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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Laser Switch Completed

I have finished my laser switch project (all related posts here). The system works as follows: I have a laser pointer hacked into a duck hunt gun. When I pull the trigger on the gun, the laser points out from the barrel of the gun. On the wall, I have four picture frames, each with…

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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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Office Lights Installed

Last year I was finishing part of my basement to build a new office for myself. A friend recommended I utilize some of the wasted space behind one of the walls by adding some built-in shelves. I grew up working in my father’s cabinet shop, I couldn’t just build simple flat shelves. Instead I came up…

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Spectrum Analyzer

I’ve started work on a spectrum analyzer built around the MSGEQ7. A spectrum analyzer measures the magnitude of an input signal versus frequency. – Wikipedia In this case the MSGEQ7 will be measuring an audio signal, cutting it up into 7 frequency bands (lows/mids/highs/etc.). The data will be read by an arduino and displayed on a series…

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Hacking a Swing

The newest member of my family has become quite attached to swinging. The problem was that the swing was battery powered. I was reasonably surprised at how long the batteries lasted–nearly a month of every day use. Still, when they finally expired, I was reluctant to make another purchase. So instead, I embarked on a project…

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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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Configuring your DHCP server for iPXE booting

NOTE: This is Part 5 in a series on booting Ubuntu from an iSCSI disk. View all of the sections here. Previously we setup a iSCSI target (server) and installed Ubuntu to the iSCSI disk. We also setup iPXE on the server, but we need to configure dnsmasq to route the client correctly. In my previous post I walked…

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