Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Holiday and Christmas Gift Certificates

New holiday themed gift certificate templates added to GiftTemplate.

A new Christmas Gift Certificate Template and a Holiday Gift Certificate Template

Just visit the links if you are interested in making Christmas or Holiday gift vouchers, you can enter any text you wish and create your own. There are also dozens of other templates you can use. Here are some examples of the new ones:



Thursday, August 7, 2014

Monday, July 28, 2014

Debian Stream Wallpaper

Made another Debian wallpaper called Debian Stream, enjoy.

With Debian logo.
Debian Stream












Without Debian logo.
Debian Stream Clean













As before Debian logo is licensed under "Debian Open Use Logo License" The rest of the artwork is licensed under Public Domain, feel free to edit and remix, credit would be nice but not required.

Blogger has max image size of 2048x1152, go to my deviantart to get the 3840x2160 versions.

Deviantart Page with Debian logo
Deviantart Page without Debian logo

Friday, July 25, 2014

Debian Violet Fluid Wallpaper

Messing around and created this wallpaper for Debian, that I mentioned earlier. Just going to release it now, hope you like it. I call it Debian Violet Fluid.

With Debian logo.
Debian Wallpaper













Without Debian logo.
Debian Wallpaper













The Debian logo is licensed under "Debian Open Use Logo License" The rest of the artwork is licensed under Public Domain, feel free to edit and remix, credit would be nice but not required.

Blogger appears to have a max size of 2048x1152, go to my deviantart.com pages to get the 3840x2160 versions if you need.

Deviantart Page with Debian logo
Deviantart Page without Debian logo

Slightly inspired by Ripple

Monday, April 28, 2014

Gift Certificates, Debian Wallpaper and Doom

A small update after a while.

Just made 2 new gift certificates for GiftTemplate. A mother's day gift certificate template and a father's day gift certificate.













Also I was messing around and came up with a Debian wallpaper, just a sneak peak for now. I'm considering if it's good enough to be used as the official theme, should I submit it?














Also made some custom stuff for doom/zdoom, but abandoned the project pretty quick due to lack of time. You can get all the new weapons and monster I made here, public domain for everyone.














Here is a video, 7 new weapons and a new enemy.


Saturday, July 6, 2013

Calculating Energy Use & Cost

calculate energy usage
Visit EnergyUseCalculator.com
I developed a new site to calculate energy usage of various devices and household appliances. Energy use calculator has over 30 electricity calculators, which should help people figure out how much energy their devices are using and how much it is costing them.
 
My other site Gift Template which offers free gift certificate templates has been doing well, so I am hoping the new site will follow in its success.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Protox Mod Remod

This mod modifies most visible icons and effects in Assault Cube 1.1, this is a remod of my original protox mod. It also includes my high quality reskins.

You can download this mod at DeviantArt

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

DayZ GTA Version

DayZ GTA Version
I've recently discovered DayZ GTA Version, a multiplayer zombie survival mod for Multi Theft Auto GTA San Andreas. The game borrows many concepts from the DayZ ARMA2 mod and places them in the Grand Theft Auto San Andreas environment. There is currently one server that runs this mod and while it sometimes lags and there are a few glitches and bugs. The game is very interesting to explore and play. If you like GTA and zombies then I recommend you try it.

What is required:

1. GTA: San Andreas 1.0
  • If you have a steam version of GTA: San Andreas or a new retail release/upgrade you will need to downgrade to San Andreas 1.0
  • You may also need a no cd gta_sa.exe version if you have issues starting the game (I had issues with the retail version of the game and needed a no cd executable to fix it) The HOODLUM release no cd hlm-gtasa will work. gta_sa.exe MD5: 170b3a9108687b26da2d8901c6948a18 (use Google to find it)
2. Multi Theft Auto
 
3. After installing SA 1.0 and MTA, start Multi Theft Auto and connect to 176.65.141.184:22003

4. You will download about 12mb worth of resources and an additional 3mb map file, if the download is slow just wait it may take a few minutes. Each time you rejoin the server you will have to re-download the 3mb map file, but not the resource file.

