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...

02 February, 2010

"Puppy Docs" and Google Docs

Among the things one encounters when one enters the world of Puppy - or any other "alternative" OS for that matter - is the notion of Cross-Platform Data Format Compatibility. Basically, how you save a file on one platform might have a great bearing on exactly what you can do with it on another. What formats can Abiword or Gnumeric handle that will reproduce faithfully in Works, Excel, Word, etc. (Mac users, please fill in your own filthy, unclean, elitist data formats here). OpenOffice users know something of which a speak already as Microsoft seems to feel no compunction to support OO file types.

Enter Google Docs. If you're lucky enough to live in a world where high-speed internet is ubiquitous, You might consider the convenience of Google Docs. The notion is rather revolutionary, and not without quirks. Here is what Google claims Docs can do for you:

Conversion limitations and supported file types
Files you convert to Google Docs can be edited online. They do not count towards your storage limit.
Some features may not be fully supported when files are converted, such as footnotes, tables of
contents, tracked changes and comments, embedded graphs, pivot tables, and slide animations.
Documents (up to 500KB of text)
  • HTML files and plain text (.txt).
  • Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx), Rich Text (.rtf), OpenDocument Text (.odt) and StarOffice (.sxw).
Presentations (up to 10MB)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint (.ppt, .pps).
Spreadsheets (up to 1MB)
  • Comma Separated Value (.csv).
  • Microsoft Excel (.xls, .xlsx) files and OpenDocument Spreadsheet (.ods).
The list of supported file types certainly isn't exhaustive, and reproduction is not 100% accurate but is no worse than Abiword's support for DOC or Gnumeric's support of ODS.

In a perfect world I would recommend OpenOffice on all your platforms. I would do this myself on my Inspiron, but Puppy has been stable enough that I've started using it for 'work' and the last thing I need is another Mplayer disaster!

Final Thought: Just what is Google doing with all our data?