Gnome

Posted by stylesen

gnome-tweak-toolWith the advent of SSD's and mSATA we have a very less system boot time in the order of few seconds. That makes us impatient to click and open applications on our desktops! I recently switched to SSDs in the machines which I use, to make the systems responsive and end with impatience ;)

All my systems run Debian Jessie (8.0) and the systems on which GUI is enabled I have GNOME 3, specifically GNOME 3.14.x. There are some primary applications such as Terminal, Pidigin, Icedove and Iceweasel which I want to be ready as soon as I login to my machine enabled with GUI. This takes 4 clicks after login, but I wanted to have 2 steps only, ie., power on and login after which everything should be ready to get going. The way to go is some kind of session Application startup manager where I can instruct my machine to startup application as soon as I login. Looks like we had gnome-session-properties in the past for configuring the same in GNOME. It was recently removed.

Posted by stylesen

OpenSource book wrapperI wrote a book on OpenSource in Tamil and it got published by New Horizon Media (Kizhakku Pathipagam) on last Saturday ie., 07-jan-2012 in Chennai Book Fair 2012. If you get a chance to visit Chennai Book fair drop in at Kizhakku Pathipagam stall and grab a copy of the book.

Following are the link to purchase the book online:

1) https://www.nhm.in/shop/978-81-8493-489-2.html

2) http://www.infibeam.com/Books/open-source-tamil-sa-senthi-kumaran/9788184934892.html

3) ChennaiShopping

4) Flipkart

Introduction about this book are available in the following links:

http://www.tamilpaper.net/?p=5347

http://www.badriseshadri.in/2012/01/blog-post_08.html

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/OpenSourceTamil

Posted by stylesen
Recently Yahoo changed the way in which we connect to the IM, which broke Pidgin clients in Debian Lenny and Ubuntu systems, specifically pidgin client version 2.5.7 and below. We can correct it by doing the following if you don't want to upgrade your clients to something latest, Go to your yahoo account settings in Pidgin. You'll see two tabs at the top. Go to the second tab(advance). There you'll find, "scs.msg.yahoo.com" and a few other web addresses change it to *cn.scs.msg.yahoo.com*. Thanks to Vipin M of AU-KBC who gave this piece of info via ILUGC mailing list.
Posted by stylesen

I hit this problem when I was adding code to support storing encrypted passphrases in gnome-keyring for subversion. When we add a new key to the default keyring we are prompted for a password for locking/unlocking the default keyring. Sometimes I forget the password which I gave to this default keyring, which prevents me from viewing the default keyring and the keys associated with them, using the gnome-keyring-manager.

I found out that these encrypted passwords all those associated information about the keyrings are stored in the file '~/.gnome2/keyrings/default.keyring' in Debian based distros.