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How to revive an old Mac with Linux

Quick guide on how to install Linux alongside MacOS on your old Mac, and make it more useful.

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Sounds for the Summer 2016

What to listen to this summer.

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Archiving your old DVD

I had the How to make a digital backup of your DVD collection wihtout qualtiy loss? The idea is to avoid losing your movie collection after years of use, and improve the cinematic experience by upgrading your subtitles from a sad images sequence to a real text file, which font and size you’ll be able to configure.

The process is quite easy with the right tools, this post will tell you how to do it on Windows.

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Ubuntu 16.04 LTS virtualization and customization

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS has been released last month. LTS is an abbreviation for “Long Term Support”: while a new Ubuntu Desktop is released every six months, the LTS versions are released every 2 years and receive a 5 years support. An ideal solution for anyone looking for stability. Ubuntu has nine flavours and dozens of localised and specialised derivatives, but we are focusing today on the main ‘official’ version.

While I wasn’t fond of Unity, Ubuntu’s default desktop environment, a few years ago, it has been greatly improved lately and may become a solid solution for a light and punchy virtual machine.

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Sounds for the Spring 2016

Albums

♪ The Beatles Abbey Road (1969)
♪♪♪♪♪ Last Shadow Puppets Everything You’ve Come To Expect (2016, Rock)
♪♪♪♪♪ dEUS Selected Songs 1994 – 2014 (2014, Rock)
♪♪♪♪* Get Well Soon Love (2016, Pop)
♪♪♪♪* White Stripes White Blood Cell (2001, Indie Rock/Folk)
♪♪♪♪* CAKE Showroom of Compassion (2011, Pop)
♪♪♪♪* Disasterpeace Hyper Light Drifter (2016, Electro/VGM)
♪♪♪** EL Huervo Vandereer (2016, Electro/Glitch hop)

Singles

♪♪♪♪♪ Gojira Stranded (2016, Metal)
♪♪♪♪♪ Moderat Reminder (2016, Electro)

Ubuntu 15.10: Unity desktop customization

The next LTS (long term support) version of Ubuntu – 16.04 – is about to be released in a few days. It will bring a new feature (among others), totally unnecessary and long awaited: the possibility to move the Unity launcher from the left of the screen to the bottom. Be sure I will jump on this new release on day one. In the meantime, let see how we configured our current Ubuntu 15.10 desktop.

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Sounds of the Winter 2015

Albums & links

♪♪♪♪♪ IQ The Road of Bones (2014, Rock Prog)
♪♪♪♪♪ The Pineapple Thief Magnolia (2014, Rock Prog)
♪♪♪♪* Riverside Fear Love and the Time Machine (2015 – Rock Prog)
♪♪♪♪* Danny Baronowski Crypt of the Necrodancer (2015, Electro)
♪♪♪♪* Various artists Hotline Miami 2 (2015, Synthwave)
♪♪♪♪* Bruce Springsteen High Hopes (2014, Rock)
♪♪♪♪* Patti Smith Horses (1975, Rock/Folk)

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Make Openbox your window manager in Ubuntu

Autumn is here, it’s time to change our wallpaper! And our distro as well… Today we’ll see how to tweak Lubuntu, the lightest and simplest of the *buntu releases to make it run smoother than ever and look a bit nicer.

To do that we’ll use the Openbox window manager, a highly configurable WM that “allows you to change almost every aspect of how you interact with your desktop and invent completely new ways to use and control it.” I’ve already mentioned it a few time on this blog, while doing some testing on the brilliant Crunchbang Debian distribution. And as the spiritual successor of Crunchbang, BunsenLabs, is about to be launched, it seems an excellent timing to have a new look at Openbox.

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Sounds for Autumn 2015

Music for autumn nights, october 2015.

♪♪♪♪♪ Sevendust Time Travelers and Bonefire (2014, acoustic metal)
♪♪♪♪ Sevendust Kill the Flaw (2015, alternative metal)
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 True Detective Soundtrack (2014, rock blues)
♪♪♪♪ The Shins Port of Morrow (2012, pop rock)
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 VAST Me and You (2009, acoustic)

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