Unable to Retrieve Movie Information from IMDb in GCStar 1.6.2

When I was happily trying to insert a new movie into GCStar I was stunned, because the movie information was not retrieved. I remember about 2 months ago it was fine.

Then I checked in GCStar forum and found out that IMDb plug-in for GCStar is based on the movie finder page of IMDb, and unfortunately, now the finder page has changed. So, the plug-in was not working properly. Luckily the forum also shows the solution by changing a line (line 239) in the plug-in.

if ($self->{inside}->{h1} && $origtext !~ m/IMDb\s*Title\s*Search/i)

with this line:

if ($self->{inside}->{title} && $origtext !~ m/Find\s-\sIMDb/i)

And, it works. Thanks to soulchainer.





Fixing Blueish in Youtube (Flash) in Pangolin

When I tested Pangolin from Live CD, I didn’t encounter any color problem with Youtube. After I installed Pangolin into my system, and then installed NVidia proprietery driver, then I started encounter this blue color problem when watching Youtube or any other flash-based video streaming website.

I tried to find a solution for this problem in many forums. Most of them pointing the problem to Adobe, and some pointing to NVidia. I didnt care about this pointing problem, because I need those two software, so I needed a solution.

Eventually I found out the source of the problem is flash-based video cannot run using hardware acceleration. There are some solutions that suggested in forums:

  • Remove “libvdpau1” package from Pangolin system. This package is used by flash for hardware acceleration.
  • Disable hardware acceleration option from Youtube. Right-click on the video, select “Settings” and then untick the “Hardware Acceleration”. But alas, I couldn’t untick it, and I couldn’t remove the “Settings” window either. From this thread in this forum I found out that compiz cause this problem. So, I logged out from my system, logged in again using Unity 2D, and now it was possible to disable the hardware acceleration. I logged out and logged in again, and then tried to watch Youtube again. Voila, the blueish color was gone.




Install VMWare Player on Ubuntu 12.04

As I expected a new system means a new set of problems. The first application that encounter problem with Pangolin is VMWare Player 4.0.3. The installation of VMWare Player was smooth though, there was no problem occurred. For a while I felt relief, “yes, I can use VMWare Player tomorrow”. The problem showed when I tested to open one of the VMWare image. The VMWare was trying to install additional functions, and it failed.

After searching on the Internet, I found this reply from a thread from VMWare forum. Basically, he recommended to apply a patch in 5 steps. (Get the patch file here)

  1. Un-tar /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source/vmnet.tar to a directory you can write to (eg /tmp, /var/tmp or your desktop or home directory) – this creates a directory vmnet-only
  2. Apply the attached patch to the un-tarred source (run patch in the directory from step 1 – the patch file was created from the parent directory of vmnet-only)
  3. Save the original source tar file as /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source/vmnet.tar.orig
  4. create a new /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source/vmnet.tar from the patched source (with ‘sudo tar cf /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source/vmnet.tar vmnet-only’ in the directory from step 1)
  5. Start the vmware player/workstation/….

So, these were what I did.

I extracted the “/usr/lib/vmware/modules/source/vmnet.tar” to “/tmp” folder.

tar xvf /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source/vmnet.tar -C /tmp

Copy the patch file (vmnet.diffs) to “/tmp” folder and then apply the patch.

patch -p0 < vmnet.diffs

Back up the original “vmnet.tar” as “vmnet.tar.orig”.

sudo cp vmnet.tar vmnet.tar.orig

Create a new “vmnet.tar” from “/tmp” folder.

sudo tar cvf /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source/vmnet.tar vmnet-only

Trigger the kernel update by trying to open a VMWare image again. At this time the update went smoothly, and the image was opened.

Transition 2012 Part 2: Pangolin Rules My Notebook (Officially)

It took about half-an-hour to install Pangolin on my notebook, as usual from Ubuntu. Yup, It’s a clean install. I removed the Lynx and installed Pangolin. I saw from the internet, many people tried to upgrade, but took hours to finish, and sometimes broke some already running well application. So, I prefer avoid this problem.

