Kobo Glo supports Mobi

Although not much advertised, Kobo Glo supports .mobi format of ebooks. Mobi is also known as MobiPocket Reader format and is usually used for older or DRM protected ebooks.

I have tested the Mobi support of Kobo Glo and it works flawlessly. You can directly transfer your .mobi ebooks (similarly to .epub) to your Kobo Glo or use software such as Calibre or others.

In case, you encounter a Kobo Glo device not supporting .mobi, let me know the details from the Settings->Device Information.

My Kobo Glo Device information with Mobi support:

  • Software version: 2.8.1 (20th of Sept., 2013)

As you can see, the firmware is pretty recent as of writing this blog post (just two months old).

November 24, 2013 at 16:13 :: Filed under Internet, Musings :: [*] :: No Comments ::

Bitcoin Price Widget (Plasmoid) for KDE / Plasma

Bitcoin Rate Plasmoid

Bitcoin Rate Plasmoid

If you follow Bitcoin rate and use KDE (any Linux) with its Plasma, you might be interested in this little Bitcoin rate plasmoid. It displays the rate of BTC at Bitstamp and Mt.gox.

Download

Download here (version 0.2) – just unzip and install: Bitcoin rate plasmoid (Add widgets – From local file / install, more help on installation)

  • Version 0.2 – displays Bitcoin rate at Bitstamp and Mt.gox
  • Version 0.1 – display Bitcoin rate at Bitstamp

How to use

Put BTC rate widget on your desktop / dashboard or in your panel. Right click to change rate update interval (from 30 seconds up to 1 hour)

Support

If you like it, support further development by donating to: 1pqLizfhgya5uUhp7piCGERYe22SKmULr

November 17, 2013 at 23:18 :: Filed under Internet :: [*] :: No Comments ::

Kobo Glo Unboxing

Kobo Glo is a very nice e-ink e-book reader with touch control and backlight that has been highly recommended over the Kindle’s.

It offers multitude of supported formats (ePub, Mobi, PDF and more) as well as wifi, browser and over 70 hours of reading time with the backlight on!

I have prepared few photos from the unboxing of Kobo Glo.

October 18, 2013 at 10:33 :: Filed under Internet, Musings :: [*] :: No Comments ::

Command Line PHP Displaying Code Instead of Output

If your PHP in a command line is not executing and just displays a source code, then be sure to check you are using proper opening tag:
<?php
instead just:
<?
or enable short_open_tag = On in your php.ini.

Source code is displayed instead of properly executing and printing output from PHP, if you use short tag and don’t have it allowed in your configuration file.

From documentation (php.ini) – short_open_tag must be On, if you want to use it:

; short_open_tag
; recommended for several years that you not use the short tag “short cut” and
; this short cut has been a feature for such a long time, it’s currently still
; http://php.net/short-open-tag
short_open_tag = On

October 3, 2013 at 22:51 :: Filed under Musings :: [*] :: No Comments ::

Copy.com Cloud Synchronization Issues

If you are having weird cloud sync problems when using Copy.com (GIU CopyAgent or command line CopyConsole), just use this command while running sync client:

CopyCmd debug resync

This will throw away any cache and synchronization settings and resync with the copy.com cloud server to guarantee data integrity.

This works on Windows, Mac and Linux, just look for CopyCmd in the Copy app folder.

August 8, 2013 at 22:06 :: Filed under Musings :: [*] :: 1 Comment ::

CRON Gets Deleted – Using tmpfs for /var/spool on SSD in Linux

You know it – computers come with the solid state drives these days and therefore you search for ways to optimize their lifetime and reduce their tear and wear.

Many Linux websites tell you to optimize /etc/fstab by putting /var/spool directory on ramdisk (using tmpfs – temporary filesystem) like this:

tmpfs /var/spool tmpfs defaults,noatime,mode=1777 0  0

What they however forget to tell you is that this way crontab (or cron) will not work for ordinary users as the cron will gets deleted on every reboot.

Seriously, don’t do it. Just remove this line, keep others, the SSD tear&wear will not happen just beacuase you have your /var/spool (and crontab) on your drive.

