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Mon, Jul. 6th, 2015, 05:27 pm
draxil: Acer Aspire E11 + Ubuntu

This is a post in progress.. I've purchased an Acer Aspire E11 and I've stuck ubuntu on it.

It works pretty well!

Some notes:

The UFEI secure boot does work with Ubuntu, but you have to go into the BIOS and find the ubuntu shim in there after you install and before you can boot.

For me the emmc drive and the Ubuntu 15.04 installer's kernel did not like one another and this made the install progress really slow, however all lovely once the install was finally over.

The broadcom WIFI works after you install (had to plug in during install), but it uses a horrible closed driver which dies when the laptop sleeps. You can fix this somewhat by having an unsleep script which removes and reinserts the kernel module on wake. Anyone who has a problem with this drop me a comment and I might give clearer info :)

Lots of reviews seem to slate the track pad. Contrary to what they said it does have a buttony bit at the bottom which does left and right click just fine. I use middle click a lot so I added:

synclient TapButton2=2

To my .xinitrc to get a two finger tap = middle click behaviour.

More info here as I use this thing more and can be bothered to add to this post!

Wed, May. 14th, 2014, 04:32 pm
draxil: Bye bye Net::PingFM && WWW::Wave::Sniff

As my tiny part of the effort to clean up files from CPAN I am deleting all versions of Net::PingFM & WWW::Wave::Sniff.

These relate to things (ping.fm & google wave) which no longer exist so I think these are just dead space.

If for some obscure reason one of these things is useful to you in some way then please let me know!

Thu, Feb. 9th, 2012, 12:32 pm
draxil: Giver

Linux mint debian comes with giver as part of it's default install.. I like this! It's very handy, and somehow nicer than network shares.

Shame it's an arse to run in Ubuntu, but that is solvable (behind the link), and also possibly solvable as I ditch Ubuntu on more machines in favour of linux mint debian!

Might have a go at getting it running on K's laptop as well.

Mon, Oct. 18th, 2010, 02:13 pm
draxil: Bye sloppy focus!

When I first installed pekwm I left the sloppy focus on to see if I would get used to it.

Today I turned it off on my work machine and I think the others will follow. I'm keyboard driven, the mouse is an occasional distraction. Mostly I switch focus with the keyboard..

This really could only be a post on this blog..

Tue, Jul. 20th, 2010, 03:00 pm
draxil: ORG Starts Here!

I've always fancied getting into org-mode.. It's always looked like one of those things that has some learning curve but that will pay massive dividends.

In the meantime, I've been using gtg (a.k.a getting things gnome). Which is great, and fluffy, but... I'm starting to feel it's limitations.

So today I've jumped across to ORG mode. So far I'm loving it, but all I have is some TODO lists for my current projects so we'll see how we go.

I am wondering long term if this could become an AND decision rather than an OR one. GTG supports custom back-ends, so presumably someone could just python one up (gtg is written in sneaky snake language). Sounds good in theory but I suspect that (like most things) it's more complicated than I imagine. Anyhoo if I jump into any such side-project I'll be sure and mention it on here :)

Wed, Jun. 9th, 2010, 02:01 pm
draxil: Avant WN

I'm currently Loving Avant Window Navigator. It's a classic dock really but seems to work really well. The dock is one of the things Apple do really well in OSX, Avant does it just as well. I say "just as well" but of course I mean "much better" because in typical OpenSource vs Apple style AWN lets you customise to the hilt.

It also has some handy applets, but I'm mostly just using it to help find tasks visually. Not sure yet if I'm going to keep it on the netbook as here just using PekWM's window list key-binding seems more space efficient..

Fri, Feb. 19th, 2010, 03:14 pm
draxil: pekwm

I'm seriously considering trying pekwm. This is a biiiig thing I've been fluxbox-ing for a long time!

So why? Pekwm is the first thing I've seen in ages that meets my minimum spec for a usable desktop. That is :

  1. Tabs

  2. Chainable key grabber

How anybody can use Gnome or even OSX is beyond me (well OSX with quicksilver comes close to chainable keys, but not close enough IMO).

Fluxbox does do these things obviously.. But it's seemingly dieing a death dev wise (perhaps because it's already perfect?), so even if I don't use it it's nice to see a healthy WM with a sane design :)

Update: It's awesome :)

Fri, Dec. 11th, 2009, 11:08 am
draxil: Thunderbird 3

Loving the full release of thunderbird 3. Especially the search improvements..

Sun, Aug. 2nd, 2009, 03:48 pm
draxil: Eek

Just made a code submission... Written in python! Whatever next. It was a quodlibet plugin to use inotify to automatically update the library. Hopefully it'll be accepted soon enough, also I'll put it on github as well.

Fri, Jul. 24th, 2009, 11:17 am
draxil: That's it! I'm messing!

I was wondering how long I could cope on a default ubuntu desktop without serious messing. Turns out the answer is about a day.

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