A dictionary for Ubuntu users - Artha

A few days ago, one of my friends suggested me a good book to read. Since I spend most of my time in front of the computer, I've got no time to read a printed version. So I downloaded the ebook as a pdf file. When I read that only I understood that it was a good decision to select the ebook over the printed version because there were many words which I had to use to a dictionary to find the meaning :)

Finding the meaning by typing in each and every word in Google is a time consuming task. Besides, it is not always easy to switch between the PDF reader and the browser. So I searched for a good dictionary to install in my computer, so I can easily look up words while reading.

I found Artha, a really good dictionary for Ubuntu. I wanted to write it in my blog so someone may find this useful in future :)

But you should know that Artha is not limited only for Ubuntu. It is a cross platform, fully off-line dictionary based on Wordnet. It works with major operating systems like GNU/Linux, Microsoft Windows and Windows Phone 7.

Here I'm showing you how I installed it in my Ubuntu computer and how to easily access it.

Artha is available in the Ubuntu software center. So you don't need to mess with command lines on terminal ;) Simply open the Ubuntu Software center and type "Artha" in the search bar. It will bring Artha on the list. Now click on Install button. It will ask you for your password, and the installation will get completed.

artha ubuntu dictionary

Now you can open Artha; there are many ways.

01. Using Terminal, type "artha" and press enter. (without quotes).
02. If it has created a shortcut in your sidebar launcher, by clicking on it.
03. Using the Unity launcher; Press Super Key and type in "Artha". It will display Artha in your application list, then click on it.

Once you start Artha, you can start using it anywhere.

By default, Artha will assign it self the "Ctrl + Alt + W" shortcut key. If you select a word anywhere and press this shortcut key combination, it will show you a pop-up with the meaning of the selected word.

Here is a simple usage example. In my PDF reader while I'm reading my ebook, if I press the above shortcut key, Artha will show me the meaning like this. How convenient :)

artha ubuntu dictionary usage

I hope you will find this article useful. Please feel free to leave a comment and ask me anything if you have any problems installing or using Artha. Do not forget to share this article with your friends in Facebook, Google+ or Twitter too :)

Python Bottle - TypeError: Secret key missing for non-string Cookie.

Python Bottle - TypeError: Secret key missing for non-string Cookie.
I was trying to set several cookies using the Python Bottle micro framework and ended up getting a 500 server error along with the above message. So I searched Google to find a solution for this, but I couldn't find any webpage that would help me. Then I opened the Bottle's documentation and read the cookies section, and there was another sub section under cookies, called Signed Cookies.

There I found that response.set_cookie() accepts a third parameter to encrypt the stored cookie. Although it's mentioned in the documentation that the cookie is still readable by the user, it was not directly readable, meaning it had an encryption. Apparently, the error was solved by using this third parameter, but when I try to read the cookie, it was encrypted. But I wanted to have a non-encrypted cookie.

But if I tried to use the response.set_cookie() without the “secret” parameter, it always gave me this error. TypeError: Secret key missing for non-string Cookie. Since I was not ready to keep the cookie encrypted, I tried to find the error in my code and found that I cannot have non-string cookies without the encryption. The third parameter was not needed if it's a string. But if the cookie value is something other than a string, say an Integer, it had to be encrypted with the secret key parameter.

Here is a section of the original code.

            response.set_cookie("session_key", login_user[0]["session_key"])
            response.set_cookie("loggedIn", 1)  #this gives the error.
            response.set_cookie("first_name", login_user[0]["first_name"])
            response.set_cookie("last_name", login_user[0]["last_name"])
            response.set_cookie("username", username)

If you notice the second line, it is an integer value. So it has to have the “secret” parameter. But If I pass the “secret” parameter, the values will be encrypted. Then I changed the integer to a string by wrapping it with quotes as shown below, and it solved my problem.

           response.set_cookie("loggedIn", “1”)

I hope this will be useful to someone in the future because I didn't find any tutorial to help me with this when I had this problem. So I'm sharing my experience. If you think this is a bad practice, or if you know any better solution than this, please feel free to leave a comment and let others know it :)

Modify Jquery Chosen select options dynamically.

Undoubtedly, every web developer would admit that Jquery Chosen plugin is a big time saver for them.  It's not only saving the time, but it takes out the whole pain of modifying and converting those ugly html select boxes into more usable elements. It is even simpler to use because all you have to do is tell the plugin to do the hard work for you, because this plugin wants only a simple select box to do its magic, be it either a single select or a multiple select.

Here I'm going to share something useful I came across recently with this plugin. I hope this will be useful for someone in future :) Most of the times, I used Chosen to display a static dropdown list only. It can be done with a few lines of Javascript easily. But this time, I was using the plugin in a small single page app written using Jquery. When the user adds a new item, the options in the select box has to be repopulated with the new one included.

Modify Jquery Chosen select options dynamically.

I went through the Chosen's documentation expecting to see some hints to get this done. Luckily I found this section.

Updating Chosen Dynamically

If you need to update the options in your select field and want Chosen to pick up the changes, you'll need to trigger the "chosen:updated" event on the field. Chosen will re-build itself based on the updated content.


So this is what I wanted. And here is how I did this using Jquery. I appended the new item to the options list and triggered the chosen:updated as they have mentioned in the documentation.

var NewTopic = $('<option value="'+data.topic_id+'">'+data.topic_name+'</option>');

This is a simple thing, but chances are there that someone might miss this specific part while reading the docs. That's why I wrote my own blog post too :)

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DragonDisk - A Cyberduck alternative for Ubuntu to connect to Amazon s3!

When I was using Windows, I used Cyberduck to connect to the Amazon s3 to manage my buckets easily.  But now, I'm moved to Ubuntu, and I wanted to have a good s3 client similar to the CyberDuck. So while I was looking for the best alternative, I found DragonDisk which was a great tool  to manage the s3 buckets as in CyberDuck. It has a similar interface to the CyberDuck, so I think it will not be a problem for you to shift from CyberDuck to DragonDisk. So I thought I should write this in my blog so it would be useful for others as well.

Here I'm showing how to install it. If you want further assistance on the software like how to use, please visit the DragonDisk website :) But it's fairly easy to use. Install, add your S3 details, and connect!

Step 01: First Download the release that matches with your Ubuntu installation from this link.


Step 02: It will download a .deb package. Once the download is complete, double click on it to run the installer. (it will open your Ubuntu Software Center to complete the installation.)

Step 03: Click on the Install Button.

Step 04: Finish! Now you can launch the DragonDisk either by using the Unity Launcher or the Terminal.

Press the “Super Key” and type in “DragonDisk” to locate it from the launcher. If you want to start it using the terminal, Open the terminal and type “dragondisk” without quotes and press enter.

This is how the Software looks once you open it.

To create a new account, Go to File->Accounts..

This will open a new window, click on New Button and enter your account details there. You can select the Cloud service provider you are connecting using the dropdown given.

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Gmail notifications css style.

Gmail notifications css style.

Gmail notifications css style.

I am working on an interesting project these days. There is this page where I have to display loading messages, success notifications etc. So I decided to make that notification box somewhat similar to the Gmail's notifications box.  The main reason I wanted to make this similar to the Gmail's one is because its so easy to read, and the notifications are not disturbing the user. They look pretty cool, and simple.

I guess you might already have seen these notifications in Gmail so many times? If not check the image above.

Today I'm going to show you how you can create this notification style using css. It's a very simple thing. Let's Start. Here is the css, and there's nothing to explain. :)

.notify-outer {
    left: 0;
    top: 0;
    margin: 0;
    font-family: arial, sans-serif;
    font-weight: bold;
    visibility: hidden;
    z-index: 8;
    position: absolute;
    text-align: center;
    width: 100%;
    height: 100%;

.notify -msg-box {
    position: relative;
    display: inline-block;
    visibility: hidden;
    font-size: 80%;
    padding: 6px 10px;
    background-color: #f9edbe;
    border: 1px solid #f0c36d;
    box-shadow: 0 2px 4px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.2);
    top: -15px;

Here is how to use it. You will have to make changes according to your requirements. I change the text of the span #msg dynamically using Jquery. So I have made the notifications hidden by default.

<div class="notify-outer ">
    <div class="notify -msg-box">
       <span id="msg" style="display:none;"></span>

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Ubuntu Screen Recording with Simple Screen Recorder

Are you planning to create a video tutorial for Youtube or your website? Looking for the best Screen Recording software for Ubuntu to complete the video without any hassles? Yes, I had the same question like you and I found the best answer. It's SimpleScreenRecorder! The best screen recording software for Ubuntu.

Please note that I have no affiliation nor any kind of a relationship with this software. It's just my honest review about it because it is the perfect solution I found for screen recording in Ubuntu. I wanted to let others know about it too.

Why I recommend Simple Screen Recorder?

There are many factors to be concerned when selecting a software because the requirements are different for each user. But as a rule of thumb, any software should be friendly to the user, and Simple Screen Recorder passes that requirement with a 100% score. It has a simple user interface which makes makes it possible to start using the recorder quickly using the default values.


Features of Simple Screen Recorder for Ubuntu.

  • It has a clean GUI (Graphical user interface).
  • It runs smoothly.
  • Ability to record the whole screen or a part of it.
  • Can pause the recording and start later with a single click of a button without disturbing your video.
  • Shows statistics during recording.
  • Ability to see a preview before recording, so you don't waste time recording something only to figure out afterwards that some setting was wrong.
  • Live streaming.
  • “Ready to start” default values! (this is so nice because all you have to click the record button, because the recorder is already loaded with the default values and you don't have to change them unless you really want to change them.)
Above are only a few of the notable features I liked in the Simple Screen Recorder. There are many more features.

How to install Simple Screen Recorder?


It's easy to install using the terminal. (it is not available in the Ubuntu Software Center and you will have to add their repository to your software sources manually)

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:maarten-baert/simplescreenrecorder
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install simplescreenrecorder


How to Start Recording.


Once you have installed the simple screen recorder, you can launch it using the Unity Launcher.

Press the Launcher Key / Super Key (Typically the Windows key in Windows machines), and type “simple” without quotes. It will show you the icon of the Simple screen recorder. Click on it to launch the software.


Once you open it, you will get an interface similar to the below one.

Click on the continue button.

Then you come to the main configurations to start recording.


It loads a custom profile. If you want to create your own profile, you can create it by clicking on the new button.

Then it will ask you to enter a name for the new profile and all the settings you select will be saved under your profile. This is useful if you have to record the screen in different ways.

By default it will,
Record your entire screen with a frame rate of 30 fps + your cursor will be recorder. And it won't record audio. So make sure to tick the “Record audio” box if you want to record your voice too.

If you wish to continue with the default settings, click continue button to go the next screen.

In the second step, you can choose where to save your video. By default it will save to your user folder in the /home directory. You can change this to wherever you want. 

Then you can select the format of the video you prefer. Default is .mkv and you can change this too depending on your requirement.

Once you complete setting up this screen, click continue to go the final step.
Here is an interesting feature of Simple Screen Recorder, You can see a preview of your actual recording before you start.

Click on the start preview button to see what you are going to record. This will make sure that you are recording what you really wanted and nothing else :)
If you think everything is ok, press the “start Recording” button to start recording your screen. Also you can use the shortcut key, and it is recommended because otherwise your video will start with the SimpleScreenRecorder window in it :)

To start recording using the shortcut, first minimize the SimpleScreenRecorder window. You will notice  the Record icon in your status bar on top. It will have a pause icon. Now press “CTRL + R”. This will start the recording and you will notice that the recorder icon will turn red indicating that the recording has started. To Pause recording for a while, press the same “CTRL + R” again. Now again the icon will turn into the pause icon. You can continue recording your video this way as long as you want.

Once you finish recording, Press the “CTRL + R” to stop recording and open the minimized SimpleScreenRecorder window from your sidebar launcher. You will see a button at the bottom of the screen named as “save recording”. Click on this to complete the video.

Done! You have successfully recorded your screen. Now say “Thank you Simple Screen Recorder” :)

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MySql can't create table errno 121 – Solution!

MySql can't create table errno 121If you are working frequently with MySql databases, it is more likely that you have got this error many times. If you're reading this article to find how to solve this error, you are in the right place. Keep on reading to know how you will get this error and how you can solve this without getting any headaches :)

For those who haven't seen this before, here is the full error message:

Error 1005: Can't create table '' (errno: 121)

I wanted to find an exact solution for this error and write it on my blog so that it will be a reference for others as well.

I referred to the MySql documentation and found this doc, and this error comes under the InnoDB errors section. So now we know this has something to do with InnoDB. Let's read the documentation a little more :)

As the documentation states;

14.21.5 InnoDB Error Codes

The following is a nonexhaustive list of common InnoDB-specific errors that you may encounter, with information about why each occurs and how to resolve the problem.

Cannot create table. If the error message refers to error 150, table creation failed because a foreign key constraint was not correctly formed. If the error message refers to error –1, table creation probably failed because the table includes a column name that matched the name of an internal InnoDB table.

This is it! The error code is 1005, but it says only about the error 150, which is a different case. I went through the comments and found some nice tips.

Reason for getting Error 1005: Can't create table (errno: 121):

You will get this error if you are trying to add a constraint name that is already used in somewhere else.

