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

MoBlock – Peerguardian for Linux


With all the recent activity in Ireland with the MPAA you can’t be too safe anymore, you no longer know if someone from the MPAA is lurking in your computer watching everything you download and just waiting for the perfect time to send you that court summons. Program’s can be installed to prevent people like this getting access to your computer, on Windows you have PeerGuardian, for Linux you have MoBlock. We can’t really tell how effective these peer blocking tools are but in this day and age it’s better to have some security rather than no security!

I’m going to just focus a little more on the power of MoBlock though, which is rumoured to soon be the offical PeerGuardian for windows. Installation is a breeze if your using Ubuntu Jaunty, for other .deb users read here.
First open up a terminal and edit your sources.list you can do this by typing the following:
sudo kate /etc/apt/sources.list
This opens “kate” for you using admin privilages. Add the following to the bottom of the file.
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/jre-phoenix/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/jre-phoenix/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main

You will also have to enable the universe module, this should already be enabled just look for:
deb http://archive.ubuntu.com jaunty main universe
Next you’ll want to add the gpkg key of the program. To make it trusted, do this by typing the following into a terminal
gpg --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv 9C0042C8
gpg --export --armor 9C0042C8 | sudo apt-key add -

Then it’s a walk in the park:
sudo aptitude update
And finally:
sudo aptitude install moblock blockcontrol mobloquer
After it’s installed you will be guided through configuring moblock! Good luck! 😀