Mapping the Repeat function to F4 key in OOCalc

People migrating to OOCalc after years of experince in MS Excel will notice that pressing the F4 key doesn’t give the desired it won’t repeat the previous action. Even though Ctrl+Shift+Y will do the job, they badly want the functionality to be remapped to the F4 key. Here’s how you do it.

Go to Tools->Customize and select Keyboard Shortcuts. Select the entry corresponding to the F4 key and make the necessary changes to the Category and Function entries as shown in the Figure. Now click on the Modify button and finally click OK. That’s it.

In older versions of OOCalc, (see fig above) the Keys field will be blank when you select the Edit category and the Repeat fucntion. But as soon as you click the Modify button, the Keys field will be filled with the entry F4. The rest is the same.


August 31, 2008. Tags: , , , , . howto, OOCalc. Leave a comment.

Cool new feature in Gmail

Please excuse me if this one has been active for a long time…but i found it just now…

August 27, 2008. Tags: , . web. Leave a comment.

Installing OCRopus on Debian/Ubuntu

Make sure that you have the following packages installed.

#apt-get install subversion build-essential ftjam jam libpng12-dev libjpeg62-dev aspell libjpeg62 libtiff4-dev

All these packages are available in the standard repositories, and can be installed with apt-get

Download tesseract by using the following command

$svn co tesseract-ocr

Next install tesseract by issuing the following commands

$cd tesseract-ocr


$sudo make install

Next download and extract the OCRopus package and issue the following commands from the extracted folder



$jam install

Testing OCRopus

If you have been able to get along this far, you will find a directory named ocrocmd with a file with the same name inside the directory that you are currently in. cd into ocrocmd and issue the command

$./ocrocmd test.png > out.html

August 26, 2008. Tags: . howto. 6 comments.

മനോരമയുടെ മുതലക്കണ്ണീര്

19th Jul 2008

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20th August 2008

20th August 2008

The height of double standards and hypocrisy. See the first picture to see how manorama tried to play down the slaying of a school teacher by a bunch of hooligans from UDF. Have a look at their journalistic bastardity:

  • Make up two irrelevant headline and push it to the top if you want to play something down.
  • Try to twist facts and make the death appear as a natural one
  • Disable user comments column for this particular item. What is more interesting is that user comments is on for a casual remark by Veliyam.

Now on to the second screenshot. (I’m really sorry for that mother and other relatives of the child). But i’ve to say that manorama is happy that the kid has died, and that mother had to wait for some time. What a golden opportunity to tarnish the reputation of the left. Make it the top story on the site. Add the picture of the mother. Invite user comments. Add a remark by Lawrence to top all this up. But it’s just 2:20 pm now..we’ll have to wait and see what else will make manorama happy today.

August 20, 2008. Tags: , , , . FreeThoughts, politics. 1 comment.

Religious group starves a small kid to death

A religious cult called Mind One has starved a toddler to death. The reason?? Not saying ‘amen’ after meals.

Read more about it here.

August 19, 2008. Tags: . FreeThoughts, religion. Leave a comment.

Why Cuil Sucks…

Just searched for ‘Creating screencasts in debian’ on cuil. I don’t know how they managed to do it….none of the 58 links given had anything to do with the query. Out of the 58 results, 38 of them are references to a site called this cuil hype all a bubble?

Eventhough it was being displayed on the site that 107 results had been found, i could find only 58…but never mind …it’s far better than what google does….512 actual results instead of their claim of 222,000

August 3, 2008. Tags: , . web. 1 comment.

The book that is actually unsafe for children

Yet another writeup on the controversial textbook?? Yes and no.
Yes because it is related to the controversy, and no since i don’t want to go into the details of the textbook’s content.
What i would like to point out is the hypocrisy of a section of the Church in demanding the withdrawal of the textbook.

It was also read that textbooks were burnt in a few churches yesterday as a mark of protest. The most ridiculous thing to have happened.
‘Ridiculous’ because the fools who destroyed the books may not be aware that their children are being freely exposed to another book, that can very seriously poison their young minds. A book without any content rating, but has a lot of extreme vulgarity and violence, that probably wont be found anywhere else. I’m talking about The Bible. I repeat – The Bible.

It’s not that the Bible is entirely bad. Proverbs and Ecclesiastes by Solomon, the teachings of Jesus etc. are real Gems, but there is a lot of filth in it which makes it a right candidate to be kept out of the reach of children.

If you’re wondering – what filth? what vulgarity? it is a book considered ‘Holy’ by around 2 billion people all over the world…
To give you some idea about the x-rated stuff, i’ll just quote some examples….

1. Incest-Daughters with their Father
2. Incest -Son with his father’s concubine
3. Somebody ‘spilling his seed’ on the ground
4. Incest-A girl with her father-in-law
5. A very detailed explanation of what is to be done if the ‘seed of copulation’ is out
6. Incest-Somebody rapes his half sister
7. A mother who cooked her child and shared it with her friend
8. Eating own dung & piss
9. Breasts being pressed and the ‘teats of virginity’ being bruised

The list is huge..i’ve only touched the tip of the contains really, really nasty things. You can get a comprehensive list here.

What audacity? The idiots who burned the textbook have no problem with their kids reading all this bullshit, and they think that the textbook is worse. I don’t blame them for not reading the textbook, but as Christians, they should at least read the Bible, before they pass it on to their kids.

I admit that there are children’s versions of the Bible with lots of pictures and all, but unfortunately, they are very costly compared to the uncensored version. So most families are forced to be satisfied with the ‘Unholy’ version of the Holy Bible.

As Jesus himself pointed out in Matthew 7:3, it would be better if they focussed on the beam in their eyes before they ventured out to clean the speck in others’.

June 30, 2008. Tags: , , , , . FreeThoughts, Textbook. Leave a comment.

The real fools

The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God says the Bible (Psalms 14:1 & 53:1)…but recent study proves otherwise..

June 12, 2008. Tags: , , . FreeThoughts. Leave a comment.

Democracy Explained

I'm a Muslim

February 9, 2008. Tags: . FreeThoughts, imperialism. Leave a comment.

Why Jesus isn’t coming back…Proof from the BIBLE!!

The world is yet to recover from the Xmas hangover…but I think we should find out a date and start commemorating Jesus’ Second Coming also.

Most of you might be knowing this, but I’m just posting it for the benefit of others.

Matthew 24:34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

What is the ‘these things’ that Jesus is referring to? Of course, his second coming. Those who are interested may kindly read the verses just read from Matthew 24:27 onwards.

If some of you are not ready to believe yet, have a look at another verse

Matthew 16:28 Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.

For argument’s sake, even if we admit that Jesus did exist, and actually said these things, i don’t care what the punishment is, i’m not going to believe that 2000 year old guys are still alive, and are hiding somewhere out there, waiting for Christ’s return.

December 27, 2007. Tags: , , . FreeThoughts. 2 comments.

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