As it turns out, you can't have two foreign key constraints with the same name. Simply that's the issue.

If you are getting this error while adding a foreign key to a table, that means you have used that constraint in another table. So just make sure to change the name of your foreign key constraint and save the table. It will work nicely if you have no other conflicts. :)

How to know where else you have used this constraint?
You can run the following query to see where else your constraint is used. I found this in a stackoverflow answer.

    constraint_type = 'FOREIGN KEY'
AND table_schema = DATABASE()

I hope this article will help you to get this error solved! Please do not forget to share this with your friends on Google+, Twitter or Facebook if you think this will be useful to them too :)

Ubuntu system program problem detected - Fix

Ubuntu System program problem detected

Here is another interesting thing! I'm sure many of you have already seen this before or will see after me. This is also another error I came across while using Ubuntu, and I actually have no idea what caused it. It's been popping up since few days..and actually I can't remember what I did. But apparently there was nothing wrong in the system in terms of functionality.

Every time I log into Ubuntu, I'm getting a Pop up with an error message.

This is what the pop up says :
System program problem detected
Do you want to report the problem now?

There's a button to close the pop up and another one to report this problem to Ubuntu developers. But reporting the problem doesn't make any change either. It might get reported, but still you get the pop up every day when you log in. It becomes annoying after some time. If you have reported this, and want to get rid of the pop up, please read the below paragraphs to fix this error. I've shown how I fixed it.

What did the Pop up really say?

Before you start fixing the error, you should have an idea about the error and how it occurs. (Actually the steps to fix it is really simple!). In Ubuntu, there's a program called Apport, and its task in simple words is to act upon any problem occur in the system and collect information about it, and report it to the user with the steps the user need to follow.

As the Ubuntu Wiki says,

Apport is a system which
  •     intercepts crashes right when they happen the first time,
  •     gathers potentially useful information about the crash and the OS environment,
  •     can be automatically invoked for unhandled exceptions in other programming languages (e. g. in Ubuntu this is done for Python),
  •     can be automatically invoked for other problems that can be automatically detected (e. g. Ubuntu automatically detects and reports package installation/upgrade failures from update-manager),
  •     presents a UI that informs the user about the crash and instructs them on how to proceed,
  •     and is able to file non-crash bug reports about software, so that developers still get information about package versions, OS version etc.

We are sure that this will lead to a much better level of quality assurance in the future.

Read more about Apport in the Ubuntu Wiki.

So basically, whenever your system encounters a crash/problem in a system program or any other, the system actually makes a crash report in a system directory. As the Wiki says, the Apport  program will look for these and keep you informed about the crash until you take necessary actions to fix it.

How to know what program has caused the problem ?

This is a good question indeed. You get the message saying that a system program has crashed, But what is it?

You can see what crash reports are generating the pop up. These crash reports are saved in the /var/crash directory. Open that directory to see the current crash reports. Don't try to open the report :) You wouldn't want to do it unless you are planning to do any debugging. (Here is the Ubuntu Wiki article if you really want to open that file and debug.)

If you are an ordinary user like me, just read the name of the report and try to get an idea like which software has caused it. There's nothing much we can do about those :)

How to get rid of the pop up?

Here is the main section of this article.

In order to fix this error, what you have to do is clear the existing crash reports in your system so that Apport will not find anything to report.

Here's how to do it.

Step 01: Open up your terminal. (press ctrl + alt + T)
Step 02: Enter the following command into the terminal.

sudo rm /var/crash/*

What we do here is clear the whole content of the /var/crash/ directory.


Now when you log in next time, there won't be any pop ups saying System Program problem detected etc.

Other ways to fix the System Program problem detected error.

Following the above method, you should know that we are actually clearing the crash reports existing in the system to overcome the pop up message. But in the future, if any System program crashes and makes any problem, the Apport will start to show this message again. You can follow the same method to fix it.

But if you are not that much serious about system errors, and if you think you don't want to get this kind of errors reported, you can simply disable the Apport. Then you will not get these error notifications.

To disable this, you only have to change a small configuration value for Apport.

Step 01: Open your terminal (press ctrl + alt + T)
Step 02: Enter the following commands.

sudo gedit /etc/default/apport

as you know, it will now ask for your password. Enter it.

This will open the apport's configuration file in Gedit.

The content of the file will be similar to this;

# set this to 0 to disable apport, or to 1 to enable it
# you can temporarily override this with
# sudo service apport start force_start=1

Step 02: Change enabled=1 to enabled=0:

# set this to 0 to disable apport, or to 1 to enable it
# you can temporarily override this with
# sudo service apport start force_start=1

and save the file.