5. Once connected create a username/password and login, you will then spawn in the game. If you leave the server you character will be saved, just remember your login info. If you die your character will re-spawn and you will lose all your items, you can try to go back to the location of your death and attempt to pick up your old items if they haven't been looted yet.

Screenshots:

Typical spawn point close to water, you spawn with 2 bandages and 1 painkiller. I've edited this screenshot to provide a quick description of the interface. You need to run away from spawns quick, there maybe other players in the area looking to kill you. Your priority in the beginning is to find a weapon, water and food. You can find these items by the entrances of buildings, on dead players or zombies.
GTA DayZ San Andreas Mod
Attacking a zombie with a knife, takes about 3 hits to take one down. Don't waste your time fighting them off with your fists, run away and find a weapon first. Zombies aren't hard to kill but can overwhelm you in tight spots.
DayZ San Andreas Mod
After killing 5 zombies. Crouching makes you less visible to zombies. If you kill a few players your skin will turn into a bandit. Be careful around any other players, some are friendly most will try to kill you.
DayZ GTA Zombies Killed
It's very difficult to take combat screenshots as combat requires full use of the keyboard and mouse. So these basic early game screenshots don't do justice to the gameplay, but trust me it's good.

DayZ GTA How-To Guide:

Basic Controls:
  • WASD to move around and the mouse to aim and look around
  • MOUSE1 to shoot/attack
  • MOUSE2 aim/zoom weapons
  • MIDDLE MOUSE to look behind or to pick up items/inventory over gear
  • SHIFT to jump or climb obstacles
  • SPACE to run
  • C to crouch (zombies are less likely to attack from certain distance when crouching)
  • J to open your inventory, right click an item and select an action to use it (e.g. select pizza, right click and select to eat it)
  • TAB for score board
  • F1 for group system
  • F5 to close or open right side stats (leave it open it's useful)
  • F11 to use map, you need to find a map first
  • T for local chat (limited by distance) also press T and type /msg PlayerName Your Message to pm players (not limited by distance)
  • O for global chat
  • Z for radio chat (requires radio device, limited by distance)
  • F to enter vehicles, G to enter as a passenger (vehicles are rare and require engine, tires and fuel)
  • I for Infrared Vision (requires infrared goggles)
  • N for Night Vision (requires night vision goggles)
Drinks: (used to quench thirst)
  • Milk, Soda Bottle, Full Water Bottle
  • Empty Water Bottle can be refilled in any lake/pool, go in to water until you are swimming and right click to refill
Food to feed hunger: (also restore a little health)
  • Beans Can, Pasta Can: restores 200 blood
  • Pizza, Burger: restores 300 blood
  • Cooked Meat: restores 800 blood
Medical Supplies: (you spawn with 2 bandages and 1 painkiller)
  • Bandage: stops bleeding
  • Painkiller: stops screen shaking after taking a certain type of damage
  • Morphine: used to fix broken bones
  • Medkit: restores health (but not fully about 8000-9000 blood)
  • Heat Pack: used to restore body temperature, rarely used since body temperature only drops after a very long time in water
  • Blood Bag: restores full health (12000 blood), but requires another player to do a blood transfusion
Backpacks:
  • Default: 10 spaces
  • Small Backpack: 16 spaces
  • Alice Backpack: 28 spaces
  • Coyote Backpack: 36 spaces
Example of the Alice Backpack with 28 spaces to hold items.
DayZ GTA Inventory
Other:
  • Map: shows your location and a full map of the game when you press F11 (no bp space used)
  • GPS: shows a small location map in left bottom corner of your screen (no bp space used)
  • Watch: shows time in top right corner (no bp space used)
  • Lighter: requires wood and animal flesh to make cooked meat (no bp space used)
  • Wood: requires lighter and animal flesh to make cooked meat
  • Road Flare: used to create a strong visible light
  • Infrared Goggles: Infrared vision, press I to enable/disable
  • Night Vision Goggles: Night vision, press N to enable/disable
  • Tent: used to store items
  • Wire Fences: used to block off areas
  • Toolbox: used to destroy a wire fence and to repair vehicles (unlimited use)
  • Empty/Full Patrol Canister: fuel required for vehicles, can be refilled at gas stations
  • Tires: multiple required for vehicles
  • Engine: required for vehicles

