Much ado about scripting, Linux & Eclipse: card subject to change


Monitor fail

Well, that's a week of my life I'll never have again. Spent most of last week playing with WinXP, LinuxMint 8, and Fedora 11 & 12 (both 32- and 64-bit) trying to find a solution to my external display issues.

Turns out that it's a software issue: the latest xorg intel driver has a bug.

Humorous Pictures


Beyond Compare 3 for 64-bit ubuntu linux

Last week, I switched my xubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron) box to Linux Mint 8 (Helena), to see how things had evolved in the past 18 months. Unfortunately, I also decided to switch from 32- to 64-bit, and of course not everything works the way it used to.

Luckily, the good folks at Scooter Software pointed me to this hack to allow their 32-bit Linux flavour of Beyond Compare 3 to find the 32-bit libraries it needs to run.

So, here's an updated version of that hack for ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala or Linux Mint 8 Helena:

  1. Download the i386 libqt3-mt .deb package into /tmp
  2. Download the latest Beyond Compare 3 .deb package into /tmp
  3. $ sudo su
  4. apt-get install ia32-libs
    cd /tmp; dpkg-deb --extract /tmp/libqt3-mt*.deb libqt3-mt
    cp -R libqt3-mt/usr/lib/* /usr/lib32; rm -fr /tmp/libqt3-mt
    dpkg -i --force-architecture /tmp/BCompareLinux*.deb


PDE Best Practices : A Noob's Guide To Plugin & Build Health

I've drafted a collection of tips for keeping your plugins healthy and your builds green.

Feel free to add to, change, or comment on the list here:

Switching monitors with xrandr

Sure, there are applets and other GUI tools to do this, but nothing beats the purity of going commando, er, commandline. :) Thanks to this article for the inspiration.

# reset 
xrandr --auto

# turn off laptop screen
xrandr --output LVDS --off

# 24" 16x12 on
xrandr --output VGA --mode 1600x1200

# reset 
xrandr --auto

# turn off external screen
xrandr --output VGA --off

# laptop screen on
xrandr --output LVDS --mode 1280x800

UPDATE, 2010/01/05:

To enable both screens and force the larger one to include the taskbar:

# reset 
xrandr --auto

# laptop screen on
xrandr --output LVDS1 --mode 1280x800 --noprimary --pos 1600x0

# 24" 16x12 on
xrandr --output VGA1 --mode 1600x1200 --primary --pos 0x0

# echo current status
xrandr --current