Archive for December, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Just in time for Christmas, the How-To Geek has posted a magnificent set of Christmas wallpapers. I have put my favorite on my desktop:

Of course, there are other beauties as well.

Please have fun and keep safe this holiday season. May God bless you all!

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Another Way to Do Address Labels

Last year close to Christmas, I wrote a post about how to do address labels from scratch, with no form to help out. This year, I have found out that there is an extension that makes life much easier.

The first thing you will need to do, if you haven’t already, is to run the command:

sudo apt-get install openoffice.org

in order to get all of the pieces needed by openoffice.org base, the database software. Family Address Book is actually a database already set up, with instructions for use and a handy program for inputting new records. Here is the menu you get when you first click on the downloaded file:

I heartily recommend reading the instructions before you continue. The program is powerful, giving you three different ways to run your labels as well as other options for adding and looking at records. (My only negative comment is that I could not figure out how to delete or change a record without going into the Information Table. However, once you’re there, it isn’t so hard to figure out.)

Here is the form to add a new person or family. As you can see, the database stores birthdays, anniversaries and telephone numbers as well as addresses. This makes it more powerful than a simple address label program would be.

One other thing I recommend – that I didn’t do last year – is to save your database on an external medium. I have an external hard drive where my family address book odb file is now safely sitting. That way, I won’t accidentally delete it when I reinstall Ubuntu. (Reinstalls happen when you are testing an alpha. Lucid Lynx is in alpha already.)Technorati Tags: , ,

Lucid Lynx Alpha 1 Has Been Released

Lucid Lynx Alpha 1 is the first alpha release of Ubuntu 10.04. As always, it comes with the warning not to install it on production machines. The final version will be released on April 29, 2010.

To upgrade from Ubuntu 9.10 on a desktop system, press Alt + F2 and type in “update-manager -d” without the quotes. The Update Manager will tell you: New distribution release ‘10.04’ is available. From there, click upgrade and follow the instructions.

Lucid Lynx Alpha 1 includes the latest Gnome desktop environment, Linux kernel 2.6.32-7.10, and KDE SC 4.4 beta 1.

ISOs and torrents of Lucid Lynx Alpha 1 for the Ubuntu desktop are available here.Technorati Tags: , ,


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