Items with no use: (do not pick them up they just take backpack space)
  • Scrubby Burgers
  • Empty Soda Cans
Skins:

In this game you can use a few other player model skins, first you need to find them and then to equip them just place them into your backpack, right click and select equip. Your skin will auto-change if you kill enough players and become a bandit. You will also want to drop your standard skin if you plan to use another one as it takes up backpack space. There are 4 regular skins and 2 bandit skins available.
  • Standard Skin: The default skin you spawn with, will change into a bandit skin if you kill players.
  • Civilian Skin: Elderly veteran skin, will change into an arctic bandit skin if you kill players.
  • Army Skin: Army soldier skin, some zombies use this skin as well.
  • Sniper Skin: You will turn into a green Chewbacca.
Weapons:

You have primary and secondary weapons, all weapons except Knife and Katana require ammo. Two weapons can be equipped at the same time, use mouse scroll to change between equipped weapons and use inventory (J) + right click to equip weapons. You can carry as many weapons and ammo as your backpack allows.

Primary Weapons:
  • Shotgun Ammo: Shotgun, Sawn-Off Shotgun, SPAZ-12 Combat Shotgun
  • Assault Ammo: AK-47, M4
  • Sniper Ammo: Country Rifle, Sniper Rifle
  • Rocket Ammo: Rocket Launcher, Heat-Seeking RPG
Secondary Weapons:
  • Melee: Knife, Katana
  • Pistol Ammo: Pistol, Silenced Pistol, Desert Eagle
  • SMG Ammo: UZI, TEC-9, MP5
There is also a Grenade, if I recall correctly it uses a special weapon slot.

More info about weapon stats: http://wiki.dayz-mta.net/index.php/Weapons

Basic Strategy:

You need to find a weapon as soon as possible, a knife or a katana is a good start. It will allow you to kill zombies, it takes about 3 hits to take out a zombie. You can run in a straight line do a 180 degree turn and strike them with a knife, then continue running past them, repeat until they are dead. Some zombies have loot. You should also look around building entrances and dead players.

After that you need to find some water and food. Water will drain slightly quicker than food. It takes a while for you to become thirsty or hungry to the point of draining health, but it is also important to make sure your essentials are covered. You should also look for a bigger backpack, it will allow you to collect more items, ultimate goal for a backpack is the coyote backpack. A map is also very good to have, you will have a good idea where to go. Certain areas are dominated by different groups of people, there are a lot of places to explore.

After this point focus on getting some guns and ammo and continue exploring. You may want to try to find a vehicle or infiltrate an area once you have the basics. This game is probably better enjoyed with a group of friends, but it might be hard to get everyone together in one area.

Keep in mind you will probably die a lot, so be careful around other people. Crouch and hide if you see someone, if they start shooting take cover or run away unless you have superior firepower and a good strategy for attack.

I also made an image guide for DayZ GTA version:
GTA DayZ Guide
If you want a larger version of the image guide or if it needs to be updated you can download the PSD version here.

Hope you found this article useful and will give this game a try, I play by the name Protox in case you run in to me.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Gift Certificate Templates

Haven't posted in a long time.

I've recently started a new website to create free gift certificates. The idea is pretty simple, someone is looking for a personal or business gift certificate template. They find my site and use the online tool to make a gift certificate for free. In exchange I have some basic ads, hopefully it would make it worthwhile for me overtime. The start up costs are minimal.

