Opening .rar Files With Password In Ubuntu.

If you are looking for how to JOIN .rar files in Ubuntu and it asks for a password that does not exist, visit this post for the instruction of how to do so.

I have to post this because there are so many searches looking for how to open Rar files with password protection. I cannot find a way to create .rar files with password but opening was not a problem at all.

  1. First, make sure you have installed the unrar package. If not, visit this post for instructions.
  2. Open the .rar file by double clicking on the file.
  3. To open a protected file within the archive, double click it. A password dialog will pop-up.
  4. Enter your password and hit enter. Choose your desire location and hit enter. You are done.

I am not sure why so many have problems with this. Again, I might be ignorance and I’m just not addressing the right problem here. If not, please let me know what the real deal is.

I would also like to check out how to join split .rar files. I will post something soon.

Installing Songbird in Ubuntu

Note: A new version of songbird just came out (0.7.0). However, the instruction below should still work.

Songbird 0.5 is a new release of an innovative attempt to revolutionize the way we listen to music. In short, it upholds the belief that we deserve the freedom to listen to music in anyway – and screw DRM. I installed Songbird 0.5 on my Ubuntu today, worked like a charm. With Firefox and Songbird and three other applications were running at the same time, only 300MB of RAM was used. Sweet!!!! Not to mention all the goodness that come with it. Highly recommended for everyone. Let’s get right onto it.

I found a tutorial from ArsGeek Tutorial but it does not work for this version of Songbird, so I modified it a bit. We will install Songbird from the original package, and then create a Shortcut.

Install Songbird.

  1. First, download Songbird.
  2. Your download file to Desktop so it would be easier to work with.
  3. Open Terminal: Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal.
  4. We are going to copy it to the /opt folder

    cd /opt

    sudo cp ~/Desktop/Song* .


    • Make sure you have the period (.) at the end.
    • (~) is short for /home/*username*. You can also use this shortcut in Nautilus- an implement of Explorer in Windows.
    • (*) means “anything.” Song* means a file/folder starts with “Song” and followed by anything. (ex: Song 67, Song_0.5 or just Song…)
  5. Let’s extract the tarball file.

    sudo tar zxvf Song*.tar.gz

    Now we have a Songbird folder in the opt folder. Don’t believe me? check it. This is optional.

    cd /opt


    This will give you a list of folders and files in the current directory. Below is an example.

  6. Give it some ownership, not sure why, but it would not hurt.

    sudo chown -R username:username Songbird

    Substitute your username or whatever you want into username:usename. For example, mine would be:

    sudo chown -R ma65p:ma65p Songbird

    Now, when you check Songbird folder in Nautilus, there will be a lock next to it.

  7. Now, we need to enter Songbird folder, and initiate Songbird.

    cd Songbird


Songbird should start now. If you get it to run, awesome. (If not, leave me a comment, I will try to figure out for you). The next step is to make a shortcut.

Creating A Shortcut For Songbird.

  1. Right click on Applications, chose Edit Menus.
  2. A new window will pop up, select Sound & Video. Then select New Item.
  3. A new window pop up, fill it out as in the picture below. Pay close attention to the Command. Put in /opt/Songbird/songbird.
  4. To add Icons for Songbird, you can download the icon set here done by ricky cullen (see, I’m a nice guy, you can Google Songbird icons too)
  5. Click on the Icon button and browse to where you saved you icons, then click open (you must click open to view the .ico files)
  6. Select OK and OK again to create launcher. Done.

Enjoy Songbird, it’s such a lovely player that I loved it the first sight. Oh, note that there are add-ons for Songbird as well, just like Firefox.

A Photoshop Practice: TV

So, I have learned a little bit about Photoshop and manage my way around it. I decided to have a project of my own. Below is an image inspired by a Bestbuy ad. I made the TV myself.

Below is the TV I made, it was not as hard as I though. Looks pretty sleek, there is no base, unfortunately.

Below is a bit of variation.

A Photoshop Practice: Strawberry

I spent most of my time in the last few days learning how to use Photoshop CS3. After having a little tiny bit of knowledge, I manage to make this strawberry. Looks pretty cool but staring at it for three hours gave me a migraine. Let me know what you think.

I just modified this one a bit, took like 30 seconds but the look is still awesome. Blue strawberry. And since I just started, you can see some flaws.

I just learned how to make shadow a second ago from so I tried it out right away. Again, the lighting is still very awkward.

A New Look For Firefox

My English isn’t that great, so if you spot any mistake, please leave a note in the comment section.

I said that I had been doing some tweaking on Firefox lately, so I decided to show off a little bit and introduce some of the best looking designs I have. In order to change the look of the pages, I used Stylish. There are always conflicts between the scripts but I determined to learn how to edit CSS so that will not be happening any more. I change three of the most often used websites:, Yahoo! Mail, and



Leopard look for

I like the way this page look, no ads, no advance options, no button, only the search box. This is the true theme of OS X – Simplicity. Unfortunately, I use the Google Search bar embedded in Firefox toolbar more often, so there are very few times that I have to access this homepage, but it still look cool. I used Google Leopard Search script by theaulddubliner at

Google Dark

Goole Dark

This is a combination of two different scripts in Stylish: Google Web Search – dark gray redesign (vC) – to give that dark look and the colored logo, and Google with only search results – No ads – to eliminate all the unnecessary stuff. Again, I love the simple look. The Google Logo is really a highlight and a search without ads is quite awesome.

Google Ultimate Search

Google Ultimate Search

This design really utilize the blank space in the Google search. The Google Search Results Ultimate Makeover (what a name!) – by unabatedshagie – also modify the look of Googlepedia add-on in Firefox.

