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Jag hånar dig med mina apbyxor.

I like a little (functional) bling with my computer. Not a lot, because, you know, I don't really want to sacrifice processing to crap like transparency when I could be using it for what I'm actually doing. This is why a netbook is completely sufficient for all my computing needs.

So I do this thing with my login screen, whatever Ubuntu version I'm running, I change my login screen to that animal. Because honestly, I can never remember what fucking animal they are on. And it is so much more helpful to google shit that is broken if you can remember the animal.

Method One:

From the login screen, press Ctrl + ALT + F1

Login to the terminal. At the promt, do:

export DISPLAY=:0.0

sudo -u gdm gnome-control-center

Press Ctrl + ALT + F7

When the control panel opens, you can change the background from the "Appearance" button.

Method Two:

(this won't work if you've already changed the background using method one, because, duh, you are no longer using the default...

Skrivet av alphanum3r1c, 2011-02-16

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Okay, so, in case you didn't know, I'm American. This is usually not important, though in this particular instance it is relevant, because when you think free-market-capitalist-economy, you think "America." And being American, I know all about being a capital-C Consumer.

For those of you that know stuff about Swedish politics, you can just skip this next bit. It's clarification for the people that think IKEA is the Swedish state home furnishing store and we all ride Dala horses. (Or worse, the people that think this is the home of Heidi, and where chocolate and watches come from.)

The current government is "conservative." Not off-the-rails Sarah-Palin worshiping Conservative, but definitely pro-capitalist, pro-business-at-the-expense-of-other-things-and-even-against-common-sense conservative. Oh, they've got a dose of fundie in the Christian Democrats, but compared to the Jesus-thumping, Bible-waving. tent-revival fervor that has become part of the spectacle of conservative American...

Skrivet av alphanum3r1c, 2010-07-17

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Elinks. Text based browsing. Awesome. Sorry about all that time you spent on your fancy blog theme, I'm sure it's very nice, but I'll just take the stripped down content, thanks. Also, I was gonna comment but that would have meant opening the captcha in another app. It seemed like a lot of work just to post a droll anecdote. (Anyway, a comment spam filter plugin + moderation of first time posters is the way to go. These captchas are getting harder and harder for my tired old eyes to read.)

Right, this is actually a note to myself about elinks commands.

Elinks command reference

browser navigation

  • g -- opens blank address bar, goes to page (in current window)
  • t -- opens blank address bar, goes to page in a new tab
  • G -- opens url box prefilled with URL of current page
  • T -- opens currently highlighted link in a background tab
  • d -- downloads currently highlighted link
  • c -- closes current tab
  • left arrow -- back to previous page


Skrivet av alphanum3r1c, 2010-07-15

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What about the leaders of the fearful and ignorant?

And the BBC also reports the Tea Party is full of racists and white supremacists. I'm shocked. Shocked. I bet you're shocked, too.

In other news, tomorrow they'll be reporting the ocean has water in it. (Except for the Gulf of Mexico, which has oil.)

Skrivet av alphanum3r1c, 2010-07-14

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Copying and pasting in Elinks using only the keyboard, no mouse

  1. Launch elinks in screen
  2. Use screen cnp commands (more on that below)
  3. Possibly the functionality is built in now--haven't found a resource w/ directions though.
  4. Note: keybindings (from 2005)

bind "main" "Ctrl-W" = "move-cursor-up"
bind "main" "Ctrl-S" = "move-cursor-down"
bind "main" "Ctrl-A" = "move-cursor-left"
bind "main" "Ctrl-D" = "move-cursor-right"
or similar in ~/.elinks/elinks.conf

  • Copy and paste in elinks w/ mouse requires holding down the SHIFT key.

Elinks in Screen - 256 color

  • assuming that screen is set up for 256 colors
  • ESC --> Setup --> Terminal options
  • Select 256 color
  • save and close

256 colors in screen

  1. add the following to .screenrc (if there is no .screenrc, copy /etc/screenrc to ~/.screenrc)

@# terminfo and termcap for nice 256 color...

Skrivet av alphanum3r1c, 2010-07-14

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Skrivet av alphanum3r1c, 2010-07-14

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#notetoself #ubuntu #elinks

I spent all day yesterday using elinks for my web browsing. My official conclusion: it works awesome.

It serves up the internet without Flash, without cursor stealing hovering popup widgets, without streaming audio or video or talking advertisements. Without pictures, even*. Just the information I was looking for in white-on-black. Well, light gray on dark gray. Minimal resource footprint--not once yesterday did I have to watch my HD light go because my browser was so overloaded with internet cruft. The whole experience was very peaceful, very zen.

*I can still see them. I just select the image link and open it in a seperate app. Usually gthumb. I looked at five yesterday. Two of them were captchas.

I'm not going to evangelize or anything. It's not for everyone, but it is for me. But enough about my happy experience with new software.

Elinks is supposed to be able to do the javascript thang. In theory. For some reason, in their infinite...

Skrivet av alphanum3r1c, 2010-07-13

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I'm meant to be setting up my terminal shit all fancy in fluxbox and maybe figuring out elinks and Snownews in my quest for desktop ap clutter minimization.

Instead, I'm kind of fascinated by the whole "OMG BP HAS SET OFF ARMAGEDDON! I MUST RETWEET THIS!" panic that has taken hold on Twitter.

Yes, yes, I know the oil spill is environmentally devastating. This isn't about that.

Go read this: Doomsday: How BP Gulf disaster may have triggered a 'world-killing' event --Wait! Before you click that link, no matter how dire it seems and how deeply you feel the need to immediately run to Twitter and tell the world that the end is nigh and the sky is falling, you come back here FIRST and read the rest of my post.

- - - - - - - - - -

You're back now? Did you read the whole thing?

Yes? Good. Okay, I'll wait...

Skrivet av alphanum3r1c, 2010-07-11

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