Lumina DE: a fresh desktop to try out

Lumina 1.0.0

The 1.0 Beta release of the Lumina Desktop Environment made some news this week. While it is the flagship DE for PC-BSD, Lumina can be installed and used on many other distros as well. We’ll see how to install it on Ubuntu 15.10 (and link to the procedure for other distros) but a little about Lumina first. Continue reading Lumina DE: a fresh desktop to try out

jeex: useful hex tool


There are several cmdline hex editors available on Linux, even vim can use the xxd utility to edit a file in hex mode (:%!xxd to edit, :%!xxd -r to return to text mode). You may have come across ghex as well, the standard Gnome hex editor. We found a lightweight and powerful hex utility in the default Ubuntu repos – jeex. jeex is also written in Gtk+ and you don’t have to bother about dependencies (unlike bless, which takes it to mono libraries!!!). Continue reading jeex: useful hex tool alternatives

notepadIt’s been a while we visited, a fast web service to jot down your notes or memos or todos and password protect them, or to share info between different systems. No accounts, no logins, no attachments. However, the developer put down a service end notice in Dec 2015. Though it’s still running, the notice is still there and we started looking for some alternatives. Continue reading alternatives

Zathura: tiny PDF viewer


Zathura is a PDF viewer belonging to the same category as MuPDF. It uses vim-like keybinds and is a delight for vim-addicts. However, late-introduced (and modern) vim keybinds like arrow keys page keys etc. work fine with Zathura, making it easier to get accustomed to for regular users. If you don’t like the defaults, many settings can be configured. Font rendering in Zathura seems better than evince, though they use the same poppler library. Continue reading Zathura: tiny PDF viewer

Day Planner: light calendar & reminder app

Day Planner

Day Planner is a calendar cum task manager cum reminder app for the Linux desktop. You can add or import events and get popup notifications for the events. The app is too simple to start with but there are provisions to supercharge it. However, it has certain limitations as we’ll see. Continue reading Day Planner: light calendar & reminder app

Degoo offers 100GB free cloud storage


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Degoo is a new cloud storage service offering 100GB free cloud storage. The service claims military grade data encryption and stores multiple copies of your data for redundancy in case of nodal failures. The free plan allows up to 2 synchronized devices. Continue reading Degoo offers 100GB free cloud storage

PoGoMap: locate all nearby Pokémons


Caught in PokéMania? Can’t wait to catch them all? PoGoMap is a Python utility to find nearby Pokémons. The data is updated live and optionally shows gyms and pokestops in your locality. The client runs on a flask server and uses the google maps service. Though it is still a proof of concept, the utility works precisely. Continue reading PoGoMap: locate all nearby Pokémons