Archive for November, 2010

Indie top-down action shooter steel storm is planning a relselase of episode II.

Luckily today they have decided to post a video teaser on youtube which can be viewed below.


More videos can be found in their YouTube channel.

Most importantly if you like Steel Storm, head on over to the IndieDB page and vote for it in the Indie Game of the Year awards.



tcpdump – dump traffic on a network


tcpdump [-adeflnNOpqRStuvxX][-c count]

[-C file_size][-F file]

[-i interface][-m module][-r file]

[-s snaplen][-T type][-U user][-w file]

[-E algo:secret][expression]


Tcpdump prints the headers of packets on a network interface that matches the boolean expression.

-w flag, save the packet data to a file

-r flay, read from a saved packet file rather then read packets from a network interface

Tcpdump will continue capturing packets until it is interrupted (ctrl-c or kill command)

If it is started with -c flay, it will capture packets until it is interrupted by a SIGINT or SIGTERM signal or until specified number of packets are processed

When tcpdup is done capturing packets, it will report counts of:

-packets “received by filters”

-packets “dropped by kernel”

Note: You must be root but reading a saved packet file doesn’t require privileges




Convert network and broadcast addresses to names


exit after receiving count packets


Before writing a raw packet to a savefile, check to see if file is larger than file_size and if it is, close the current savefile and open a new one.


dump the comiled packet-matching code in a human readable from to standard output and stop


print the link-level header on each dump line


print ‘foreign internet addresses numerically instead of symbolically


use file as input for the filter expression


listen on interface


useful if you want to see the data while capturing it


load smi mib module definitions from file module


don’t convert host addresses to names (got to avoid dns lookups)


don’t convert protocol and port numbers to names


don’t print domain name qualifications of hosts


less print protocol info so output is shorter


read packets from file (that has been created with -w)


print absolute rather then relative TCP sequence numbers


force packets selected by expression to be interpreted the specified type

Currently known types:

-cnfp (cisco netflow protocol)

-rpc (remote procedure call

-rtp (real-time applications protocol)

-rtcp (real time application control protocol)

-snmp (simple network management protocol)

-vat (visual audio tool)

-wb (distributed white board)


dont print a timestamp on each dump line


print an unformatted time stamp on each line


print undecoded NFS handles


write the raw packets to file rather then parsing and printing them out. they can later be printed with the -r option


print each packet in hex


when printing hex, print ascii too



qualifiers say what kind of thing the id name or number refers to.

possible types are:

-host (host foo)

-net (net 128.3)

-port (port 20)

if no type qualifier host is assumed


qualifiers specify a particular transfer direction to and/or from id

possible directions are:

-src (src foo)

-dst (dst net 128.3)

-src or dst (src or dst port ftp-data)

– src and dst (src and dst port ftp-data)

‘src or dst’ is assumed


qualifiers restrict the match to a particular protocol

possible protos are:












Allowed primitives are:


dst host host

true if the IPv4/v6 destination field of the packet is host, which maybe the address or name

src host host

true if the ipv4/v6 source field of the packet is host

host host

true if the ipv4/v6 soure or destination of the packet is host

any of the above host expressions can be prepended with the keyboards


ip host host

which is the same as:

ether proto \ip and host host



I ran into this really bad issue with my menus on fluxbox 9 mint.
I went through alot of chat with Paul Tagliamonte (Fluxbox maintainer), I know how lucky am i to go through an issue with the a maintainer him self? He showed me how to fix it as a fluxbox normal user (but i wanted to keep my mint fluxbox look).
So i did some searching with the information we came up with and luckily i figure out a simple fix.

this is what the issue looks like:


Using Mint-FM2

Mint-FM2 can be run from the terminal with the following options
mint-fm2 [generate|generate-gui|update|start|restart|stop|debug]

  • generate: Generates a new menu while preserving user changes.
  • generate-gui: Generates a new menu while preserving user changes with a GUI progress bar.
  • update: Updates the existing menu to the current set of installed applications.
  • start: Starts the user daemon that monitors for application changes.
  • restart: Restarts the user daemon that monitors for application changes.
  • stop: Stops the user daemon that monitors for application changes.
  • debug: Launches the debug prompt for expert users.

