Install Scrapy on Ubuntu using python pip

I tried installing Scrapy library using the command:

This was inside Python 2.7 virtualenv, and then tried creating a scrapy project:

But that gave series of errors one after another, something like:

No module named lxml.html
No module named cryptography.hazmat.bindings.openssl.binding
x86_64-linux-gnu-gcc failed with exit status 1

and so on…

So, I had to install the following Ubuntu packages and modules:

Then I was able to successfully start a scrapy project with the command “scrapy starproject myawesomebot”. This was done on a fresh Ubuntu 14.04 installation.

QOwnNotes – an alternative to Resoph Notes and Nvpy

QOwn Notes is an open source cross-platform simple note taking application that that is available for Linux, Mac OS X and Windows. It supports markdown syntax and offers a Markdown preview mode. It is the best alternative to ResophNotes and Nvpy.

Qown Notes Editor Preview

The core workflow of QOwnNotes is very simple:

  • Ctrl + N creates a new note with current timestamp added.
  • Type your text, it auto saves as you type.
  • If you are typing Markdown Syntax then toggling edit mode (Ctrl + E) shows Markdown preview.
  • To search for a note, just type in your search term. It highlights text matching search terms.

Qown Notes Markdown Preview


It saves files in simple txt format. And by using Markdown syntax you always have your notes available in an open format rather than some proprietary format that might not offer export option.

A special feature of QOwnNotes is its ability to sync with OwnCloud Notes. So notes can easily be edited and searched on mobile device or Own Cloud web interface.

It is under very active development and the author release updates every few weeks with enhancements and bug fixes.

Website: QOwnNotes

Magento PHP curl extenstion in WAMP

While installing Magento on WAMP, an error might pop up during installation:

Even though curl extension is enabled from the WAMP icon in System tray, it might not work in Windows 7 or Windows 8 64 bit version. To fix it, first edit the following files:

File php.ini: C:\wamp\bin\apache\apache2.2.22\bin\php.ini
File php.ini: C:\wamp\\bin\php\php5.3.13\php.ini
File phpForApache.ini: C:\wamp\bin\php\php5.3.13\phpForApache.ini

Edit all those files, search for “curl” and uncomment the line by removing semicolon in front of it:

Now, download the appropriate curl extension for you PHP version:

Replace the file at C:\wamp\bin\php\php5.4.3\ext\\php_curl.dll with the downloaded one. Restart WAMPServer.

This issue was resolved in WAMPServer 2.2 on WIndows 7 x64 bit and Windows 8 x64 bit.

Samsung Quick Starter for Windows 8

Windows 8 doesn’t have the good old Start button. Microsoft left their dedicated desktop users in the lurch because it doesn’t provide any option to bring back the Start button and menu. That’s where vendors like Samsung come in. An app called Quick Starter released by Samsung intends to provide a replacement for the Start Button in Windows 8.

Samsung Quick Starter app for Windows 8

In addition to Start button and menu, Quick Starter provides a dock where additional category buttons can be created. Shortcuts, folders, files can be dropped onto these categories for easy access.

Download Quick Starter