Todd Partridge (Gently)

xuserrun – Run a command on the currently-active user’s X.org server display

xuserrun is a bash script to run a command on the active X.org server display.¬† This is primarily necessary if from within another environment¬† (different user, console, cron, boot script…).¬† xuserrun gathers DISPLAY and user environmental variables via systemd and passes them on to be able to dothis. xuserrun is designed for use with only […]

No-think link (redone)

When I first used ln, I expected the behavior of ln source link to work. But ln is slightly more complicated than that. While learning it from the beginning, I discovered it does not always resolve the path correctly; additionally, it doesn’t not error if the source is non-existence. I discovered that this was necessary […]

Encode an Audio file to Video file

I wanted to convert an mp3 file to an mp4 or avi file because I wanted to be able to use it on my PS3 ( the PS3 has a basic audio player that doesn’t save position [ particularly troubling for large audiobooks ] ). This although is good for audio posting on youtube… I […]

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 evolved fonts to provide ease of reading that we know today. Having the text look good in the web browser is a nice bonus, choosing the right type and size can make a big difference to how well we […]

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 […]

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