Firefox 7 tip

Firefox 7 has been released, and it’s fast, uses a lot less memory, and it’s totally awesome. If you haven’t yet, I strongly suggest you upgrade. However, I found only one thing I don’t like. They removed the “http://” prefix in the URL bar! I don’t know about you, but that annoys me. So here is a customization tip to “fix” the URL bar:

  1. Type “about:config” in the URL bar, and press ENTER
  2. Tell Firefox you’ll be careful
  3. Search for “browser.urlbar.trimURLs”
  4. Double-click it’s value to set it to false
  5. You’re done!

Now the only thing I don’t like about Firefox is the new version numbering system.

Fedora 15 Released

Yesterday, the Fedora project released Fedora 15.

So I made a Live USB to try it out, and so far just running it off the flash drive, it seems stable enough to me.

Fedora 15 uses Gnome3 as it’s default GUI, and at first I was thinking that I may end up using a different GUI other than Gnome, due to the lack of customization. But then I discovered Gnome-Tweak. It gives you a few more options to customize Gnome3, including changing the window theme, and re-enablingĀ  nautilus on the desktop! So I might give gnome3 another chance after all.

To install Gnome-Tweak, just run:

root@computer:# yum install gnome-tweak-tool

as root.

However, as usual, I think I will wait at least a month to upgrade my main computer to Fedora 15, just in case.

Funny thing, my brother saw me using my Fedora 15 live USB, and then he wanted me to install Fedora on his flash drive!

Bash Script: KeepCool

For a while I had been wanting to write a script that would keep my Linux Laptop from over-heating when I would run programs that would use a ton of CPU. Well, finally I have written it, and it is now stable. (At least from what I can see.)

It works by constantly checking if the temperature is too high, and if so then it sets the CPU frequency to something lower, allowing the CPU to cool off. Then after it’s cooled off, it then sets the CPU back to it’s normal mode.

Of course this requires you to have CPU frequency scalingĀ  compiled with your kernel, so this will not work with Cygwin on Windows.

I’ve tested this script, and it works on Fedora. If you can get it to work on another distribution, please say so in the comments!

 

You can get the script’s source here: http://www.isaacmedia.net/scripts-and-software/keepcool/

 

Please note: As with any of my software, using this script is at your own risk.
I can't think of any reason why it would, but there is the possibility that it will "mess up" your computer.

Javascript port of my PrimeFactors script

I have been trying to learn JavaScript (finally), and I decided to see if I could re-write one of my bash scripts into JavaScript.

So I decided to use my PrimeFactors script, and when I was done porting, I found it turned out really well. BTW this is my first full JavaScript program.

To see the script in action, go here: http://www.isaacmedia.net/scripts-and-software/primefactors/jsPrimeFactors.html

Dropbox Vs. SpiderOak Part 1

A while back I had used Microsoft’s Live Mesh to sync data between my Windows netbook and our server. The problem with that was the only way I could get to my synced data using my Linux PC was to use the web interface. So a few days ago I tried out SpiderOak because it does support Linux. But then my dad started using Dropbox. When I found out about that I decided I would find out which of the two services where best for me, so I got a Dropbox account and installed the client on both my Linux PC and my Windows PC. After trying out these two online storage services I decided to write a comparison of the two on this blog, so here it is.

Continue reading Dropbox Vs. SpiderOak Part 1

Gadget Sidebars

I recently installed some gadget sidebars onto both of my PCs:

For my Windows 7 netbook I installed the Windows 7 sidebar gadget: http://nes.bplaced.net/sidebar7.html

The install was very easy, just follow the instructions on the gadget’s website.

For my Fedora 14 Linux notebook I installed Google Gadgets for Linux: http://code.google.com/p/google-gadgets-for-linux/

See my earlier post about Google Gadgets for Linux here: http://blog.isaacmedia.net/2011/01/google-gadgets-for-linux/

To install get the google repository: http://www.google.com/linuxrepositories/yum.html

And run as root:

root@computer:# yum install google-gadgets-gtk

To start Google Gadgets for Linux (with sidebar) run the command:

user@computer:$ ggl-gtk

Or click Google Gadgets (GTK) under Internet in the main menu

I also suggest running compiz, as compiz provides nice transparency for the gadgets. Otherwise you get ugly gray boxes around all the gadgets. Continue reading Gadget Sidebars