Monday, April 23, 2012

CB.VU For fun, for you!

While mucking about the internet, i stumbled upon this website:

It's a virtual Unix console, and it works pretty well.

I could only find one thing that didn't work for me, the weather app.

If your new to the "nix" console then this is the place to get yourself acquainted. You can't mess this up, which is perfect for beginners afraid of irrevocably damaging their machines or operating systems.

Here is what the creator of has to say about his creation:

"Have a lot of fun... Oh and this site is bug free (of course :o)), still tell me if you crash it. 

If you are bored, try the commands clock or matrix or weather or reboot. Or even   
better: snake! Try to do better than the autopilot. If your are desperate, try   
snake -f3 -a -r and take some bets on the score... 
There are some functionalities which are not totally fake, like the commands ping,   
whereami, weather, fortune. Besides those, there is no communication whatsoever  
between the browser and the server. Everything is happening within your    
navigator, I am sorry to frustrate your hacking instincts... You can however  
create files on the web root directory and even view them with the browser by    
entering the file name in the address bar. Use vi or try:  
echo "Hello there, my name is Colin." > hello.txt  
You can now view the file with cat hello.txt and check its existence with ls -l.  
Also view it on the browser with pr hello.txt or enter the URL:  
Then delete the file with rm hello.txt.                                                                                      
If you are a Unix/Linux/BSD user, you might be interested in the Unix Toolbox:                                                                                                                                    
I hope it was fun and drop me an email ( if you liked it or have some                                                
sincerely yours,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

My hat is off to you Colin, excellent work!

Go to and check it out, I think  you will be pleasantly surprised!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Change of scenery

Well this is the third time I have re-written this notice.

I am forever not happy with my choices.

Welcome to what is hopefully the new look for Denny's Home World for a while...

But don't quote me on that.

The old template was actually causing me some problems with ease of use of the blog, i.e. I wanted it to have the bar at the top so I could quickly add an article or change something.

I hope you like the new look...

Sunday, April 8, 2012 to the rescue!

Very few of us have a reason to use DOS nowadays. (Disk Operating System)

But every once in a while, we are forced to use it for things like bios updates and other unique situations.

" is your number one FREE resource for all Microsoft boot disks.

We offer a boot disk for everything from MS-DOS 3.3 to Windows XP Professional. These disks can be used to setup a new hard drive, scan an existing hard drive for errors, install or re-install Windows, upgrade your PC's BIOS, run DOS utilities and much more." - website has boot iso images you can then burn to cd.

They have a very useful selection.

To look them over, go to

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Shutter, Take screen shots in style!

I found Shutter while messing with very simple window managers for Ubuntu. These window managers, unlike desktop environments such as unity or gnome, do not come with a screenshot utility already implemented.

So after a little search on Synaptic, I found Shutter.

While I usually look for the simplest software I can get to do any one task, I have to admit the Shutter program has a lot of useful features.

Here is a quote from an article about it's features:

"You can take screenshots of a specific area, a window, or your whole screen. With an addition to that you can apply different effects to it, draw on it to highlight points, and then use it as per your need. Shutter is free, open-source, and licensed under GPL v3. I am sure you will find this simple program interesting and helpful.

Shutter features in detail:

· Capture a specific area: you can choose any arbitrary region of your screen and take screen shot this help you to capture only those parts you really need. Shutter offers two different tools to do so in order to meet any user’s taste.

· Capture a window: You can choose the window you want to take screen shot of and Shutter will highlight the currently select window in an attractive and useful way. It is even possible to simple select a window from a list and capture it right away.

· Capture a menu or tool tip: Capturing menus or tool tips is very easy with Shutter. You select one of the options and a (user-defined) countdown starts. During this time you can open the desired menu or let a specific tool tip come up. Shutter will recognize and capture it. This is a real advanced feature.

· Capture a website: Choose the website opened in the browser and it can take the screen shot of the website."

-Tech Stroke Shutter Article

As of my writing this article, the official website for Shutter, was unreachable due to technical issues.

Here's a screenshot of Shutter in action:

If you are the one with blender and gimp installed on you version of Ubuntu Studio, then this is definitely for you.