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:


  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.