How to speed up apt-get on Digital Ocean

For some reason, downloading packages using apt-get install was unusually slow on DigitalOcean this week, barely exceeding 4kbps. Since DigitalOcean droplets are configured to download packages from, all I had to do was to revert them to the default Ubuntu sources using these two commands: sudo sed -i “s/mirrors.digitalocean/archive\.ubuntu/g” /etc/apt/sources.list sudo apt-get update Downloads […]

Fixing “/usr/bin/env: node: No such file or directory”

After a fresh install of npm and bower, you may run into the following error while running bower install: /usr/bin/env: node: No such file or directory The fix on Ubuntu is very simple: sudo ln -s /usr/bin/nodejs /usr/bin/node

How to install Festival text-to-speech on Ubuntu

There is a very limited set of quality text-to-speech software for Linux. One of the commonly recommended solutions is Festival. As is common with open source software, you will need to Google your way through a bunch of old mailing list archives before you find the correct instructions to install it on your system. Since […]

Install easy_install on Ubuntu and Linux Mint

If you need easy_install on your Ubuntu or Linux Mint machine, use the following command to install it: sudo apt-get install python-setuptools python-dev build-essential I strongly suggest that you use pip instead, but I’m leaving this here for those it might help.