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HOWTO: Backup your personal calendar using Dropbox

This is a translation of a post I made earlier.

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In this post I’ll describe an easy and quick way to backup your personal calendar using Dropbox. I’m using Thunderbird + Lightning but this should work with most programs (the exact procedure will most likely be different though).

  1. In the calendar view in Thunderbird we’ll right click on the calendar that should be backed up, then choose export calendar. Now we’ll assign it a suitable name and save it somewhere inside our Dropbox folder.
  2. Now lets right click again in the calendar list on the left, but this time we choose new calendar. In the wizard that will be presented for us we’ll select calendar on the network, in the next step we choose iCalendar (ICS)and enter the path to the previously exported calendar:
    file:///home/<user name>/Dropbox/calendar.ics

  3. Next we’ll choose a name and a colour for our calendar and that’s it!

    The calendar will now always be backed up as long as we are online, but don’t forget to manually backup important data 🙂

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HOWTO: Subscribe to RSS Feeds in Akregator from Chromium with Two Clicks (KDE)

This is a translation of a post I made earlier.

If you prefer to surf  the web using Chromium but want to use an external RSS reader and import the feeds automatically, this is for you. I made this guide with the help of two HOWTO’s I found.

Link 1: From here we get the link to the extension needed to subscribe to RSS feeds in Chromium.

Link 2: A guide showing how to open Spotify links in Chrome, but with a little modification can be used to our purpose as well.

  1. Install the extension from Link 1.
  2. Create a file called feed.protocol in the folder ~/.kde/share/kde4/services – easiest way to do this is to press Alt+F2 and enter:
    kate ~/.kde/share/kde4/services/feed.protocol
  3. Paste the following text into the file:
    exec=/usr/bin/akregator -a %u
  4. Save the file and exit Kate.

Now you can surf to e.g. and click on the RSS icon found on the right of your address field. You will now enter a site where the RSS feed is being previewed. Click the drop down menu next to Subscribe to this feed using: and choose ”Default Application”, then click ”subscribe”. You will now see the following window:

Tick the checkbox to make Chromium remember your choice and then click ”Launch Application”. Akregator will now open and subscribe to the feed. 🙂


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