Add a “From:” field to gnome-screensaver locked screen

Just a small idea for improving gnome-screensaver.  When the screen is locked, other people can leave messages, which show up as libnotify pop-ups.  It’s not obvious to the person leaving the message how it will appear, though, so I think we should add a From: field to encourage them to sign their name.  Otherwise you […]

Canon refuses to support Linux

I’d been wanting a scanner for a while, and kept procrastinating.  Eventually I got fed up with myself and drove to Staples and bought a Canon CanoScan LiDE 70.  After getting home, I remembered why I don’t make impulse purchases at stores. The scanner seems decent, but does not work in Linux, making it useless […]

Kensington VideoCAM

This is super old-school and likely no one has any use for it anymore, but I once mirrored the Kensington VideoCAM webcam Windows 2000/XP drivers from this site, which are no longer available online: The Unofficial Source for Kensington VideoCAM Support By Orson Teodoro [horsie619@aol.com] http://www.geocities.com/trypt0/videocamsupport.html The text of the website itself is available on […]

Making Wine colors match Ubuntu themes

Inspired by attempts to make Wine‘s theme match the Human theme in Ubuntu, I tried to write a script to scrape colors from Gnome and apply them to Wine automatically, so the themes match no matter what theme you’re using in Gnome. (Of course it would be best to have actual theme support, but current […]

Freeform object selection lassos

Currently, to select objects in a GUI, such as icons in a file manager, you use the mouse to draw corners of a rectangle (called a “bounding box” or “rubber band” in the Gnome Human Interface Guidelines).  Usually, though, the objects you want to select aren’t contained within a single rectangle. To select them all, […]

Abolish the saving of documents

The status quo The modern computing paradigm: Documents are created and saved, then opened, modified, and saved again to the same filename. While opened, a document can be modified. Many programs have an undo button to revert to one or more previous states. New modifications can then be made, and the document saved and closed. […]