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Top air cleaning houseplants

 

Common name

Scientific name

Photo

Cat/Dog friendly

Toxins

Score

Golden Cane Palm,

Areca Palm,

Butterfly Palm

Dypsis lutescens (Arecaceae)

Wikipedia

Cat: no

Dog: no

Xylene(solvants)

Tolutuene

Formaldehyde

 

8/10

19 ug/hour

Cinese Evergreen(?)

Aglaonema crispum

Wikipedia

Cat: no

Dog: no

Formaldehyde

4/10

7 ug/hour

Azalea

Rhododendron simsii (Ericaceae)

Wikipedia

Cat: no

Dog: no?

Ammonia

Formaldehyde

6/10
Spider plant

Chlorophytum comosum (Asparagaceae)

Wikipedia

Cat: yes

Dog: yes?

Formaldehyde

Carbon monoxide

6/10

7 ug/hour

Garden croton

Variegated croton

Codiaeum variegatum (Euphorbiaceae)

Wikipedia

Cat: no?

Dog: no?

Formaldehyde

3/10

3 ug/hour

Persian Cyclamen

Cyclamen persicum (Myrsinaceae)

Wikipedia

Cat: No

Dog: No

Formaldehyde

3/10

4 ug/hour

Peace lily,

White sails,

or spathe flower

Spathiphyllum wallisii

Wikipedia

Cat: No

Dog: No

Formaldehyde

Xylene(solvants)

Tolutuene

Ammonia

Acetone

Benzene

Trichloroethylene

8/10

10 ug/hour

Umbrella Tree, Octopus Tree and Amate

Schefflera actinophylla

Wikipedia

Cat: No

Dog: No

Formaldehyde

8/10

9 ug/hour

Broadleaf Lady Palm

Rhapis excelsa

Wikipedia

Cat: Maybe

Dog: Maybe

Ammonia

7/10

19 ug/hour

Heart-leaf Philodendron

Philodendron scandens

Link
 

Cat: No

Dog: No

Formaldehyde

6/10

 

Common Ivy, English Ivy

Hedera helix

Wikipedia

Cat: No

Dog: No

(Very toxic)

Benzene

Formaldehyde

9/10

     

Cat: Maybe

Dog: Maybe

 

7/10

19 ug/hour

     

Cat: Maybe

Dog: Maybe

 

7/10

19 ug/hour

     

Cat: Maybe

Dog: Maybe

 

7/10

19 ug/hour

     

Cat: Maybe

Dog: Maybe

 

7/10

19 ug/hour

     

Cat: Maybe

Dog: Maybe

 

7/10

19 ug/hour

 

how to enable auto login in ubuntu 11.10

Here's a little tutorial how to enable automatic login in ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot):

First off, go to the Applications Menu and go select Applications -> Systems Tools -> System Settings

System Settings

Then select User Accounts:

User Accounts

And then select the account you want to automatically login, Unlock the admin rights and select the Automatic Login switch:

User Accounts

As simple as that !

 

 

Top 20 Android Apps

Here's a list of my favorite and most useful apps on my android phone.
You have to understand that I have an old Lg Shine plus with Android Eclair (2.1) and I don't have a 3G connection.
So theses are the apps that work for me and they are all free!
 
 
Productivity
Aubergine : Shopping list
Nice little shopping list application. Helps you plan and manage your groceries. Add item by typing, from suggestions, favorites or by voice recognition.
 
 
Communication
Babytel
If you are a Babytel customer, you can use this app to change your account settings and make phone calls over wifi or 3g. Oh yeah and I created that app!

HeyTell
A good Push to talk app!

Media
Boxee Wifi Remote
If you have a Boxee system, this is a cool app that turns you phone into a remote control.

IP Cam Viewer Basic
If you have a ZoneMinder system or any IP camera or webcam, you can use this app to monitor them.

Weather Bug
Weather Eye

Two great weather apps. Not much to say.
 
Information
Wikidroid
This app provides a nice interface to check out wikipedia articles.
 
Sports
RDS Hockey
For all your Montreal Canadians information needs!

Games
Atomic Bomber
A cool little game. You are an airplane that launches bombs at tanks and buildings.

And the classics
Hearts Free

Minesweeper

Solitaire
 
Tools
My tracks
With this app you can log you gps location and get information like top speed, average speed and stuff. Cool for runners and cyclists!
 
IP Webcam
With this app you can turn your smartphone into a IP camera. Very cool!
 
Convert Pad
For all your unit conversion needs.

Barcode Scanner
Simple barcode scanner.

AndSMB
Cool app that lets you browse smb drives on your network. Usefull for transfering files over you home network.
 
Astro
Nice file browser. Don't know why there is not a native android app for that though.

Dropbox
Access your files on your dropbox account.

Wifi Manager
A nice wifi manager. A bit better than the native one and also it has a nice widget that I use alot.
 
Feel free to comment and suggest any other apps!

How to install Boxee on ubuntu 11.10

As you probably know, the original package of boxee does not work out of the box. If you tried to install boxe using dpkg -i you will se there is some dependency problems.

Here's what to do.

