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Convert CHM files to HTML/PDF

A few years back reading book involved going to the neighborhood book shop,purchasing the book and then finding cozy place to sit and read the book . However with the advent of Internet and computing with laptops getting smaller ,less bulkier and cooler and the easy availability of Ebooks on the internet scenario has changed.These days you could go to online book shop and purchase Ebook (any time of day ) and start reading them immediately , all this sitting in your Bed.However most of these Ebooks are in CHM format (Microsoft Compiled HTML Help) ,which is a native documentation format of Windows operating system. CHM basically combines HTML and it's associated images together into a single (.chm) file.

Now by default Ubuntu and many other Linux distributions do not include support for opening (.chm) files out of box owing to CHM file being proprietary file format of Windows operating system. There are viewers available on Linux which allows you to open these files , as i ha…

Mount ISO images easily under Nautilus

I had purchased Lenovo y410 series laptop few months back , the laptop worked flawlessly for few months but well sadly few weeks back optical drive stopped working. I had downloaded an iso from which i wanted to run few files, now as the DVD drive on my laptop was not working and well repairs will take time so i was in a fix , about how to extract files from this ISO and run them . Searching Google , Ubuntu forums etc i found a very simple and easy way of mounting ISO's under nautilus which i am trying to document here in this article.


Open the terminal window(Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal ) and issue the following commands in the terminal window :

wget http://www.debianadmin.com/images/iso/mount.sh
and
wget http://www.debianadmin.com/images/iso/unmount.sh

Now we need to change the file permissions , to make the above script executable. Which we could do by issuing the following command in the terminal window :
sudo chmod +x mount.shsudo chmod +x unmount.shFinally w…

Cheese : Easy to use WebCam application for Linux

Cheese is an open source GNOME application that allows you to use your WebCam for taking photos and recording videos. Cheese has an intuitive interface which somewhat resembles that of Phonebooth, a similar application available on the Mac OS X Platform. Based on GStreamer framework , it allows you to introduce various fancy graphical effects into your photos and videos.


Cheese is available in Ubuntu 8.04 Repositories and hence can be easily installed by typing in the following command in the terminal window (Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal ) :

sudo apt-get install cheese



After installation is over you can launch Cheese from (Applications -> Graphics -> Cheese ) .
This is how Cheese looks


Cheese is really simple to use, the entire window is divided into two parts . The bottom part of the Cheese window has a file manager that displays all the videos and photos you have taken till date.Double clicking any photo opens that photo in the "Eye for Gnome" applicat…

Gnome Do : Attractive and Functional launcher for Gnome

Gnome Do is an innovative launcher for the GNOME desktop environment similar to Quicksilver available on "Mac OS X" . Gnome Do tries to provide best of Keyboard driven interface(providing short-cut keys and command terminals) and cursor driven interface(menus , attractive buttons and icons), thus making it useful to both novice and experienced users. It is extensible and supports number of plugins thus increasing the functionality of GNOME Do.

GNOME Do allows you to quickly search for many items present in your GNOME desktop environment (applications, Evolution contacts, Firefox bookmarks, files, artists and albums in Rhythmbox, Pidgin buddies) and perform commonly used actions on those objects (Run, Open, Email, Chat, Play, etc.).

Installing GNOME Do on Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron

To install GNOME Do on Ubuntu 8.04 issue the following command in the terminal window (Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal) :

echo "deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/do-core/ubuntu hardy main&q…