Friday, 27 November 2009

How to install Google Chrome in Ubuntu Linux (Guide)

Note: This blog entry is an instruction guide for my own records.  The text was taken practically verbatim from this article.  Also, please note that Chrome on Linux does not support plugins or flash video content!

There are lots of resources available for using Chrome on Linux via WINE.  But what if you want to run it natively?  Google Chrome is based on the open source Chromium project.  Here are instructions for installing Chromium on your Ubuntu Linux computer:

First you need to edit the /etc/apt/sources.list file

Add one of the following

For ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic) Users add the following two lines

For ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty) Users add the following two lines

Save and exit the file

Add the Google key:


Install Chromium

You're set!  Now just launch from the Applications > Internet > Chromium Web Browser menu.  Note that you can also install by downloading the .deb package from the Chromium Dev Channel.  As stated, this will automatically add Google's repositories to your machine.

Monday, 23 November 2009

IE Tab in Google Chrome

[Edit:  Since the time of this post, a Google-chrome IE Tab has been released and can be found here.]

Firefox has a great plugin called IE Tab.  It basically allows you to open any link, URL, etc. in a new tab emulating IE.  This is convenient for running web apps such as OWA, where functionality is significantly decreased when using Chrome or FF.  Google's Chrome doesn't have this plugin, and it's extremely annoying!

Here's a way to (manually) emulate IE Tab in Chrome:
  1. Go to and install MeadCo's Neptune

  2. Copy npmeadax.dll from C:\Program Files\MeadCo Neptune\ to your Chrome \plugins directory (usually C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\plugins\)

  3. Select this text and drag to bookmarks bar:
  4. Give it a name, such as "convert to IE"

  5. Click this bookmark whenever you open a page that requires IE emulation.
I realise that this procedure isn't as pretty as IE Tab.  You can't pre-program select URLs or domains to automatically open in IE, and there's no support for the context menu.  But, hey, at least it works!

Sunday, 22 November 2009

How to Add Your Google Calendar to Outlook 2007

I am now an employee on contract to another organization, and must manage a couple different email addresses on different virtual boxes.  The network security settings are such that I cannot easily share calendar information back and forth...thus I'm trying to use my Google Calendar as a go between:
  1. Start Outlook 2007. Make sure you have configured an active account.

  2. Identify a compatible Internet calendar. Check with your calendar provider to determine if they support the webcal protocol and can provide iCal files ending in ".ics." If not, select a provider that supports the protocol. Make sure any public sharing settings you need for remote calendar access are configured.

  3. In the Internet calendar configuration, locate the iCal Web address, which includes a file ending in ".ics." Copy this URL to the clipboard.

  4. Insert the iCal link into Outlook 2007. In Outlook 2007, select "File," and then "Data File Management." Select the "Internet Calendars" tab. Click "New," and then paste the iCal URL into the field. Hit "Add."

  5. Configure the subscription. The name of the calendar file displays next to "Folder Name." Change it if necessary. Add a description to make the calendar easy to identify if you install additional calendars. Check whether you want attachments to download from the Internet calendar under "Attachments." Finally, select whether you want the subscription according to the publisher's recommendations. Checking this option ensures that you will not exceed the publisher's limitations and risk having your calendar account suspended. Click "OK" when finished.

  6. Utilize your Internet Calendar. Click "Close" to return to Outlook 2007. After the Internet calendar is updated, it will display under "Other Calendars" in the Calendars section of Outlook 2007. Select it to manage your activities as you want them displayed on the Internet. You can use your Internet Calendar as you would internal Outlook 2007 calendars, such as displaying them side-by-side for easy copying of items from one to another.
Note: this was taken verbatim from an article

19 Great Movies

This blog entry has been written purely to save a list I made some months ago.  I'm cleaning the home this afternoon and want to throw out all my scraps of paper...including this one.  These lists are American, so I'm not sure how well they rank in terms of great movies.

10 Top Sports Movies
10 - Jerry Maguire
09 - National Velvet
08 - Breaking Away
07 - Caddyshack
06 - The Hustler
05 - Bull Durham
04 - Hoosiers
03 - Pride of Yankees
02 - Rudy
01 - Raging Bull

9 Gangster Movies
9 - Little Caesar
8 - The Public Enemy
7 - Pulp Fiction
6 - Scarface
5 - Bonnie & Clyde
4 - White Heat
3 - The Godfather II
2 - Goodfellas
1 - The Godfather

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Moving to Google Reader for RSS Feeds

I've moved over to Google Reader.  I have about 25 RSS feeds that I follow regularly - some for work and some for personal pleasure.  I used to use the RSS Feeds Outlook Plugin and monitor most of these from Microsoft Outlook 2007.  However, it's starting to get slow and complicated and I'd rather not manage everything locally on my computer.

The latest Google Chrome version finally supports Google Reader and so I'm moving over.  No more local hassle, let Google take care of it in the cloud.

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