What this does is regenerates your menu. Meaning if your theme doesn’t want to change? Well run mint-fm2 generate and that fixes that issue.

If your missing installed applications in the menu do the same command. Pretty much for mint fluxbox 9 this is the fix for any menu probablems. Again linux is much easier to fix then windows ever was! hah

Now i don’t think this works with other fluxbox distros. Only mint due to the fact that the mint fluxbox maintainer created this. For more information:





Puppy linux founder has released version 1.4 of Quirky. Quiky is used to text his experimental simplified module load and interface configuration boot scripts.

Something new in Wary that has not yet been officially released, so is also being debuted in 1.4, is support for developing BaCon BASIC programs.

So how does this OS live up to the minimal name? Stay tuned for the review soon!


As said on the official Quirky page, “Unlike Puppy, Quirky is not intended for “everybody”. ” He also stated, he may or may not be bothered to put in lots of kernal drivers and applications. This is an OS to meet the needs of the creator and test his ideas on.

Boot up was rather fast, only took a few seconds. Not sure how it compares to puppy linux though. One thing i did notice in the boot up was this “Performing a ‘switch_root’ to the layred filesystem”. Which reading the Quirky page it says

Chroot instead of switch_root
This is a very technical thing. The initramfs will stay in existence after bootup and perform a kind of “super root” security function and ensure clean shutdown of all partitions.

Which i am not sure if in the background it did a chroot, cause it is a “very technical thing” but it doesn’t really mess anything up for the user. Just and observation.

Once the system was booted a screen like this appeared. Simple desktop look as expected. It starts up with a walk though sort of thing as your wallpaper. Showing you the simple tasks of how to use the internet, menus and such.

I clicked the menu (dog) and suprisingly there was alot of appliations pre-installed.

Heres a few screenshots of the pre-installed applications:
ImageBanana - QEMU_004.png
ImageBanana - QEMU_003.png

ImageBanana - QEMU_002.png

One thing i did notice as i was surfing this Distro was it has this fluxbox type of menu thing going on. When i right clicked on the wallpaper, it brought up the menu. Which i am a big fan of that feature.


Seamonkey was the choice of installed browsers. For those who don’t know what that is, its a very light weight firefox based browser. I used it back when i used windows a while back. I liked it, but still prefer Chrome these days.


Theme installed was this gray dull look. It was not very attractive to the eye. Just looks too dull, even the icons were all under this gray spell. Luckily the applications installed had their original looks to them.


Under the title of “fun” comes along a few well known games. I didn’t test all of theme, but the ones i did test seemed to be the generic default games. I am still impressed that in such a small amount of space the creator was able to fit in games in this release. This is a very minimal Os


Overall its a simple to the point distro, packed with a lot of needed applications. Its nice to see what it works with my netbook like a charm.

Would i use it as my main distro? No, but It looks like a great one for an old computer.



Distribution Quirky
Home Page
Screenshots The Coding Studio
Download Mirrors


Diaspora is now in testing stages, luckily even you can test it.

“Every week, we’ll invite more people,” stated the developers behind the project. “By taking these baby steps, we’ll be able to quickly identify performance problems and iterate on features as quickly as possible.”

Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg may not be worried about Diaspora quite yet, the service is one of a growing number of efforts to build out open-source-based social-networking software and services. Others includeIdentica, a Twitter-like messaging service built on open-source software, and the Free Software Foundation’s GNU Social.


They raised US$200,000 from investors in the project. In interviews, they have stated their collective goal was to develop open-source software for social networking as an alternative to commercial alternatives such as Facebook and LinkedIn.

