Sorry about not posting yesterday. I got a Chrismukkuh pressie of 2GB of RAM for my computer, which almost tripled the amount of RAM I could throw at anything so I had to put the system through some tests to make sure everything worked, as well as seeing just how much I could do at once. I’m still limited by my CPU can handle at once, and I still need to disable Compiz when I fire up SecondLife (yes, I gave it a shot to see if I could get back on, but I wasn’t able to do too much at once).
I’ve also been working with Epiphany seeing what I could do in terms of add-ons and such. I’ve ended up making it my default web browser, although spell checking isn’t what I’d like it to do and I haven’t found a form filler that I thought I had seen. Once I get into 2009 I’ll try to get a post written about how I’ve configured my new default browser in case anyone wants to try it as a possible Firefox replacement.
- Paolo Borelli: Late Christmas gift for Windows users. People who have gotten used to using Gedit on their Linux machines will soon be able to use it on Windows. It’s currently an alpha version but it’s great to see Linux apps becoming available to Windows users.
- Aigars Mahinovs: How to survive a coffee up – guide for laptop (and cat) owners. Ok, those of us who share their abode with a feline know it’s not the cat who’s owned, but Aigard has a great story about the combination of a feline, a cup of coffee and a rather expensive laptop. The story has a happy ending, so he’s sharing his experience so we can all benefit from it.
- Jun Auza: Installing RPM Packages on Ubuntu. Sometimes we find an app we want to install but is only available in source code or RPM (RedHat Package Manager) packages. Jun walks us through what to do, and as someone whose done it in the past I can tell you it’s not as hard as you might think.
- Jani Monses: Pidgin 2.5.3 packages for 8.10. There’s an update out there for Pidgin, and rather than waiting for the update to hit the backports or the next version of Ubuntu. Just make sure you remember to reinstall the Pidgin theme once you’ve gotten the update if you’re running Mac4Lin. Otherwise you may find yourself wondering why your chat windows and all look so odd.
There’s one more thing I need to post, but I’ll save it for tomorrow so I can give it a proper post. I will say that if you’re like me and get frustrated by trying to use Ctr-B to make font on a web post bold and instead get the Epiphany bookmarks window open, there’s an easy fix. If you have gTweakUI (
apt-get install gtweakui) go into the gTweakUI Menus window and check th box to be able to change the menu accelerators. Close the dialog and then in Epiphany use your mouse to select the Bookmarks menu. Put your cursor over the Bookmarks menu item but don’t click it. Instead with the mouse selecting Bookmarks press whatever key combination you’d like to set for opening the Bookmarks window. I used Shift+Ctrl+B, but if you’ve set your system to show the shortcuts you’ll see the shortcut for editing bookmarks change. Now try using the new shortcut to open the Bookmarks window, and the next time you’re on a site that uses Ctrl-B to bold text you’ll find that it should now work (like it just did for me).