Posts Tagged ‘Software’

Tango on the N800 (a first glimpse)

Thursday, February 8th, 2007

Since I recently got an N800, I decided it would be a good idea to port Tango icons to it. It looks quite amazing on the device’s tiny high-resolution screen.

Even though I made pretty decent progress tonight, there’s still a bit left to go. I want to polish it up a bit more before releasing anything — don’t worry, though; it should be soon. (:

The Wii help cat

Thursday, December 28th, 2006

Jakub pointed me to a page describing the “Wii help cat”.

The Wii help cat is such a crazy cool concept that, upon learing about it, just had to fire up my Wii and poke around the photo channel.

While playing around in the channel, listening to the fun music, I noticed my own cat watching at the screen with a serious, inquisitive stare. Strangely enough, Dusty actually does looks quite a bit like the Wii help cat. My little kitten doesn’t give helpful advice, though. She only asks me to feed her with a little “meow”.

I suppose cats and Nintendo Wii naturally go well together.


Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006

Hopefully Microsoft will buy Yahoo! as much as they bought Opera last week.

(Rumors, rumors…)

Making Firefox fit in with the Linux desktop

Friday, December 2nd, 2005

As Firefox 1.5 is now here, I would like to say that I’m still very much interested in making Firefox fit in with the Linux desktop as I did with the Industrial theme for 1.0.x (which does not work with 1.5). However, a few things should be noted.

  1. First of all, I unfortunately do not have the time to currently work on Firefox beautification. I may have a little bit of time in a few weeks, but I also might not, depending on how things go. (Right now I’m working on some really cool stuff at work that you’ll see sometime in the future.)
  2. I’ve heard through some grapevine somewhere that there’s a patch for firefox to enable gtk-stock icon support for the default theme (and I believe it was done by someone at Red Hat, iirc). If this is true, then that’s half the battle to fitting in.*
  3. I really believe native looking changes should go upstream. This includes all of the little spacing / padding tweaks, the correct order of buttons, and making sure that all native widgets are fully represented in their XUL counterparts.

*Note: For KDE users, if an icon theme is ported to use the standard icon naming spec that Tango recommends, then it’ll inherit the same icon theme that the rest of the desktop would use too. For native looking widgets, there is GTK-QT. Of course there is Firefox ported to Qt as well.

If Firefox had native icon support and the tweaks mentioned above for the default theme, then it should just inherit the look of the desktop by default.

Search history in bash

Thursday, October 13th, 2005

This is another quick tip: to search typed history at a bash prompt, hit control-r and start typing a command you used previously. It doesn’t have to start with what is typed, as it returns matches which contain the searched text.

Hit control-r again (while searching), and it will jump back further in history and search with the same text.

Hitting enter when bash finds something will run the command while hitting the arrow keys will allow you to move around and edit the command. The escape key will also exit the search and place the historical command on your command line. To cancel the search entirely, use control-c and you’ll be returned to a clean prompt (although the matching string will be presented above where you’re typing).

Super-useful inputrc

Thursday, October 13th, 2005

You either want to place the following in ~/.inputrc or /etc/inputrc… I’ve found that while ~/.inputrc works sometimes, it doesn’t on all systems.

"\e[1~": beginning-of-line
"\e[4~": end-of-line
"\e[5~": beginning-of-history
"\e[6~": end-of-history
"\e[3~": delete-char
"\e[2~": quoted-insert
"\e[5C": forward-word
"\e[5D": backward-word
"\e\e[C": forward-word
"\e\e[D": backward-word
set completion-ignore-case On

All lines except the last enable nice readline & bash cursor movement (control + arrow keys and what not) while the last line turns on case insensitivity for tab-completion, enabling you to have folders and files of mixed case characters while not having to type the capital letters. (You can have a directory called “Documents” and tab-complete by tying “doc<tab>

I’ve been enjoying the above for a while now, and I think it really should be the default settings for distributions.

Note: This works for Linux, Mac OS X, and *BSD. It might work for people using Bash on Windows, but you’re on your own there. (:

Lost stuff

Saturday, June 18th, 2005

All of you Lost fans (who also are geeks) might get a kick out of Lost Explained! It’s very zorky.

Also, more Lost-related stuff:
* Sawyer’s wittiest quotes
* Lost Haikus
* DriveSHAFT’s website
* Oceanic Air’s website