I'm currently offering general business gift certificates, birthday, Christmas, Halloween, Valentines, Easter, golf, coffee and a few others. Planning to expand into providing spa and massage gift certificates as it seems quite a few people are looking for them.

free gift certificate template
Here is a sample gift certificate template, as you can see you can fill in any of the blank fields with whatever information you want. The competition in gift certificate websites is tough, many sites offer them. But I find the quality of most is quite low, also many require you to modify the gift certificate in Microsoft Office (doc) or Adobe Acrobat (pdf).

The experience in creating a new type of website/service is quite interesting and I'm learning quickly. I've had plenty of HTML and CSS experience, making basic personal websites. Even the theme for this blog is custom made through some basic CSS editing. But I wasn't familiar with HTML5 in particular HTML5 canvas and jquery. So I've had to check plenty of web resources, and I'm surprised how powerful some of more modern tools are. For example my gift template website uses HTML5 canvas and a little jquery to fill in the information for the gift certificates, everything is done client side which makes it a very low resource site. I've would have never imagined a decade ago that such functionality was possible without a database and some heavy server side scripts for image editing. I'm not sure if I simply didn't look into it, or if it really was the case. Either way it's easier now to create a web service with some simple code, instead of a static website.

If my site has any type of success I'll write a follow up, maybe a general guide on what I did right or wrong. For now I'm trying to optimize it and provide the best service I can. Thanks for reading.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Protox Simple

A simple graphics mod for Assault Cube 1.1 a free and opensource FPS game. This mod changes most graphics, icons and effects in Assault Cube 1.1.

You can download the mod at DeviantArt and Akimbo.in. Also posted a thread on the official AssaultCube forum.
Preview:
Protox Simple Preview for AssaultCube
In Game Screenshot:
Protox Simple In-Game Screenshot for AssaultCube

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Protox High Quality Reskin

Releasing my high quality reskins, this mod modifies all the default player skins for Assault Cube 1.1 with high quality reskins. The resolution of these skins is 2 times (from 320x200, to 640x400) the originals. These skins are released under public domain with no license or restrictions.

Download:
Download from DeviantArt
Download from Akimbo.in

Source Files (For Modifying/Generating New Skins):
Download from DeviantArt

Preview:
AssaultCube Protox Reskin Preview
In-Game:
AssaultCube Protox Reskin In-Game

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Protox Mod Update

I've updated Protox Mod (version 2.0.5) for the free and opensource FPS game Assault Cube. This mod modifies most visible icons and effects in Assault Cube 1.1.

You can download the mod at DeviantArt and Akimbo.in. I've also posted a thread about this mod on the official AssaultCube forum.

March 22, 2011 - Version 2.0.5:
  • Modified protox_mod.bat to allow arguments when launched from cmd [Reported by Gibstick]
  • New base.png (spark effect on bullet impact)
  • New bullethole.png (bullet indent in walls)
  • New explosion.png (more detailed grenade explosion, generated with Filter Forge using Explosion Filter)
  • New muzzleflash.jpg (bigger and more detailed)
  • New smoke.png (spark and smoke effect for sniper shot)
  • Modified voteicons.png (added checkmark and x indications for votes, tweaked hand icon)
  • Modified protox_mod_preview.jpg and renamed from preview.jpg
  • Renamed readme.txt to protox_mod_readme.txt
  • Removed screenshot.jpg to reduce filesize
Preview:
Protox Mod Preview for AssaultCube
In Game Screenshot:
Protox Mod Screenshot for AssaultCube

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Blogger Theme Change

I've modified the blogger theme, for the 2 or 3 people who occasionally frequent this blog maybe you will notice. I originally wanted to select one of the newer themes available for blogger, but this completely messed up the text and image layout I had going. The HTML mark up of posts appears to be depended on the blog width. So I manually modified the original theme and changed a bunch of things, but primary colors and fonts. Maybe one day I will attempt to fix each post, the blogger compose mode is to blame and the way it adds images.

