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Restrict a Drawing Tablet to Single Monitor

This is a short how-to for restricting a drawing tablet (also known as a graphics tablet) to a single screen. When you have 2, 3, or 4 (or more) monitors, input devices might not work exactly how you want them to because of the difference between desktop size and monitor size (when using big desktop or xinerama. As an example, I have 2x22" monitors, each capable of displaying 1680x1050. My desktop size is therefore 3360x1080, and that is what my tablet maps to.

Taking Notes in Linux for Students

Taking notes is an important part of school life, especially in college and university where the content is often presented at a faster pace than in earlier levels. In the upper levels, computers are often used by students in the classroom, so I'm going to try out a few different options available to me on Ubuntu Linux 13.04. Users of other releases or distributions (such as Fedora, openSuse, Arch) will likely have to modify the install instructions based on their setup.

Thunderbird stuck / frozen at initializing

Does your Thunderbird load some of your messages, only to get stuck with the "initializing..." message at the bottom right corner of the screen?

I was getting this error, and it would persist after killing and restarting thunderbird. I have multiple accounts, all of which use IMAP. Some of the accounts would synchronize, but then one would get stuck.

On one of the German OpenSuse forums, I found a hint which solved my problem.

Timelapse Script - WIP

#!/bin/bash
#
#  Uses uvccapture
 
#  The ultimate destination for the shot.
destination=/home/fathead/Downloads/beans-tl
last_file=$(ls -tr | tail -1 | cut -c 1-5)
str_last_file="$(echo $last_file | sed 's/0*//')"
new_file=`printf "%05d" $(($str_last_file+1))`
filename=${new_file}.jpg
jpg_qual=100
delay_minutes=5
delay=$(($delay_minutes*60))
#delay=($delay_minutes)
#delay=15
width=$((1920))
height=$((1080))
while true ;

Theme Chromium's New Tab with CSS!

Screenshot of new tab page
Problem with new logo

I decided that I want to change Chromium's default "New Tab" page that is shown when you open a tab manually. I used Chromium's inspect element feature to check the styling on the page. I couldn't see where the styling was coming from, but I found the CSS selectors that I would be using. While looking for the css file for the default styling, I came across an empty file at ~/.config/chromium/Default/User\ StyleSheets/Custom.css

Drupal Set up Checklist

Here is my basic procedure for setting up a new Drupal site. I'm using Drupal 7.## and my server configuration may vary from yours, so these might not be appropriate instructions for everyone. Also, don't use the links. They're just examples!

Coming Soon - London Ontario Linux User's Group - lolug.ca

I've just purchased lolug.ca! I will be setting up a community site, in the hopes that I can help to stir up interest in the community. When I first started using Linux, I had a free domain at londonlinux.ath.cx, but it wasn't a good domain name. I also didn't do much with it, so despite having people sign up, it languished and eventually I shut it down.

There has been a Google Group for lolug for years, but it seems to now be inactive, and the "website" for lolug which was at Vox (free service) is now gone, as is Vox.

Disqus seems to be taking longer than usual. Reload?

I use Disqus comments on this site, and I just had a problem where I kept getting the error "Disqus seems to be taking longer than usual. Reload?" with no comments or text entry box. I'm using Firefox 16.0.2, and I don't have any extra plugins enabled. A few are installed, but only the defaults are on. I read on the Disqus forum that it could be because of too many plugins (not here), slow internet (definitely not here!), and slow webserver (not here). The only other possibility, which is what I discovered was my problem, is a corrupted Firefox profile.

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