Tuesday Dec 23, 2008

2008.11: terminator is my favourite application

There's a lot of new applications in 2008.11—cheese is useful for testing your USB webcam and making self-portraits for avatars and profile pictures and I'm very intrigued by gobby—but I already have my favourite: terminator. Here's a scaled screenshot:

terminator thumbnail

I used to use ion as my window manager, so getting some tiling back is great. A side effect of those days is that I expect F2 to start a terminal, which is easy with a little gconf editing:

$ gconftool-2 -s /apps/metacity/global_keybindings/run_command_1 \\
    -t string 'F2'
$ gconftool-2 -s /apps/metacity/keybinding_commands/command_1 \\
    -t string '/usr/bin/terminator'

There's a little bug in handling the title bar I'd like to see fixed, but I can ignore that in return for greater terminal density.

Update: Col likes it, too.

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Tuesday Dec 09, 2008

2008.11: Everyday projectors

I regularly use my for presentations and demonstrations, which in the past has involved some configuration gymnastics. If your laptop has NVIDIA graphics, the "NVIDIA X Server Settings" Preferences panel lets you configure for most projectors, but if you didn't have an NVIDIA graphics adaptor, configuration was arduous and fragile. With 2008.11, we get GNOME 2.24; the 2.24 Screen Resolution panel, reachable from the desktop background menu, makes configuration accessible to a wider range of adaptors, including the Intel graphics in my Toshiba r500.

So I made another little film:

Again, you can retrieve this video directly from channelsun.

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