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Application : Caffeine - for pleasure of uninterrupted viewing

How often have you felt irritated by intruding screen-saver or your computer going into power saving mode while you are watching your favorite movie or series. I for one find this very irritating, annoying and I had in fact disabled power saving and screen saver from my computer.

This is not a very good solution, disabling power saving mode is not wise,as you waste a lot of energy and consequently this degrades the battery life of your laptop,in case you are using laptop. Caffeine is a small applet that comes handy in this situation, it allows you to disable Screen Savers and Power Saving mode temporarily while you enjoy video or any other activity which might have resulted in computer going into power saving mode.

To install Caffeine, open the terminal window from ( Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal) and issue the following command to add repository for caffeine and subsequently install caffeine on your system. ( These instructions are meant for Ubuntu 10.10 and earlier …

How to download Flash Files : No Flash files in /tmp ?

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First a disclaimer,it might be illegal to download flash file,it depends upon the website's TOS and I encourage you to go through them before attempting to download flash file, if it is illegal I will NOT recommend that you download flash file.

There are different ways to download flash file, there are plugins that you can install in firefox, there are scripts that allow you to do so, however,one of the better ways that I have used for years( at least more than a year) is copying FlashXXX files from /tmp and renaming them appropriately.

Whenever flash played any media file in the browser, it downloaded Flash file locally in /tmp and deleted it when you closed the page. This had many advantages, for instance if you find something interesting and have already watched it in browser, you do not have …

Ubuntu Tips: Manage CPU temperature

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I started using computers way back in early 90's and I remember often people used to say that computers should always remain in cool, air conditioned , controlled environment, things might have changed over the years, computers might have become more robust,rigid, I am not sure, but one thing I am fairly certain of is, computers don't like overheating, this affects performance, reduces reliability and often leads to failure. Microprocessor is heart of computer, it consumes the maximum power as well as generates the maximum amount of heat and hence the fact that CPU temperature needs to be controlled becomes important.

I live in Ahmedabad, a city in Western India. In summers the temperature outsides goes to as high as 40-45 degrees, and in dorm rooms we do not have air-conditioning. Since…