03 March, 2010

Another Screenshot

I call this iPup and it features a green background on which I superimposed the iphone graphic. Added some genuine iphone icons and a small conky at the top and voila! I may add an additional something (another conky perhaps?) to the bottom in the coming days. If you haven't noticed by now, I use conky as more of a dynamic graphic element than as a datasource. Oh well!

01 March, 2010


It's easy to install a dizzying array of fonts to complement your Puppy. Surf on over to Font Freak and check out the selection. When you find a font you like, click on the Windows icon (yeah, I know). When the dialog box opens, choose to Open with pupzip. Extract the contents to /usr/share/fonts/default/TTF, You're done! Go enjoy your new font!


The Grunge-Techno look thanks to a cute little conky status window. Get the .conkyrc file here, the nice digital readout font here and the wallpaper here.

28 February, 2010

Desktop Du-Jour

We'll call this theme Black-Dog just so I can link to Led Zeppelin. Notice the colorful little conky status bar. The conkyrc for that piece of eye candy follows. Note: Blogger chopped up the TEXT section which should only be 2 lines.

background yes
use_xft yes
xftfont Sans:size=10
xftalpha 1
update_interval 1.0
total_run_times 0
own_window yes
own_window_transparent yes
own_window_class Conky
own_window_type override
own_window_hints undecorated,below,sticky,skip_taskbar,skip_pager
double_buffer yes
# minimum_size 200 200
# maximum_width 200
draw_shades yes
draw_outline no
draw_borders no
draw_graph_borders yes
default_color 454545
default_shade_color black
default_outline_color 454545
alignment top_right
gap_x 30
gap_y 12
no_buffers yes
uppercase no
cpu_avg_samples 2
override_utf8_locale no

${cpugraph 25,130 00ff00 ff0000} ${diskiograph sda1 25,130 00ff00 ff0000} ${memgraph 25,130 00ff00 ff0000}
${color 00ff00}CPU SDA1 RAM

Here is a replacement "Start" button for your JWM tray. You can learn how to install it at John Murga's Puppy Linux Forum.

27 February, 2010

My Doghouse

My Puppy lives in a Del Inspiron B130
  • Intel Celeron M 420,1.6 GHz
  • 256 MB RAM
  • 14.1 widescreen
  • Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 GM
  • 40 GB HD
  • 802.11a/g

25 February, 2010

Eye Candy Du Jour

What all the cool desktops are wearing today.
  • BlackPup GTK
  • Shiny-Stickers Icons
  • Aurora JWM
  • roxpup-red ROX Icons

It's not a bug, it's a "feature"

Oh look another feature!

(Solved!) Actually the problem linked to above - corrupt jwm config file preventing config modification under JWM Configuration GUI - wasn't "solved" per se. Instead I discovered that manual modification of ~/.jwm/jwmrc-theme as per JWM's creator and the ArchLinux Wiki is fun and easy and affords far greater customization possibilities. So all I did was turn my lemons into lemonade! Cheers!

Mount WHAT ??!!??

Right now the uninitiated is thinking, "what kind of sick freaks are these Linux dorks anyway?". But the act of mounting/un-mounting media (hard drives, CDroms, memory sticks, etc) is something alien to the Microsoft or Apple user having a go with Puppy - or most any Linux. Mounting is a time honored UNIX activity and while the same sort of operation is done in Win/Mac it is hidden and automatic. Here in the Puppy world you have two choices:
  1. REVEL IN THIS ARCANE TECHNICAL FIDDLING believing in your heart it makes you a better person. -my choice
  2. Enable auto-mounting via Menu-Desktop-Desktop Drive Icons Manager-Icon Handler-(checkbox 2). -the wimps way out
Here's a neat trick I discovered the hard way. Choose a hd or flash partition to unmount (not your boot!). Unmount it. In rox, navigate to /mnt/unmounteddrivedesignation and click on the unmounted drive in the rox window. What do you see? NOTHING! Now mount that partition and browse it again. MAGIC! All your data has returned. I learned this the hard way. For the longest time I couldn't understand why Puppy seemed to be selectively loosing my data. Yeah, I know: NOOOOOOOOB!!!

21 February, 2010

New Icon Set: Gartoon!

I assembled the Gartoon icon set in Puppy's format. Snag it for yourself on the Puppy Linux Forum.

19 February, 2010

Things that work... (ongoing list)

RIGHT! My Puppy use has progressed to the next level (as in I am actually getting actual work done with it) consiquently, I have had less time available to BlaBlaBlog. As of now, the following programs have been found to work on my system:
  • Seamonkey-2.0-i486
  • gimp-2.4.0-rc3
  • pwidgets-2,0,8
  • dosbox-0.73-i486
  • sdl-1.2.9
  • DukeNukem3D_for_4.3.1 (Yeah Baby!)
  • intltool-0.40.6-i486
  • transmission-1.82-small
  • python-2.6.4-i386
  • imlib2-1.4.0
  • Pet_Maker-1.7-3-430
  • conky-1.7.2
  • roxpup-red
  • unrar-3.7.8
  • java-1.6u17
Peace Out!

03 February, 2010

Desktop Du-Jour

Today's desktop is peculiar in that it features no "icons" per se. The No-Icon theme is a set of transparent icons so only the labels show up! The icons for FILES, BROWSER, and TRASH are each on one of Ganesha's hands and the drive icons are in the lower left. Gradient Brown GTK and JWM complete the tableau. Oh and Gxine is tuned to Radio Dismuke!

Now including the original paper...