Unlike Lynx, Pangolin is using another desktop environment, even though still based on Gnome. Pangolin is using Unity, as seen below.

It’s totally different from previous desktop environment. It looks nice. It’s very nicely done. But, different desktop environment means different ways of doing things.

There is no more main menu on the top bar, even though on the left side of the top bar looks the same as before. Now the menu is in the Ubuntu button on the top-left corner of the screen. Once click on the button, a panel will be shown, which is showing latest application or files used, list of installed applications, list of music, and list of videos. On the window itself, there is a search box for me to find applications or, maybe, ever opened files. It is similar to Gnome-Do on my previous system, and I think I like Gnome-Do better. Anyway, it’s a good improvement.

On the left side of the screen there is a launcher bar, which holds selected applications for quick run the application without finding it in the application list. It remind me to my AWN on my previous system. So, that’s fine for me. The one that I surprise me (in a good way) is the ability of the launcher bar and all other on-screen notifications to adapt to the wallpaper colour. I like this functionality very much. 🙂

My impression for my Pangolin is good enough for now. The real test will start when I’m installing my applications, and how good my applications run on top of Pangolin.

So, King Pangolin, congratulations for your succession. Rule wisely and I hope the best from you. 🙂

Transition 2012 Part 1: Reign of Lynx Review

It has been almost 2 year since the Lynx reigns my notebook. I like Lynx, it’s stable, fast boot-up, fast shut-down, easy to configure, etc. Lucid Lynx is an Ubuntu linux distro version 10.04. I use this system for my daily usage at home after work. Sometimes I use my home system to do my office work. In office I use Windows XP and Windows 7 system, and most applications that I use in office won’t be able to work in my linux system. So, I use virtual machine to do my work. In this case I use VMWare, instead of VirtualBox. There are several reasons why I use VMWare rather than VirtualBox. First, most of my colleague use VMWare; second, I feel VirtualBox is still unstable; and third, USB support in VMWare is better than VirtualBox.

In term of internet browser, I still prefer Firefox, it’s just because I feel more comfortable using it rather than other linux browser. Firefox supports many add-ons and plug-ins. Other than that, most of my bookmarks are in Firefox. Chromium is my second browser. Chromium is a good browser, the look is very simple, fast, and I can install chrome-based application.

In term of display, I have installed compiz and Avant Window Manager (AWN). The compiz allows me to run animation special-effect on my system. It’s really nice, even though I don’t set it at full capacity. While AWN allows me to show icon launcher on any side of the screen, but I prefer left-side. Below is a screen-shot of my compiz capability and AWN.

There are several applications that I use very often.

  • Home Bank, a simple-personal accounting system, it tracks my income and expense, including my credit cards. I think it’s one of the best application for non-accounting person like me.
  • GCStar is an application to store my movie collection. It’s able to retrieve movie information from the internet. The good thing of GCStar, it’s not just for movie, but can be used for book or music collection as well. A recommended application for collectors.
  • SMPlayer is my most favourite movie player. It can run any movie format as long, as you have the codec, without a glitch.
  • Disk Usage Analyser is an application that allows me to check how much space that my data has occupied my harddisk. It’s a default application from Ubuntu, but it’s very very useful. I think Windows system also need this application by default. By using this application, I can pinpoint which folder that has occupied my harddisk the most.
  • Transmission is a downloader application with a torrent technology. Usually I use this application to download files from the internet. It’s very good, and it has never given me any problem.
  • Terminal Server Client and TeamViewer are vnc-like application. I can use them to remote to a server or desktop and control them. They have helped me a lot to do my job.
  • Geany is the best of the lightest IDE. It helped me a lot to do some programming works.
  • Brasero is a DVD writer for Gnome. It’s an fine application. It can do the job, but sometimes it took almost an hour just to burn a DVD, and sometimes the result is not copied very well. If there is another DVD burner application, I’m willing to try it, as long as it’s a Gnome application.
  • The last but not least is Wine, an application that allows me to run Windows application on my linux system, especially my games.  🙂

This Lynx is one of my best system of all. I still feel sad to overthrown Lynx from my notebook. But, I hope the next system, Pangolin, can give me a better performance than Lynx.

