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July 4, 2011 @ 21:27

Fedora in Public Libraries

Our local Linux Users Group in my home town of Osijek has started workshops called knowledge exchange in partnership with our public library. So first step was to install Fusion Linux Fedora Remix on their PCs.
Are there other examples with Fedora being rolled out in public libraries or in some other public institutions? I would be really interested with their experiences.
In my example there are 6 PCs that are used by any member of library, usually those are primary and high school kids. They come here and most of their activities are watching youtube, logging onto facebook and playing flash games.
Their primary OS is Windows XP with Windows SteadyState enabled. I found out that they decided to use Windows SteadyState because they had problem monitoring kids and they would leave p2p apps running and downloading music and video files and come back a day later with hard drives to save them onto. Obviously that is not what they want kids to do so by enabling Windows SteadyState any files downloaded are erased by reboot. This policy probably also removes most virus issues, both because kids don’t plug any usb devices and because any changes are erased.
First issue I came across was that Anaconda installed and GParted wouldn’t resize single windows ntfs partition because there were some errors on hard drive. I tried logging into Administrator account and running chkdsk /f but that didn’t help, even with option that Windows SteadyState merges changes. I didn’t want to disable Windows SteadyState so I reverted to boooting of Windows live CD and running chkdsk /f from repair console. That fixed the issues on all machines.
I didn’t have good experience with Anaconda ntfs resize so I used GParted to resize ntfs partitions. GParted worked perfectly on all machines without issues.
After installing Fusion Linux I did these post install tweaks:
* Change grub entry “Windows XP” from “other”
* Change grub entry to Fusion Linux 14 from Fusion Linux 14.1 (
* Put 10 seconds wait in grub menu
* Enable automatic login
* Disble screensave password lock
* Enable automatic updates
* Put Firefox, Chromium and Teeworlds icons on desktop
What would be best way to enable “Windows SteadyState” equivalent in Fedora? Brute force way would be a simple script that deletes all files in user home folder. Are there some more subtle ways? And how to make some changes permanent while making all other changes transient? Using unionfs seams like a bit of a overkill… Any suggestions are welcome.

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July 4, 2011 @ 17:30

Google caught cheating in Android@Home demo

You would expect that Google will use Android@Home protocol in it’s Android@Home demo [1], right?
Well it looks like Google got caught cheating. It looks like Google has actually used equipment from Synapse Wireless [3] and their protocol called Snap [4], and not their own, in-house developed Android@Home protocol.
Why did they do that? My guess is that they have limited developer resources who could code such a complicated protocol and wanted to do field survey how would press, other companies and general public react before they pored expensive development hours into questionably interesting product.
Nice try Google, but it is still cheating.
I would like to share comment from LinuxMCE [5] (most advanced smart home solution and it runs in Linux) forums by Darren:
“Interesting…. but Google would have to buy it and open it up a bit more for it to provide a real alternative.
From the Synapse website “Synapse Wireless Inc. provides patented hardware and software technology that helps tie together devices for remote monitoring and control.”
So in terms of an application layer free of patents – not at the moment. But perhaps Google will but the company, open source the stack and donate the patents to one of the open consortium’s.
We’re still in for a bit of waiting it seems.”
I really hope that either Google buys Synapse Wireless and releases it’s patents to one of open consortium’s or does so with their own (hopefully in development) Android@Home protocol.
[1] Android@Home demo at Google Keynote
[2] Google’s Android@Home – The plot thickens…
[3] Synapse Wireless
[4] Snap protocol
[5] LinuxMCE

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June 25, 2011 @ 16:23

Osijek Wireless 2012 ?

Za uvod u ovaj članak potrebno je pročitati tekst u Glasu Slavonije s naslovom “Do kraja 2012. bežični internet u cijelom Osijeku

Prosječnom građaninu se neće činiti ništa čudno, no onome tko je upućen u telekomunikacije odmah će biti jasno kako u članku napisano dosta nelogičnosti.

Za one koji me ne znaju prvo bih se predstavio te kako bih objasnio odakle meni autoritet pisati na ovu temu. No prije svega kratak uvod u priču.
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June 2, 2011 @ 18:36

iPhone IOS update issues

Every few months it’s same story again – I need to update my iPhone IOS firmware to new release because there are some cool new features, some new apps just won’t install without latest IOS or iPhone just became to crashy and unreliable that it needs a clean reinstall.
Sometimes update is done in mobile shop that some of my friends run and sometimes I do it myself. Because I do it so rarely I forget some of limitations set by Apple.

1. Upgrading IOS

– You can’t upgrade to any other but the latest IOS released by Apple.
– this bit me two times as I saw that latest IOS had some thing that I didn’t like to I tried to install to some other that latest version. This is just not possible.

2. Downgrading IOS

– You can downgrade only to IOS firmware that you had previously installed, jailbroke and saved shsh blobs from
So you can install only latest firmware released by Apple, your current one or previous ones that you have saved SHSH blobs from. Period.

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May 27, 2011 @ 21:23

Arduino lolcat

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March 26, 2011 @ 12:30

i-gotU GT200 GPS on Fedora

i-gotU GT200 GPS is the greatest pocket GPS gadget you can find, if you are a geek then this is one gadget you have to get.
Why is it so great? It is a really cheap GPS device (around 55$ or 45€), it has a great SiRF III chipset and it works as a standalone GPS logging device because it has on-board memory! Did I mention it is really cheap? ;)
i-gotU GT200 software that comes with doesn’t have support for Linux or Mac.
The good news is that there is a project called igotu2gpx that adds Linux and Mac support for this great device!
To get this utility running on Fedora here are step by step instructions on how to do it:
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February 5, 2011 @ 21:19

Supress cp “Do you want to overwrite” prompt in Fedora

When you try to copy one file over existing one as root user in Fedora you will be asked to confirm that action, but as regular user you can overwrite existing files without any question. So you can easily overwrite your own personal files, GNOME settings, documents, images, etc.
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February 3, 2011 @ 22:48

Flipboard Android alternative

Flipboard is THE killer app for iPad, and lots of people are requesting Android version but developers have shown no interest in Android. If they have a small development team with few resources then it is understandable. Hopefully Fliboard guys get some money soon so that they can employ few Android developers.

Until that happens here are two best Flipboard alternatives on Android:
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January 25, 2011 @ 16:30

Compile Blender 2.56 on Fedora 13 and 14

To have Blender 2.56 successfully running on Fedora 13 and Fedora 14 you need to compile it from source.
This is not as hard as most people would think if you follow these simple instructions.
1. Install needed package dependencies
2. Download Blender source
3. Edit scons config file (WITH_BF_FFMPEG = False)
4. Compile Blender
5. Run Blender
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January 25, 2011 @ 11:38

My favorite Google Chrome Extensions

In the last year I moved from Firefox to Chromium (aka Google Chrome) for my internet browsing. I still have Firefox 3.6 and 4.0 installed and even really like some of Firefox 4.0 features but Chrome is definitely default browser on my Fedora laptop.
Favorite Firefox extensions article was getting old so it is definitely time to write an updated version for Google Chrome.

My current favorite Google Chrome extensions:

The Great Suspender


Scrollbar Anywhere


TinEye Reverse Image Search



Adblock Plus

AdBlock + Browser Button for AdBlock



FreshStart – Cross Browser Session Manager


Social bookmarking plugins


Shareaholic for Pinterest

Delicious Bookmarks Extension (Beta)

Tweet Button

Missing e – Tumblr addon


VisualizeUs Chrome extension

Add This

Share on Tumblr

If you have your favorite Google Chrome extensions feel free to suggest them.

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