Linux Tips & Tricks

What you need to do after installing RecordMyDesktop and Audacity


It occured to me that some people reading this might not know how to install both these items.

FYI there are two methods that are commonly used. alt+f2 x-term or the software centre

If you use the terminal shell then the usual sudo apt-get install audacity&&RecordMyDesktop

Once you have installed them both remember to check the sound inputs are being picked up by the programs and with both running turn the sound down on Audacity or you will get feedback.

Being a linux geek, I often forget that people need help. I got a client support request for what to me is a simple task. Get RecordMyDesktop and audacity to work at the same time for a trainer to be able to provide training videos.  I did this while doing a few other things so please forgive the clunkiness of the video as it is my first attempt.

The audio is started first and is audio describing the whole process the video is started afterwards and finished first. Necesary to show how the system works – in some cases can crash if your machine is low powered.

The video below is in WebM format, if you cannot see it please do let me know

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Social & Web and Society – How to Stay Connected With Family Using The Web

The days of having to build a web site before you could blog are gone.  Now to get a free web site blog, go to and go for it if you have a little tech savvy set up your own, if you don’t then sign up to one of theirs.

But what if you want to keep your privacy? Keep your email and all your details under your control and you want to stay in touch?


Then build your own or get someone like us to build for you.  When we build it for you , you decide on what you want. Need a video blog (vlog) to keep in touch with your family?  Then we sort that out for you. Have a little more budget? Then we build a group video streaming application in which all the family can chat live with everyone else.

Add that web site we build for you to properly unlimited non-speed restricted ADSL Broadband and you can stay online with your family all day, every day and never be alone.

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Publish or Perish

Did you know that if you have a news or blog section on your web site that you must be a reliable poster for it to work for you? No One wants to read old old stuff. The human mind enjoys getting fed with new information and it actually gives us endorphins as a reward for the time we spend getting new information.

So no matter how much of a pain it might seem to you, its not you that its important to – its your clients and readers who will then respect what you share even if they do not necessarily agree with what you shared or even with your viewpoint.

So publish or perish has a whole new meaning today.

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Electric Vehicles and Web Sites – Huh?

Ok, So What Do Electric Vehicles  and  Web Sites Have  in Common

Well  for one  thing,  you.  Electricity,  the environment  and  making your own life  better, easier and  environmentally friendlier.  All the web sites  I do managed  hosting for  are on servers  that are optimised  to use  more  alternative  energy sources  like wind,  rain and  solar power.

Like  the electric  car is  seen today to be the  thing of the  future, so was  it with the web sites  twenty years ago.  Early adopters  could see  where it was  headed  but the fact is  like web sites,  electric cars  are more efficient at doing one thing well.  Connecting people.

Connecting People’s  the Thing

When people connect something happens,  good or  well  in some  cases not so good (in my case  one  glass of  red wine  and  my brains  leave the  room)  in others  great things happen  when like minds  egg each other on to greater things.

There are no secrets  on the web

When you write an email or  post a blog,  its not longer a  secret.  A  secret is  only a  secret if  you dont tell  anyone.  If you post it anywhere  on the  web someone  else  knows.

Social Networks

Being social means  congregating with people  and  chatting,  moving from group to group chatting and  sharing.  Social internet such as  Facebook, twitter are a  efficient fast effective form of  what humans  do naturally.  That’s  why they work.  No limits  and  lots  and  lots  of  link ups.  Yummy!

To chat to me  directly all you need  do is  click on the Facebook  or twitter link and the top.  Voila!  Soon you will be  driving electric  vehicles  too.VROOM!


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Expect more – do more – get more

Expect the best

That is what you should be able to do with every web developer.  When you are looking for your new web site you will need to do some thing for yourself. Research the process, so to help you are are some common misunderstandings that you need to be aware of.

    1. When The Site is Ready “They will have filled it with content”

Not true, a web developer will provide what is called lorum ipsum text, so do ask.

A full service company like IncredibleSoftwareSolutions can provide this but it will require a bigger budget and a clear understanding of this by both parties from the get  go.

  1. They have to build my branding, even when I have nothing yet, my new web site will be my branding.
    Yikes! No you must be clear when giving the instructions,
  2. Brand Building costs and you must give a clear concise direction for your business, if you are new pick people who understand your business
  3. Pick people who will take the time to understand your business
  4. You do not automatically have the right to use the artwork or any part of the design in printed media – so ask how much extra this will cost for each iteration, print, TV, news, posters etc.
  5. Copyright is very important for the original author so do not copy and paste just because you can, you can be sued, it is also illegal internationally.
  6. Expect to pay upfront,
  7. This is a virtual world and you should always check  on the past history and reputation by asking past clients.
  8. Does your package include or exclude costs such as hosting, email and data?
  9. Of course you can choose the cheap packages, a lot of people on a limited budget do but it will not in most cases have the polish and the peace of mind getting a professional will bring to the table.

Call me, Hilary on 021-5567088 or directly on 0843351636 at any time to set up an appointment to discuss your options.  I can come see you in your office or at your  SOHO, I can also build it remotely by having the discussion over the phone. You can check on one such web site I built for Steadfast Insurance Brokers in Durban.

“Hilary, you are amazing you delivered far more than I expected”

– Lindi MD of Steadfast Insurance Brokers

We have retainer plans available from as little as R600 per month for copy writing and R3500 for search engine optimisation and web development. E-commerce Plans from R15000.00

Expect the best, Get More, Do More, Call me direct on 0843351636 or on 0215567088.

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