Thank you and good bye, Lynx.

Playing World War II Game, TripleA, on Linux

Triple A

Triple A

I think most of us ever played a board game, such as chess, ludo, othello, or the famous one, monopoly. You, together with your friends played together on a one board game. Board games are fun, really fun, I think. From the game you will be able to know your friends character, and improve the bond between you.

Ok, that’s enough for philosophy thing. There is one board game that I and my friends like a lot, Axis and Allies. This board game is about world war II. It’s a strategy game, similar to Risk, if you ever heard about it. But, its much more complicated than Risk. The game starts with the world has been divided into 5 big warring countries (Russia, German, UK, Japan, and US), plus neutral countries. Those countries are divided into 2 sides, Axis and Allies. Every player will play one country, and the game will start in sequence. I admittedly, the game is extremely complicated, interesting, challenging, and also, addictive. We could play this game for hours. Sometimes it took half-a-day, if there is a dead-lock. Actually, that’s the down-side. We need to spare a half-day to play this game, and the problem is, not every one has the same schedule.

Axis And Allies

Axis And Allies

Recently I found a PC version of Axis and Allies. It’s called TripleA. The scenario in the game is not exactly the same with the original board game Axis and Allies. It has been modified to be more regions to conquer, more unit to command, and more rules. So, it’s more complex that the original. But, it’s still fun, though. 🙂 The game is developed using Java. So, it would work with Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. Another good thing about the game is the game can be played by one person only that controls one country, so the other countries will be controlled by artificial intelligence (AI). And the best part is it’s free.

In order to start playing is very easy. Download the game from TripleA official website, and then extract it. The extracted folder is the game, which ready to play. Go to the folder, and then change the triplea_unix.sh into an executable file, then run it:

chmod u+x triplea_unix.sh

Or, if you are using Nautilus, right-click on triplea_unix.sh, click on Permissions tab, and then tick Allow executing file as a program. Doube-click on the file, and then click on Run in Terminal.

triplea_unix.sh Properties

triplea_unix.sh Properties

The main menu of the game will be shown like below.

TripleA MainMenu

TripleA MainMenu

TripleA-Select a Game

TripleA-Select a Game

You can play local game (hot-seat), PBEM (by email), network game, and connect to lobby server. In order to connect to the lobby server, you have to register to, so called, TripleA War Club. Personally I only play local game option only. So, I can’t comment for other game options. Before the game start, you can select which game you want to play. There are 4 games:

  • Big World : 1942 (World War II)
  • Capture The Flag (Ludo-like)
  • Great War (World War I)
  • Minimap (Simple map game)

Ok then, enough talking. Be started and conquer the world. May the force be with you.

Note: There is another alternative to this game. It’s a web based game that only support PBEM (by email). Visit the website.

Hope you enjoy it.

Adding RSS Subscribe Button in Firefox 4+

Firefox logo

One of the most useful functionality in Firefox is a button to subscribe to RSS, if the website we visits has a RSS feed. The button is always in the right-most of address bar. But, since Firefox 4.0 the button is missing from the address bar. I though this functionality is deprecated, but luckily it’s not. The button is shown on the toolbar by default anymore.

In order to show the RSS Subscribe button you have to click on Firefox menu -> Preferences -> Toolbar Layout. From here a Customize Toolbar window will be shown, like shown below. Find the RSS Subscribe button and then drag the button to the toolbar. You can choose the place in the toolbar as you like. For example, I put the button at the right side of the address bar, just besides Home button.

Firefox-Customize Toolbar

Firefox-Customize Toolbar

Firefox-RSS Subscribe

Firefox-RSS Subscribe

Upgrade Firefox without Upgrading Ubuntu



Ubuntu always sticks to a version for every software that delivered in an Ubuntu version. Like Ubuntu 10.04 always sticks to Firefox 3.6. Its only update the Firefox if there is an update for Firefox 3.6. It’s applicable to all of the software in Ubuntu.

