LiberKey applications work on Debian through Wine

There is this beautiful portable suite called LiberKey which is really a collection of hundreds of open source applications for Windows.

For months, I have searched and tried out several portable applications for Windows. None of them even came close to LiberKey in terms of the range, stability and upgrades.

I’ve used LiberKey from the same USB device on both XP and Vista machines with equal ease. You can update LiberKey on XP machine and run it on Vista and viceversa. In fact, I’ve copied LiberKey onto my “C:\Program Files” on Windows drives and I enjoy free updates of all my open source applications.

What was a good Windows solution, has now proven to be a good Linux solution too.

Today, I tried out several LiberKey applications on Debian through the Wine interface and most of them seemed to be working well. The only fall back is that these applications dont work through the Liberkey interface. But rather each application needs to be run from its folder manually. This is not a set back  as all it takes is a link to a application to open it.

Debian users sure wont have to miss their little windows programs on GNOME or KDE.

How to: Carry Wikipedia content on a USB pen drive

This instruction is meant for Windows users.

You’ll need atleast a 16 GB pendrive to carry Wikipedia.

Method 1 : Easy method
For those who are not willing to go through a lot of pain in learning new things, this is the simpler method

  1. First download the latest content from Wikipedia. This is a single file of size 5.1 GB as on today and downloading could take hours.
  2. The latest dump is presently at http://dumps.wikimedia.org/enwiki/latest/enwiki-latest-pages-articles.xml.bz2. Copy the downloaded .bz2 file to, say C:\wikipedia.
  3. After this 5.1 GB download is complete, it is necessary to download the software that can read this huge file.
  4. The simplest is wikitaxi. Download Wikitaxi and unzip to the same folder, C:\wikipedia
  5. You should see two executable files now. The wikitaxi executable is the one that should be used to run wikipedia. The wikitaxi importer executable is the one we need to use to convert the .bz2 file downloaded into a .taxi file.
  6. Run the wikitaxi importer executable and let it convert the .bz2 file into a .taxi file. This takes a long time and produces a single 9.2 GB file with a .taxi extension.
  7. Once .taxi file is made run the wikitaxi executable and open the .taxi file. You should be able to browse  the content of wikipedia, but with a slightly different look.
  8. Now copy the C:\wikipedia folder to a pendrive and you have a portable version for personal reference.


Method 2: For the geeks

You probably don’t need to read this, but the best way is to clearly to host the entire content on the same platform that Wikipedia does.

  1. Install XAMPP on a pen drive
  2. Install Mediawiki on XAMPP
  3. Download the latest Wikipedia dump
  4. Import the dump to Mediawiki.

Voila! You have the portable and perfect replica of Wikipedia.

How to turn on automatic logon in Windows XP

I note this down because I keep forgetting this.

Method 1:

1. Click Start, and then click Run.

2. Type control userpasswords2, and then click OK.

Note : When users try to display help information in the User Accounts window in Windows XP Home Edition, the help information is not displayed. Additionally, users receive the following error message:
Cannot find the Drive:\Windows\System32\users.hlp Help file. Check to see that the file exists on your hard disk drive. If it does not exist, you must reinstall it.

3. Clear the “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer” check box, and then click Apply.

4. In the Automatically Log On window, type the password in the Password box, and then retype the password in the Confirm Password box.

5. Click OK to close the Automatically Log On window, and then click OK to close the User Accounts window.

Method 2:

1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.

2. Locate the following registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

3. Using your account name and password, double-click the DefaultUserName entry, type your user name, and then click OK.

4. Double-click the DefaultPassword entry, type your password under the value data box, and then click OK.

If there is no DefaultPassword value, create the value. To do this, follow these steps:
a.    In Registry Editor, click Edit, click New, and then click String Value.
b.    Type DefaultPassword as the value name, and then press ENTER.
c.    Double-click the newly created key, and then type your password in the Value Data box.

If no DefaultPassword string is specified, Windows XP automatically changes the value of the AutoAdminLogon registry key from 1 (true) to 0 (false) to turn off the AutoAdminLogon feature.

5.    Double-click the AutoAdminLogon entry, type 1 in the Value Data box, and then click OK.

If there is no AutoAdminLogon entry, create the entry. To do this, follow these steps:
a.    In Registry Editor, click Edit, click New, and then click String Value.
b.    Type AutoAdminLogon as the value name, and then press ENTER.
c.    Double-click the newly created key, and then type 1 in the Value Data box.

6.    Quit Registry Editor.

7.    Click Start, click Restart, and then click OK.

See also http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315231

Open “My Computer” in “Windows Explorer”

enThese are a couple of old windows tricks that I find very useful. However, I manage to forget them every time I sit on a new PC or re-install windows and I thought it would be better to write it down.

Trick 1 : Always open “My Computer” In “Windows Explorer” Mode

Many users find My Computer on the desktop to be a convenient starting point for file operations. Clicking My Computer opens to a Task Pane view, which while gaining wider acceptance, has yet to come close to overtaking the more widely accepted and preferred Explorer view. To set the default so My Computer opens in Explorer view:

1. Launch My Computer > Tools > Folder Options… > File Types tab
2. Select the icon for (NONE) Folder and click the Advanced button
3. In the Actions List, select Explorer and click Set Default
4. Click OK and Close.

Trick 2 : Always op”Windows Explorer” in “My Computer” mode

1. Reach for the Shortcut to Windows Explorere Start > All Programs > Accesories > Windows Explorer.
2. Right-click the Explorer shortcut, select Properties, and in the Target line, add: “/n,/e,/select,c:\” to the end, so your Target line looks like this: “C:\WINDOWS\EXPLORER.EXE /n,/e,/select,c:\”
3. To Open Explorer in your other choice of folders use a format similar to: “explorer.exe /n, /e, c:\windows\favorites”

Apple, XP, Linux

Let me break the news.

I’m on Mac OS X and Windows XP simultaneously – a possibility which I didn’t believe existed I till set this up all myself :).

Firefox has already replaced Safari on my Mac. Scribefire works all the same. Yahoo messenger works just the same on a Mac.

This week I plan to try out Debian on VMware Fusion or Parallels Desktop.

XP running on Mac certainly seems to be missing a few “power things” that a native Windows PC can do. But Mac’s Leopard is an excellent learning platform available today.

I’m still figuring things. Suddenly, I’m overwhelmed by all the new features I have in front of me to learn.

All is well, even with XP

I’ve decided to be on XP Professional till my Rapidshare premium account runs out. I have to face it. Rapget can’t be replaced :(. Symantec corporate edition is keeping me secure. My OS is up-to-date. Rapget, uTorrent, Flashget and Feed reader are all working 24 x 7 to fetch me the infomation I need. I have 12,523 posts and 31,584 emails to read. Winamp plays Beethoven, Mozart and Tchaikovsky. There is this general feeling of well-being well past the Saturday midnight …

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