August 8, 2013 at 22:03 :: Filed under Rants :: [*] :: No Comments ::

How to Add Bitcoin URI to Firefox to Open Bitcoin Client Automatically

It’s easy to extend functionality of Firefox by using its about:config page. In this tutorial, we will be adding bitcoin: URI handler so that Firefox is able to open a chosen Bitcoin client to use the address and open it.

  1. Type about:config in Firefox address bar.
  2. Confirm by clicking “I’ll be careful, I promise” button, if Firefox complains about warranty void. (If you have already used about:config, then this warning does not appear)
  3. Search for “handler.expose”
  4. Right click anywhere on empty space and add new Boolean value
  5. Write in “network.protocol-handler.expose.bitcoin”
  6. Write in “false” for value
  7. Click a bitcoin: URI link and Firefox will ask you about Bitcoin software (client) to use
  8. Select Bitcoin client by locating it on a drive (look in /usr/bin/ on Ubuntu or C:Program Files on Windows)
  9. Test by donating any Bitcoin amount, if this article helped you: bitcoin:1EuuVdEUe6zPCdpFW5HWGPWBRatYEJ7A5P

April 25, 2013 at 19:28 :: Filed under Internet :: [*] :: No Comments ::

JustCloud on Linux / Ubuntu

JustCloud offers a new Linux client for Debian-based systems, e.g. Ubuntu and others.

You can choose to download 32 bit or 64 bit versions. However, what the website doesn’t tell you is that JustCloud client for Linux has some dependencies and you need to install them manually before installing JustCloud. Those dependencies / packages are:

  • rdiff
  • librsync1

So, download JustCloud and do this:

sudo apt-get install rdiff librsync1
sudo dpkg -i ./JustCloud_64.deb

Change the second line to match the path to JustCloud package.

If you don’t install these dependencies on Linux before, you can encounter this error:

Selecting previously unselected package justcloud.
(Reading database ... 410236 files and directories currently installed.)
Unpacking justcloud (from ./JustCloud_64.deb) ...
install
dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of justcloud:
 justcloud depends on rdiff; however:
  Package rdiff is not installed.
dpkg: error processing justcloud (--install):
 dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
Errors were encountered while processing:
 justcloud

November 23, 2012 at 21:21 :: Filed under Internet :: [*] :: No Comments ::

QuickText for Thunderbird 17 (TB 17)

Quicktext extension / addon compatible with Thundebird 17.0 is available directly from the author’s website:

http://extensions.hesslow.se/download/22/quicktext_0.9.11.4.xpi (link to download)

November 22, 2012 at 11:20 :: Filed under Internet :: [*] :: No Comments ::

Shimano Nexus 7 Hub SG-7C18 Lock Ring Problem

I had a flat on my rear wheel. My bicycle is equipped with Shimano Nexus SG-7C18 7-speed coaster brake and in order to change a tube you need to remove both the chain and the internal Nexus 7 hub cassette joint.

Shimano Nexus 7 hub cassette joint and lock ring

Shimano Nexus 7 hub cassette joint (39) and lock ring (13)

That part seemed easy to do, but the trouble came when I tried to reinstall the Shimano Nexus 7 hub cassette joint with cable and lock ring. Even when hub twist shifter was set to speed 1 as advised and had the matching yellow arrows (shifter cassette joint) and dots (lock ring) properly positioned, lock ring wouldn’t lock by turning. It seemed as there wasn’t enough space between the ring and the cassette joint as the lock ring locks in grooves behind the casing.

After I took the bicycle to a mechanic, he told me he had a hard time locking the lock ring, too. His advise was to put shifter in position (speed) 1, put the cassette joint on the hub, use your fingers to open (tension) the cassette joint as wide as possible and this creates enough space for the lock ring to be locked. I hope I won’t have to repeat this procedure as it seems overly complicated. One would expect better from Shimano.

Complete list of Shimano Nexus 7 internal hub parts as well as installation instructions are available as PDF files directly from Shimano website.

July 30, 2012 at 13:02 :: Filed under Rants :: [*] :: 4 Comments ::