Transparent Panel in elementary OS

I’ve seen this tweak requested a few times in the G+ community so here is the answer. This modification will affect both the standard wingpanel as well as wingpanel-slim. Disclaimer: This method will alter the theme for all users of your computer. First we need to launch Files in administrator mode. If Files is in your…

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Custom Keybindings in elementary OS

The keyboard-settings pane in Ubuntu allows custom keyboard combinations to launch applications or scripts. This feature is currently missing from elementary OS’s keyboard plug. However, with a little command line foo we can setup the keybindings without the GUI. First we need to install gconf2. It may be installed already, but in case it’s not:…

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Ethernet Events with Cuttlefish

TL;DR: Ethernet Events for Cuttlefish plugin This article will serve to purposes: to introduce cuttlefish and to introduce the Ethernet plugin I wrote for it. So without further adieu: Cuttlefish is an automation tool for ubuntu that allows you to setup rules for performing actions. For example: When I lock my screen, pause my music player…

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The Start of Something Sizable: Ubuntu Grid Fix

After almost a year, the Grid plugin in Unity is still broken. For the uninitiated, the grid plugin is designed to quickly place windows around the screen in a neat grid. More details here. If you follow the link to the launchpad bug and review the comments, you may find a ppa that resolves this issue, however,…

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Move Steam Library on Linux

I installed the Steam Beta on a PC with a 36GB os partition which doesn’t leave much room for games. I spent some time trying to translate windows tutorials to linux before I realized how stupidly simple the solution is. 1. By default, Steam creates a folder in your home directory named Steam. Move this…

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Synapse Tricks

After giving the Ubuntu Unity launcher its chance, I’m back to using synapse. As I was setting it up tonight I learned a couple of neat tricks. Setting the Color of the Doish Synapse Theme in Unity The default orange used in the Doish theme is atrocious. Changing the color used to be an easy…

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TheTVDB Android App

I created an android app to search thetvdb.com Find the app here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.heath_bar.tvdb Find the code here: https://github.com/heathbar/TheTVDB-Android…

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HDR with chdk and Ubuntu

I recently purchased a Canon PowerShot sx40 hs. It didn’t take me long to install chdk, an alternative firmware available on Canon’s PowerShot line. One of the features I was most interested in was bracketing. Bracketing is the technique of taking a number of pictures of the same subject with different settings. Once you have a number of…

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