The combination of all of these scripts made the experience with Google much pleasant and productive.


Clean yahoo login

The login page above is modified by Cleaner Yahoo! Logon by marcanth. All ads are removed (praise to the lord!). If that look is not “clean” enough the Yahoo! – Minimal Login by Minimalist will do the job.

Minimal Yahoo Login


Wikipedia Simple Research

Wikipedia is great since it has information about everything I can possibly think of. However, there are so many links on the page that I never use. For the sole purpose of researching – which only need to main frame and the search inbox – I installed Wikipedia Simple Research by Coriolanus.

Blank Page

I just did this for fun. Yes, even blank page has to look good too.

Capturing, Resizing, Cropping and Converting Images with GIMP Image Editor

I will provide some basic instructions on how to:

Click on the pictures for a larger view.

I had been tweaking a few things in Firefox and I captured my screen to post the screen shots in my blog. But all the images, that were as large as my screen, were saved in .png format and each file was several MB large. So, I decided to re-size the images to reduce image size and converted the image to .jpg to reduce file size. Given that GIMP was conveniently included in Gutsy, I was happy to learn how to use it for such simple task. After one Google search I found the tutorial website for GIMP, which happened to be very helpful. Remember, my way might not be the quickest way because I pretty much figured this out myself.

Capturing Images

Just a little update. You can also capture image in ubuntu by selecting Applications-> Accessories -> Capture screen. The new window will provide you some options such as delay time, screen capture or window capture, with or without border… Or if you just want to take a snapshot of the entire screen, use your Print Screen button.

  1. Select File ‎‏-> Acquire -> Screenshot…
  2. Select options and delaying time.
  3. Screenshot dialog box

  4. Select Snap to start capturing.
  5. You have captured an image.


  • This is not the fastest way to capture image. Your Print Screen button will do a better job unless you want to edit the image in GIMP right after it’s taken.
  • The third option of taking a snapshot of a selected region did not work for me even after I chose the region. Try it and let me know if it works for you.

Resizing Images

  1. Have your image ready.
  2. On the Menu bar, select Image -> Scale Image. Alternatively, you can right click on the image and the Menu options will appear as well.
  3. Scaling Image

  4. Select your options.
  5. Scaling Image dialog box

  6. Click Scale.
  7. You have resized the image.


  • Notice the Chain in the dialog box. If the chain is connected, that means the picture will be resize proportionally – when you change either the width or height, the other changes accordingly to maintain the proportion of the image.
  • Choose Percent for unit if you just want to shrink the image, by half (50%) for instance, or do not know your desire image size in pixel.

Cropping Image

  1. Choose the Crop tool
  2. Crop tool

  3. Choose the region that you want to crop. I chose the Ubuntu Logo in this image.
  4. Double click or hit Enter to execute. Below is the result.
  5. Crop result

  6. You have cropped the image.

Converting Image

  1. Have your file ready.
  2. Choose File -> Save as
  3. Expand Select File Type (by Extension) and choose your desire file type.
  4. Save as dialog box

  5. Select Save.
  6. Your new file is the converted file.


  • In fact, you will be requested to export your file when the file type is change. Exporting image will not change the original image but only create a new image with a different file type.
  • I like this a lot because I can convert to many different types but I can only convert one file at a time. However, I also needed to edit the image, which resulted in loading GIMP – might as well use it for conversion.


I just discovered that provides a 3GB online storage and allows me to upload .png images. So…no comment.

Anyway, how is this tutorial? Please let me know in the comment sections. Thank you.

Open .rar files in Ubuntu

I hate .rar file but just can’t seem to get away with it. Rar in Windows never made me happy, and today I had to open a .rar file in Ubuntu. I was not a happy guy . The archive manager in Ubuntu had served me well to open any archive extension but it finally gave up on .rar. So, I installed Ark, hoping this would take care of the problem. After opening the file in Ark, it announced that I did not have unrar-free in my PATH – what ever it might be. So I searched a little bit on google and found the solution and compile it below.

I just added a section on how to open .rar files with Password in Ubuntu because there are so many searches concerning this. (what are you people doing that needs to have password everywhere?)

Just another update. Turns out, I can join different parts of .rar files together through using these packages. Pretty nice. Follow the instruction below.

I need to install the unrar package available in Synaptic packages.

Method 1: Terminal

This is the easiest and quickest for me.

  1. Open Terminal: Application -> Accessories -> Terminal
  2. Type in
  3. sudo apt-get install unrar

  4. Type in your password (nothing will appear when you enter your pass, only after you hit enter)
  5. Hit Enter
  6. Done. You now can open and extract .rar files by double clicking on the .rar file and then choose extract.

Method 2: Graphic

This is the longer way. Make sure you enable Multiverse repositories through synaptic.

  1. Open Synaptic by selecting System -> Administrator -> Synaptic Package Manager
  2. Enter your admin password when requested
  3. When Synaptic window is launched, hit Ctrl-F, or click on the binocular icon to search
  4. Search for unrar
  5. Mark installation on unrar or unrar-free or both.
  6. Wait for installations and then you can close synaptic and open any .rar files.

Enable Multiverse Repositories

  1. Open Synaptic by selecting System -> Administrator -> Synaptic Package Manager
  2. Enter your admin password when requested
  3. When Synaptic window is launched, on the menu bar, chose Settings -> Repositories
  4. Check Software restricted by copyright and legal issues (multiverse)
  5. Click Reload. You have to reload for the repositories to update.

And you have enabled Multivese Repositories. In my experience, it’s best to enable everything there is in the Repositories window just in case you need something latter and never have to enable anything again.

Happy Unrar.