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Configure Startup Programs In Ubuntu!

For those of you using a Linux OS, you might have wanted to start a particular program or application at start up – when you login.

Windows has a StartUp folder, and placing a shortcut there does the job. What about Linux?

This is something I have done on my setup – Ubuntu Feisty Fawn. But I am sure that it is available in other Linux distribution, because it is a reminiscent of Unix

Here is what you need to do. Go to the home folder, and edit your login’s .profile file. In Ubuntu, the steps would be as follows:

(There is a easy way in Ubuntu. Skip the steps and read the end of the post).

Application > Accessories > Terminal

Open the file in VI Editor.

vi .profile

You can use any editor that you are comfortable with.

Go to the end of the file.

[Shift]+g

If the .profile was never changed after the install, then just follow these steps. But if you had edited it, then you know what we are doing. We are just going to the end of the file where all the environment setups are completed.

Enter the command-line syntax of the application. Every Linux application has one. For me, I wanted to fire up the IM client.

That fires up the GAIM. The ‘&’ is to specify it to make it a background process.

Save it.

That is it. Next time you login, the application you specified would have started up. You can choose any application you want and if you have more than one application to be put on startup, put them on separate lines. 

In Ubuntu, there is a simpler way. Go to System > Preferences > Sessions. Then, with the ‘Startup Programs’ as the selected tab, click on Add. Give the name and command, and hit OK. You are done.

So, why do we need to know the hard way when there is a simpler solution? Well, the GUI setup does not have facility to order startups of more than one application. By working with the .profile, you have much more programmatic control over it.

Update : Andy has shared with us the tip to do the above mentioned task (i.e. configuring startup programs) in Kubuntu and most likely these steps will work with any KDE. Here are the steps mentioned by Andy.

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Future of Home Interior Design: Insights from Industry Experts

Interior Design

Interior design is not just about looks. The home interior must be aesthetically appealing and practical at the same time. For a layman, it is often difficult to decide which interior design will align with the needs and lifestyle and also fit the budget. It is because most designs do not show the need for improvements or alterations until you are actually using them. This is where interior designer fits in. They are trained to help their clients choose a design according to their lifestyle. They take care of the layout, decor, lighting, paint colour, etc. and all this keeping your budget in mind.

Like any other field, change is inevitable in this field too. Trends keep changing and these designers keep tuning their ideas according to the changing trends. Let us see what the industry experts expect from the future of home interior designing.

1. Imbibing Personality into Design:

With internet taking the centre stage, home designing is quickly becoming an “IT” industry. Everyone is finding their voice. People search the internet and download pictures from online design platforms such as Freshome, Houzz and Pinterest before approaching a designer. They have a good idea of what they intend to do with their homes and these ideas are firmly contrived in their minds. These platforms have increased the work of designers because now they have to weed through all the content that clients have to reach to the root of what they actually want. With too many options, the clients are often confused and the designers really need to work hard to gain the trust of the client and churn those ideas and create something original for the client.

2. Style Profiling:

At times, it gets really difficult for the person to make decisions, especially when there are millions of products to choose from. In such times of distress, style profiling comes to the rescue. It helps them to articulate preferences and narrow down the scope of choices, thereby helping them to take correct decisions.

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Modern web layout

In this tutorial you will learn how to design a simple but modern website layout. I, personally, like this kind of layouts so this one looks perfect for me…

1. Make new document, with proportions like on picture below.

2. Make a new layer and name it header. Now, by using Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) make a selection with width 800 and height 87 pixels. Place it like on picture below and fill with any color.

Hit CTRL + D to deselect and add following styles (Layer -> Layer Styles)

Drop Shadow

Gradient Overlay

Now, add some text and you can add some shapes, brushes…this is what I came up with.

3. We’re finished with our header now lets proceed to navigation and search bar. By using Rounded Rectangle Tool (U) with radius 2 make new shape, place it like I did.

Now, rasterize your shape layer. To rasterize this layer click on it, go to Layer -> Rasterize -> Layer. Add styles like for header.

Now, copy this layer 5-6 times, depends how much links you’d have, add some text and also, you can add some little shapes to it. Here’s how I did this.

At the end of your buttons add another shape like buttons but make it a bit longer (Transform tool (T)) and another one, smaller. This will be as your search box.

4. Allright, now make 2 smaller boxes. Use Rectangle Marquee Tool (M) , set Smooth to 2 (Select -> Modify -> Smooth) before you make a selection, width 253 height 60. Add layer style like in header and navigation.

You got it? Now, the same way you made these two boxes in step 4. you should make the other boxes. I set them up like this.

Add some titles to these boxes, text and also some icons…

And, at the end add some brushes to these boxes and background to spice a little up your layout!

Now, you got the idea, basics. Go, design layouts,websites. Use your imagination and only sky is your limit!

If you are passionate about web layouts and design why not get an online graphic design degree! With tons of online degree programs available you can find the learning experience that works for you! Online universities will fit into any education schedule!

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My Secret to Success

In the last two weeks I’ve been asked to share my secrets to success. Both requests are for events I’m attending and/or doing a presentation. While there are many things that contribute to my success, the #1 thing is this…

My #1 secret is that I invest in working with mentors and coaches. There’s nothing like spending time with someone who has been there, done that. Not only do I want their support and insights, but I want to fast-track my own business and personal growth and development. I’ve invested a lot of money on coaches and every penny has been worth it. Usually I realize there is something missing in my business or something I need to do better.

Then I match it with the person who is expert in that area. I’ll often start by getting to know a person I’m interested in learning from. I’ll follow them, subscribe to their ezine, buy a starter product to see their style and content. I watch and listen to what others are saying. Then, generally after meeting the mentor/coach in person, I’ll know whether or not we’re a good fit. I’ve worked with a lot of exceptional people and each has contributed to an element of my success. If you want to grow, you need to invest in mentoring/coaching. Period.

For the last 9 months I’ve been working with Terri Levine. I had the good fortune to meet Terri in person at a mastermind meeting after having followed and known her for at least 9 years. I was at a point in my business where I was doing pretty well and I knew I needed to take it up a few notches. Terri has an amazing knack for cutting right to the core of the issue and then offering valuable solutions and ideas that create new opportunities and more revenue. She’s tough and loving and doesn’t shy away from giving me a kick in the butt when I need it.

Terri’s in Los Angeles this weekend pr27esenting a two-day workshop on Entrepreneurial Bootstrapping. I know I’ll soak up a lot of great content and be inspired and mentored to continuing achieving great things.

What’s your secret to success?

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Why do some people think bullying is no big deal?

Okay there are 2 types of bullying im going address which is minor bullying (once in a blue moon) and severe bullying (everyday).

I get it minor bullying isnt a big deal. This happens to everyone. someone will be mocked, laughed at and beaten once in their life but this only happens to a small amount which really has no major effect on the victims self-esteem and mindset

But severe bullying is a BIG issue. This bullying is where certain victims get harrassed and abused everyday for their appearence, belifes or intrests. This is serious bullying. These can lead to victims losing all their confidence, self-worth and could give them many mental problems (angry, anxeity, paranoia and depression) some even end up killing themselves because they feel like everyone hates the

So why do some people think every type of bullying is no big deal when it has destroyed peoples minds, ended lives and destroyed families. There has always been bullies, this is just the first generation to whine about it. In the past we took care of our own problems. It’s good training for becoming a responsible adult to solve your own problems. And yes, to the other poster, martial arts is a good answer. I’m a 5th degree black belt in Kung Fu and have instructed many. The first step in the arts or in any other method is to defend yourself in the same way you’re attacked. verbal for verbal—physical for physical. What are we raising here….a generation of incapable whiners??? I fear for their future.