Saturday, March 26, 2005

Simultaneously LCD+CRT for Linux presentation

I know its stupid - it works for nearly all out there. It even used to (I think it did, though I have started having doubts) for me, some ~1 year back. Yet, the Fn+F8 key does not take me through the
"LCD (local laptop display) - LCD+CRT - CRT (external monitor, projector)"
loop. It only gives you only of LCD and CRT - which is OK for playing games on a large screen but not ok for presentation stuff.
Did some RTFM and here's the way to go (its video card specific - and guess what I have :-) - the poor-man's genie Intel 845GL). Add the following line to the end of Device Section in your xorg.conf file (/etc/X11/xorg.conf):
Option "MonitorLayout" "LFP+CRT,NONE"

One more excuse (for failing qualifier) removed. Yikes!

- d.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Wobbly Window Day

Today is WWD. I read about luminocity today morning in slashdot. My quals got deferred one week and I couldnt wait to try this 0-day.
Just finished playing with it - its AMAZING! It really feels a lot different when you move the windows - they feel like "real" (and I really mean real) windows.
(Warning: the wobbly windows are very very addictive. Beware!).


Saturday, March 5, 2005

d-Randomized Thots

A detailed (no-techie) article on OS-X and KDE goodies. I am planning to write what I think gives my KDE3.3/MDK10.1/Dell-1100 an uptime of ... (The last time I had to reboot was to go the Mandrake 10.2 beta installation to test something). Suspend while in office and hibernate when not needed for extended amount removes any need to actually take the machine down.

I do have a few weird computer habits and systems under me are stress-tested naturally (for some reason I dont like opening for some app to start and sometimes end up starting 3 apps at the same time; huge file transfers and compile/build simultaneously is another way of having a bit of fun). It would be interesting to pen the habits (and motivations behind them, if any) ... the upcoming spring break should be a good time to do it.

- d.

Friday, March 4, 2005


OMG, I read about kompose, installed it (there is a mandrake rpm either in contrib or plf), removed pager from kde panel and (within 2 minutes) got used to it. Cant stayt without it now.

* No pager - more space on panel for window icons.
* I just mapped ctrl-1 (ctrl-one) to kompose. Instead of using ctrl-tab to navigate between different desktops, i just use ctrl-1. Works perfectly even when i have 6 different windows on all 4 desktops 8=).
* Further more, I can not only choose desktop, I can choose a particular window and further more, I even get to kill windows without actually going to that desktop. Isnt that handy ?

- d.