I also added a Links section, and will eventually add websites/resources that are related or that I frequent. I highly recommend checking out K.Mandla’s blog if you haven't already. K.Mandla is a minimalist when it comes to software and operating systems. I've been visiting the blog for a while and he updates it frequently with very informative articles about his experiences running light software and system configurations on older hardware. I agree with his philosophies about software becoming way too bloated to accomplish the same tasks, but I am not as dedicated or experienced in managing such minimal system configurations.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Theme Mockups

I made a couple of desktop/theme mockups a little while ago figured I should put them here as backup.
Another Mockup
Bar Mockup

Configure Grub2 Background Image, Resolution and Colors

Here is a method that worked for me to configure Grub2 under Debian 6.0 Squeeze.

First as root or sudo edit /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme

Add the following somewhere near the top of the file:
set_custom_theme(){
# Set custom color theme.
echo "${1}set menu_color_normal=light-cyan/black"
echo "${1}set menu_color_highlight=white/light-blue"
echo "${1}set color_normal=white/black"
echo "${1}set color_highlight=white/light-blue"
}

menu_color_ changes the colors within the grub selection menu, while color_ changes outside the barrier. If you set black as the second color in any of the entries, for example: menu_color_normal=light-cyan/black grub will make it transparent. You can check here to see a list of available colors.

At the very bottom of 05_debian_theme add the following:
set_background_image "/path/to/your/boot/image.png" ||
set_custom_theme

Remember to select an image that is the same size as you will define in your grub boot screen resolution in the next step, save the file after you are done.

Now as root or sudo edit /etc/default/grub
You might want to modify GRUB_DEFAULT=0, this is the default boot selection, if you want another entry to boot first change it here. GRUB_TIMEOUT=5 is the default timeout before boot of the selected entry in seconds.

GRUB_GFXMODE=1024x768 sets the resolution of grub2 (I think if you add an x after resolution and a mode [e.g. 1024x768x24] you can define the color depth mode, I could be wrong), make sure the background image you set previously is the same size. Also you might want to edit GRUB_GFXPAYLOAD_LINUX=keep and also make sure it is set as =keep. This option will retain your selected resolution during the boot process.

Finally for all your changes to work, as root or sudo you must do update-grub. This will generate a /boot/grub/grub.cfg using your settings.

I honestly hate grub2, it works well for booting operating systems, but it is really disorganized, you can do things a number of ways and it doesn't always work. There is no consistency or easy way to modify everything through a single file, like in the original grub. This method worked for me but took me a while to figure out. If you set your colors under set_default_theme() in /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme or in /etc/default/grub like a lot of people tell you to, you will discover in (At least under Debian 6.0) your /boot/grub/grub.cfg they get ignored when you have selected a background and revert to a default grey color scheme. This is why I create a custom set_custom_theme() function.

Here is my /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme and /etc/default/grub, for reference purposes.

AssaultCube, Quake2 and AQ2 Mods/Paks

Here is a re-release of pak files and mods I made for AssaultCube, Quake2 and Action Quake2 mod. These custom modifications change the overall appearance of the in-game hud graphics and other images for each game.

(for AssaultCube) Protox Mod: download here
Protox Mod for AssaultCube Preview
Protox Mod for AssaultCube in Game Preview
(for Quake2) PrimoTurbo's Quake2 Pak: download here
PrimoTurbo's Quake2 Pak Preview
(for Action Quake2) PrimoTurbo's Pro Pak: download here
PrimoTurbo's Pro Pak for Quake2

Generate Xorg.conf, Remove Screen Blackout and Force Resolutions

New versions of most GNU/Linux distributions do not include an xorg.conf file which defines all your hardware and especially your video driver and screen resolutions/refresh rate. I find that I still need an xorg.conf file to disable screen blacking out after a set period of time and to force resolutions and screen refresh rate. I hate that gdm by default starts at max resolution, if you define resolutions it will force gdm to use the highest one you define instead. Most people don't care about this because they are running on LCD monitors, but I still prefer a CRT on my main computer.

