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Insync has undergone a major re-write of the underlying sync frameworks from version 1.5.x to 3.0.x. Integration with file managers like thunar is a work-in-progress with this new version. More troubling is a major change in sync behavior with the series 3 version. While the new version has many more syncing options, there is a significant change that is NOT adequately explained. Previously, all files in the sync folder were synced across google drive…
Ghostscript is the open source command-line access to everything postscript and PDF. Because ghostscript can do nearly everything with these files, however, it is not the easiest to use. The options can and are overwhelming to casual users who may need ghostscript for occasional and very specific purposes. Luckily, a host of utilities have been created around ghostscript. For example: $ ps2 ps2ascii ps2epsi ps2pdf12 ps2pdf14 ps2pk ps2ps2 ps2eps ps2pdf ps2pdf13 ps2pdfwr ps2ps ps2txt $…
Because I have an encrypted home folder on an ext4 formatted volume, Dropbox stopped working. Luckily, Alan Pope has a solution at his popey blog. He essentially has created a shell script for you to download and run (after shutting down DropBox on your computer and backing up all of the files). After downloading the script (I simply copied and pasted it inside a text editor and then saved it as a file called…
All of a sudden on 18.04 of Xubuntu, my ability to convert image files to PDF has stopped working. Normally, I could do the following at the terminal: $ convert image*.jpg NEW.pdf to convert a series of image files into one PDF file. Now I get an error. For instance: $ convert MarsSunset.jpg new.pdf convert-im6.q16: not authorized 'new.pdf' @ error/constitute.c/WriteImage/1037. After a few weeks of these errors (and resorting to GIMP to convert the image…
VeraCrypt has replaced TrueCrypt as the all-around, essential encryption software everyone should be using. For instance, any password info for your computer, financial info (account and social security numbers), personal/private encryption keys, and pics of essential documents can be kept in an encrypted volume on a USB stick that you take with you at a moment’s notice but which no one — we all hope — can unlock. Dedoimedo has a quick run-down on how…
Unix systems have been around for more than half a century. But, with Linux and Mac OS X, Unix systems have now achieved wide-spread success. Mac OS X is extremely well designed, but Apple does not play well when you attempt to step outside its ecosystem. Even an older iPhone or computer can be left behind and unsupported by Apple (until recently, Apple still supported Windows XP for various products such as iPhone syncing, but…
Google provides inexpensive cloud storage — google drive — but does not provide a native Linux client for mirroring those cloud files on the local computer. Into this gap strolls insync, a Mac, Wintel, and Linux client for connecting a local computer to google drive storage. This product is NOT free, but for any business user, it makes sense, especially when compared to the annual cost for a DropBox account — $99 for the…
Missing icon problem DropBox has always had a Linux client since 2008 or so when I started using Xubuntu. As always, this software has been changing and has not always worked so well. In 2016, folks started reporting problems with the notification icon in the panel not properly appearing. Various solutions popped up, but I was not having much luck with those solutions myself. With 18.04, Bionic Beaver, however, the icon problem…