Jan 112015
 

freefylesyncAs a Linux user, you always want to keep your files and folders up to date, and this is especially true in those situations where you can create a backup. This is why you have to use a tool that automatically syncs the content of two folders in order to keep them up to date. FreeFileSync is a utility that fits the bill quite nicely, since it automates the aforementioned process and makes it easy for you to compare as well as synchronize the content of any two different or similar files that are located on your computer or network.
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Mar 162014
 

fitbit linux
I’ve recently received a fitbit flex as gift, and I love it, this personal device tracks steps, distance, and calories burned. At night, it tracks your sleep quality and wakes you silently in the morning. Just check out the lights to see how you stack up against your personal goal. Flex allows you to set a goal and uses LED lights to show how you’re stacking up. Each light represents 20% of your goal. You choose which one — steps, calories, or distance. It lights up like a scoreboard, challenging you to be more active day after day.

Flex automatically syncs your data to PCs and Macs with Fitbit’s wireless sync dongle (included), many iOS devices and select Android phones without plugging in or pushing buttons. Now all this sound fantastic and really funny if you like to take your stats and see nice graphs, but there is a small (big) problem about fitbit, it doesn’t support officially Linux.

Sure, you can use a compatible smartphone, but in general I like to use the idea of using my Linux computers for anything and with some research and some tests I’ve been able to sync successfully my flex with my Linux Mint 16.
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Jan 172014
 

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To taking my short notes so far I’ve always used Tomboy, it’s a good small software and in the past I choose it because it could sync notes on Ubuntu one, but this supported has been dropped some times ago, and from that date I started to search for something else and perhaps I’ve found it with springseed.

It helps you organise notes with a beautiful interface and syncs with Dropbox so you can keep your notes with you, wherever you are.
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How to sync Tomboy with Ubuntu One on Linux Mint 13

How to sync Tomboy with Ubuntu One on Linux Mint 13

Tomboy is still my note taking program as in the homepage of Gnote I still read: Synchronization support is being worked on, and sync was one requirement when I chose a note taking program some years ago. I use Ubuntu One as “cloud space” for my notes and so far it has served me well, […]

How to properly use ‘dd’ on Linux to benchmark the write speed of your disk?

Original article published on http://romanrm.ru This article is written to address sometimes incorrect usage of the “dd” program to measure disk write performance on a VPS by some visitors of the lowendbox.com website, and is originally based on this question and my answer to it.