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StatusNet Theme - Dartik

Here is the first StatusNet theme that I am releasing. It is basically a port of the Drupal theme, Dartik, which is a dark sub-theme of the default Drupal 7 theme, Bartik. For this theme, I mostly started with the base StatusNet theme and started tweaking the css to match. The theme on my Drupal install is a modified version of Dartik so creating a theme for StatusNet was a must so that my site just blended together. Click thumbnail for larger image. To use this theme, download the archive attached to the bottom of this post (see edit at bottom of post) and extract it to the theme directory in your StatusNet install. tar xvf dartik.tar.gz Add a line to config.php that calls the new theme: $config['site']['theme'] = 'dartik'; Also, it's good practice to run checkschema.php any time you make changes to the config.php. php scripts/checkschema.php Now you should see a new look to your StatusNet instance. If you find any oddities, please let me know and I'll try to fix it. There are a few things that I want to…

Google Music Beta Review

Here’s the #ToThePoint review: It works really damn well. And here’s the “Would he just get to the damn point” review: Yes, I know. This is a review of a beta product. Many things may change. Many people cannot access it yet. So sue me. Look at this as a point in time overview. Now that there is a proper Linux client for Google Music, I can finally properly use the service. Prior to the Linux client release, the only option to run it on Linux was under WINE. And I find that running anything under WINE to be quite #suboptimal.1 The complete service consists of a desktop client, a web-app and an Android app all designed to move your music collection to the cloud and be available anywhere you happen to find yourself. On the Desktop: The Linux version of the Music Manager comes in both .deb’s and .rpm’s, x86 and x86_64 flavors. My initial install was on my CrunchBang desktop machine, as this is where I’ll be doing the majority of the uploading from. I also installed it on my EeePC, both under CrunchBang…

ISS Sighting

I recently was able to catch a glimpse of the International Space Station as it flew overhead. Actually, not just once but twice within two nights with the potential of seeing it each of the next four evenings. It’s quite cool watching it blast across the sky considering it flies at 17,000+ mph with an average altitude of 173 mi.1 A few of the tools I use to catch a glimpse: The Sighting Opportunities feed is a good place to start as it will give you times, duration and location to see ISS. Stellarium is a fantastic piece of open source software that turns your computer into your own personal planetarium. With it, I can take my EeePC outside and have a nearly realtime view of the location of ISS. That way I can see when it’ll be above the horizon. The Android app Satellite AR uses the compass, GPS and camera on your device to show you locations of satellites by using augmented reality. And of course, my trusty Canon 40D to capture this image: The shots I took aren’t perfect but hey, I’ve got a few more oppo…

UberMusic

I just tried out a Alpha version 7 of UberMusic for Android. Aside from the fact that it has the word Uber in it. (Sorry, I just don’t find the use of ‘uber’ very cool). And the fact that this player is designed to mimic the look of WP7 and/or the Zune media player. It is a very slick looking music player. The transitions between the screens are very smooth, even on my somewhat underpowered HTC Aria (currently running CM7 nightly from 2011.06.05). A few of the options available include being able to choose which ‘tabs’ show on the main selection screen. (ie. Artists, Albums, Songs, etc.), disable the Android lockscreen when the Now Playing screen is visible and Last.fm scrobbling, among others. Navigation on this player is as easy as a swipe as you might expect and above all, it plays tunes. Grab the current Alpha while you can at http://www.ubermusic.com/. It has an expiration date of July 15th after which there may be a paid version on the Android market. Not certain what price will be asked but, give…

Gnome Shell Screenshots

Still rockin' the Gnome Shell on my EeePC. Well, at least part time, CrunchBang never leaves my harddrive. ;) I'm using the excellent Atolm Gnome Shell theme by half-left with some extra tweaks by myself to add in some transparency. Also using the Atolm-gtk3 theme by TheDeviantMars and the wallpaper is Road at Dusk. And of course, what would a Linux desktop be without some Conky love, the two Conky widgets are by myself which the clock I have released. I've also got quite a few Gnome Shell extensions installed... Here's a few recent screenshots of my setup: As requested, I have made my tweaked Atolm theme available. In order to use other Gnome Shell themes be sure to have these installed: gnome-shell-extensions-user-theme gnome-tweak-tool You can either use the zip and install it with the tweak tool or extract the tar.gz to ~/.themes/ and use the tweak tool to change the theme. See bottom of post for the file attachments. Enjoy. :D Comments: omns Very nice. I still can't get my head around Gnom…