Generate a proper Xorg.conf in Debian 6.0 Squeeze (probablly works for most GNU/Linux distributions)
Log out and switch to console mode(Ctrl+Alt+F1) as root or sudo do:
/etc/init.d/gdm3 stop
Xorg -configure #generate a new xorg.conf file
X -config /root/xorg.conf.new #test that it works
mv /root/xorg.conf.new /etc/X11/xorg.conf #move xorg.conf
nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf #edit with nano or editor of your choice
once your done editing do CTRL+O to save and CTRL+X to quit nano. You can now restart.
Or try /etc/init.d/gdm3 start and then startx

To remove/modify screen blank/black out:
Edit your xorg.conf as root/sudo
Between Section "ServerLayout" & EndSection add:
Option "BlankTime" "0"
Option "StandbyTime" "0"
Option "SuspendTime" "0"
Option "OffTime" "0"
Also make sure you have Option "DPMS" between Section "Monitor" & End Section.

To define custom resolutions/refresh rate:
In xorg.conf:
Edit between Section "Screen" SubSection "Display" and EndSubSection EndSection

Mine looks like this:
Section "Screen"
Identifier "Screen0"
Device "Card0"
Monitor "Monitor0"
SubSection "Display"
Viewport 0 0
Depth 24
Modes "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
EndSubSection
EndSection
I am not sure why but I find that Depth 24 limits my refresh rate to 85Hz, which is what I prefer. If I try Depth 32 it makes my max resolution 1600x1200 even when I define 1280x1024 as max. I can't explain it but for some reason this odd behavior occurs, so 24 is what I use and I remove all other depths to prevent lower refresh rates. Here is my full xorg.conf as reference/guideline. I hope this can help someone.

Changing GDM3 Theme and Wallpaper

Here is a quick hack for GDM3 to change the GTK controls and wallpaper/background image. This won't change the overall design/layout.

edit /etc/gdm3/greeter.gconf-defaults with a text editor as root or sudo.

Uncomment and edit the following lines by removing the # character.
/desktop/gnome/background/picture_filename /path/wallpaper.png
/desktop/gnome/interface/gtk_theme Aurora
Set the path to your background image on the picture_filename line. Set the GTK theme you want to use at the gtk_theme line. Make sure it is something valid that you have installed like Clearlooks or in my case Aurora. Also it's best to keep the background image the same size as your gdm3 resolution.

Then as root/sudo run dpkg-reconfigure gdm3

Fix Slow Warcraft3 Performance in Wine

Warcraft III
Warcrat3 is one of my favorite games, I especially like to play custom maps like Legion TD, Battleships, Island Defense, Burbenog TD, Gem TD, Zoator TD, Jurassic Park Survival, Green Circle TD, Dota and tons of others. It's amazing that a small custom map file can completely change the game into something else. People have become incredibly creative in making custom games for Warcraft and there is still a huge player base despite the age of the game (RoC released in 2002 and TFT Expansion in 2003). Without some tweaks Warcraft3 runs very sluggish, poorly, slow and laggy under wine. The good news is there is an easy solution.

First install wine, then run through the normal install of Warcraft3 RoC & TFT using wine. After you are done you will need to patch the game, at the moment the latest patch is version 1.24e which you can download here (for either Reign of Chaos or Frozen Throne). It also appears that the newer patches automatically include a nocd which allow you to play the game without having the game cd in the drive, run the patch through wine and let it install.

Fix game crash/freeze at start:
I have found that if you don't remove/rename the included movies, especially the intro movies the game will not properly start as wine is unable to play them. If you go into /home/yourusername/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/Warcraft III/Movies, you can delete them to make the game start/work.

Getting rid of slow performance:
Open a terminal and run wine regedit. Go into HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Blizzard Entertainment/Warcraft III/, right click and create a new DWORD Value with the name Gfx OpenGL, double click it and set the Value data: to 1 as a Base of Hexadecimal. Type: should show REG_DWORD and Data: should be 0x00000001 (1) in regedit. If you go into HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Blizzard Entertainment/Warcraft III/Video you can also set your game refresh rate by modifying the refreshrate DWORD key, also change the cinematicrefresh DWORD key to the same value. The Base for both should be in Decimal. Also if you want you might want to add -opengl to your Warcraft3 launch shortcut, something like env WINEPREFIX="/home/yourusername/.wine" wine "C:\Program Files\Warcraft III\Frozen Throne.exe" -opengl, but I have found that this is not nessesary once you create a Gfx OpenGL DWORD.

