Post blog entries from your Ubuntu desktop

Your author is not a particular fan of blogs, believing that it is better to be an idiot in silence than to write a blog and prove it to the world. However, he realizes he is in the minority, as do the GNOME developers (probably), who provide an excellent piece of software to create quick blog entries straight from your Ubuntu desktop.

Use Synaptic to search for and install gnome-blog. Once installed, right-click a blank spot on the panel and select Add to panel. Then select Blog Entry Poster from the list.

The program is designed to work with blogs hosted at, Advogato, or Live Journal. Alternatively, you can configure the software to work with MovableType, Pyblosxon or WordPress installations on your own website.

When it runs for the first time, the program will ask you to setup your blog details. You'll need to set the blog type in the Blog Type dropdown list, and then set your username and password (if you're attempting to access blog software you've manually installed on a website, you'll also need to provide the URL). Then click the Lookup Blogs button to both confirm the details are correct and to retrieve the list of blogs that you can use the applet to contribute to. Once the lookup has completed, select its entry from the Blog Name dropdown list. Note that you can only contribute to one blog using the applet.

To make a new posting, just click the applet's button on the panel. Type the title, as prompted, and then the body of the posting into the window. Then click the Post Entry button. Pictures can be dragged and dropped onto the posting window for inclusion too.

Intelligently select only the files you want M 130

Intelligently select only the files you want M 130

Imagine the following: You're working on a project and have been saving the files in your Documents folder, which is where all your files tend to end-up, regardless of project. This particular project involves pictures (of varying file types), word processing documents, spreadsheets... You spend a few minutes considering how chaotic it all is and then your boss asks you to send all the files to him. However, there are hundreds, and you can't sort by file extension or alphanumerically, because they're all different.

Assuming all the files contained the project name, you could use Nautilus' Select Pattern function, which is found on the Edit menu. For example, assuming the project is called Falken, and this word appears somewhere within project files' filenames, you could type the following into the Select Pattern dialog box:

This uses wildcards, in the form of asterisks, to indicate characters within the filename that could equate to anything. So the files could start with any text, and end with anything, and have any file extension, but if it contains the word falken somewhere within it, it will be selected, as if you'd just clicked on it. Assuming several files match the pattern, they will all be selected, and you can then click and drag them to the email you're about to send to your boss. Note that the pattern selection tool is case sensitive.

For more Nautilus tips, see Tip 85, on page ; Tip , on page Tip 144, on page 187; Tip 261, on page 301; Tip 272, on page 312 Tip 295, on page 343; Tip 165, on page 203; and Tip 132, on page 175

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