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Creating a Basic Webpage with html5-boilerplate

December 30, 2011

Here’s how I put together a basic personal homepage that is accessible, reads well on mobile devices, and follows current HTML5 and CSS3 best practices.


Gnome “Show Desktop” applet that only minimizes all windows

June 28, 2011

The “show desktop” applet in Gnome is more like a toggle button that switches between minimizing all windows and restoring all windows. I’ve never found the restore all windows behavior useful, it requires an extra mouse click, and I’m always jolted by the temporary flash of restoring windows.

For those few souls who share this peeve there is a simple way to replace the applet with a version that always and only shows the desktop.  Reproducing ruizscar’s instructions here:

  1. Install "wmctrl" (i.e., sudo apt-get install wmctrl)
  2. Add a “Custom App Launcher” to the desktop panel bar with the command "wmctrl -k on"

If you want to completely reproduce the “show desktop” applet, you’ll need to also set the icon.  For the default Ubuntu/Gnome theme (as of 11.04), the icon is located at: "/usr/share/icons/Humanity/places/24/gnome-ccdesktop.svg".  Hopefully that’ll get you in the right neighborhood depending on the theme/panel size you run.

Todo: Find a good time management tool

August 30, 2009

I just started using the web-based todo list manager Remember the Milk.  It is pretty nifty.  It allows categorization and tagging of todo items, defaulting to categories of personal, study, and work.  Todos can have due dates and be assigned one of four priority levels.  You can set due dates by typing things like “next fri”, which is really neat.  They have a Firefox addon that shows one’s todo’s in Gmail.  In my cursory search of online tools, Toodledo is a stiff competitor to Remember the Milk (RTM), but it just so happens that I signed up for RTM first and I prefer its clean look and AJAX-y interface.

Tips for the GRE

October 20, 2008

Are you an engineer who’s been out of school for a couple years and are thinking about going back to the womb?  Time to take the GRE.