installed, that is easy as well, just run the following:
apt-get install gparted
Sometimes I just don’t get it. I know that Apple is the darling of the consumer electronics industry, but I don’t think consumers know (or more likely, they don’t care) about what they are buying into. I’m sure the user experience on the iPad is amazing, but I’ve played with iPhones (I used to use one – both the first gen and a 3G) and I know that my expectations and needs will not be met. As a hacker (in the tinkering sense) at heart, I have a need to own the hardware I use. I want to know how it works and change it. This is primarily the reason I switched to an Android based G1 – I knew it was totally hackable and if I don’t like something about it, well, I can fix it.
The iPad, on the other hand, is a totally closed system unless you jailbreak it (which is a nice idea on paper, but a miserable and painful experience). What frustrates me most is that there are endless possibilities from amazing developers out there who can write amazing apps, and it all comes down to Apple saying yes or no as to whether or not it gets accepted into the store. This is not a free market system. If I were a developer, the iPhone/iPad platform is absolutely the last platform I would consider developing for. Joa Ebert sums it up best though: It is as if Apple is forcing musicians to use Garageband as the only tool to create their music. I think a better example for consumers is like being forced to shop at Wal-Mart for everything.