San Francisco: Fog

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.

San Francisco: Fog
San Francisco: Fog

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.

Headphones and Feed Readers

JVC Headphones

Look, these are only $30 on Amazon! I posted about them back in November.

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?