Monthly Archives: February 2012

Syncing Google Tasks in Thunderbird Lightning

Update – 15/10/2012

Thanks to Marcin, I discovered this addon to Lightning on Thunderbird. Basically it’s an addon to Lightning’s “Today Pane”, where you can now view and and edit your tasks on Google! It’s still not the complete integration you could have with tasks, so please continue to follow the instructions below.


Issue 36 – google-caldav-issues – Support VTODO / Tasks – A place to track issues for Google Calendar’s CalDAV server. – Google Project Hosting

[Vote for this issue and get email change notifications] Your vote has been recorded.

No, this is not possible at this time with Lightning and the Google Calendar Provider. If you want to have a chance of getting this working in the near future, without working on the code yourself, then vote for this issue.

To vote, click on the link above and head to the bottom of the page where it says, “Add a star” and click on the star next to it. Do this, and ask everyone you know, who uses Thunderbird with Gmail, to do the same. Hopefully, our votes will bring this much needed feature to fruition.

Shutter + ScribeFire

Shutter – Feature-rich Screenshot Tool

Shutter is a feature-rich screenshot program. You can take a screenshot of a specific area, window, your whole screen, or even of a website – apply different effects to it, draw on it to highlight points, and then upload to an image hosting site, all within one window.

Additionally, the time-delay capture is awesome; I need no longer worry about keystrokes.

I noticed that when posting with ScribeFire, the screenshots I was pasting from my clipboard weren’t being uploaded. While Windows Live Writer does it better, with ScribeFire, if you use Shutter, any clips you take are automatically saved as files so it’s a matter of uploading the image:

Discovering my music with Banshee…


Simple enough to enjoy. Powerful enough to thrill. Open source through and through.

And I agree 🙂 – well, I can’t say I love it totally, since my ID tags are all over the place, but otherwise by placing a few songs in the play queue, I’ve been enjoying some cool songs that I’ve not listened to in a while with the following selection:

Blogging with ScribeFire

I think ScribeFire may be the blogging tool for me on Linux. My key needs (off the top of my head) when blogging are the following:

  • Formatting – bullets, tables, hyperlinks, and strike-through
  • Images – screenshots that I insert into my blogs or just plain images
  • Categories & Tags – key because they help me organize the entries on my blog
  • Access to archives – to link back to previous posts

ScribeFire has formatting and cool shortcuts:

And image insertion. I can’t find a way to manage the picture formatting (text flow) like in Windows Live Writer (WLW). 

Categories and Tags are easily entered via the tabs on the right.

And the Entries tab shows you some of the previous posts.

So, for now, I can rest satisfied. I’ll need to find a better screenshot tool than the default one Ubuntu has to offer, but that can rest for now.

Adding Personal Package Archives

Packaging/PPA/InstallingSoftware – Launchpad Help

Step 1: Visit the PPA’s overview page in Launchpad and look for the heading that reads Adding this PPA to your system. Make a note of the PPA’s location, which looks like:


Step 2: Open a terminal and enter:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:user/ppa-name

Recuperating from Maharashtra

Just got back from a trip to Maharashtra yesterday. I was there to attend a cousin’s wedding in Mumbai and take a trip to Nasik, my home town. The trip’s still too fresh and I’m still too tired to blog about it. I hope to do so in the next couple of days. I find that blogging helps me organize my thoughts better and think things through – a bit like a journal. 🙂

I’m also trying out ScribeFire – since I’m working from my Linux server. It’s an interesting change from my regular Windows Desktop. I’m not fully comfy with it as yet, but I find that it’s getting easier by the day. I’ve also installed some new software to experiment with. And since I wanted to just get back to blogging, I did some searches and found that ScribeFire (the original version) appears to be the blogging tool of choice. I’m still in the experimental stage and I’m hoping to find something that’s as good as Windows Live Writer – weird, how something as simple as that can keep you glued to a platform. As Tom Peters might say, it’s the little hooks.

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Two Indispensible plugins for WordPress

Yesterday, I was doing some site work on WordPress. As part of it I used GIMP to design a header; 1000 x 288 pix for Twenty-Eleven theme. I don’t really like that theme. I must make a child theme just so I can get out its grip. And there I was modifying the site. Adding a simple table to the page and developing a contact form were two issues I needed to get around. Now, I’m not a PHP developer yet, and I figured there might be a way around it. Turns out, plugins are the way.

Tables – some hunting for Table on the Plugin directory page showed me that what that word meant in the WordPress world was a database. And after tweaking that, I ended up finding several “form builders” with tables that sort of addressed the issue. The one I stuck with in the end, after a few trials, was FormBuilder by TruthMedia, an online ministry! I had to tweak WordPress to accept this plugin and another because of size limits. This post did it for me – esp. since I’ve set up a multi-site environment for dev & test purposes.

imageFormBuilder worked fine after Network Activation. You have to design a form through the FormBuilder page by choosing it from the Tools menu in your site.

Then it is a simple matter of creating a new form from the GUI. One note, the submit button is not a default, so you do need to add it as if you were adding a field called “submit” and name it submit etc. The documentation and screenshots were generally helpful and the 101-104 tutorials good.

imageOne thing. I could not find a way to insert the table into the page! There’s supposed to be a menu item on your page editor, but it wasn’t visible. After some digging through the documentation, I found that you need to add this line to your page:


Where # stands for your form id. You can find your form’s id from the FormBuilder page through the Tools menu.

imageNow, I really wanted that HTML table! After some poking, I found UltimateTinyMCE. It does a lot more than I need, but the thing it does best for me is Tables and HTML views of the page. Download it from the Codex page because, I found it a pain to find the right download on the developer page. After Network Activation, you still need to go activate the buttons individually so they show up on WordPress’ editor. This wasn’t obvious to me and I spent a bit of time just to verify that the damn thing was working! Find it under your Settings in the destination site.

So, that was all a fun learning process. It was sparked off by a discussion I had with a guy. I commented on how cool his site looked and he said it took very little development because I was commending on the Accordion module on Drupal. He had a lot of good things to say about Drupal. But I’m sticking with WordPress until I see a good reason to move.