Restore default settings in gnome on ubuntu

I got tired of the Mac theme for ubuntu and decided to get rid of it (also realised that Ubuntu needs to be unique and not look like a mac clone!). So after mucking around with the settings for a while and finding that it’s not easy to undo the damage, I started searching online. That’s when I came across this post and the idea is so simple that I wondered why I didn’t think about it to begin with. Take a look, it’ll reset your ubuntu gnome desktop to ‘factory settings’ :).


Update: As mentioned by A Y Siu in the comments, it would be safer to rename your folders using mv rather than delete them flat out.

Thunderbird vs Gmail

Extremely satisfied using GMail? Happy with it’s offline features? Well, here’re a couple of lifehacker articles which might convert you to thunderbird. I was kind of exploring the possibility of shifting to thunderbird, but I don’t really send/receive email that much. Besides, the conversation view of thunderbird isn’t as sleek as GMail’s. But from what I see, thunderbird does a good job with offline and multiple accounts. Hit the links below to check it out:

Posting on wordpress via email

Just found out about the email blogging features in wordpress. This is the first post I’m making via email. My only beef is that the email address is an assortment of randomly generated characters and you can’t actually specify the email address you like. So, your blog may have an email address like xyzblah23 (no you can’t choose blah!).

On the plus side, it has (or is supposed to, I can’t tell since this IS my first post!) full support for emails sent in HTML format. You can insert images in your email and they’ll show up on your post. It also supports tags, categories and other features which can be specified in square brackets [].

For full specifications and details, hit the link below:

Personal Diary options for Ubuntu

Looking for some software for a personal diary, I came across the following two utilities for Ubuntu:


It’s a pretty good diary option, but has a very major drawback – the diary entries are stored in plain xml on your hard disk and it doesn’t need a password to login. In fact, it doesn’t have a password option. If you want a diary just to take notes of your daily tasks or an alternative to an online blog (why?), you can go ahead with this.


This is exactly what I was looking for. It has password protection, keyboard shortcuts and easy to use interface. It even has a shortcut to insert the time in your diary post! It’s as if the developer was reading my mind. I would highly recommend this for anyone looking for a personal diary. Just remember that it needs gtkspell installed for python otherwise it won’t even start. If you’re using ubuntu, just search for it in synaptic and install the python libraries for gtkspell.


Alamanah (updated link)

Almanah looks good, but again the main negative for this one, just like thotkeeper,  is that it isn’t password protected. But apart from that it has a nice calendar and the ability to store the diary entries in encrypted format. One unique feature about Almanah is the ability to add a definition to some text. This definition can be used to link your text to a file, note or a URL. Pretty neat. Plus it’s available in synaptic, so you can give it a shot.

Update (23rd Sep, 2011):


Another personal diary option brought to my notice by Amit in the comments below. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get it to run on my Debian setup (yes, I’ve moved to a virtualbox Debian installation from a full blown Ubuntu install) and many of the dependencies seem to be in the unstable repo. But the screenshots look good and the features look great. It has been sometime since it was last updated (~10 months), but hopefully it will make it to stable some day.