Here’s a screenshot of my desktop on Ubuntu. The top bar displays several application launcher icons. One of them is my weather report. Usually, the temperature is displayed along with a little icon of sun or clouds. But today, it is just a gray box. How sad.
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:
- Extract files to “C:\windows\resources\themes\royale noir”
- Double click on “luna.msstyles”
- 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.
I gotta stop looking at all these deals. I've been buying online too much. Online shopping is addicting!
I've also been sharing some of the deals at the bottom of this page. People have been asking me where I find them. Truth is, I don't go looking for them. They come to me. Many sites now offer their content in RSS form. You can subscribe to these feeds using an aggregator such as Bloglines or Rocket RSS Reader. I personally have been using the new Google Reader. I can choose to "read all" and scroll through all the articles as though I were reading one long webpage. There are lot of other google reader tools and neat things you can do with RSS. Is anyone into this? And if so, what reader do you use and what types of feeds do you subscribe to?
Ok, so I’m in fantasy golf league, but I keep forgetting to choose my players every week. I will be forgetting no more. Just got Sunbird installed a few days ago. It’s the Mozilla standalone calendar. I got reminder emails from yahoo, but I would read it and then forget about it. This thing sends me an alarm on my desktop reminding me of events or tasks that need to be done. And I can even snooze and it’ll pop back up again at a later time. I also set it to remind me to email in my timesheets. Most excellent for forgetful people like myself.
I got 2 things that I’ve been wanting for a long time. Well, one of them isn’t exactly what I wanted, but it serves my purposes. I finally got a second monitor! Yay, now I got much more room to play with.
The second thing that I got was a tv tuner for my computer. I don’t have a vcr and I actually wanted TIVO, but this thing works the same–it records for me and I can even pause and play live tv. I even have picture in picture now!
Thanks Anthony for all your old stuff. :)
Here’s my latest desktop using my 2 monitors. No, no widescreen, just both screens together.
Yay, I got my network at home up and running. Since I only have 1 monitor and keyboard, I use my desktop to remotely control my old machine. And both machines have internet access and everything! I love it. Now I just have to find a way to turn it into a webserver. I’ve never dealt with so much hardware and networking configurations in my life, every second wading deeper into the realm of geekdom.
Since I posted about my current desktop. Now I’m going to post about my new Matrix screensaver!
With all the random scrolling characters, it looks just like the movie. No more Taylor screensaver because that one took a while to “wake up.” Well, it’s been a while since I’ve written anything of substance. Recently, I’ve just been a little lazy. I don’t want to think too much, let alone type it out. At church last week for Easter, we had the youth cook breakfast before service. They made waffles, eggs, and sausages to raise money for the summer retreat. It was quite a production, since we couldn’t use 2 outlets at the same time or else the fuse would blow. So we had waffle makers spread throughout the room, plugged in at different areas. Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect from this. I didn’t know if the youth would enjoy doing this or not. Many complained and griped beforehand. But as we were cooking, the kids were really willing to help. One kept on asking if we wanted her to help with anything. After cleaning up (which was a total pain to clean the waffle makers after the batter was caked on), one kid came up to me and said, “Boy, that was fun.” Another one messaged me on the computer the next day saying that we should do this more often. That, ladies and gentlemen, is what it’s all about. I’m glad the kids had fun. We don’t do these activities that often, and I’m trying to change that.
My new desktop:
I now know why Mr. Miyagi used the wax on, wax off method. I guess I really never knew why he couldn’t just wax on the whole thing, then wax off afterwards. My arms are really sore. But if your arms aren’t sore, try playing a new version of Breakout.
I’ve only had my little office space at Cal for a little while, but I’ve learned that Cal is a dirty, dirty place. I don’t think anyone ever cleans the offices or stairwells there. I swear I had to wipe down the desk 3 times before it was decently clean. Does someone have any tips on how to clean office chairs? You can’t really wipe them down and I don’t have a vacuum readily availabe. It’s got all this dust and lint on it. It’s just plain filthy.
Here’s what’s on my desktop now. It’s Jack Vettriano’s “Dance Me to the End of Love.” I can stare at this for hours. Sorry Jet Li, you had your time.
Ok, so maybe I am a bit girly and maybe I am a romantic at heart. Good thing no one knows.
I had such a great time at Yosemite. I loved hiking and being able to sit and enjoy His creation. Now I know why Ansel Adams fell in love with California scenery. I’m glad I saw his exhibition at the SFMOMA. If you have time, read his biography at the site, it’s pretty interesting. I wish I knew more about photography to be able to capture the views on paper and turn it into art. I’m not really good at taking pictures. I’m one of those people who takes about a year to finish a roll of film. Anyways, the trip was good. I wish we were able to do some of the more strenuous hikes like Half Dome, but that will have to wait until next time. Maybe even get a chance to camp for real.
I got bored, so I just wanted to share my current desktop with you guys. What do you think? Isn’t he cool?
If you don’t know who he is, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN??? His name is Jet Li. He’s been around for a while, but he’s only become popular in the U.S. in the last couple years.
Hmm, it seems there’s a roller coaster down at Magic Mountain called Goliath that made it to the Top Ten Roller Coaster Poll at the Discovery Channel website. That’s one I haven’t been on. Maybe that should be my next vacation site!
I also found this funny website of unreliable facts of just about anything!