How to Run Windows Live Writer in Linux

Last week, an online buddy of mine told me that he’d use Linux more often if he could run Windows Live Writer in it. I had to agree, there are many different blog editors in Linux, but once you’ve gotten used to using Live Writer, you’ve been spoiled and won’t want to use anything less satisfying.

After a bit of searching around online, I finally figured out that the best solution might be to run a full copy of Windows inside a virtual machine. Then I’d have the best of both worlds within easy reach. After trying it, I discovered that it works quite well. In fact, this article was posted from Xubuntu Linux, using Windows Live Writer.


virtualbox_logoI decided to use VirtualBox as the virtual machine server, because it’s open source, but mainly because it’s already in the Ubuntu Software Center. Installing it was as easy as searching for VirtualBoxand marking it for installation.

An old, unused copy of Windows XP was my choice for a guest operating system. I was familiar with the steps needed to set that up, but if you need help, you can find a great tutorial on installing XP in VirtualBox at Linux Journal.

After I had XP running the first time, I did have a few problems. I kept receiving warnings that I didn’t have the Automatic Updates enabled. Since this was virtual machine, I really didn’t want it to update. If I had any problems, I could always use VirtualBox’s snapshots to return to an older state when needed. I finally opened XP’s Services manager and turned off the Automatic Updatesand the Security Center.

You can launch the Services manager by clicking Start, Runand then typing services.mscinto the run box (without quotes).


I also noticed that I couldn’t copy and paste between Linux and Windows. I found out that I needed to install the Guest Additionsin XP. You can find these in the VirtualBox Devicesmenu while the virtual machine is running.


There are two versions of Windows Live Writer. One version is for XP, while the most current version is for Vista and Windows 7.

Once you have Live Writer installed this way, you are ready to blog with ease, no matter what flavor of Linux you’re using. If you have your own favorite blog editor, let us know in the comments below.

Automattic Acquires Plinky To Get Rid of Bloggers Block

Automattic the company which creates the popular blogging platform WordPress have acquired Plinky, a service which provides a prompt like a question or a challenge and asks users to type in an answer.


Plinky has been integrated into and will allow users to post answers to the questions or challenges to their blog along with offering integration with other social networking services like and .

Blogger’s Block basically happens when someone gets stuck for ideas and cannot write for a small period of time. With the help of Plinky users can continue to answer small questions or challenges which in turn will help them recover from a Blogger’s Block. More information on the acquisition can be found here.


Compare Google Pagerank and Alexa Rank Of Webpages From Search Results

When we need to know the Google PageRank or Alexa Rank of a webpage, we have to use tools like Google Toolbar or Alexa toolbar. The toolbars are good but they reveal the Google PageRank or Alexa Rank only after you visit the website or page. What if we can see the ranks from the search engine result pages and then decide which one to visit and which one to skip? What if we can compare the ranks of some pages of a website directly from the SERP’s?

Enter Linkextend – a useful Firefox add-on which makes it dead easy to compare the Google PageRank and Alexa Rank of webpages from SERP’s (Search engine result pages). Currently this add-on works with Google and Yahoo searches, which is quite enough to get started.

During installation you can choose to show the following features:

  1. Enable the Linkextend toolbar
  2. Enable context menu, which shows ratings for every link you click.
  3. Enable “Safety Filter”, which shows whether a site is malicious or not.
  4. Enable “Kidsafe”, which determines whether a site contains adult content which may be not suitable for children.
  5. Enable Google PageRank and Alexa Rank


After the add-on is installed, go to Google and search for any keyword of your choice. You will see the Google PR, Alexa Rank and the thumbnail of the webpage as shown below


This is useful, because you can compare the Google PageRank of webpages who are ranked high for a particular term or phrase. Suppose you want to compare the Google PageRank and Alexa Rank of sites which rank high for the term “property deals”. A quick search reveals the following results


Left click the “SiteTraffic” button and it will show detailed information about that particular page as shown below:


You can see the incoming links, related links, traffic details, compete rank and much more important stuff. Additionally, the add-on displays whether the site is suitable for kids or serve malicious content.

Techie Buzz Verdict

Linkextend is an all in one solution for bloggers and webmasters who compare the inside stats of websites regularly. The toolbar installation is optional and thus you can use this add-on without cluttering your browser. Nothing earth shaking, but consider it as a better replacement for the Google and Alexa Toolbar.

Techie Buzz rating: 3/5 (Good).

Linkbait Generator Generates Catchy Blog Post Ideas Like "8 Reasons To Love Future Technologies"

Have you ever hit a bloggers or writers block, or don’t have a clue about what you should write next? Well, many people have been through that, and it is definitely not easy to get out of of too.

Linkbait Generator

Fear not, the next time you hit a bloggers or writers block or want to get ideas to write about something, visit Linkbait Generator, a random blog post title generator.

The catch line of Linkbait Generator is "Need catchy blog post ideas?" and hitting the Generate button does generate some nice and catchy blog post ideas too. For example, here are some catchy headlines, that Linkbait generated for me.

  • 8 reasons to love future technologies
  • The 8 most baffling things about meth
  • 5 amazing things you probably didn’t know about billionaires

Users can also find title ideas for only certain subjects or keywords as many would call it. For example when I enter Microsoft as the subject it will only display titles which have that word in it.

Keyword Specific Blogpost Generator

Techie Buzz Verdict

Linkbait generator can be used both as a fun pass-time and also as a serious way to generate blog post ideas for your blog. So head over to Linkbait Generator and have your share of fun.

Techie Buzz Rating: 4.5/5 (Excellent)

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