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Friday, 12 February 2010

Android as remote control (mobile as computer remote)

I found the Android application gmote on the Android Market and thought I'll check it out. I have a big screen TV that is used as a display for the computer. Like most I run VLC Movie Player.

The installation of the host is pretty straight forward. Works all OS too, get the Gmote > Server deamon.

Once you run the file, you will be asked which directory the client should connect to. Afterwards the computer should operate as a host.

And indeed the phone application found the computer running Ubuntu. I could use the browse to navigate through my folders and it was pretty easy to start something. All the keys (start, stop, pause, volume, mute, forward and backward, as well as off) worked well and surprisingly responsive.

Use the browse to load a movie and off you go.

Interesting benefit: there is a beta to play mp3 and mp4 and I did try to play a video, but the video would not load on my phone. Maybe the mp4 was way too big and complex to buffer? I don't know...
Maybe I will try a smaller one some time.

Installing Office 2007 on Ubuntu

This evening I thought I finally give installing Office 2007 another go. Not that I don't like OpenOffice, but I often deal with files that have more than 65k lines...

I am no fan of Microsoft, but I must admit that the Office suite was always great. Probably that's why it's the only non native software that's made it to the Mac...
I also got quite used to using the ribbon and it's visually very pretty to work with MS.

So, I read that you should use an older wine version, namely 1.1.14, but I also read on the wine site that everything above 1.1.3 should also be suitable, so I will get the latest wine version Synaptic can find (which is 1.1.38). I will also install wine-gecko and I know we will need cabextract... The package manager thinks it's wise to install a few other packages to, so here we go!

Good news: so far so good..
it starts the installation and asks for product key...
off to choose the programmes...
and the installation proceeds... (the installation is anything but quick...)

For the next step we need winetricks:
Get it by:
sudo wget www.kegel.com/wine/winetricks

So now we should be able to install a few windows repositories:
sh winetricks corefonts tahoma vcrun2005sp1 wsh56js

This will ask you a few time if it's OK to install certain things and once completed, you need to configure wine:
winecfg

Find the libaries tab and add to new overrides:
riched20 & usp10
both will need the 'Native (Windows)' button ticked.

And off we go!
It installed in fine and it runs fine. Here is a screenshot: