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?

Linux chown Example

Linux chown example

chown is a linux command used to change the owner / Owner group of a file or a directory in a Linux environment. Chown is the shorter version for “Change Owner”, and it has an easy syntax so you can enter it quickly. In this article, you will see the most generic form of the usage of this command.

In order to change the owner of a file or a directory, you need to have the root privileges of the system, or you should be the owner of that particular file or directory. If not you can use the sudo prefix in front of your command to run the command as root.

Basic Syntax :

chown [OPTION]... [OWNER][:[GROUP]] FILE...

Before we move in to our examples, let's see how we can check the current owner of the file.

Enter the following command :

ls -l

It will output something similar to this.
-rw------- 1 nimeshka nimeshka 155245 Aug 12 09:55 1.png

-rw------- 1 nimeshka nimeshka  30948 Aug 12 10:09 2.png

-rw------- 1 nimeshka nimeshka 466892 Aug 12 10:18 3.png

the format of the above output is as below;

[permissions] [owner] [group] [size] [modified date & time] [file/directory name]

Example 01 : To Change Owner

chown jeff 1.png

This will assign the ownership of 1.png file to jeff user.

Example 02 : Change the Group

chown :developer 1.png

This will keep the current owner, but change the group of the file.

Example 03 : Changing both owner and group

chown jeff:developer 1.png

You can see that the owner and the group is separated by a colon (:)

Example 04 : Changing the owner of a directory recursively.

chown -R jeff /my/directory

Notice the -R option we passed to the command. -R tells the command to go through all the files and directories inside /my/directory and apply the changes.

If you want to learn more about this command, view the manual page using the command:

man chown

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Linux – Fixing Error sudo: /usr/bin/sudo must be owned by uid.

Linux – Fixing Error sudo: /usr/bin/sudo must be owned by uid.Here is another interesting thing I came through very recently.  If you have ever used a unix based operating system like Ubuntu, I bet you have had run into problems which happens suddenly, and you have no idea what caused it :)

This is the error I got,

sudo: /usr/bin/sudo must be owned by uid 0 and have the setuid bit set

Now I’m going to tell you how I got the above error and how I fixed it.

I searched in many forums about this, and I found that there are two reasons for getting this error.

01.     Directory “/usr/bin/sudo“  is not having permission 755.     This happens if you run a command like “sudo chmod –R 777 /usr/” - which will set the permission to 777 for all the directories recursively.

02.    Directory “/usr/bin/sudo“  is not owned by the root user. (In case if you have run a command to change the owner.)

My issue was due to reason 01, and I solved it by following the below steps.

First restart your pc, and press the SHIFT key while Ubuntu is booting.

This will bring you up the boot menu.

Select Advanced Options.

Select your OS version in (recovery mode), and press Enter Key.

Ex : Ubuntu 14.04 (recovery mode)

It will bring you up another  screen. Now select “Drop to root shell prompt” and press Enter.

It will load a command line at the bottom of the screen.

Now run each of the following commands.

mount -o remount,rw /

mount --all

chown root:root /usr/bin/sudo

chmod 4755 /usr/bin/sudo


Now your pc will restart. Once you log in, you will find that you can use the sudo command again :)

Please leave a comment if this worked for you.

How to remove Vuescan watermark – Vuescan 9.4 Crack Version

remove vuescan watermarkFew months back I wrote an article about Vuescan Professional software, and one of my experiences about it. After publishing the article, I noticed that many people visited my blog looking for that software, and the problem they had is about the watermark which is embedded into the final image.

So here is the working solution for all my readers :) I’m going to tell you how to remove the Watermark from the final image and use the Vuescan Latest version without any restrictions.

The first thing you should understand is that if you are getting a watermark in scanned images, that means you are not using  a licensed version of vuescan. So in order to get rid of the watermark, either you will have to buy it, or use a cracked version of vuescan. Since you are worrying too much about the watermark, I know you are not going to buy it. So let’s continue with the second method, using cracked version. (But please note that I am not recommending you to use cracked software, I am doing this only for educational purpose and I always encourage you to buy it from the original developers, they deserve it).

Here is the link to the Vuescan 9.4 Cracked version I used to test this.

Download Vuescan 9.4 Cracked version

Once you download the above zip file, extract it and install the version which is compatible with your system (32 bit / 64 bit).

Inside the zip file there is a folder named “Key”, and inside that you can find “key.txt” which contains the serial number.

When you first run the vuescan, it will ask you to register the product. Simply enter the email, customer Id and the serial key from the above key.txt file and as soon as you complete typing, it will show as “OK” in all the text boxes. This means your details are valid :) Click on OK button and continue scanning.

Please read this section if you are still getting the watermark.

Even though vuescan accepts your serial number as valid, it might still show the watermark. The reason is that Vuescan is not remembering your registration data. Here is how to fix that error.

Continue scanning your image as usual. When you are ready to save, do not click on save button. Instead, click on help menu item, and go to “About..”. A popup dialog will appear asking you to enter the Serial number. Now enter your data there and save the image.

Boom..No watermark B)

Please let me know your comments about this.

Happy Scanning :)

jQuery Validator Validate by class name

It’s no doubt that the jQuery Form validator is a big time saver for most of the web developers around. It helps you to do the client side validation of forms without any difficulty. Recently I wanted to validate a group of form fields (a several Price Fields), which should not allow negative values. But the existing rule I have being using was only that it is required. So I had to change that, and I found that I have been doing the validations based on the field name. But my current requirement is for many fields having the same rule. So I was looking for a way to get it done in a single rule (using the class name)

Here I have found two solutions to achieve this, and I share it with you all expecting it will help to save someone's time :)

Tip: Opt out your common rules and enter the other rules inside the $().validate() as usual. You can enter common rules inside below methods after this.

Method 01: Using jQuery Validator’s  .rules() method.

Ex : I want to validate all the price fields (having class “.price”).

$('.price').each(function() {
            $(this).rules("add", {
                required: true,
                min: 0

Note: You can use this only after the $().validate() method is called. Otherwise it will not work.

Method 02: Using the addClassRules() method.

This method is developed mainly for this type of validations. It does the iteration through all the elements by itself, which we did manually in method 01.

$.validator.addClassRules("price", {
     required: true,
     minlength: 2

Note: Unlike in method 01, you don't need this method to be after the $().validate() always. You can even call this method before the $().validate().

Please leave a comment and let me know if this was helpful to you.

Creating a simple 3D button with pure CSS

I'm sure that all of you might have seen a 3D (Three Dimensional) button in a website somewhere. There are many websites which use 3D buttons to grab the user attention;  they are really interesting to check out as well as to create.  So here is my very simple approach to create a 3D looking CSS 3 button. This is the very basic way to create a 3D button in CSS and it does what you expect. It has a 3D appearance; it has a 3D effect when you click on it :)

Here is the demo of the button.

NOTE: This was made only for fun. If you willing to use this in your website, you may consider to modify this.

            div { width: 100px;
                  height: 30px;
                  background: #F8D96D;
                  border-bottom: 7px solid #7F5A23;
                  border-left: 3px solid #7F5A23;
                  border-top: 1px solid #7F5A23;
                  border-right: 1px solid #7F5A23;
                  border-radius: 8px;
                  text-align: center;
                  padding-top: 10px;
                  color: #ffffff;
                  font-weight: bold;
                  font-size: 18px;
                  text-shadow: 5;
                  cursor: pointer;
                  text-shadow: 0px 2px 3px #555;

            div:hover {
                background: #F7D86B;
            div:active {
                border-top: 4px solid #7F5A23;
                border-bottom: 1px solid #7F5A23;



Please let me know your thoughts about this :)