Firefox 5 has been released for quite sometimes. And, Firefox 5 is way better than Firefox 3.6, such as simplicity, speed, and overall appearance. Staying with Firefox 3.6 is like torturing yourself, while the Firefox 5 is sitting in the shop, waiting for us to take it home. On the other hand, I have no intention to upgrade my Ubuntu to the latest version.

Fortunately, there are 2 ways to upgrade our Firefox. First, download Firefox (tar.bz2 file) from Mozilla website, and install it manually. Second, install it using Ubuntu Software Center. I prefer the second method, because it has been tested by Ubuntu team.

In order to do this, you have to add PPA for Firefox into software repository list. There are 2 ways to do this:

  • By using GUI, open up the Ubuntu Software Center, click menu Edit > Software Sources and click the ‘Other Software’ tab. Click ‘Add’ and then paste ppa:mozillateam/firefox-stable into the APT Line input box. Once done you can click on menu System > Administration > Update Manager to perform an upgrade.

Ubuntu Software Center

Ubuntu Software Center

Software Sources

Software Sources

  • By using terminal, you just need to run these command in the terminal window:
    • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/firefox-stable
    • sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

The Ubuntu Update Manager will upgrade your Firefox to the latest version according to its PPA, including automatically upgrade to Firefox 6 by the time it released. Have fun. 🙂


Print with Xerox DocuPrint C1110B in Linux

Up to now driver for printers are one of the annoying problem in Linux. Even though already plenty of printers out there that have been supported in Linux, but many, or should I say, most of them are not fully supported, because most of them are developed by open source programmers by reverse engineering those drivers.

My printer is also not spared. My printer, Xerox DocuPrint C1110B, is a home color laser printer. This printer is fast and quite reliable. The color print-out is perfect. The problem that I encounter with this printer is the paper size setting. Sometimes even though we set to print a A4 size paper, the printer still trying to print Letter size paper, and asks us to put Letter size papers into its tray. This problem happened even though I use it in Windows with its original driver.

At first I have problem to find driver for this printer for my Ubuntu system. I use any available Xerox printer driver, but this printer still print rubbish characters. But, luckily I found a generic driver that working with this printer. The name of the driver is “Generic PCL 6/PCL XL Printer”. You can find this driver in System -> Administration -> Printing. If you can’t find this driver, you can go to OpenPrinting website to get the driver (PPD file, see the reference below).

Change Printer Driver - Step 1

Change Printer Driver - Step 1

Change Printer Driver - Step 2

Change Printer Driver - Step 2

I can print perfectly by using this printer driver. I don’t encounter any problem with this printer, including printing power point using OpenOffice with color. Honestly, almost no problem. I can’t print full-duplex (two-sided) with this driver. It always print one-side of the paper. Even though this problem is still consider as tolerable, I’m hoping that those printer manufacturers are producing drivers for Linux or open those drivers and let those amazing programmers to port them to Linux.

Check these websites for more information:

Play Angry Bird on Chrome Browser … and much more !

I think Angry Bird is the most famous game in the mobile application world. A puzzle game that allow a player to sling birds into a bunch of pigs. It’s very addictive game!!


At the beginning it was only available on iPhone. Then, it was made available on Android Market. At this point, I can see that everyone is playing Angry Birds everywhere, on trains, on buses, even at bus stops. It’s amazing. Knowing this, Rovio, the maker of Angry Birds, developed the game as a PC version. Too bad, the game only can run under Windows.

But wait!!  Today I found that I can play Angry Birds on Chrome Web Browser! Yes, you are not dreaming!  Playing the game ON Chrome Web Browser. What you need to do is just go to http://chrome.google.com/webstore and then find the Angry Birds, and then install it. As easy as that. The requirement? You just need to install Chrome Web Browser. The advantage of playing this on Chrome that you don’t need to bother about the operating system. You can play it on Linux and Windows, even Mac. The downside is currently the game only can be installed on Chrome.

The Chrome Web Store has not only games, it almost has everything that people needs for daily use. The web store was launched somewhere in May 2010 (read this). I’m sure the web store will be the base for Chromebook that will be launched on 15 June 2011 (read this).  Samsung and Acer have been known to release Chromebook.  Hurry and put your order NOW!!