Setting proper resolution:
Start winecfg, under Applications tab add application and add Frozen Throne.exe and Warcraft III.exe (if you play the default RoC game). Now make sure the exe is selected and switch to Graphics tab. At this point I select Allow DirectX apps to stop mouse leaving their window & Emulate a virtual desktop. You want your virtual desktop to be the same size as your default resolution, mine is set at 1280x1024. You also want your Warcraft3 game to be the same resolution or otherwise this will create empty space. If you do this correctly you will be able to alt-tab very quickly without switching resolutions. Useful for checking youtube while you wait for a custom game to fill.

Let me know if this worked for anyone else, also you can reduce in-game quality through the game's options, I keep my settings on medium to high and it runs great with this tweak. Furthermore make sure you have an adequate driver installed for your video card.

February Debian Squeeze

Here is my current desktop, running Debian 6.0 Squeeze.
Debian 6.0 Squeeze Screenshot
GTK: Aurora
Metacity: Clear-Elementary
Icons: Faenza
Not sure of the source/name of wallpaper.

Debian Space Wallpapers

EDIT: I've changed the 2560x1600 resolutions to point to my deviantART page, appears that blogger resizes very large images.

I recently made some space based wallpapers for Debian.

Debian Planet
2560x1600
Debian Planet 2560x1600
1600x1200
Debian Planet 1600x1200
Debian Vortex
2560x1600
Debian Vortex 2560x1600
1600x1200
Debian Vortex 1600x1200
I've also posted them on the Debian User Forums, here and here.

I might make more Debian space related wallpapers and re-release everything with a bunch of different sizes, but for now just use an image program like GIMP to resize/recut the wallpapers for your screensize or center/scale them. The new official Space Fun theme for Debian 6.0 Squeeze is not to my taste, looks very childish to be honest. To each their own I guess, but I do wish they chose something different like Debian Ciel.

Fixing Firefox/Iceweasel icons

I haven't updated in over a year, but I recently installed Debian 6.0 Squeeze and began messing with Linux again on my main computer. I figured I'll make this post because I just overcame a huge nuisance in Firefox/Iceweasel (I'll call it Firefox from this point on even if I am using Iceweasel since it's technically a re-branded version of Firefox due to logo trademarks that Debian does not follow).

The problem has to do with some of the default Tango icons that appear in Firefox no matter what you do to replace them. A while ago Firefox began integrating GTK theme icons into its interface, however as I have learned many of the icons Firefox uses are coming from a classic.jar file elsewhere on the system. Even if the icon themes have the proper icons.

For example if you use the excellent Faenza theme like I do, you'll soon discover that it includes  tab-new.png under actions (which is symbolically linked by tab_new.png stock_new-tab.png) but if you use the tab icon from the customize menu (because you like it there, and hate your tab button moving places with new tabs being open) you'll realize that it is not replaced. There a number of icons that are like this, including bookmark icons, go button, search icon, popup icon etc. This is stupid and brakes the fluidity of your theme, which is horrible if you seek consistency.

Here is how the broken wrong icons look. Notice the default Tango icons used instead of the theme icons? The new tab icon, the go button and the search icon.
Firefox Broken Wrong Icons Tango
The Fix!
You will need to go into /usr/share/firefox/chrome (replace firefox with iceweasel if using Debian, keep in mind your firefox directory might be different so search around) and find classic.jar, you then need to unzip this file somewhere, and go into /skin/classic/browser. There you will find various png files that contain these icons. I have edited Toolbar.png, Go-arrow.png, Search-glass.png and replaced the icons from Faenza, a lot of the icons used are 16x16 pixels but not all. This is the only way to change these icons as far as I can tell to reflect your theme icons. Unless someone has made a specific firefox theme for your icon set, but even that doesn't work all the time.

