March 29, 2013

IFER: Install From External Repository

Introducing IFER, a new command line tool to speed up some common apt operations.
Are you tired of the boring process of installing packages from external repositories manually?
These are the commands you would normally need under a Debian environment to install lollitude-wtf from ppa:lollitudesoft:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:lollitudesoft
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install lollitude-wtf

Well, with IFER this is no more a problem! You would just have to run:
sudo ifer -i lollitude-wtf ppa:lollitudesoft

And that's it! No more problems!
Now imagine that you wanted to install the new ipear-music-player from ppa:ipear-os, the official system ipear-os repository, but installing that repository would require some "system updates" that change your already existing packages to the one from ipear-os. That would probably brake your installation! So you would have to remove the repository manually after the package installation.
With IFER this is just easier, all you have to do is running:
sudo ifer -iR ipear-music-player ppa:ipear-os

And here you are! The new music player is installed and your system is OK!

And how much would you pay for it?
A penny?

You can download it from here:

Have fun!

March 28, 2013

pakman: use pacman commands, make apt do the job

Today I said to a friend of mine wich is an Arch Linux user: "Can you install apt on Arch?". After googling it, we found out that... yes, he can!
Then I wondered: "What if I install pacman on Ubuntu then?".
Well, I can't do it, too much work and I don't have the capabilities, but... actually I can write bash scripts...
And that's what I did: I wrote a bash script that receives pacman commands, interpretates them and execute an apt or dkpg command.
I found out that pacman is actually an existing package in my repos, so, to avoid conflicts of any kind, I called it pakman.
The suggested process for the installation is the following:
1) rename the file to
2) move the file to /opt
3) execute the following command: sudo ln -s /opt/ /usr/bin/pakman

And that's it! Just run pakman with the classic pacman options and the name of the packages into your debian repos.
Here is the link to the file on Google Drive:
Have fun!

March 16, 2013

Jimu: develop android apps with blocks

Guys, now I want to ask you something important: would you want to have an app, a tool that makes you rapidly create advanced apps with just simple building blocks? This project is pretty similar to the MIT app inventor project, but kinda better. These guys need you! Help them on kickstarter, and remember that every single dollar is important for them. If you don't want to donate, just share this post or the link below, this WILL make the difference. Thank you.

March 14, 2013

Ubuntu: disable annoying tap-to-click delay

I really love Ubuntu, but sometimes it just acts strangely. There was something weird about the touchpad, but I couldn't get what it was...
Today I found out that when i tap to click, there is a delay of about an half second from the actual tap to  the OS response. The phisical buttons work well, so I started googling about this problem. Well I found out that there is a synclient (the software that manages the touchpad) option called FastTaps.
By default its value is set to 0, so what if we set it to 1?
Well, well, well... that's what I did. AND IT FREAKIN WORKS! Now my touchpad works greatly! I don't know why they disabled it... anyway, to enable it you just have to open your terminal and type:

synclient FastTaps=1

You should be fine now. To revert this change, you just have to run the same command, replacing 1 with 0.
Hope you enjoyed and stay tuned!

EDIT: Apparently this option is disabled after every reboot, so I suggest you to set the command as a startup application.