So heres my question to you,

Will you used diaspora once its public to anyone?

I am working on this over head RPG of the title “Grampa Grubbs”
Walking Demo
Still in simple stages.

Black Friday 2010 Linux Tablet Deals

As many of you know the day after Thanksgiving, known as Black Friday,Black Friday Linux Deals on Netbooks and Tabletsis the busiest shopping day of the year in the United States. Shoppers can find all sorts of special deals and discounts especially on technology related merchandise. In past years I’ve got up early and waded through the crowds to save a few bucks on my favorite tech gear. Last year I raved about a few Linux netbooks that caught my attention but this year Linux tablets have made it a whole new ball game. Deals on many different types of Linux netbooks, tablets and other cool gear have got me fine-tuning my Black Friday 2010 strategy and gearing up for some serious competition.

One item on my shopping list this holiday season is a Linux based tablet device. I decided to check the Sunday ad section and put together this list of Black Friday 2010 Linux Tablet Deals.

Black Friday discounts on Linux training are available all week.

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miksoft in ubuntu

The program has a very easy-to-use and simple GUI (Graphical User Interface) that helps even the most amateur user. Most of the times, the only data that you must enter is the input file(s) or just drag ‘n’ drop the input file(s)! The 3GP and AMR formats are used by mobile phones for MMS, video and sound recordings, etc.

The Mobile Media Converter is a free video and audio converter that uses ffmpeg to convert between popular desktop formats like MP3 audio, WMA, OGG audio, WAV audio, MPEG video, AVI video, WMV, FLV and commonly used mobile phones formats like AMR audio  and 3GP video.

An integrated YoutTube downloader is available for direct downloading and converting to any of these formats.


1K JavaScript madness(JS1k) had a simple goal, to challenge programmers and make them create fancy demos written in JavaScript that are 1k or less in size. Yeah thats right, just 1024 bytes to play with. If you are wondering if that is even possible, let me inform you that the contest is already over and 10 awesome JavaScript demos are shortlisted.

Thanks to JS1k and Slashdot. Links to each of the JavaScript animations are provided below respective screenshots. As slashdot puts it, after watching those awesome JavaScript demos, I was wondering what these guys could do if given some extra bytes.


Now it’s time for some really cool icon sets for your Ubuntu/GNOME. Read on.

Faenza icon theme

Equinox + Faenza theme combination.

Awoken icon theme

Elegant GNOME theme pack .

Elementary Icon Theme

Elementary project is one of the most talked about and actively developed open source project meant to provide much needed finesse to Linux desktop. Download Elementary Icon Theme. Also, check out beautiful Elementary theme for Ubuntu as well.

Faenza variants

Download Faenza Variants.

Last Amazing Grays icon theme

The Last Amazing Grays icon theme feature two different flavours, the dark one and the light one, as you can see in the above preview. Download The Last Amazing Grays Iconset.

Buuf icon theme

If you have used Ubuntu Satanic Edition ever before, you should be aware of Buuf icon theme already. Its a truly unique icon theme and worth a try. Download Buuf Icon theme.

Ubo Icons

Before getting exited, let me tell you, this icon theme is still a work in progress. But from the looks of it, this particular icon theme is truly promising. Preview Ubo Icons.

Azenis Icon Theme

Yet another breathtaking icon theme. It include the standard blue version(which is my favorite), another red alternative and an orange version also. Download Azenis Icon Theme.

gmetalik05 icon theme

Gmetalik05 is a pretty old theme, but still packs the punch. It is quite well designed and all those who like a little bit of bling will love this theme. Download gmetalik05 Icon Theme.

fast forward icon theme

Fast Forward Gnome Icon set is another beautiful icon theme for Ubuntu/Gnome. This icon theme features a customization script also to change the folder colors and also a new dock icons style, with token icons flavor. Download Fast Forward Gnome Icon theme.

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