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Hulu Desktop and Debian Lenny

Debian 5 (Lenny)
Linux kernel: 2.6.26-2-686
Gnome: 2.22.3

I heard this morning that the Hulu Desktop is officially supporting Linux. So lets give it a shot.I went here to download the software. They show 4 versions. Two Fedora files, 32 and 64 bit. Two Ubuntu files, 32 and 64 bit. Since I’m running Debian 32 bit, I opted for the Ubuntu 32 bit file. It’s a deb file so it should work just fine. I downloaded the file and gave it a quick double click and I get an error. DAMN!


Could not open “huludesktop_i386.deb” Archive type not supported!

What to do now? Install it a different wany of course. Open a terminal. Navigate to where you saved the install file (huludesktop_i386.deb). Now at the command prompt type:
$ sudo dpkg -i huludesktop_i386.deb

It should install now. It did for me.

Go to APPLICATIONS > SOUND & VIDEO > Hulu Desktop.


Still no joy. It doesn’t know where flash is. Yes, you must have flash installed for this to work. I covered the flash install in my Debian Lenny setup post. Now open the .huludesktop file in your home folder. It’s a hidden file so you’ll have to show hidden files in nautilus. Open nautilus, then go to VIEW. Then check the Show hidden files box. Or open it from the command line with nano or whatever you use. This is what it looks like. Click on the pic below, it gets bigger.

Screenshot-.huludesktop (~) - gedit

In the .huludesktop file, you’ll see an entry that says:

flash_location = (null)

You need to change this so that it points to where you have flash installed. Mine looks like this.

flash_location = /usr/lib/flashplugin-nonfree/

To find the location of your flash install, open a terminal and type:
$ locate
Make the change then save the file and your done.

Go to APPLICATIONS > SOUND & VIDEO > Hulu Desktop.

Or from the command prompt, type:
$ huludesktop
have fun



Open Office Writer Auto Complete

My daughter is writing her Christmas list right now. She’s getting an early start. The auto complete is throwing her off so she asked me to turn it off. I said I would as soon as I learned how. So here’s how. Go to TOOLS > AUTOCORRECT…
Then go to the WORD COMPLETION tab. Uncheck ENABLE WORD COMPLETION. Done. She is using Open Office 3.0 . A few pics below.







screenshot gpodder

gpodder is an app that I use daily. I always update my feeds and sync my portable ogg player because I’m attached to the thing. The media player has replaced the radio in my world. I have an adapter for the car and ear buds for everywhere else. Check it out.

website: gpodder


screenshot convertall

screenshot convertall

ConvertAll is a conversion program for just about any unit of measurement that you can imagine. I found a similar program many years ago for windows and I still use it at work. I would recommend everyone have this installed on something somewhere.

It is in the Debian repositories. I’ve installed it on Debian(Squeeze), Ubuntu(8.04) and Mint(5 & 6).

Install through Synaptic or at the terminal type:

sudo apt-get install convertall

website: convertall

Text to Speech under Linux

This was accomplished with a little nudge in the right direction from a Mr Dave Yates…and a few beers.

Parties involved: Linux Mint 5(Ubuntu Hardy), Packages: festival, festvox-kallpc16k.  And some Blue Moon Spring Ale.

Install the above packages. In a text editor, I use gedit, write your text. Save your text. I applied a txt extension to it. Without the txt, festival didn’t find it. Go figure. From the command line type:
text2wave yourfile.txt -o newname.wave. Not sure what the -o is for.  So lets say my text file name is oatmeal.txt. I want to name the wave(sound) file beer.wave. So the command would be
text2wave oatmeal.txt -o beer.wave. The -o is an option meaning save file to wave form. That should land that wave file in your home directory. That should do it.


I just downloaded an ogg file……now what do I do with it?

This is to help a few friends deal with the increasingly popular ogg audio format. If your portable media player does not support the ogg format, I can’t help you there. I can suggest that the next time you buy a portable media player, buy one that supports ogg.

But, as far as your personal computation machine, I can help. Weather your running OSX, Windows or the far superior GNU/Linux operating system, I have a single solution.

VLC Media Player

VLC will play just about anything!

Follow the link, download your flavor and get happy.

Now go try it out on some quality oggcasts!

Linux Cranks Oggcast |   The Bad Apples |   The Juiced Penguin