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powering down a USB port

Posted 06-08-2012 at 10:25 AM by neonsignal

A USB device can be powered down by setting the power level parameter:
echo suspend >/sys/bus/usb/devices/usb-device/power/level
However, note that the power suspend is done by the slave device, not by the port. Not all USB devices can be suspended (particularly parasitic ones such as lights that have no communications interface).

The device can be turned back on by setting it to auto mode:
echo auto >/sys/bus/usb/devices/
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What do you get when you make Mplayer a little better?

Posted 06-08-2012 at 01:39 AM by stretchedthin
Updated 06-08-2012 at 01:40 AM by stretchedthin

The nice thing about open source is that someone can take something that is very good and make it even better. I think Umplayer is a good example of this. Based on Mplayer, the team at Umplayer have found a way to make some of the more advanced features of Mplayer more accessible to the average user.
All software and graphics shown in this video are either GPL version 3 or Creative Commons Attribution 3. Each of which has commercial allowances. Software freedom is what makes this video...
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Introductory Review Fotoxx photo management.

Posted 06-08-2012 at 01:37 AM by stretchedthin
Updated 06-08-2012 at 01:41 AM by stretchedthin

The recent release of Fotoxx 12.05, had me take a look at this for Linux only photo management suite. After having played with it for a number of days, I think you should take a look at it too. You should also have a look at the video's the author kornelix has put up on Youtube for this application as well. Some real highlights for me are the Panorama and HDR stuff. I tried to avoid showing features which could be found elsewere on Youtube. Fotoxx is licensed under the GPL version 3 as such...
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Speed up your Ubuntu 12.04 with preload application

Posted 06-07-2012 at 02:20 PM by allu john sudhakar

what is preload application:- Preload is nice little application that could make your linux system a lot faster. Preload is an adaptive readahead daemon. It monitors applications that users run, and by analyzing this data, predicts what applications users might run, and fetches those binaries and their dependencies into memory for faster startup times.
Preload packages are available for almost all linux distributions. And it is available by default in the Synaptic Package Manager and Ubuntu...
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Lubuntu 12.04

Posted 06-05-2012 at 11:19 AM by markyd
Updated 10-16-2013 at 06:34 AM by markyd

In my never ending quest for the distro that does everything, is easy to use and uses zero resources (going to be a long quest) one distro always comes back time and time again, Lubuntu.

Been giving Lubuntu 12.04 a spin on my media PC (ASUS AT3IONT based) and a Dell D600 both installed ok, main gripe was the need to add "smbfs" so I could access my music and movies on my XP based media server ... and the reason for that is the need to mount these drives in /etc/fstab as...
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