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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Word Clock: Switching Lights

Progress is coming slowly on the word clocks. I’ve assembled the LED driver boards. These boards host a series of standard serial-in parallel-out 595 shift registers that pump into ULN2003A NPN darlington transistor arrays. The schematic is pretty straightforward. The arduino tells the shift registers which pins to turn on/off. When a pin goes high…

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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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Silencing a Phone

As someone who spends more of the work day on the phone than not, I appreciate my headset. So when the jack on my phone started acting up, I was quick to get it working again. Recently, my phone started emitting a high pitch tone whenever a headset was attached. I tried multiple headsets to…

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Word Clock: Building the Frame

I’ve started building a word clock. For the most part, I’m copying this one, but I’m hoping to include an improvement or two. Since the electronics piece is pretty straightforward, I began by building the frame the lights for each word from bleeding into the next. With the frame fully assembled, it was time to…

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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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