First you have to repackage the orinal Boxee and repair a broken dependancy:

dpkg-deb -x boxee-0.9.22.13692.i486.modfied.deb boxee

dpkg-deb --control boxee-0.9.22.13692.i486.modfied.deb

boxee/DEBIAN gedit boxee/DEBIAN/control

Then go change the libxmlrpc-c3 to libxmlrpc-c3-0

And repackage the new Boxee like this:

dpkg -b boxee boxee-works.deb

Then this would normaly work for Ubuntu 11.04 but fo 11.10 some other dependancies are broken:

Selecting previously deselected package boxee.
(Reading database ... 212104 files and directories currently installed.)
Unpacking boxee (from boxee-new.deb) ...
dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of boxee:
 boxee depends on libsdl-gfx1.2-4; however:
  Package libsdl-gfx1.2-4 is not installed.
 boxee depends on libtre4 | libtre5; however:
  Package libtre4 is not installed.
  Package libtre5 is not installed.
 boxee depends on libhal1; however:
  Package libhal1 is not installed.
 boxee depends on libhal-storage1; however:
  Package libhal-storage1 is not installed.
 boxee depends on screen; however:
  Package screen is not installed.
 boxee depends on libxmlrpc-c3-0; however:
  Package libxmlrpc-c3-0 is not installed.
 boxee depends on xsel; however:
  Package xsel is not installed.
dpkg: error processing boxee (--install):
 dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils ...
Processing triggers for gnome-menus ...
Processing triggers for bamfdaemon ...
Rebuilding /usr/share/applications/bamf.index...
Errors were encountered while processing:
 boxee

All you have left to do is install theses dependencies like this:

sudo apt-get install libsdl-gfx1.2-4 libtre5 libhal1 libhal-storage1 screen libxmlrpc-core-c3-0 libxmlrpc-c3-0 xsel

 

Note: In my case I'm not coming from a clean install of ubuntu 11.10 I upgraded from 11.04 so maybe there is other stuff to do or less stuff to do, please comment!

 

Bye bye Analog, hello digital (OTA TV)

Here's an updated list of channels I now get. (I live in Montreal, Qc, Canada)

OTA HDTV Channels (new ones in gray)

 
Channel Callsign Network Resolution Signal Strength
2.1 CBFT-D SRC 720 95%
3.1 WCAX-HD CBS 1080i 64%
3.2 WCAXtra   480i 64%
5.1 WPTZ-HD NBC 1080i 59%
5.2 WPTZ-WX THIS 480i 62%
6.1 CBMT-DD CBC 720 92%
10.1 CFTM-HD TVA 1080i 74%
12.1 CFCF CTV 1080i 67%
15.1 CKMI-HD Global Mtl 1080i 94%
17.1 CIVM-HD TQS 1080i 88%
33.1 VPT-HD PBS 1080i 54%
33.2 VPT-2 PBS 480i 54%
33.3 VPT-3 PBS CREATE 480i 54%
33.4 VPT-4 PBS WORLD 480i 54%
35.1 CFJP-DT V 1080i 73%
62.1 CJNT-DT Metro 14(Mtl) 1080i 73%

Still sometimes I get Fox and ABC, not always...

Over The Air(OTA) Channels available in Montreal

Here's a list of channels I get with my OTA(Over the air) HDTV antenna.

I live in Montreal, (H1N 3B1) and my antenna is pointed towards the south.

OTA HDTV Channels
Channel Callsign Network Resolution Signal Strength
2.1 CBFT-D SRC 1080i 95%
3.1 WCAX-HD CBS 1080i 64%
3.2 WCAXtra   480i 64%
5.1 WPTZ-HD NBC 1080i 59%
5.2 WPTZ-WX THIS 480i 62%
6.1 CBFT-TD CBC 1080i 92%
12.1 CFCF CTV 1080i 67%
17.1 CIVM-HD TQS 1080i 88%
33.1 VPT-HD PBS 1080i 54%
33.2 VPT-2 PBS 480i 54%
33.3 VPT-3 PBS CREATE 480i 54%
33.4 VPT-4 PBS WORLD 480i 54%
35.1 CFJP-DT V 1080i 73%

Sometimes I also get FOX but depends of the weather...

The red one is a special one.... because there's habs games on Saturdays and all the playoff games! Go Habs Go!

You can get a good idea of channels you could have on this site: http://www.tvfool.com/

Cheers!

Clean Energy Tools framework + CETSolar module beta version released

 Hey guys, 

I started up a project of creating a small program to help DIYourselfers create small clean energy projects. For now the program provides tools to estimate the quantity of solar panels, solar cells and batteries it would need to power up an electrical equipment for a determined amount of time.
This is the first version so it's in early stage of development.

Go check it out: Clean Energy Tools
Here's what the program looks like:

Je vous présente Lulu!

Voici deux vidéo de notre nouveau chat Lulu ainsi que nos amours Pépé et SimSim(les cousines à Emilie, ma copine)

The Pumpkuter

I present to you the pumpkin carving contest winner of halloween 2009! The Pumpkuter,

We did that at my job and after it was put for auction and the proceeds went to Centraide. And I'm proud to say that it was the pumpkin that collected to most money for a total of 40$!

A mustache for prostate cancer / une moustache pour le cancer de la prostate

A message from my brother, read this

*ENGLISH BELOW*

Bonjour tous,

La compagnie pour laquelle je travaille a décidé de former une équipe de levée de fonds pour le cancer de la prostate.

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