Step 04: Restart or stop the Apport service. Both will work, you will not get any error notifications anymore because it is disabled.

sudo restart apport

Cheers! You just fixed your annoying problem :)

Note: Even though I have shown you how to disable Apport, I don't recommend you to disable it.  You may not be interested in getting errors reported to you, but it helps you to stay alerted about the changes happening inside the system. You will know whenever a system program or any other software causes any problem. It will be really helpful for you to get them fixed sometimes even by yourself, because you know actually where the error is originated. So think twice before you do it :)

Also please note that you have not actually fixed the error which apport reports to you. What you actually do is stop Apport from reporting about the crashes in your system. The crash is actually not solved. So if you want to fix the error itself, you will have to dig some more..If you are interested, please follow the link I given above regarding the crash debugging.

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Shake your logo a little with a simple CSS3 animation!

I just wanted to write this blog post to get your attention to the logo of my blog :)

If you take your mouse pointer over the logo above, you will see a really simple animation I have added to it. Why don't you try it now? :) I said “simple” because it's very easy to do and you only need to add a few new lines to your style sheet. I will show you how to do it.

Also note, I'm going to show you how this animation can be included in a blogspot blog because I know there are hundreds of similar articles written about CSS3 animations and probably many of those articles will already have about this animation too. So there's no point of repeating the same thing, instead I will show you how to add this in your blogspot blog to add some value to this article. Don't worry, the blogspot part is only a addition to this article. You can use the styles in your website too.

Let's Start.

01. First login to your blogger account and go to “Templates” option.
02. Click on the “Edit HTML” button.

03. This will open the source of your template to edit. Press ctrl + F key and search for

        <style type='text/css'>

04. When you find it, insert the following css rules under that line in your template source.

@keyframes shake-logo{
16.65% {
    transform: translateX(8px);
33.3% {
    transform: translateX(-6px);
49.95% {
    transform: translateX(4px);
66.6% {
    transform: translateX(-2px);
83.25% {
    transform: translateX(1px);
100% {
    transform: translateX(0px);

.logo:hover, .logo:focus, .logo:active {
    animation-duration: 1s;
    animation-iteration-count: 1;
    animation-name: shake-logo;
    animation-timing-function: ease-in-out;

here “.logo” is the class name I've applied to my logo. Remember to add the class “logo” to your logo first. Otherwise this won't work.

I think I don't need to explain the code?

Here the main thing is in the “@keyframes shake-logo“ line. We first define an animation using the CSS keyframes rule, and give it a name as “shake-logo”.

After that we have assigned the animation to our .logo class using the animation-name: shake-logo; property.  Other properties are self explanatory.

So, that's it! Now open your website/blog and see!

Actually what I have shown you here is only the basic application of this animation. So probably this won't work in webkit browsers like Chrome / Safari or Opera ;)

Read the following articles from W3schools and learn how you can overcome this too.


Hope you enjoyed my article. Do you think I've missed anything? Please feel free to let me know in a comment below.

A simple show / hide password function using Javascript.

We all know that password boxes in any web/desktop applications are masked with an asterisk (*) to protect it from being exposed to others while you type it. But sometimes have you noticed that when you enter your password to connect to a Wi-Fi network, there is a check-box which allows you to view the password that you typed in plain text? That is to make sure
you have entered your password correctly, so you can connect to the network in the first attempt.

I think it's a nice feature to have in any application. But in terms of security, it will not be nice :-)

Anyway, I just liked it and I wanted to make a little login page with that option included. Here is the Javascript function. It's too simple. I'm not even thinking to include this feature in any of my real applications though :-)

Note : Having your password exposed to someone else will make dangerous things happen! Therefore you should never let anybody know your passwords of important and private accounts like Gmail, Facebook etc. A person can even guess your password by looking at the keyboard while you type, and the number of asterisks that appear in the password box. Therefore be conscious.

Here is the code.

Pasword : <input type="password" name="password" id="password" />


<input type="checkbox" value="1" name="reveal" id="reveal" onchange="reveal_pass(this); "> Show Password

<script type="text/javascript">

function reveal_pass(check_box){

    var textbox_elem = document.getElementById("password");


    textbox_elem.setAttribute("type", "text");


    textbox_elem.setAttribute("type", "password");



Here is a Demo :-)

Pasword :
Show Password

What do you think about the protection of your passwords? Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?