How to Make your Linux Pc Speak/talk : Any thing from time , date or , tweets[tip]

Helubuntu, the scientific Linux made by myself

Ok this is really cool!! think when you power on your Linux machine it welcomes you, it tells you the current time and date tells you who are online who have mentions you in tweets . well this is freaking awesome . You do this with ease if you are using ubuntu , fedora or  Linux mint 12 or any other Linux flavors . ok then let start to learn how to do that .

All Linux flavor provide us a text to speech software festival . The command festival will be used to convert our text to speech here is an example of how to do that .

$ echo ” hello how are you ” | festival –tts 

Type this command in terminal and you will hear a voice [yes this is your computer’s voice ] i will speak what we have given in the echo command now lets create a welcome script which will welcome you win you power on your pc .

week=$(date +”%A” )
day=$(date +”%e” )
echo hello $USER you are super awesome i am your processor | festival –tts
echo today is $week $day | festival –tts
echo have a nice day | festival –tts

Save this script in and run in terminal sh . Now you hear a voice welcoming you and telling you the date and the time . set this script in you startup application to run it automatically when you log on .

Now let us see another script which will impress your friends .

echo “opening google chrome ” | festival –tts
google-chrome &
echo “done” | festival –tts
echo “opening empathy ” | festival –tts
empathy &
echo “done ” | festival –tts
echo “opening x chat ” | festival –tts
xchat &
echo “done ” | festival –tts

Now save this script as . Now what this script will do is open your application at once .  if you use some application on daily basis add the application to your script . This script will speak which application is going to be opened and this sound really cool . Now its on you what cool things can you do with this application . you can do many things like , knowing who are online , how many unread mail are in your inbox , if some body has mentions you on twitter .

I am working on a script which will speak tweets will update it in my next post .


How to install Fedora 3.5 gb dvd iso using usb most ,easiest way .[usb boot]

The device pictured is a 128MiB PNY Attaché US...

The most easiest way tho install a fedora is by burning the iso file to dvd and then install from that dvd . But some time you don’t have a working Cd Rom , in that case you have to install fedora from usb . Making the bootable usb  from the live image is very easy you can use any software like unetbootin or other software . Making a bootable usb form dvd is tricky though . But i have found the most simplest and easy way on fedora’s site . So at first you need to install the following software from yum .

$ su -c "yum install liveusb-creator" $ su -c "yum install livecd-tools"
Now after installing these software attach your usb drive to the computer and run following command
# fdisk -l
This command will show you the partition table from where you have see the name of your pen drive which could be /dev/sdb/  , /dev/sdc/ , after that unmount the pen drive [This is important step] . you can unmount from the both command line or from usb , following is the command
#umount /dev/sdb 
Now run the following command to make the media bootable.
# livecd-iso-to-disk path-to/Fedora-16-i386-DVD.iso /dev/sdb
if every thing is all right there will be no error your bootable usb will be created .If usb is not suitable that you can get some errors .
Error no 1 : Partition is not marked bootable .
this means that the usb that your are using is not marked as bootable so you have to mark it as bootable following is the procedure .
First type the following command
#parted /dev/sdb this will bring you into the parted utility  affter that type the following command
(parted) print 
this will print some thing like this 
Number  Start   End     Size    Type     File system  Flags
 1      32.3kB  1062MB  1062MB  primary  fat16
you can see that under the Flags coll um   nothing is printed to make it bootable type following command
(parted) toggle 1 boot This will made mark you usb as bootable you check this from using print command .  
Error no 2 : Your file system must be vfat ext[2,3] or brtfs
This means you have to change the file system of your usb for this us following command
mkdosfs /dev/sdb This will change the file system to msdos .
In this way you can install fedora from a dvd iso  using usb if you don't have working usb and network . If you have some another way tell in comments 

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Evernote released its new browser extension that is really awesome

Today Evernote the very popular note taking application has released a browser extension called Clearly . It helps you in clear reading when have you have read some thing on a website just click the extension then you will be launched with a simple an clear interface to read the article . following are the screen shot .

Without clearly











With clearly

As you can see from the screen shot how awesome is the interface no ads no eye distraction .It also give you the option of web clipping may be this is the strategy  to increase the no of user of evernote web clipping service  download the chrome extension from here 

Lacking of inspiration, Ideaswatch can inspire you with brilliant ideas .

Because of the low cost development tool and free web hosting sites anybody can launch there websites or tech  business now  , the challenge is of new  ideation . Now that when i am talking about ideas your idea should be  unique for successful tech business .
So , when it comes to the inspiration and unique idea the ideaswatch comes handy  .This site allows people to share ideas for new products and services, providing inspiration for aspiring entrepreneurs. Now what you have to do is just make your account at website and start sharing and inspiring other people .
You can browse ideas or share ideas with other people here is a screen shot of  the home page of the site


Here you there are some ideas already which are quite interesting   like universal browser extension  ,solar power laptops . you can comment on these ideas give points to these ideas most importantly you can a join a person if you really like an idea. Thousands of people are sharing ideas on this site monthly this is worth trying out , who knows any idea can inspire to full fill your dreams . IdeasWatch  users also get 15%  on professional market research from our global partner Marketest

Command line apps for Linux no need for Gui

These are my recommendations for default applications on a command line only desktop system. These are the applications I use everyday.  

