Monday, 29 December 2014

My two favourite Gnome Shell extensions

Once upon a time I enjoyed building Linux from Scratch systems, tweaking my kernel, and messing around with tiling window managers. Oh the memories of youth! ;) Now I just want my system to work out-of-the-box so I can get to work a.s.a.p.

For at least 3 years now Ubuntu Gnome has been my distribution of choice. It works fairly well out-of-the-box and I don't have to use the mouse too much. However,  a few things annoyed me enough to make me look for a solution and about 4 months I found them. I've been using a couple of extensions for Gnome Shell that simply makes it just that little bit better, and installing them takes less than a minute.

Maximus Two

Removes the title bar on maximised windows. It gives you at least one more line in a maximised terminal window and makes gVim look like it should. Rejoice!

No Topleft Hot Corner

Why this isn't a build-in extension beats me. Actually why hot corners even exist when running Ubuntu Gnome on a desktop PC or laptop is a mystery to me. It is quite simply annoying and having multiple monitor turns the feature into a pure irritation trigger. No need for that silly top-left hot corner, just press your Meta key when you need that functionality. Do you ever? You have multiple desktops, use them! :P

Saturday, 20 December 2014

G+ as a blog. Please!

Dear Google. Will you please revise your definition of "Public"? I mean, think about it: If a public Google+ post was truly public then anyone who goes to my Google+ profile could see it. Even if they were not themselves Google+ members. That way I could just stop using by Blogger blog entirely (this one). Which btw. is owned by you, Google, as well. So dear Google: Please help put a stop to this silly social ecosystem war that you, Facebook, and other sites have going on. Let me just use Google+ and LinkedIn, and be done with it. I am tired of all the re-sharing and what-not. I just want to rant on the internet without having to rant about how annoying ranting on the internet actually is :P

The Google+ interface is so much better than the Blogger interface. I do just as long Google+ posts as blog posts anyways. Google, please, you pretty much dominate anyway. Just be cooler than the rest and don't give a shit. Less restrictions, cross site integration... Just make sure that all the privacy levels are optional and opt-in, not opt-out. Thank you :)

Camp Takota

Just finished watching Camp Takota. That was a really sweet and wonderful feel-good movie. It made be think back on my own childhood. Both my years as a boy scout and all the nature outings with my parents. Even ├╝ber geeks need to know how to unplug, and kids especially. They should have all the technology their parents can afford, it is after all, the future, but they should also be taught the value of real life friendship and the joy of experiencing the outdoors. If not, they will probably die of a stress before they reach 40.

Three of my favourite internet personalities together in one movie. All showing really good acting skills and at the same time showing quite a lot of themselves (or at least of their YouTube-selves. That is after all the only way most of us know them). I love this new world of media where people get popular for being themselves and use that popularity to create and inspire. I hate the fact that idiots get popular as well, but hey, we can't have it all ;) I can warmly recommend the movie. It will make you smile :) ... and really want to party with those three crazies! :)

Nuclear Power

I never understood the rage against nuclear power. Probably because I found it fascinating and researched it all they way back when I was a teenager. Though I find fusion so much cooler than fission but we don't really have that properly working yet.

Just watched the documentary Pandora's Promise (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1992193/). It is a pro-nuclear documentary. If you are afraid of nuclear power plants then just watch that. It's on Netflix. Checking up on the facts they mention is also really easy.

Unfortunately I found the documentary rather boring. Only the last 30 minutes were interesting to me. That is where they actually talk about modern reactor designs, the nuclear waste problem (that doesn't really exist), etc. Isn't it kind of sad to think that we could have 100% green energy already? Globally?

There are still a lot of old nuclear power plants that I personally think should be shut down and replaced with newer and safer ones. But apart from that, why oh why do people blinded by fear nearly always refuse to educate themselves about that which they fear? Or maybe not refuse but certainly don't consider it without being pushed in that direction. That is a really stupid way to respond to fear.

I want research and development in every kind of energy source, and I want to see production of clean and safe power plants. It is controversial but nuclear power is a green and safe energy source.

A nice little quote from the documentary, that might wake up some of the anti nuclear Danes: "France which is powered 80% by nuclear power is more green than green Denmark and more green than green Germany" (quoted from memory). I mean, Wikipedia says 75% percent, not 80% but that stills makes them the greenest country in the world when it comes to power from power plants.