I use a Solaris desktop at work and like using it allot. I’ve never liked the default theme that comes with the Solaris Java Desktop so I started using the Gnome desktop. But even then I had trouble finding a theme that I really liked. Until I came across the Mac4Lin “theme” on SourgceForge. It makes your Linux desktop look allot like a Mac desktop.
It was a bit of a trick to get working on Soalris, as it is more meant for Ubuntu Linux, hence its name. But I managed to get most of it working, and like it allot.
If you like the Mac desktop or would like to get it a try, have a go.
When I first started this site it was more of a tips and tricks site for myself. I had a small MySQL database behind a Apache/PHP web site that I used to make little notes on how to do things. So that a month of two down the track when I had to do it again but couldn’t remember exactly how, I had a quick and simple place to look for info.
Somewhere along the way though, I wanted to turn the site into a blog so that I could share that information with more people. This went OK. I got a web host, set up WordPress and I was off. It took a while to import and tidy up my tips out of the MySQL database but I did it.
A problem came up though about a month ago when I startled to try and promote my blog. I started making posts that were basically just copies of posts I had seen elsewhere on the web. And started a hectic posting schedule.
While this wasn’t a major problem at first. I recently realized that’s not what I want. It’s not want I want this site/blog to be. I want this blog be a reference site for general computer tips and tricks, not of copy of other site. I want more originality, more reference material.
So I will be stopping the ‘copy posts’ and going back to the tips posts that I write myself. This will mean that posts will appear less often, but they will be more original.I will still do the occasional post about things I see on the internet, but they won’t be copies of other peoples posts.
I have a few problems installing the gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly-multiverse package, but I found the trick was to install soundconverter application, and then use the link in the application for installing the missing MP3 codec.
One of the most useful things I learned early on in my computing career was how to type. I’m no typing wise, but I can touch type with a reasonable level of accuracy. But typing software or typing courses can be expensive.
Enter TypingWeb, it offers free tying lesson on the web.
I recently went to try and install Oracle 10g on a Solaris 10 server, and for some reason it wouldn’t recognize the DVD when I put it in the drive. Solaris and UNIX machines in general I think and usually good for this sort of thing. You put a CD in the drive, it detects it, and puts an icon on your desktop for the new CD or at least mounts it to something like /cdrom or /media/cdrom for you.
However, this machine on this particular day, wasn’t playing ball. So I had to figure out how to do it manually.