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For Lubuntu 14 Users….Rock your Conky

Lubuntu uses an LXDE desktop environment.  LXDE is built on Openbox and sometimes has issues with composting.  I had Compton and I installed xcompmgr via Synaptic.  (I bet I don’t need both)  and I made them start at boot by writing:

@compton -b &
@xcompmgr -n

in the autostart file (/~/username/.config/lxsession/Lubuntu)

I had some window drawing issues until I fixed my conky……

In the conckyrc file one must fiddle with the own window configuration;

# Create own window instead of using desktop (required in nautilus)
own_window yes
own_window_transparent yes
own_window_type desktop
own_window_hints undecorated,below,sticky,skip_taskbar,skip_pager
own_window_argb_visual no
own_window_argb_value 255

own_window_argb_visual yes was the original setting.

The conky was downloaded from Here


What you are viewing is my newly unbricked htc one x running CyanogenMod 10.2. I unlocked the phone a while back and it ran HTC sense and jellybean. I tried to get fancy and install CyanogenMod 11 snapshot. It got stuck in a bootloop.

With android tools android SDK and android studio installed I got adb to work and…..boom..adb sideload mania. I also replaced Clockworkmod as it had no adb side load option.

This post is from my newly revamped HTC one x….Cyanogen

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    Technology and the West

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  • Artist

    against the grain

The photographer Eadweard Muybridge met Leland Stanford at a time when technological breakthroughs were beginning to alter myriad aspects of everyday life. Muybridge’s innovations paved the way for cinema; Stanford’s obsessions fueled the beginnings of Silicon Valley; and Rebecca Solnit has written a book about the consciousness-changing advent of modern technology

via: kpfa

Feeling Welcomed

A distance learner depends on hardware and software to study.  Having chronicled a linux users trails and tribulations attempting to use webex virtual meeting software.  My department has taken notice and they have worked diligently to make my learning experience easier as a linux user.  Overall the department has really made me feel welcomed as a learner.

Our department will no longer rely on microsoft-centric webex software, instead we will use visimeet.  I am also very impressed by visimeet’s efforts to develop diverse platforms for their software…

It is refreshing to see Mac OS, Android and various Linux versions of this meeting software.  I now, have tested visimeet on my phone, laptop and desktop.  All work.  Visimeet also has a web interface for use without the desktop client, impressive.

I now use Lubuntu 14.04 as my laptop for school (I tested the desktop client on a laptop and desktop running Xubuntu).  Here is how the install went

First I downloaded and installed the Visimeet Debian package software..


Next I installed it with the gdebi package manager


It installed…


I logged in..


I ran the set up wizard


for audio


and video


And it works….


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Academic laptop update.

The Lenovo G570 that ran debian Gnome 3 and XFCE died.  The mobo quit and it is now ebay bait.  As a student on a budget and as a distance learner I needed a new laptop.  I went to ebay and purchased a HP 6930p laptop with missing backspace and function keys for £59.00.   The p8600 core duo processor is old and just a little weaker than an i3 (yes I know about the threading differences).  I need to run visimeet meeting software, search and read pdf documents and e books.  A core 2 duo (p8600) is enough power for the quid conscious.

The OS..Lubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Thar)

I have installed some additional software to make the laptop suit my needs.

I am very impressed with lubuntu, it is lightening quick and very malleable.  My academic needs should be met.  One annoying issue I have encountered is the lack of built in webcam and mic.  This is easily overcome though….: )

How To Watch Netflix In Ubuntu 14.04 With Netflix Desktop App

Gnome 3 without the package gnome is what I now have on the academic laptop.  In an attempt to install audio recording software on the Debian 7.5 laptop.  I assume when installing gnome sound recorder the gnome shell was installed.

Now Gnome 3 shell desktop is installed along side XFCE.  After running from Unity, I was Gnome-phoic until now. The graphics are clear and oddly enough it seems snappier than XFCE.  I like the hot corners and the clean desktop.

With only the Gnome shell installed it seems I can only control volume with audio applications or alsa.

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