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Syncing Google Calendar with Gnome 3 Calendar

I have been using Gnome 3 for a bit now and while I like the look of the calendar, it seemed to be missing an important feature, import my Google calendar. After doing some looking I found an easy way to do this. I have listed the steps I took below.

Note: My current distro is OpenSuse 12.1

Step 1. Open Evolution(No, it doesn’t need to stay open)

Step 2. Open the Calendar Section

Step 3. Click File –> New –> Calendar

Step 4. At New Calendar menu set Google as the type.

Step 5. Fill out the rest of New Calendar accordingly(example below)

Step 6. Click Retrieve List and pick the calendar you want(you will be asked for Google password)

Step 7. Change Refresh time to something reasonable and click Apply.

Step 8. Close evolution, you will no longer need it.

Enjoy

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Linux Turn Off System Bell

I spent some time working at the console of my linux machine and not to long in I about went crazy with the beeping.  I tab the wrong command, or backspace one too many times and BEEP!  Anyways, below is a way I found that does not require a reboot.  The below command sets the length of the beep or system bell to 0.  So no beep.

setterm -blength 0


OpenSuse 12.1 Remove Google Chrome Repository

I have to say I am a fan of Google Chrome as a web browser, but I am not a fan of it adding an invalid repository on my OpenSuse machine.  I get tired of seeing this error: “Repository ‘google-chrome’ is invalid.“.  So I went ahead and removed the repository.  Below I listed a quick how-to on the process.  It is pretty simple.

Remove Google Chrome Repository

1. Open Terminal and become root(be careful)
     su -
2. List your repositories (looking for google-chrome)
     zypper repos
3. Remove the Google Chrome repository
     zypper removerepo google-chrome
4. Insure repository is gone
     zypper repos


VMWare Workstation 8 on OpenSuse 12.1 64bit

First Download VMware Workstation 8.0.1 from VMWware.

Once downloaded open a terminal and switch to root (be careful)
su –

Change directory to the directory containing the installer

Now change permissions on the installer file so that it is executable
chmod 755 VMware-Workstation-Full-8.0.1-528992.x86_64.bundle

Now execute the installer
./VMware-Workstation-Full-8.0.1-528992.x86_64.bundle

Once the installer finishes install gcc, make, and Kernel-Source
zypper install gcc
zypper install make
zypper install kernel-source

Now open VMWare Workstation 8.0.1
(reboot may be needed)


VMWare Workstation 8 on OpenSuse 11.4 64bit

First Download VMware Workstation 8 from VMWware.

Once downloaded open a terminal and switch to root (be careful)
su -

Change directory to the directory containing the installer

Now change permissions on the installer file so that it is executable
chmod 755 VMware-Workstation-Full-8.0.0-471780.x86_64.bundle

Now execute the installer
./VMware-Workstation-Full-8.0.0-471780.x86_64.bundle 

Once the installer finishes install gcc and Kernel-Desktop
zypper install gcc 
zypper install kernel-desktop 

Reboot your computer
Now open VMWare Workstation 8

BackTrack 5 on Samsung Captivate

If you have a Samsung Captivate and you are geeky, putting BackTrack 5 Linux on it is a must.  I have posted a link below on the how-to I used to put it on my Samsung Captivate.  Putting BackTrack on your phone allows you to have a real linux terminal on your phone.  Plus you can do things like “nmap 192.168.1.0/24”.  I warn you though, you are going to need root access and some knowledge about your phone.  Enjoy.

http://www.backtrack-linux.org/forums/backtrack-5-how-tos/40719-installing-bt5-arm-samsung-galaxy-s-captivate.html


Redo Backup

I came across a pretty cool backup and restore tool and thought I would post it. I won’t post to much detail because you can find out all about it at their website(link below).

Tool: Redo Backup & Recovery
What is it: Live Linux distro with a backup and recovery tool
Link: http://redobackup.org/

To make a long story short, I downloaded the iso, burned it to a disk, and booted to the disk. Then, I hooked up my external hard drive and ran through the backup process.  Twenty minutes, later I had a backup.  Then, booted up normally and made changes.  I booted back to the disk and restored.  Twenty minutes or so later, life was good.

When comparing this tool to another free backup tool such as Clonezilla, Redo has a GUI which makes it much easier for even the most non technical user.  Redo also seems to be a much quicker process to getting your computer backed up than Clonezilla.  Granted I am speaking from a strictly backing up one computer situation, Clonezilla has other advanced features.

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