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Stickwiki, carry your own wiki with usb pendrive

Hi,, { Stickwiki } is a wiki. It lives in one self-modifying XHTML file. You can open this file (wiki) and edit it in any browser and save changes,, Because this is not exactly a software -- it is a xhtml file ,, you can carry it any where,, (ya with pendrive also,,) you can make report of assignment or various document using this wiki . you can create multiple pages, Try it must,,, it is awesome .... Source :

Five Least Popular Desktop Environments

Everybody is familiar with KDE and GNOME. The other popular desktop environments are xfce, window maker, icewm and enlightenment. Five less popular ones are covered here:

Gobby Lan Editor

Hi this is new section in which we will talk about interesting softwares & project around the world. Please post maximum one software talk per day. Otherwise it will be difficult to install and test then, any quesries about the same software should be ask in the same thread ,

Windows and Unix-like platforms.

After installing you need to create session and host that session. After hosting session other can join your session by session password (created by session hoster)

after that you all can create a common document -- one document on which all can work , each body has different color associated with it and you can see who can writing what. you can char also,

This is a very good tool for assignment and projects , you can save session and work after turn off the PC also...

This is the read time editor , see images - --Narendra Sisodiya 14:33, 1 May 2008 (CDT) gobby is in process of being superseded. It's successor is called Infinote. I was going to develop for it but things are moving really slow.

-- Ishan Arora

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learning Aids for Japanese on Linux, Kiten + KanjiPad + stardict

Following the trend which Narendra started, I would like to share info about these tools which I use, which I feel are great learning aids for people learning Japanese on Linux. (stardict is a general dictionary software, more about that later).

Disclaimer: The description of the tools is how I use them. In case I am not using it as it is supposed to be used (please don't inform me 'cause I'm getting my work done :) )


Homepage: Screenshots: - Description: You can lookup words in English or Japanese (i.e. find translations, just like in a dictionary), search directly for Kanji or attempt partial matches in hiragana/katakana. It also lets you look up Kanji characters based on number of strokes and radicals appearing. Oh BTW, it does/supports that whole Unicode mambo-jambo thing as well :)


Homepage: Screenshot: - Description: A neat little handwriting recognition software for Kanji. It helps a lot when you are reading manga and come across some character you want to look up in the dictionary/on the internet. How would you write that image in google? Use this to draw the character and it will give you similar characters. Copy-paste into google!


Homepage: Screenshot: - Description: A dictionary software which gives you the meaning (something like a tooltip message) of the word highlighted in any application! You have to add dictionaries first and they are available for many languages!

And of course if you are into learning Japanese, wikipedia (Japanese) and Wiktionary [1] are great aids too!


I'm not mentioning scim here which I use for Japanese input.<\br> -- Sharad Birmiwal</br> Source :

Audio Video software

Here is a list of some useful software for Audio Video editing, converting and recording.



OggConvert is a simple GUI video conversion tool for Linux, used to convert video and audio to the Ogg format using Theora, Dirac and Vorbis codecs. It is written in Python and uses the GStreamer and GTK+ libraries.

apt-get install oggconvert (on Debian)



The sound conversion application for the GNOME environment. It reads anything the GStreamer library can read (Ogg Vorbis, AAC, MP3, FLAC, WAV, AVI, MPEG, MOV, M4A, AC3, DTS, ALAC, MPC, Shorten, APE, SID, etc...), and writes WAV, FLAC, MP3, AAC, and Ogg Vorbis files.

SoundConverter aims to be simple to use, and very fast. Thanks to its multithreaded design, it will use as many cores as possible to speed up the conversion. It can also extract the audio from videos.

apt-get install soundconverter (on Debian)



A fast, cross-platform audio editor Audacity is a multi-track audio editor for Linux/Unix, MacOS and Windows. It is designed for easy recording, playing and editing of digital audio. Audacity features digital effects and spectrum analysis tools. Editing is very fast and provides unlimited undo/redo.

apt-get install audacity (on Debian)



DeVeDe is a program to create video DVDs, suitables for home players, from any number of video files, in any of the formats supported by Mplayer.

apt-get install devede (on Debian)

DVD Styler


DVDStyler is a cross platform DVD Authoring application for Video enthusiasts to create professional looking Video-DVDs.

Main features are:

apt-get install dvdstyler (on Debian)

Bulk rename utility

Here is a list of few open source bulk rename utility

Thunar bulk renamer




This is Purrr, mass file rename tool written in PyGTK Purrr will let you rename multiple files according to specified template. Templates are really a miniature programming language, with variables and stuff.

apt-get install purrr (on Debian)



mass file renamer written in PyGTK You can rename files using patterns, search and replace, substitutions, insert or delete text, or even rename files manually. You can also rename images using their EXIF tags and music using their internal tags.

apt-get install pyrenamer (on Debian)



A tool for easy and automatic renaming of many files Mass Rename is a simple pair of shell scripts which make it easier to move, rename, or copy multiple files at once. It is intended mainly as an automatic and simple way to rename multiple files with a customizable prefix and a progressive number. It is also possible to modify the rename format simply by editing one of the scripts. It is easy, complete, and efficient, and was written only in sh code.

apt-get install mrename (on Debian)

ISO image related

Tools for playing with .iso files

ISO master


Description: A graphical CD image editor

You can use isomaster to:

apt-get install isomaster (on Debian)
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