Monthly Archives: November 2013

Quick Tip: Changing Applet Alignment In Cinnamon Desktop’s Panel

I recently installed the Window List Group applet to free up some window list space.  The applet groups you normal icon+text entries to single boxed icons that have the potential to expand beneath them, much like Windows 7.  When I added this applet, it was centred  at the top of my screen, which I did not want at all.  To remedy this, you must dive into the dconf editor for a quick change.

Open dconf-editor

If you haven’t got it installed its

 sudo apt-get install dconf-tools 

Then, navigate to org >> cinnamon.  Now click on the item “enable-applets”

You will want to look for your “centered” panel in the list of “enabled-applets.”  Once you change this to “left” and restart cinnamon, you should be good to go.





Jupiter Broadcasting Live Recording Scripts [non-official]

For those interested, I have  created a repo for Jupiter Broadcasting automated scripts for recording the Live broadcastings. Simple stuff, and I am welcome to changing them to fit our needs (adjusting timing for preshow and aftershow banter times). I am really tired, so I probably made mistakes, but hope this is nice for those who wish to use them. All file names in the scripts will append the current date if you keep more than one show in your Videos directory.  You can find the repo below, or at the top menu of this site.

Shows Included:

As always
Please check my work, and NEVER run a script without examining it first. I am not responsible for any damage, even though these scripts are pretty harmless.

Please Note: crontab examples are for the EST time zone



A Neat Presentation Photo Of The Linux System Anatomy

A Side of High-Def Video For Your Raspberry Pi Sir?

Just a fine example of the little engine that could…


Video Reel: Don’t Switch to Linux | LINUX Unplugged 15

How-To: Setting Up ACLs On Linux (Access Control Lists)

There comes a time in a man’s life whe….whoops, wrong talk! Ok ok, so this is about Access Control Lists. Get your mind out of the gutter. That said, you will find sometimes, setting permissions for the owner, group, or “other” groups is not enough, and you need some finer control. Enter the ACL. Read the rest of this entry

Video Reel: Another Take On Steam and AMD’s Mantle For Linux

Podcast Spotlight: Bad Voltage

Screenshot from 2013-11-18 18:45:54A nice new Podcast I ran across this past week was Bad Voltage.   Coming from such key stars as Jono Bacon (of Ubuntu), Bryan Lunduke (of Jupiter Broadcasting fame), and bright folks like Stuart Langridge and Jeremy Garcia.  Although the Podcast sports such Open Source talent, the Podcast has a wide range of technology topics.  The podcast is available in OGG or MP3 format, with no video format at the moment.


OGG file format RSS feed. | MP3 file format RSS feed |Add to iTunes | Home Page

You Don’t Need No Stinkin’ IDE! – Configuring Vim For Python Programming


Many Linux users have been out there long enough to get used to a text editor.  Sure, you can always use an IDE to do your programming, and they do have nice features for good workflow, but I wanted to go through a couple tweaks that will make Python programming easier for those who prefer the command line.  I myself setup a double tab in my shell window, one for execution/compiling and one for the project I am working on.  With that said let’s look at a few tweaks to vim: Read the rest of this entry

Looking For a Great Way To Learn Python Without Being Bored To Death?

credit: Amazon

Python Programming for the Absolute Beginner, 3rd Edition, is one of the most novel programming books I have seen. You learn by creating simple games/programs.  The book is presented as a “learn by the seat of your pants” approach that is actually fun, unlike most coding manuals.   Typical programming  books (yes, even O’Reily), bore me to death after a while.  Keep in mind, that is no fault of O’Reily, but of my own short attention span.

I highly suggest you give this Python book a try.  As soon as I opened the book, I was very impressed with the presentation.  I didn’t feel as if they expected me to know everything, and the objectives were quite well laid out.  I felt as if the author understood I wasn’t an expert of have used other coding languages.

From the wording, to the excellent layout, to the actual realistic number of pages, I very much  am enjoying this textbook.  Trust me, start with this book, before you graduate to the 1500 (yes you read that right) page O’Reily book.  The book was just updated Enjoy!

Check it out now on Amazon.