Surveillence and Censorship – Jacob Appelbaum and LCA 2012

Another highly recommended video


Dropbox Daemon Management for KDE

Dropbox in KDE does not offer the same level of integration with the file manager, dolphin, as it does with its gnome equivalent so I installed it and settled on choosing the dropbox daemon whenever I required to run dropbox as opposed to running it every time on startup. This gradually became a pain so I wrote a handy script that can start or stop dropbox easily. I placed this in a binary directory in my home directory.


you can make with
mkdir ~/bin

In debian , this is automatically added to to the path via an if clause in the ~/.profile file like so.

# set PATH so it includes user's private bin if it exists
if [ -d "$HOME/bin" ] ; then

If for some reason it is different for your distribution you can just add the directory to your path by adding the above if statement to you ~/.profile or adding

export PATH=$PATH:~/bin

at the end of the ~/.profile file.

once done you can reload your .profile by typing

source ~/.bash_profile

Alternatively, if you like saving keystrokes you can type . ~/.bash_profile

Now save the code below to a file called dropbox in the ~/bin directory.
Change the permissions to make it executable
chmod u+x ~/bin/dropbox

now on a terminal you can type dropbox to start the daemon or the stop the daemon. Optionally you could add it to a gui menu.

#script to start or stop the dropbox daemon
#Usage: simply type dropbox to start or stop the dropbox daemon

#check if daemon is already running
procs=`ps aux | grep -i "dropbox-dist" |grep -v grep | wc -l`

if [ "$procs" -eq "1" ];

echo "Stopping dropbox daemon"

killall dropbox

echo "daemon stopped"



echo "Starting Dropbox Daemon . . "

~/.dropbox-dist/dropboxd &

echo "Running . ."


Upgraded to Cyanogen Mod 7

I recently upgraded my old HTC Hero from CM6 to 7 . The install process was pretty painless largely due to the fact I had the bulk of the work done from when I installed CM6 previously.

The upgrade and install process

I used rom manager to download and flash the rom and google tools but not before backing up my applications and data. I used the well known titanium backup for this . Once this was completed I chose to wipe the dalvik cache and system data and proceeded to install the rom via rom manager.

The install process completed fairly quickly and within no time I was back up and running . I had previously read a few reports of the rom behaving sluggishly and some people having problems, so I was anxious to ensure all the essentials worked.

Wifi , camera , gps , audio and the rest worked fine with no problems. I did notice the rom feeling a little sluggish though. To remedy this I went into the settings and overclocked the processor the 710Mhz . I tried to push it higher but it kept shutting down . Also another thing I did was to install launcher pro as the default dock instead of ADW that comes with the rom by default. I found these tweaks to greatly improve the speed and responsiveness of the rom.

So how does it compare to CM6 ?

Overall the rom seems to be more responsive , I had applied the same tweaks to CM 6 also so I’m not sure how much of a difference there really is in terms of speed or whether it is mainly the placebo effect.

In the previous version I had to install setCpu to overclock the processor while this rom had the option built into the settings. This made it very convenient and saves space too.

The UI looks a lot sleeker this time around and allows for greater theming options. Some examples  are the status bar , the dialer , the keyboard.

CM7 also has the ability to take screenshots by default which saves me having to connect it to ADB via USB to take them.



Overall I am very pleased with the performance and quality of the rom and I would like to take this time to thank the cyanogen mod community for the hard work they put into their releases and for keeping the older models alive.


My current setup


Fresh CM7 Setup


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