Todd Partridge (Gently)

Handling display calibration

Though it is the expectation that a monitor is ready as soon as it is removed from the box, most monitors need to be calibrated. A much more vivid, detailed, true experience can become available after it is done that can be enjoyed and “feels right”. Calibrating a monitor correctly requires training of the eye […]

Firefox: Defining font type and size

What a professional typesetter knows is the importance of a good font. For centuries typesetters have developed fonts that provide ease of reading that we see in most books today. Having the text look good in the web browser is necessary, choosing the right type and size can make a big difference to how well […]

External monitor as Discrete

I use my laptop primarly at home with an external monitor as discrete, meaning that I have the laptop monitor turned off and I only use it. At times this is also called a dedicated monitor. GNOME can be set to disable the laptop monitor and enable the external but it wasn’t able to hotplug […]

Catalyst Driver, a Journey Taken… Better than I’d Known

I previously read about (a good number of times) people not having the best experiences with AMD’s proprietary driver. However, with my new laptop I decided that no matter how much I love the open-source driver (bought it because AMD opened the specs to it), that realistically it would take a few years before I’d […]

The Beauty of rsync and Backup Script

rsync is a command-line tool used to copy/clone files (“fast incremental file transfer“). It is a great, simple backup tool. The basic rsync command is this: rsync -a src dest_dir Where src is the original directory or file and dest_dir is the destination directory. Because rsync does incremental backups it only adds the file to […]

Screencasting Done Easy (Desktop Recording)

I got to test out a good number of screencasting applications and I found a good one, and as usual the easiest was the best. I started with recordMyDesktop. recordMyDesktop recordMyDesktop is a basic program that works good. The GTK version has a simple UI that sets a border around the area to be recorded. […]

cVLC as Default Video Player

I love MPlayer. I’ve been using it for years. Whenever I needed to watch a video from my camera or downloaded something from YouTube it always did great. However, I revisited recently trying to play a DVD with MPlayer after having gone through a lengthy setup process a ways back and discovered MPlayer still cannot […]

Architectural Intent – a Wallpaper Tile

I tend to use my desktop as my workspace so I like wallpapers that act as more of a background decoration rather than elaborate artwork. So I created this. This is based on a wallpaper I found on the net (sorry, can’t remember where) and I re-did it. The original was in jpeg format and […]

systemd transfer… Done!

Well, after being throughly put off, I dived into systemd and have done a complete (pure) systemd installation; and I can tell you, I think its pretty nice. I had no plans to change Arch’s initialization system, but I needed to switch to systemd because parts of GNOME 3 require it. Its been a long […]

Disk and Memory Usage Scripts

At times I like to check my levels of disk and memory usage and it’s more convenient for me to do it from the command line. So, I created a couple scripts for them: devtop Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/sda5 9.8G 6.4G 2.9G 69% / /dev/sda6 166G 38G 121G 24% /home memtop […]

Convert Videos to PSP

I’m a TED video junkie. I always have videos on my PSP ready to watch. I also like to put YouTube videos on there. I did this enough that I created a script for it that makes putting videos on my PSP real easy: pspvidconv <d*> <video(s)> – Convert videos to PSP (d to use […]


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