Thursday, December 31, 2009

Mount Iso, bin easy

search mount bin in the apps, it does not install a right click mount option. The app is installed in system tools in the applications menu. Ta Da

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Correcting Shadows

When "normal" or "Extra" Visual Effects are turned on, the shadow from the top toolbar is over windows.

To check this, right click on the desktop and go to Change Desktop Background. From here click on the last tab "Visual Effects"
Normal or Extra will probably be ticked, if not you should tick it Normal as it makes things a bit easier on the eyes.

To fix it:
System > Preferences > CompizConfig Settings Manager
(If this is not visible it may either be hidden or not installed.)

In Compiz Config Settings Manager scroll down to Window Decoration (Under Effects)
Click on Window Decoration
Then copy and paste the following:
(any) & ! (class=Gnomre-panel)
into the "Shadaow windows" text entry box.

Ta DA, Windows are now a bit more legible.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

A theme wizard for ubuntu on 1st time boot?

Sick of the poo colored theme? If you like the idea of a wizard that boots your first time and helps you choose a color theme you like, vote for it!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Tips, Trick, and Hot Keys

Highlighting automatically copies the contents to the clipboard
Clicking the left and right mouse buttons together pastes
alt+F2 opens the "run" window

Ctrl+L - Jumps to the address bar
Ctrl+K - Jumps to the search bar
alt+Enter - Opens in a new tab
Left and right mouse buttons together on a tab closes the tab

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Awe, cool or Things doing what you want without you asking them

If you rank music on your ipod Songbird transfers these rankings to your computer when you dock it.


Having Songbird watch for new music

Edit > Preferences
Media Importer > Watched Folders

Check the box next to "Automatically watch..."
Click on "Browse" and navigate to your music folder
or if you are keeping your music in your music folder, type :

where "YourName" would be your name...

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Running Tool Tally

This will be my running tally of the tools I have bought for woodworking (wood doesn't count ,) I hope this doesn't become depressing later in life. Some were presents, some weren't exactly for woodworking, some were mistakes. These are the tools that guide my work, stretch my skills, and challenge my ingenuity. For better or worse, this is my list.

Power Tools:
  • DeWalt Angle Grinder 4 1/2"; $50
  • Craftsman Belted Sander 3x21; $75
Running Total: $125

Power Tool Accessories:
  • Dovetailing jig; $50
  • 1/2" Round-over router bit; $18
Running Total: $68

Hand Tools:
  • Lie-Nielsen Tennon Saw; filed crosscut, 13ppi; $175
  • Gramercy Carcasse Saw (kit); filed rip, 14ppi; $100
  • Stanley Cross-Cut Saw & Miter Box; $25
  • Lie-Nielsen No.60 1/2 low angle adjustable mouth block plane; $165
  • Stanley Bailey No.4 Smoothing plane; Antique Store; $14
  • Stanley Bailey No.5 Fore Plane; Great-grandfathers; $0
  • Hock Blade for the No.5; $35
  • Stanley Spokeshave No.51; $25
Marking, measuring, clamping, sharpening, random:
  • Irwin Bevel-Edge Set of 5 Chisels; $50
  • Jet Parrallel Clamps; 2x 2x40", 2x24"; $250
  • Quick Grip Clamps; 2x 16"; $25
  • Veritas MK II Sharpening System; $70
  • Norton 1000/8000 Water Stone; $75
  • DMT Duotone Diamond Sharpening Stone; Course/Extra-course; $110
  • Titemark Long; $99
  • Lie-Nielsen Doweling Plate; $50
  • Burnisher; $20
  • 12" Combo Square, Starrett; $70
  • Cabinet Maker's Rasp 250 x 32 x 5.5 - Grain 9, Auriou; $125
  • Modeller's Rasp 150 x 11 x 3.5 - Grain 15, Auriou; $108
Running Total: $1591

Grand Total: $1784

I'm going to leave out literature and media, it would get too confusing and nit picky. You can't put a price on knowledge anyway, right? Also I'm leaving out glue, it would just get too messy to leave it in (get it? ha!)

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Office Computer

Since we are dual booting I thought I'd keep track of all of the other tweaks on the office computer

Start up Manager
sudo apt-get install startupmanager

-for ripping DVDs
-for running windows

It seems like it was only yesterday (Jaunty)

So you just popped in a disc for Jaunty 9.04 , let's get to it.

We want DVDs to work perfectly so let's get this out of the way
sudo wget --output-document=/etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install medibuntu-keyring && sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install gnome-mplayer

sudo apt-get install medibuntu-keyring

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install w32codecs libdvdcss2

sudo apt-get install mozilla-mplayer

All the goodies
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
then repeat from previous posts.
Most notably I would go for:
  • Songbird
  • Picassa
  • Vuze
  • 7zip
  • Gmail hack for firefox

Friday, April 3, 2009



or Bullets...


