Adding Custom Emblems to Your Folder Icons

I have a work folder under my Home folder that I store all of my work-related documents.  I wanted to put my work’s logo on the folder to make it stand out.

I found a great thread with some tips.  Basically, I downloaded a graphic from the company website with the logo on it.  I used Gimp to crop and resize it.  Then, I saved it to the folder: $HOME/.icons/hicolor/48×48/emblems (I had to create the .icons directory).  Finally, when I right clicked on the folder and viewed the property, my new icon was in the list of emblems.

F-Spot Facebook Export Still Broken

After upgrading to Lucid (Ubuntu 10.04), I still can’t export from F-Spot to Facebook.  I have noticed some traffic on the F-spot/Facebook posts, so I need to dig into the code to see if I can figure it out.  We’ll see if that happens.


If anyone has any clues or links, please comment.

Feature Request: Refresh on Network Manager

I have been long wanting a refresh button on the Network Manager.  Apparently, I am not the only one who has thought that:

Ubuntu Brainstorm: Idea #17725: “Scan wireless networks” option in NetworkManager

Gnome Bugzilla: Bug 498887 – Refresh wireless network list

Here is the big argument against:

Bryan Clark: Refresh in reactive displays

So, here is the situation — I am working at home connected to my home router.  I pick up my laptop and leave it on while I drive to work.  When I get to work, it still shows my home wireless network in the list.  Then, at lunch, I pick up my laptop and take it to a restaurant that supports WiFi.  Again, it is does not recognize the restaurant’s network.  From what I read, it could take up to 6 minutes to rescan and see the new networks in those situations.

The solution might be to speed up the scan frequency so I don’t have to wait so long upon arriving at a new location.  But, from what I read, that might have power management implications.  If you scan too frequently it will never go into power saving mode?  I don’t know, but for one thing, why can’t I control the scan frequency?

On the other hand, if I had an option to rescan, I could tell it when to scan without having it scan needlessly too frequently.  Why should it scan every 15 seconds when I am at a restaurant that doesn’t have WiFi?  When my battery was dying and only lasted 20 minutes, I wanted every ounce of power I could get!  I understand making things automatic for the user, but sometimes it is better to let the user decide.  The laptop will never know when I change locations like that unless maybe you add a GPS device to it.

Just my thoughts; can I have my refresh button?

Shutter Bug: Can’t edit

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I just upgraded to Lucid (Ubuntu 10.04), and I reinstalled Shutter.  I had found it not too long ago, and it does a great job with screenshots.  One of my favorite features is the way you can edit the screenshots and draw circles to point out things in the shot.  It’s great for documentation.

Problem is, in Ubuntu 10.04, the Edit button is disabled.  I found this bug post: Editing disabled in Ubuntu Lucid.

Solution: install the package: libgoo-canvas-perl

It was that easy, and now it is working like a charm!

Great Link: Funny Linux Artwork

I ran across this funny article with some great linux-related artwork:

InfoWorld: The Linux funny bone: the best geek humor

The article shows different posters and such with Linux mascots making a point.

Power Problems

I have been having trouble with my battery not charging.  The battery seems to have good capacity — I just replaced it a few months ago.  But, I can run it down, plug the laptop in, and then hours later the battery is still dead.

I found this article that seemed like it might help:

Ubuntu Productivity: Battery always 0% in Ubuntu 10.04

I tried the two things suggested on the blog:  I pressed the power button for a couple of seconds while the battery and power cord were out, and I tried to start upower.  I didn’t have upower as an option even for installing probably because I am still on Ubuntu 9.10.

What I haven’t tried yet is recompiling libusb as suggested in the related forum topic.

Update Dell BIOS

I found this article that describes updating the BIOS, so I thought I would give it a try.

Here is the first command:

sudo apt-get install libsmbios-bin

Then, I ran the command to see what version my laptop was currently on:

sudo getSystemId

Here are the first few lines of the output (the version is A07):

Libsmbios version:      2.2.13
Product Name:           Inspiron 1720
Vendor:                 Dell Inc.
BIOS Version:           A07

On, I found that the latest version out there is A09.  Then, I used wine to extract the header:

 wine 1720_A09.EXE –writehdrfile

Sure enough, it created the hdr file:

$ ls *.hdr

Next, I loaded the module:

sudo modprobe dell_rbu

Finally, I ran the update:

sudo dellBiosUpdate -u -f 1720_A09.hdr

Here is the output:

Performing BIOS update...
Update successfully staged. Reboot the system to begin BIOS update.
No reboot option specified. The --reboot option is highly recommended.
Finally, I had to reboot.  After the reboot, I found I now had version A09.