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[19 Jul 2012 | | ]
Keeping passwords safe with Password Safe

Using many passwords for different websites, but having trouble remembering them all? Password Safe needs you just to remember one.

Password Safe is a port of the full-fledged libre desktop program for keeping track of all your passwords. It saves all your passwords into an encrypted database and you can easily read them off it with your master password. The master password is not saved in the database, but it’s the only thing you’ll have to remember.
Password Safe keeps great simplicity and keeps the features and security. It has group support, keeps notes and, well, usernames and passwords. You can also keep several different databases. Thanks to import/export feature, you can keep the database on the PC or your N900 and freely update and exchange information between the devices. Password Safe supports many platforms, so you don’t need to worry whether you’re on GNU/Linux or Windows.
While not as feature-rich as KeePassX (the N900 port of which I’ll review soon), Password Safe is just as cross-platform and very-very simple. Go give it a go: fetch it off Extras (package name: pwsafe).

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[18 Jul 2012 | | ]
Don Ceferino: Super Pang clone on the N900

Ever played Super Pang, a little flash game where you shoot down bubbles with harpoons? Well, apparently it has a nice N900 clone, Don Ceferino!

As mentioned, Don Ceferino is a Super Pang clone. That means the whole premise of the game is to try and shoot down as many flying bubbles as you can without them touching your character, who is Don Ceferino, trying to rescue his cow from being abducted.
If you played the original , then there’s not much to be said. It is a really well done clone, featuring several levels of challenging bubble popping! Don Ceferino can grab bonuses off defeated alien bubbles, which range from additional time to more weapons. The touch control is really good, but the game itself needs to be played on keyboard. Surprisingly, the controls are very tolerable! Several keybindings are available, so you can control the game as you see fit. The graphics look smooth and the music is nice too.
As so, the game is good enough to land in your game collection. Fetch it off Extras (package name is ceferino) and go save the cow from aliens!

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[17 Jul 2012 | | ]
[How-to] Improve N900 performance: Collection of tweaks

Want more performance and power for your N900 and give it a go at competing against today’s hardware? I’ve decided to put up a small collection of patches and tweaks that could greatly improve the performance of your N900 here.

Note: The guide assumes you know what you’re doing, as some of the tweaks might cause damage to your system, so use those at your own risk. Also, some of the packages to be installed require Extras-devel to be enabled, read on how to enable it here if you can’t find the package. Disable it right after you’ve done everything!

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[13 Jul 2012 | | ]
VLC on the N900

There aren’t many users that haven’t heard of the VLC media player. It’s free software and is highly portable, but is there an N900 port? There surely is.
Note: the port requires you to fetch all the dependencies, and it will chomp up around 45 mB of your memory. Since some of them aren’t well optified, you’d want at least 20 mB in your rootfs.
The VLC port doesn’t have a package in the official Maemo repos yet, but VideoLAN’s repo has all the packages you need. Go and add it, either via the Application Manager (Name: VLC; Address: http://downloads.videolan.org/videolan/maemo/; Distro: freemantle; Components: free), or via Xterm:
sudo gainroot
echo “deb http://downloads.videolan.org/videolan/maemo/ freemantle free” >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/hildon-application-manager.list
After you got the repo installed, simply install VLC from the App Manager or run:
sudo gainroot
apt-get update
apt-get install vlc
After that, reboot and VLC is installed.
 
The port itself is fairly functional, although a bit unstable. I had a couple of crashes trying to open a video.
All the desktop functions are there, they work, and are put it a more tight menu, for better mobile integration. You know what to expect. The videos play smoothly as well.
And while I myself always preferred mplayer, VLC is a solid, well known player, and certainly is a nice addition to your app library.

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[12 Jul 2012 | | ]
Plans Plant: A powerful task manager

Like to have things planned out? You’d want a good task manager, and there is a really good one available just for your N900!

Plans Plant is a really powerful task manager. It holds a wonderful task tree system, with your parent tasks, subtasks, dependencies… The tasks can hold a lot of descriptive information (if you’d like to fill it out), can hold start-finish times and the time required to accomplish the task. If you need to print out the whole sheet you can export the whole task tree into an HTML file! Numerous projects/task trees can be held as well.
The unstable release (available in Extras-Devel) features even more neat features, such as the time counter, with which you can mark the tasks as started and it will calculate the completion percentage for you. It also features task priorities, task search and sorting.
Future releases promise to have a calendar view, more informative buttons, desktop synchronization and much more!
Perhaps the only little downside to the great app I found is a rather huge and non-intuitive interface, it would take you some time to figure out which button does what, how to remove/modify tasks, but once you get the grasp of it, the app is wonderful.
Fetch the stable version off Extras, or the more feature-rich version form Extras-Devel, you won’t regret it.

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