After your finished editing these images, you will need to create a zip file(make sure you use .zip, unless you can create .jar) and rename it to classic.jar (jar is mostly a java zip file container). Make sure to preserve the original file structure and names in the modified jar file. Backup the original classic.jar in /usr/share/firefox/chrome and place with your own version, ALSO keep a version of your custom classic.jar elsewhere, in case a system update replaces it, so you don't have to redo everything from scratch.

Here are the fixed icons.
Firefox Icons Fixed
Yes it's a pain to do it, but until this is fixed and you want your custom icons you will have to do it manually. Enjoy.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Openbox, ADeskBar, LXPanel

ArchLinux Desktop Screenshot Openbox, ADeskBar, LXPanel Clean
ArchLinux Desktop Screenshot Openbox, ADeskBar, LXPanel Dirty
Here is my current setup for my laptop. Arch Linux, Openbox, ADeskBar on the left (start/menu button, firefox, thunar, terminal, minimize all windows) and LXPanel with SlicknesS Black GTK theme on the right. I used a custom background for the panels and positioned them very accurately to make them appear and function as a single taskbar.

I used Token icon theme by ~brev as a basis to make the custom panel icons, it includes a PSD file which can be used to apply layer effects to your icons.

I'm using xdotool for the menu to start the openbox menu on clicking the start button icon. Here is a detailed tutorial of how it basically works.

GTK Theme is Murrine-Colors Brave, Openbox theme a slightly modified version of my Dark Fiber openbox theme, icons are Elementary.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Using an Old System

So I've been messing with Arch on my old Compaq Deskpro EN with a Pentium 3 733MHz, 256 SDRAM, Voodoo3 2000 PCI 16Mb, and a 40GB hard drive. I must say it is a very responsive and usable system. It runs firefox with out any problems and even youtube with flash, as long as I keep flash videos their default size it runs them smoothly like any modern computer even most high definition content on youtube runs perfect.

Here is htop, very little ram is being used. Despite the fact that I have synergy, nitrogen, openbox, lxpanel, conky, terminal & X running.
Htop Low Ram Screenshot
Here is a video from youtube in HD, running perfectly fine. Ofcourse fullscreen is beyond what this system can do with flash. But it can play regular divx and xvid videos with no problem, fullscreen or not.
YouTube Low System Screenshot
29 seconds. The default boot on Arch, no optimization.
Bootchart Screenshot
25 seconds. I saved 4 seconds, by simply loading all the modules in the background. The system was completely functional by the time X started anyways, 2 seconds later.
Bootchart Screenshot
20 seconds. I recompiled the kernel, by using this kernel. Basically removing everything not needed and setting the kernel specifically for a Pentium 3. I did not spend too much time going over each option, so there is A LOT more optimization I can with the kernel configuration.
Bootchart Screenshot
Here is the .config file I used for the custom kernel in case anyone wants to reference it.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

DarkFiber Openbox Theme

Sorry for the lack of updates I have been a bit lazy and busy with work and school. I've been messing with an old Pentium 3 (730Mhz, 256 SDRAM, 40GB Hard Drive) system and decided to create another openbox theme.

I call it DarkFiber, I used the popular Onyx theme as the bases.
DarkFiber Openbox Theme
I'm using a slightly edited Clearlooks Colors (Clearlooks Brave) theme. I also have lxpanel at the bottom which is being started with a separate edited SlicknesS-black theme. This is how you do it:
GTK2_RC_FILES=/home/username/.themes/SlicknesS-black/gtk-2.0/gtkrc lxpanel
or
bash -c 'GTK2_RC_FILES=/home/username/.themes/SlicknesS-black/gtk-2.0/gtkrc lxpanel'
If you want to start it from gmrun or openbox menu.

Icons are my favorite Eikon theme, conky is similar to my regular setup which can be found further down on this blog with edited colors. Wallpaper is Aerostream. Sorry to lazy to find links for each one but you should be able to find everything quite easily.