First month at Kobas

So I’ve been working for roughly a month at Kobas now, I think things have been going very well and I wanted to highlight what I’ve been working on for the last couple of weeks.

For anyone that doesn’t know what Kobas does, it is a hospitality management solution covering; stock control, rotas, HR, EPoS, customer loyalty and much more. It’s actually a very useful piece of software for clients, allowing them to gather lots of data from all areas of their business and providing a cloud interface that outputs that data in fancy reports. After seeing it in action I find it very surprising that not all businesses use this as it can really help you to increase your profits and avoid wasting money unnecessarily.

Saving Your Windows PC From Virus Infections with Linux

Often you get a friend or other times a client who has gotten themselves locked out of their system by a virus. I’m talking about the seriously nasty virus’s out there that will just corrupt every .dll file they can get their hands on so the minute you try to open any program, your reopening the virus.

When this is the case there isn’t much you can do in terms of anti-virus scans etc. your only option is to wipe the machine and go for a clean re-install of Windows.

But what about all my files?

Well we backup all of those files onto an external hard drive before wiping by loading up a “Live CD” of Ubuntu, simply navigating to the computers hard drive,  selecting what we need and loading it onto the external hard drive.

The beauty of a “Live CD” is that the entire operating system runs of the CD [believe me you’ll here it spinning around the place] so the virus has no chance to load since Windows never gets booted.

Ontop of that Linux systems aren’t vulnerable to Windows virus’s so you can be sure your not infecting your external hard drive aswell.

Jelly SMS – Use your web texts from your desktop

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One program I’ve been using a while now and is a serious lifesaver for when I’m out of credit is “Jelly SMS” [previously just jSMS]. You need to have the latest Java installed for it to work but it is cross-platform. It basically lets you send web texts from your desktop without having to login to your network’s website.

The latest version of the software, available here [just click Free Version –> Desktop] even supports delivery reports, and support is very good, I’ve noticed it not working maybe twice in the last year[due to o2 redesigning their website], both times the issues where fixed and an automatic update was out within two days. They also now have an android and iPhone app, for anyone in possession of those luxuries!

Illimitux – Remove Megavideo Limits

Illimitux

Illimitux extension is a FireFox tool that removes limitations imposed by streaming plateforms as Veoh, MegaUpload or MegaVideo. Its purpose is watching without restriction vides from those platforms. When your are in one of these websites. Illimitux identifie the video and show a little icon in the sideBar of the browser telling you to remove the limitation. Once you click on it, you’ll be redirected to our website to view the Full video.

I only found out about this extension recently from a friend and I have to say it makes watching videos online so much handier! Illimitux have recently been displaying a survey on their player asking how much you’d be willing to pay for a private server. At first I thought why would I need a private server this is perfect as it is! But as more people are finding out about Illimitux the “public” free servers seem to overloaded quiet a lot more frequently. Which is really a shame, but raises the question do I want a Megavideo subscription or a Illimitux private server? :S

Check Illimitux out here.

Earcandy in Ubuntu Jaunty

What is Earcandy?
EarCandy is a volume manager for PulseAudio that fades applications in and out based on your current activity. Meaning it can do handy things like muting your music playing when you decide to turn on a youtube video. EarCandy can sniff out applications to tell what kind of application they are

Some Screenshots:
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Video of it in action:

How to install Earcandy on Ubuntu Jaunty
You can do this by using the following command:
sudo kate /etc/apt/sources.list
Then add the following to the end of the file:
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/earcandy-devel/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/earcandy-devel/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main

Then you can install earcandy by using the following command!
sudo apt-get install earcandy

Vipre Antivirus + Antispyware

VIPRE
This is a sponsored post..
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Try VIPRE Antivirus Software with their 30 day trial here!

Students to get "Windows 7" for $30

Windows 7
The deal is completely live yet but it is confirmed by Microsoft as you can see on Twitter here.. Students in USA and UK will be able to get Windows 7 for only $30 by using their college email! This is a nice step by Microsoft.
Emailing them now to see if this will be including Irish students! — Will update here on response

  • Received email from Brianna @ Microsoft. She is conferring with her colleagues and will get back to me
  • Microsoft Representative failed me, provided inaccurate information and completely ignored my question. Is anyone actually able to get an answer of these corporations?