Sunday, September 2, 2012

Waiting for Steam for Linux

Coming soon...

Update: this is old draft, dated before steam for linux released. :-)

Building a new Slim (and rather cheap) Desktop

Coming soon...

Installing Linux Mint 13 Maya Cinnamon/MATE/XFCE Edition

Hi, after more than a year, finally get my hands on the blog. First is sharing my experience installing the latest Derivation of Ubuntu LTS, Linux Mint 13 or Maya.  Without further ado, here's my setup after installing the out-of-box, vanilla Linux Mint:
  1. update repos
    1. gimp
    2. sudo apt-get purge Gimp*
      sudo add-apt-repository ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp

    3. grub customizer
    4. deb precise main
    5. handbrake
    6. deb oneiric main
    7. sudo apt-get update
  2. download & install
    1. ubuntu tweak
  3. install apps from Ubuntu Tweak
    1. cheese
    2. shotwell
    3. audacious
    4. audacity
    5. themes: community, shiki
    6. comix
  4. install from package manager
    1. mc
    2. gnome-disk-utility
    3. gparted
    4. gimp
    5. grub-customizer
    6. handbrake
    7. k3b
    8. kid3
    9. wine
    10. dosbox
    11. virtualbox
    12. scummvm
    13. p7zip-rar
  5. install firefox add-on
    1. scrapbook
    2. downthemall
    3. brief
    4. easy youtube video downloader

Installing Compiz in Linux Mint 13 MATE

On one of my machine I installed Linux Mint 13 MATE and try to activate Compiz, Here's my setup:
  1. install compizconfig-settings-manager
  2. configure compiz
    1. open Control Center - Startup Applications, and add a new post "Compiz"
    2. use command "compiz --replace"
    3. run Configuration Editor or in a terminal type “mateconf-editor
    4. Go to /desktop/mate/session/required_components/windowmanager and replace "marco" with "compiz".
  3. run CompizConfig Settings Manager, activate
    1. composite
    2. gnome compatibility
    3. open gl
    4. enhanced zoom desktop
      Zoom In: Button4
      Zoom Out:
    5. negative
    6. desktop cube
    7. rotate cube
    8. window decoration
    9. compiz library toolbox
    10. mouse position polling
    11. scale
      initiate window picker: topright
    12. shift switcher
    13. place window
    14. move window
    15. resize window

Make Windows use UTC

One of the issue of installing dual boot PC for Linux & Windows is different time settings. While Windows uses local time from your PC, Linux uses UTC.  

Here's what I got after googling the net, a remedy for Windows (to use UTC):

Note: This method was not initially supported on Windows Vista and Server 2008, but came back with Vista SP2, Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2.
To make MS Windows calculate the time from the hardware clock as UTC.

Via regedit:
Run regedit and navigate to
Right-click in the right-side panel and select New > DWORD Value. Create the key named RealTimeIsUniversal and give it a value of 1.

Using a registry file
Create a file named WindowsTimeFixUTC.reg with the following contents and then double click on it to merge the contents with the registry:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
see complete source: