How to add “Send To” removable USB drive in GNOME

Here’s a way to add “Send To” functionality to copy multiples files to removable drive (usually USB drive) in GNOME desktop.

Finally you can test it by selecting a file on your desktop and clicking the Send To option, you’ll be presented with a dialog similar to this.

Now you can easily copy files between your GNOME Desktop to your portable USB drive.

Send To Dialog

Using lsb_release to get Ubuntu release information

Sometimes when you are about to ask questions or to get help about something related to your Linux computer, you might be asked which distro and the release of the distro you are using.

Same goes if you need to fix something or install binary packages on someone else’s computer. The first thing you should know, is the name of the distro and the release they are using. The simplest way is to use “lsb_release” command, which are included on most modern GNU Linux operating system.

Just run : lsb_release -a
And you will be given information you need to install binary packages, submit a bug report or to determine which solution best for the particular distro.

No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description:    Ubuntu 7.10
Release:        7.10
Codename:       gutsy

Melayubuntu – the best local Ubuntu blog

Today I would proudly write about a fine, if not the best local Ubuntu blog for Malaysian, Melayubuntu. Best of all, its written in Malay !

The website is filled with loads of Ubuntu tips which is useful for Ubuntu users, whether they are new or an old timer. It is the one particular blog which should be worth subscribing for.

OpenOffice- Howto Print Multiple Slides (Handout) in One page

There are times when you want to print multiple presentation slides in one page, especially when you are making handouts to give away to your audiences. Here’s how you can do that easily using Impress.

First click at the “Handouts” tab.

Printing Multiple slides on a single page in

Then you will see the slides arranged on a single page. Typical number of slides is usually between 4-6 on a single page. You can select layouts option to determined the number of slides.

OpenOffice Handouts

Alternatively, you can change the page layout to to Landspace to give it a “wider” feeling to your handouts. Just right click and select Page Layout.

OpenOffice Handouts

OpenOffice Handouts

Finally you can print your handouts by selecting File->Print, and clicking Options at the bottom of the Print Dialog. Select Handouts, and print the documents as usual.

How to print OpenOffice Handouts Slides

That’s all, hope it will help you in your daily works.

FLV2MPEG4 : Convert FLV to MPEG4

Here is an easy way to convert Adobe Flash Video files (FLV) to MPEG-4 using a tool called flv2mpeg4.

  1. First you need to download flv2mpeg4 using svn from its project websites

    svn co vixynet


  2. Install ffmpeg, libavcodec-dev, libavformat-dev and libavutil-dev package
  3. read the docs and compile flv2mpeg4

You can convert flash video file to mpeg4 by executing :
flv2mpeg4 youtube.flv youtube.mpeg4

Alternatively you can install flv2mpeg4 from website.