A is for Alienware

A is for Alienware

This almost looks like it’s a photoshopped or computer-generated image to me. But it’s not. It’s a picture of my laptop. Geeky, I know.

The light is coming from my desk lamp–maybe a little too bright? I couldn’t get the white balance to work with the blue in the letters. They’re all wacky, even compared to the blue from the alien head.

Anyways, this is the first image in a project I’m calling Project A-Z where I’m forcing myself to take a picture first using A then with all the subsequent letters in the alphabet.

Move Window Buttons Back to the Right: Ubuntu 10.04

This is mainly for my own documentation. I’ve already had to do this twice when I was playing around with different themes. Standard Ubuntu 10.04 has the window buttons on the left (like on a MAC), but I think I still prefer to have them on the right.

Open a terminal (Applications > Accessories > Terminal), and paste the following command:

gconftool -s /apps/metacity/general/button_layout -t string menu:minimize,maximize,close

Magically the window buttons will be back in the “right” place.

Tech Support

With no training in computers, I’ve come to be “IT Support” for a lot of people.  Don’t get me wrong, I love helping out, but sometimes, it just takes a little patience to figure out what’s wrong.

Not sure why I like this one so much.  I think I’m going to print this out.

Help Desk Warning

Original File: http://www.virtualwolf.org/images/ars/helpdeskwarning.png

This one pretty much describes all the troubleshooting that I do.


Not too passive-aggressive, is it?

Dark XP and Gmail

For everyone who has followed me on the internet all these years, they know that I have a dark side. I absolutely LOVE dark-themed websites, for some reason. All my websites have been dark, save my very first Blogger template. I even wrote about the switch from light to dark back in 2002. Too bad I didn’t post a screenshot. I use dark desktop/wallpapers on all my computers, even the one at work. For my personal computers, I’ve been using a dark theme called Royale Noir. It looks exactly like Royale, the blue default XP theme, only it’s, uh, dark.

Download Royale Noir Windows XP theme: [wpdm_file id=7]


  1. Extract files to “C:\windows\resources\themes\royale noir”
  2. Double click on “luna.msstyles”
  3. Select “Noir” from “Color Scheme”

Because this theme has been code-signed by Microsoft, No UXTheme.dll hack required.

More recently, I’ve been testing out a darkened version of Gmail. It requires the Stylish Firefox extension and the Gmail Redesigned user style by UneasySilence. Cool interface, eh? Has Gmail ever changed it’s look since it was launched?

Oh, and I’m also trying out the dark Google web search. I wonder how many people out there are into dark skins/themes.