Alpine - an easy to use and highly configurable email client
elinks - text only web browser
links2 - web browser that runs in the framebuffer, capable of displaying images
Screenshot of a sample Bash session, taken on ...

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ncftp - ftp client
youtube-dl - youtube video downloader
bashpodder - podcast podcatcher
newsbeuter - RSS feed reader
ssh - Remote access
rtorrent - bittorrent client
wicd - network/wireless manager which runs in ncurses
scp - transfer files over a network
aria2 - downloader
centerim - instant messenger
irssi - irc clinet

Office Suite
latex - word processing
vim - text editor
slsc - spreadsheet
tpp - presentations (use figlet for fonts) 
hnb - note-taking
fbgs - View .pdf files in the framebuffer
dict - dictionary
ispell - Spell correction
antiword - view .doc files as text
uniconv - convert various file formats to be readable in the CLI
docx2txt - convert .docx files to text

Social Networking
Charm - blogging application
twidge - twitter and client
fbcmd - Facebook client

gcalcli - google calendar on the commandline - to-do list
contact script - address book
pwsafe - password manager

mplayer - plays video in the framebuffer, also plays flash videos from the web
moc - music player
alsamixer - audio mixer
cdparanoia - CD/DVD ripper
mybashburn - CD/DVD buring

Games (I like to play)
Quake - playing in dosbox on the framebuffer
ninvaders - space invaders clone
monop - monopoly game as part of BSD games
boggle - part of BSD games
backgammon - part of BSD games
pacman - a pac-man game cloneDevelopment
vim - html editorTools
dosbox - DOS emulator capable of running on the framebuffer
htop - system monitor
truecrypt - encrypting drives
weather-util - weather application
zip - compress files
tar - back up 
rsync - backing up my system
mc - file manager
lp - printing
bible-kjv - King James version of the Bible
dropbox - file syncronation
scanimage - scanning images and documents

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Chrome book to hit indian market

chrome book

Google Chromebook, the software-less notebook where you do all the work in the web browser and all your files are stored in the cloud, could launch India in the next few months.

Sundar Pichai, who heads the Google Chrome browser and the Google Chrome OS initiatives, told The Hindu that he would be surprised “if Chromebooks are not shipped in India by early 2012.” He didn’t discuss the price though.

The first Chromebooks hit the retail shelves in June 2011 and, after all these months, I expect there will be price drop before they bring these notebooks to India. Would you buy one?

Clipboard reinventing the copy and paste

Today when i was reading the mashable i saw this interesting web site called clipboard . As it name suggest the it is used to clip some thing from the web . We know that there are many other interesting web apps like Evernote , clipmarks etc , but when i tried this it is the most easiest one what you have to is the just install a clipboard bookmark to your bookmark toolbar and that is it .
Now if you have to clip some thing you have to just click the book mark and select the area which you want to clip , the impressing thing of this website is that it doesn’t loses the function of the content you are clipping here is what mashable says

“Clipboard’s richness of clips makes it unique. While most copy-and-paste services either save only the text or basic structure of a website or article, Clipboard actually saves the original functionality and format of the items a user shares. If you decide to save a Wolfram Alpha page or a Facebook Post, Clipboard will retain its content, structure and even some of its functionality. ”
here is an example worflamalpha

following is the screen shot which i have clipped

This my ticker when i clipped it from my clipboard . I have some invitation if any body want comment here, this site is in private beta or read this article of mashable 

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New / Updated GNOME Application Designs (Mockups)

The GNOME developers are working on new application designs for Music, Photos, Chat, Transfers, Weather, Web, Mail, Calendar, Videos, Maps, Boxes (application for accessing other computer systems or images) and Notes as well as a redesign for Documents and Contacts. Here are a few very interesting mockups:







More mockups / info @

Fastertweet simple and Fast Twitter client : How to install

Python and Qt

The first reason to create this client was to learn python , and i have learned a lot.
From few days i was searching for a simple twitter client , from simple twitter client i meanwhich one has the function of sending tweets only , my twitter timeline is very fast and don’t want all that notification when i m at work , which hotot or trupial and other clients provide . so I created this software Fastertweet by using Tweepy twitter api , pyhton and pyqt4

 The first reason to create this client was to learn python .

It  is simplest twitter client start the client , type your tweet and hit enter that is it .you can download it from here  .

It can be used in Linux only and here are its dependency

  1. Pyhton
  2. Pygtk 
  3. Tweepy (Twitter Api )

Pyhton and pygtk are installed already in fedora (I am usin fedora 15 )  you can download Tweepy rpm package from here

Because i don’t know how to package a software in RPM or DEB so you will find only executable files so here is the way of how to installing the client

1 Go to terminal and run the from following command
It will open a browser to authenticate your twitter account to my client after authorizing go to the terminal and hit Enter , That is it you are now authorized with this client

2. Make the file executable  (you can run it from terminal also ) , for right click the file go the permission tab and you will find the option of making the file executable  . Now you can start the client by clicking the file

here are  the screenshot of the software

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