Video Download Helper

Without a doubt my favorite Firefox extension. Available in both Windows and Linux. The Video download helper. It lets you download videos from Youtube and dozens of other websites.

DownloadHelper is a tool for web content extraction. Its purpose is to capture video and image files from many sites.

Just surf the Web as you are used to, when DownloadHelper detects it can do something for you, the icon gets animated and a menu allows you to download files by simply clicking an item

For instance, if you go to a YouTube page, you’ll be able to download the video directly on your file system. It also works with MySpace, Google videos, DailyMotion, Porkolt, iFilm, DreamHost and others.

Go have a nosey, its a simple plug in for Firefox so a quick and easy setup.

Aria Download Manager

A quick pokey paws shout out for this brilliant little application. Rummage through the Ubuntu repos and you will find Aria Download Manager. It does what it says on the tin, and a lot more.

I found it when looking for an app i could use to Que up a stack of downloads and then just download them one after the after. Aria does this well. waiting for one download to finish before automatically starting the next download in the Que. A huge convenience for me as i leave my PC downloading all the time. There is a bit more to Aria, it has a stacks of settings to make it behave how you want it to behave with downloads.

Its not very pretty, but hey you cant have everything. The interface is clean and simple (and easy to understand, a must for silly folk like me ^^ ).

It appears this isn’t being actively developed anymore though. The creator has moved onto making Aria2. So lets hope its as good as the first ^^

So, if your on Ubuntu or one of its derivatives, have a look in the repos.

There is a wiki page for it here :

Linux feed readers

Ok, feed readers, not very interesting topic is it? But its something thats got my attention today. So i thought i would waffle about the 4 i saw. ^^

I found something I have really missed about Flock web browser is the feed readers. Ive gotten into using Midori browser again for the time being. So I have been looking in the Xubuntu repos for feed readers. There is 4 of them in the repos.


Liferea is rated the best (and feels the most polished). Grr appears to not be an active project at the moment, and felt rather clunky. I am upset Grr wasn’t the best cause i like the name, and it had a puppy too! (who doesn’t like puppy’s?) Blam looks active on the site, but didn’t open at all when downloaded from repo’s, i did not feel like fixing a simple feed reader, so I rather ignorantly / impatiently did not try making it work. Straw looked nice and polished, but had less features than Liferea.

So for now I am going with Liferea. Now to start finding all the RSS feeds i need to subscribe to again…

Art resources

My partner is an artist. Shes very good you know! She makes jewelry in real life, sculpting beads from clays and stuff.

Anywhos, was the first page i made for this site, and ive had a look for guides to art packages on Linux. The main programs ive looked for is Gimp, Inkscape, and Blender. All applications on linux, all downloadable from the application directorys in the ‘good application directory’ post on this site ^^


Gimp is a free image editing package. Its available for Linux and Windows.
Deviant Art Tutorials
Tutorialized Tutorials
Abduzeedo Gimp Galaxy


Inkscape is a free drawing tool, feels similar to Corel Draw.

Inkscape Docs
Free PDF Guide
Inkscape Video Guides
More Video Tutorials (scroll to bottom)


Blender is a 3D modelling program. Havent used it myself but heard some say they prefer it to Maya.

Blenders Main Tutorials
Tutorialized Tutorials
Blender Nation
Ibiblios Tutorials

Misc Art Stuff

A sample texture site (seriously recomended viewing regardless of your art software!)

Hope somebody out there finds these links useful ^^

Good application directories

A list of websites with plenty of linux downloadables on. If theres something you need for linux, you should be able to find it through these ^^ Click on one of the titles below to be taken to thier website.


A website with plenty of downloadable proggys for linux, windows, and mac. They have a good library of software as well as news reviews and tips.

Sourceforge is another huge software resource. All open source software. I have an appreciation for this website because it was my first step into the open source world.
I havent used this website much, not very pretty, but i have found the odd proggy here. Worth a look!

Ive only just found this website, had a look around and made it a definate bookmark for the future.

A good resource for alternative open source software.

Linux Games Database
Literaly found this site today, at time of this pages creation, the website was in beta. But it looks promising! Another definate bookmark in my opinion ^^
Thanks Vadi for reminding me of this one. Its a site filled with .deb files (files for debian based linux distros). They also have a games reposotory called Playdeb for Ubuntu linux.

Open Desktop
A fantastic website i visit all the time. It has lots of things to make your PC look prettier. Click on the drop down menus at the top left of the screen to see how vast the website is ^^

As always, i hope someone finds something here usefull! ^^