CNN correspondent Robyn Curnow tweeted the following from Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu’s book launch held in St George’s Hotel today (6 October 2011):
Bono to Tutu:there is only one rockstar in this room. You don’t wear sunglasses at night but you are more dangerous than any rockstar I know
Let’s say you want to show off something cool that you’ve got going on your Android smartphone or iPhone on the web somewhere.
This means you want to take a screenshot or six in a standard image format and upload them somewhere people can see them.
Let’s take a look at how you would do that on an Android device and compare it to how it’s done on iPhone.
Android screenshot tutorial
This tutorial is shamelessly lifted from everyone and his dog. It’s specific to any platform, so if you get stuck there are some good Windows and Mac tutorials available elsewhere. The Ubuntu tutorial on the community documentation site is decent, but lacks some details which I’ll cover in a post tomorrow.
- Download and install the Java Runtime Environment from Sun/Oracle. The procedure is different for Windows, Mac and Linux, but there’s plenty of instructions on the web on how to get this done.
- Download and install the Android SDK. You shouldn’t need to use the tools/android program to install a platform SDK just yet, but if you’ve gone through these steps and it’s still not working you may need to.
- Turn on USB debugging on the device you want to use. This is usually under Settings->Applications->Development.
- Install and/or configure the relevant USB drivers. This can be relatively tricky and I will publish a post tomorrow dealing with how this is done on Linux.
- Connect your device.
- Sacrifice an iPhone to the robot overlords (or say “Roger, roger” while dancing around in a circle pretending to shoot your laser gun at Jedi).
- Run the tools/ddms program from wherever you installed the Android SDK.
If everything went right your device should be listed and you can now take screenshots from it.
Capturing screenshots from an Android device with the DDMS tool
iPhone screenshot tutorial
Taking a screenshot on the iPhone is a little easier, but for those who struggled to keep up with how it’s done on Android I’ll draw a picture to make it easier to understand.
How to take screenshots on an iPhone 4
On the upside, at least you don’t have to copy the images from the Android device to your PC.
The obvious question is, “What are you installing Air on Ubuntu for?”
Sadly, it’s because the best PC Twitter clients by far seem to all be written in Air. If you haven’t tried them yet, check out Seesmic, Twhirl, Tweetdeck and Spaz. It’s unlikely you’ll be satisfied with anything less once you do, though.
The less obvious question is: “What are you still using Ubuntu 64 bit for if you keep having to jump through hoops to install stuff?”
To that I don’t really have a proper answer. Maybe because I enjoy blogging about my struggles with it?
I’ve put up with Gwibber this long mainly because the instructions for installing AIR on 64 bit Ubuntu on the Adobe site needs you to install a special tool to download a bunch of 32 bit libraries to install AIR.
Not only don’t I like doing that, it’s somewhat daunting for a lazy bum that isn’t that into Twitter.
Enter James Ward and his 9-step seemingly flop proof method of installing Adobe AIR 2. His post is the source from which I’m shamelessly stealing the below tutorial, so please go check it out.
If you’re too lazy to go through the steps yourself and you’re feeling trusting you can grab the Adobe Air 64-bit .deb I built from my Dropbox.
You may need to update AIR after installing it if you came upon this post some weeks after I published it. If you don’t want to download a package and then download an update once it’s installed, here’s the tutorial.
- Download the 32-bit Adobe AIR .deb package
- Open a terminal window and go to the directory where you downloaded the installer
- Create a temporary directory:
- Extract the deb file to the directory:
dpkg-deb -x adobeair.deb tmp
- Extract the control files of the deb to the directory:
dpkg-deb -e adobeair.deb tmp/DEBIAN
- Change the architecture parameter on the control file from “i386? to “all”:
sed -i "s/i386/all/" tmp/DEBIAN/control
- Repackage the deb file:
dpkg-deb -b tmp/ adobeair_64.deb
- Install Adobe AIR 2 by double clicking the file or running the command:
sudo dpkg -i adobeair_64.deb
Farewell for now Gwibber. Until you have the basic features I need from a social networking client, Adobe Air apps it will have to be.
Today, 25 September 2010, marks the day of the last murder committed in the San Angeles area for the next 22 years.
That’s according to the future envisioned by director Marco Brambilla and writers Peter M. Lenkov and Robert Reneau who were involved in making the action trivia gem, Demolition Man.
Now to see if the American franchise wars leaves Pizza Hut (or is it Taco Bell) the only restaurant left and whether Arnold Shwarzenegger will eventually become president of the US.
For some reason WordPress stopped sending email notifications of new comments on one of my sites, even though all the options regarding such notifications were checked.
There are two such options under Settings->Discussion in the WordPress backend:
- Notify when any comment is posted
- Notify when a comment is held for moderation.
Some Googling around got me to a forum thread at the WordPress.org support site.
It turns out that some hosts require a valid “From:” address in an email before it allows the mail to be sent.
Since all comment notifications are sent from wordpress@YourDomain.YourTLD, this means that you’ll need to create a wordpress mail account before your host will allow the notification mails to be sent.
I just created an alias for one of my existing email addresses and that was enough to get comment notifications working again.
Equilibrium isn’t a state of harmony.
Peace and harmony is when multiple potential influences exist without coming into conflict. Everyone agrees, or agrees to disagree.
Sometimes “agreeing to disagree” simply isn’t possible. Sometimes something is too important for people to just believe as they will without being challenged. Some things are just worth fighting for.
It takes immense wisdom to know what those things are and when to debate, argue or fight, however.
When it comes to conflict resulting from a basic difference of world view some people possess the innate wisdom, even at a young age, to know when to be content in their own beliefs and let it be. Others refuse to back down or are perhaps simply afraid of not being heard or understood. Sadly, more often than not, people are just too apathetic to participate in an argument.
For those who haven’t noticed, I’ve changed the layout of Entropy. Again. I’m pretty sure this means I’ve spent more time on developing the site than actually publishing through it.
Those that know WordPress would probably instantly recognise the theme on Entropy as a tweaked version of the new default “Twenty Ten” theme. The simple reason for switching to it is that there are a bunch of new features in WordPress 3 that were only available in the default theme initially.
I also discovered child themes, which allows me to build on the Twenty Ten theme while retaining the benefits of any updates the theme might receive.
Entropy has always been more of a blogging experiment than an actual blog, though. Which brings me to my latest experiment and call for feedback.
Google has (finally) revamped their image search results page to work/look more like Bing’s (Google: http://j.mp/crjcTV, Bing: http://j.mp/9eH4XW). It feels a whole lot slicker and faster, though.
*EDIT: A friend discovered that to experience Google’s new image search results pages you have to access it from http://images.google.com (rather than searching from Google and then clicking “Images”) plus you have to be logged into your Google Account.
About a month ago Mozilla released Thunderbird 3.1.
The problem is that Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) ships with Thunderbird 3.0.x. Normally this isn’t an issue because the newest version of something as big as a Mozilla project is usually in a PPA within a few days of the release .
The Personal Package Archive (PPA)
Personal Package Archives are a service Canonical (the creators and custodians of Ubuntu) provide via their Launchpad website. Basically it allows Ubuntu users that know what they’re doing to upload packages (such as applications like Thunderbird or Firefox) which can then be relatively easily installed by other Ubuntu users.
No PPA package for Thunderbird 3.1 existed within the first few days of launch and the “official” Ubuntu Mozilla Daily Build Team PPA hadn’t received a new version of Thunderbird since February.
Testing the ‘aside’ special condition in the Twenty Ten theme’s loop. I wonder what it looks like?