"Sometimes I think war is God's way of teaching us geography."
--Paul Rodriguez

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Lumber Dimensions

Nominal Actual
1" x 2" 3/4" x 1-1/2"
1" x 3" 3/4" x 2-1/2"
1" x 4" 3/4" x 3-1/2"
1" x 5" 3/4" x 4-1/2"
1" x 6" 3/4" x 5-1/2"
1" x 7" 3/4" x 6-1/4"
1" x 8" 3/4" x 7-1/4"
1" x 10" 3/4" x 9-1/4"
1" x 12" 3/4" x 11-1/4"
1-1/4" x 4" 1" x 3-1/2"
1-1/4" x 6" 1" x 5-1/2"
1-1/4" x 8" 1" x 7-1/4"
1-1/4" x 10" 1" x 9-1/4"
1-1/4" x 12" 1" x 11-1/4"
1-1/2" x 4" 1-1/4" x 3-1/2"
1-1/2" x 6" 1-1/4" x 5-1/2"
1-1/2" x 8" 1-1/4" x 7-1/4"
1-1/2" x 10" 1-1/4" x 9-1/4"
1-1/2" x 12" 1-1/4" x 11-1/4"
2" x 4" 1-1/2" x 3-1/2"
2" x 6" 1-1/2" x 5-1/2"
2" x 8" 1-1/2" x 7-1/4"
2" x 10" 1-1/2" x 9-1/4"
2" x 12" 1-1/2" x 11-1/4"
3" x 6" 2-1/2" x 5-1/2"
4" x 4" 3-1/2" x 3-1/2"
4" x 6" 3-1/2" x 5-1/2"

Why the sky is blue.

The atmosphere does not act as a giant mirror reflecting the oceans. Unfortunately it is a bit more complicated.

The blue color of the sky is due to Rayleigh scattering. As light moves through the atmosphere, most of the longer wavelengths pass straight through. Little of the red, orange and yellow light is affected by the air.

However, much of the shorter wavelength light is absorbed by the gas molecules. The absorbed blue light is then radiated in different directions. It gets scattered all around the sky. Whichever direction you look, some of this scattered blue light reaches you. Since you see the blue light from everywhere overhead, the sky looks blue (left picture).

As you look closer to the horizon, the sky appears much paler in color. To reach you, the scattered blue light must pass through more air. Some of it gets scattered away again in other directions. Less blue light reaches your eyes. The color of the sky near the horizon appears paler or white.

So there you go, that invisible stuff that helps you breath also refracts sunlight. It isn't so crazy if you stop and remember real world experiences like air shaking above pavement on a hot day. Of course a lot of the pretty colors also come from pollutants in the air, as light has to pass through more of these on the horizon as well.


Science Made Simple

Blood is red

The primary cell in our veins is RBC (Red Blood Cells). Red Blood Cells are comprised primarily of a protein chemical called hemoglobin which contains the element iron (Fe). Iron is great at attaching to Oxygen, and when it does so it turns red.
When you get a nose bleed or have blood drawn it is a darker richer red because it is carrying more oxygen.

So what are the RBCs flowing around in? Plasma. Made of 90% water, making it mostly clear. You can have this drawn at a blood bank as well, and agree that it is mostly clear. A little opaque and gross looking, but not red (or blue for that matter).

So the argument for blood being blue comes primarily from observing ones veins. This means looking through your skin and the vein walls to determine the color. Therefor one must assume that both skin and the vein walls do not act like a colored transparency and change our perception...

Besides, I remember when the magic school bus took a field trip inside of one of the students who had a cold. I believe the river was red.

The Franklin Institute.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Sun in Terminal

Java is part of the ubuntu restricted extras

When Sun installs java on your ubuntu computer (terminal) and you need to hit
Hit tab and you'll see the Ok highlight, then hit enter.

Same trick for the next screen

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Enter in Excel

Ever try to hit enter to have a line break in the same cell, only to find that you are now in the cell below the one you were writing in?

If you hit alt+enter it acts as a line break! Nifty.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Wives against Schwarz

Christopher Schwarz is the editor of Woodworking Magazine and runs a great blog.
The Schwarz also has spent a lot of money on woodworking tools, and now I probably will too. I asked him for the brands of the tools he turns to the most. He didn't mention all of the items that grace his black and white tool rack at home, I don't know if it was from not wanting to scare me out of woodworking or upsetting his wife.

  • Lie-Nielsen 60-1/2 low angle adjustable mouth block plane ($165)
  • Lie-Nielsen No. 8 ($475) Holy moly this thing is 2feet long and feels like a submarine, or freight train
  • Bailey No. 5 with a Hock iron ($35 for the iron, the planes you have to get from flea markets)
  • Ray Iles mortising chisels ($70ish each; 1/4 & 3/8 for starters)
  • Tite-Mark marking gauges ($99 for the long)
  • Starrett 6” and 12” combination squares($74 and $78 respectively)
  • Lie-Nielsen No. 4 in bronze with a high-angle frog ($350, I have an old Bailey no.4 [$14 from an antique shop] that should do the trick once I camber the blade. Though I'll always drool over this one)
  • Lie-Nielsen chisels (two sets!) ($350 for one set of 5, maybe one day I'll get these)
  • Andrew Lunn dovetail saw
  • Blue Spruce marking knife ($45)
  • Wenzloff & Sons tenon and sash saws
  • Veritas Saddle squares and dovetail squares
  • Veritas block plane with a chamfer guide

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Gmail and Ubuntu

You ever click on an "email me" link to find it starts up evolution?

Me too, it is dumb, everyone should use gmail.

Here is how to have it launch a new tab in Firefox that opens up gmail and fills out the To: line and the Subject: line (if there was one in the link).

Go to
System>Preferences>Preffered Applications

Change Mail Reader from Evolution to Custom
Paste the following in the text box below
perl -MURI::Escape -e '$to= shift; if ($to =~ /^([^\?]+)\?(.*)$/){$to=$1;$args="&".$2;$args=~s/\&subject=/&su=/};$to =~ s/^mailto://i; exec("firefox","".URI::Escape::uri_escape($to).$args);' '%s'
Hit close.
Fin (you don't even need to restart firefox to see if it works).
To check if it worked click here (don't actually send that e-mail)