Amazing things are all throughout KDE and I’ve discovered a jewel just this morning. I needed a link opened on my phone and I checked my laptop’s clipboard (klipper in KDE speak) for the link to send to my phone via KDEConnect.
The check was indeed beside the URL i needed. Good, now what is this Barcode option I asked myself? Hmm… Click and wow!! Look at what popped up… very cool! I then used the barcode scanner option on my phone and the URL appeared and opened right up in my phone’s browser.
klipper barcode in action
URLs work as they should and are turned into barcodes very easily… This is a screenshot of it in action.
That other tool I mentioned? it’s called KDEConnect and it has a companion Android App. It already copied the klipper contents to my phone before I even snapped the barcode. Automation everywhere!!!
KDEConnect site on KDE wiki
The KDE program lives in the system tray and listens for and/or sends links, commands, SMS messages, phone status messages, remote control commands, etc. to/from a registered phone. You can even use the phone as a mouse input device – control the computer’s mouse on screen!!! Just excellent!! If you’re worried about security, they’ve got that covered too… registration between App and program are secure and traffic remains encrypted. Both devices must be on the same network for this to work. The App is found in both Google Play store and in FDroid.
Here’s a video of some of KDEConnect’s cool features (note this is not my video).
I read about the possibility of this happening quite a while back and it finally happened with the advent of HTML5 and Google Chrome supporting the DRM extensions. I won’t really bore you with the gory details, but instead provide a link.
Now if you need additional help (i.e. Arch Linux), or want to know more about how to get this working in XBMC as well, stop one of the meetings during the September 2014 meetings and I’ll be happy to provide help and advice. Of course you can Google for answers to these and other burning Linux questions, but why not stop by, grab a drink or a bite to eat or just sit a spell and enjoy our company?
Speaking of XBMC, you should really check it out. Installation on most any system these days is quite simple and the controls over your media – Pictures, Music & Video is most Excellent! Since XBMC is “going away” and they have renamed it “Kodi”, I ordered 2 of the Last XBMC shirts ever. All the release dates are screen printed on the back as shown in the image below and the money goes to support the developers. XBMC will be XBMC to me forever!
I was invited by Dan Bishop to speak at the IEEE meeting for July 10, 2014. It was fun to talk about something Raspberry Pi and Linux. I’ve loaded the file to my Google Drive, but anyone can download without logging in using this link (download a copy). Feel free to modify, comment or send me email.
Sure you can’t post comments – not yet, but I’m working on it. We had a rash of bad posts long ago from multiple spammers and I had to disable posts and even membership to this site. Since the wordpress upgrade, I’ve noticed many great plugins to all but eliminate these bad actors.
Want to test your RaspberryPi Distro? In my case I tested the wheezy-rasbian, but you can test others like archlinuxarm, openelec, etc. Simply replace the image file with that of your choice. I normally cd to the directory holding my RPI images and run the command from there.
Just install qemu then issue this command as a user:
I sent a short email to Larry and Tom from the Going Linux podcast (back in April 2010) and it got airtime on the live radio show Computer America. I was listening to Going Linux podcast #103 and heard M.G.A.L.U.G mentioned as the first email in the listener feedback section. Wow!
Go have yourself a listen and welcome to those listeners who decided to check out our site. If you happen to be in the area the 3rd Saturday of any month, stop by between 2-4pm at the Atlanta Bread Company in Warner Robins, GA and say you heard about us on the Going Linux podcast.
Dec 9, 2008, 17 :05 UTC What follows is a blog posting from Helios’ blog…
When will our Educators Learn?
“Mr. Starks, I am sure you strongly believe in what you are doing but I cannot either support your efforts or allow them to happen in my classroom. At this point, I am not sure what you are doing is legal. No software is free and spreading that misconception is harmful. These children look up to adults for guidance and discipline. I will research this as time allows and I want to assure you, if you are doing anything illegal, I will pursue charges as the law allows.
Mr. Starks, I along with many others tried Linux during college and I assure you, the claims you make are grossly over-stated and hinge on falsehoods. I admire your attempts in getting computers in the hands of disadvantaged people but putting linux on these machines is holding our kids back.”This is a world where Windows runs on virtually every computer and putting on a carnival show for an operating system is not helping these children at all. I am sure if you contacted Microsoft, they would be more than happy to supply you with copies of an older verison of Windows and that way, your computers would actually be of service to those receiving them…” Click for the Complete Story
Yet again, don’t we all wish we could fly? Linux gives us wings…This Video was on Youtube for a while. It is a mashup of the April 1, 2008 BBC joke. You would be able to enjoy this on Youtube, but they are a bunch of babies, caving into the BBC and other groups out there.
This video was removed due to “copyright violation”, though it is fully covered under the fair use doctrine as it is a parody or mashup of the original work. The video is available upon request at our LUG meetings. You can also find it elsewhere on the web if you search long and hard.