Scale the 1024x768 laptop display to something more reasonable

My laptop has a 1024x768 px display, but most software and webpages these days assumes that you have larger screens, with base font sizes of 16px and up. That’s great, but it makes my laptop display very cramped. Luckily xrandr in Linux lets you scale your display by some factor. By experimenting a bit, i found that a factor of 1.2 gives me lots of more space on the screen, while everyting is still looks fine.

Ubuntus new window buttons

Okay, so Ubuntu has moved the close, minimize and maximise buttons to the left. I know there’s been a huge controversy around this since one of the early alphas. Well, I don’t care so much about that. You get used to it after a while, the only problem I see is that there’s a lot going on around the close button, like the file menu, and if the window is maximized, the gnome-menu, so you might easily close a window accidentally.

Media: BLUG: EasyPeasy — et lite stykke Norge for netbooks

Her er videoen og lydopptaket fra foredraget til Jon Ramvi om Easypeasy på BLUG’s “Last Thursday”-møte i Januar. Foreløbig er bare en low-res versjon av videoen tilgjengelig, en high-res versjon blir encodet nå, og vil bli lagt ut i morgen. Innkallingsteksten til møtet var som følger: Det finnes en del norske prosjekter med åpen kildekode. Ett av dem er EasyPeasy: en Linuxdistribusjon for netbooks, nedlastet en million ganger. EasyPeasy sikter mot å bli «Det Sosiale Operativsystemet».

Video: BLUG Last Thursday November 2009: Mercurial

Dette er mitt første forsøk på å lage video av BLUG-foredragene. Forhåpentligvis blir det flere etterhvert, og med mer erfaring, sannsynligvis bedre kvalitet (og kanskje litt mindre filer…). Volumet kan variere relativt mye igjennom foredraget. OGG Theora (512×288) MP4 h.264 (720×405) If you had an HTML5 video capable browser or flash and javascript enabled, a video player should appear here, you can download the video instead Mercurial er et distribuert versjonskontrollsystem som har blitt svært populært siden det ble annonsert i 2005.

ubuntu-user at Narvesen

When I’m travelling, I often visit the kiosks at the airport, to see what they have of intresting magazines, specially Linux and Digital Photography magazines. I was visiting Trondheim last weekend, and on the way back, while I were waiting for my plane back to Bergen, I was looking on the shelves at Narvesen at Trondheim airport, Værnes. There were actually a quite good choice of Linux magazines, and one specially catched my eye.


Ok. It has been a while since my last post, and quite a few things have happened since then, some of which I will get back to in some later posts. One of the things that have happened is that I attended the “Skolelinux developer summit” or Debian Edu developer summit here in Bergen, with the goal to do some real contribution to free software. I didn’t end up contributing any code at that event.

New howto: Using apache to create an authenticated proxy

Windows 7 or KDE 4?

Blogging code

As a programmer and linux geek I often need, or at least want to write about code, scripts and commands on my blog, but as many of you know, displaying raw code in HTML is setting yourself up for failure. The simplest part of the problem is the fact that line breaks and whitespace might be significant, this is simply solved by putting the code inside a block. The more tricky part is that code often is full of characters like &, > and <.

Remix your Ubuntu &#8211; netbook style

I have a laptop with a rather low resolution screen. It is limited to 1024x768px, so I have had a bit of envy for the Ubuntu eee users that have a nice and practical user interface for smaller screens. I have for a while already removed the taskbar, since I realized that I didn’t use it that much, and it steals a whopping 24px of the vertical screenspace.

I discovered the netbook remix, that is the user interface in Ubuntu eee right after Ubuntu 8.10 was launched. I had already updated to 8.10, and the Netbook remix wasn’t available for 8.10 at the time.