How to Play ARF file on Ubuntu 12.04-Linux

ARF i.e Advanced Recording Format is a format recorded by NBR (Network Based Recording). For Ubuntu or other Linux versions currently no player is available which can play .arf files i.e WebEx (Player used to play and convert arf and wrf formats) is not supported on Linux based system or Ubuntu 10.04. That’s why to play arf file only one option is available and that is to convert the arf format to mp4 or swf or other simple formats. So you can use a converter tool “NBR2MP4″ to generate mp4 (That we can play Using VLC player) file from arf.

NBR2MP4 is a simple tool and converter that can be used to convert arf formats to mp4 formats. You can install it from command line in few steps (It’s very simple).

Download arf converter for Ubuntu 10.04 and other Linux distros

Download nbr2mp4 from repository from or from here.

Install ARF converter on Ubuntu 10.04 or on linux

1. After downloading the nbr2mp4.tar file, extract it to any directory e.g extra_softwares. It will create a directory nbr2_mp4 and a script file

2. Then Make the file executable by typing this command on the terminal

$ chmod +x ./

3. Next,Install the converter by typing the command

$ ./

Type the directory where you want to install the software[/home/rkjha/extra_softwares]:

Extracting files…
Installation is complete.

When it will ask “Type the directory where you want to install….” then just hit enter to install in the current directory(extra_softwares).

4. That’s All…You have installed the arf to mp4 converter successfully..

Converting ARF format to MP4: Ubuntu-Linux

Now,first go to the directory nbr_2mp4 created in extra_softwares(The Directory where you installed the nbr2mp4).next,use the following command to convert format


Where SOURCE means the name of the arf file which you want to convert and don’t forget to specify pathname if it is in the different directory. MP4-DIRECTORY stands for the output file i.e filename .mp4, it’s name will be same as arf file except the extension of .mp4 (Use ./ to generate in the same directory as of input file). In FPS (Frame Per Second) field you can specify between 3 to 10 (Default value is 5). The quality of the mp4 file (output file) is directly proportional to the FPS.

Thanks to

Install Windows 7 from a pen-drive

Hi folks,


Some weeks ago I needed to install a Windows 7 in a machine but I didn’t want to burn a DVD only for this, so I decided to search a way to do it using a pen-drive and I found, it is also very usefull in hardwares with no optical drive like Ultrabooks. Here is the way:

- A pen-drive with at least 4Gb
- An windows installation (May be a ISO image file, but in this case you must use the PowerISO in step 3 to extract files to copy them to the pen-drive once copy the whole image wont work)


First step: Format the pen-drive to NTFS file system and make it bootable
There is lots of ways to do it:
- In Windows you can use the HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool
- In Linux I suggest the Gparted

Remember to check the option to make the device bootable


Second step: Create a boot area

- Open the Windows terminal (type cmd in start menu and execute the cmd.exe)

- Execute the command

bootbootsect /nt60 <USB_device_letter>:


Where USB_device_letter is the name of the USB pen drive device (usually D but here in our case is J), dont forget the :


If everything goes right, you should see a message like this:

Step three: Copy Windows files to pen-drive

Simple copy the files from DVD to pen-drive (If you are using a image file, like I said earlier you must use the PowerISO to extract the files to a temporary directory and then move it to the pen-drive.

Now it is done and ready to install, the only thing you still may to do is to change the boot sequence (change BIOS configuration to first search from USB drive prior the Hard Disk, usually use F2 or ESC to access BIOS while machine is booting.


That’s it folks, hope it helps someone.



Ubuntu 12.04 sidebar auto-hide

Hi folks,


Some days ago I decided to update my ubuntu 11.04 to 12.04 and first thing I noticed was the change in the sidebar settings, the side-bar responsiveness was decreased and auto-hide performance became bad.  After a while googling I found a solution the Unsettings, with it is possible to change lots of settings.

For install the software you must add a repository, because the software is not in the official Ubuntu repositories.


sudo add-apt-repository ppa:diesch/testing


now, update repository list and install software:


sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install unsettings


With this visual tool, you can easily change the settings to your preferences



Once you chosen the settings, press the engine button to apply settings


Thats it folks, hope you enjoy…


Skype icon disappeared

Hi folks,


Today I will explain how did I do to show the Skype icon in the tray after it  disappeared in ubuntu 11.10 upgrade.

The problem it that when I click in the close button I can’t get the Skype window again unless I kill it in terminal and restart it.

The solution I founded here is this Ubuntu forum thread.

The problem and solution is that, some applications can be whitelisted as being allowed to put an icon there.


On terminal:


gsettings get com.canonical.Unity.Panel systray-whitelist


gave me: ['JavaEmbeddedFrame', 'Wine', 'scp-dbus-service', 'Update-notifier', 'Skype']

So then skype must be added to the whitelist. So add skype like below:


gsettings set com.canonical.Unity.Panel systray-whitelist “['JavaEmbeddedFrame', 'Wine', 'scp-dbus-service', 'Update-notifier', 'Skype']”


Now the icon should appear in the clock bar like this:



If you want skype to start at login, and sit in the tray, you need another little trick because the whitelist only works if skype is started manually after login. Add this to the startup list:

gnome-panel –replace


And it all works perfectly, hope it works for you too.



How to set up span filter in wordpress comments blog



Some time ago I was very angry with the tons of span messages in my blog that I receveid almost every day with stupid links, I almost give up to have a blog.


Fortunately I googled it and find here a way to filter this stupid comments. The solution was the software A-KIS-MET:

Its not too simple to active this plugins (like just add and active the plugin) but I am sure it worth it.


How to active it:

  1. Go to your blog dashboard and Plugins > Add New, search for AKISMET and install it.
  2. Now active it, you should see a message like this: “Akismet is almost ready. You must enter your API key for it to work. ”
  3. AKISMET is not a free software, so you must buy a license to use it. Fortunately there is a way to workaround this little problem if you have an account in (If you dont, is a good time to create it, you can do it here) so go here, fill with your e-mail and you should receive a email with the API Key in some seconds.
  4. Fill the Key in the form. Now your blog is not going to receive more stupid spans.

HINT: In the options section of KISMET check the box “Automatically discard spam comments on posts older than a month.” and then click on the buttom “Update Options”.


Thats it folks


Chrome PDF browser viewer problem

Hi folks,

Sometimes I have the problem with the “Chrome PDF Web Viewer”, it display the content wrongly. The solution I found is to disable this feature, its quite simple.

Just go to Chrome Plug-ins preferences, by typing at the URL:


and disable this feature like it shows in the image bellow

By doing this the PDF will be downloaded like a normal file and you can use the Viewer of your
preference e. g.: Adobe Reader.

Thats it