Moving day…

Moved to -> http://gordallott.blogsite.org/

wordpress.com is broken ;)

Dear gnome devs..

There has been one bug thats existed since.. well, before I can even remember and its icons/applets in the gnome panel going haywire sometimes. why does this happen?! *tears hair out*

Turns into

Flipping on ‘lock to panel’ does nothing also >_<

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Still using metacity?

Okay so the world has gone compiz crazy, but some of us still use metacity (the default gnome window manager, no fancy wobbles), personally i use metacity over compiz simply because its a bit more stable and for a machine that i work at that’s important, when I’m just checking emails or ircing or whatever compiz is great.
The problem with plain ol’ metacity is two-fold, no transparencies and no gpu acceleration – thus stepping in is composite mode :)
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A better fnotify.pl for local irssi

For various reasons i run irssi locally on the box that use, i also use fnotify.pl in order to get pretty notifications when someone wants my attention, alas fnotify.pl is designed to be used remotly over ssh, great if you have a load of boxes and don’t run irssi on the box your using. but for people like me it was a bit clunky and annoying (had to run a seperate script to read the files it wrote, the script would often get caught up in gnome sessions without exiting causing lots of scripts to be loaded after several logons)

So i altered the fnotify.pl script to work entirely out of one script (thats loaded into irssi via the normal methods). this has the side effect of only working localy but for anyone else like me, its a rather usefull addition. you’ll need notify-send installed.

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Always forgetting your tv program? ontv it!

I am almost constantly forgetting about my tv programs, i don’t have many so the chances of me actually remembering to watch them are rather slim, I don’t have any mythbuntu like setup either so no recording if i miss it either.

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More than enough ram? preload!

Many of you will of already heard of preload I am sure, but for those that you that haven’t you really should enable it if you have more ram than you need (on an average ubuntu desktop i would say more than 512mb ram)

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Ubuntu asks for my password far too much

Is it just me or does ubuntu ask for your password far too much, i have to enter it a few times every day, a minor inconvenience at first but then it becomes a daily habit that you don’t even think about, which leads onto security flaws “oh you want my password, whatever, just get doing your thing”.

When a user is accustomed to performing a task such as this over and over again a malicious program simply has to run itself with gksudo and the user will happily enter their password and give the program root privileges, especially if you combine the gksudo with a custom message by passing –message “your message” to it, such as this:

Of course this completely bypasses the whole “how does the malicious program get onto your system in the first place” thing, but through my dealings with support requests I can say that people will find random debs/programs on the Internet and they will find ways of running them thinking that everything will be fine.

Do we really need to ask for root privilages so much or is this simply an education on security issue? either way I have a feeling we are sleepwalking into problems down the line.