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Usability Problems With Unity

Posted 06-02-2011 at 11:35 AM by MTK358
Updated 06-02-2011 at 11:39 AM by MTK358

I think that the sidebar is really confusing. When you click on an icon, it launches the app. You click on it again, and it brings that app to the top. There's no obvious way to start another instance (you have to right-click). If there are multiple instances of an app open, you have to go through two steps to choose it: first click on the icon, then on the instance you want. Why combine the unrelated concepts of launching a process and window management?

Second, the way the menubar...
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How to enable the Compose key in X

Posted 06-12-2010 at 11:33 AM by MTK358
Updated 04-19-2011 at 08:23 AM by MTK358

Here I will show you how to enable the Compose key in X. It lets you type unusual characters like this:

ə k

by pressing the Compose key followed by a predefined sequence of keys. Here are some good references:

Anyway, first you need to choose which key you want to be the Compose key. Then, open a terminal and enter the command "xev"...
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How to fix Arch Linux file manager mounting error

Posted 04-04-2010 at 09:47 AM by MTK358

When you plug in a removable storage device in your Arch box and get an error dialog with some kind of errors about HAL when you try mounting it with your favorite file manager, this should fix your problems:

First, edit "/etc/dbus-1/system.d/hal.conf".

vim /etc/dbus-1/system.d/hal.conf
You can obviously use whatever your favorite editor is in place of vim.

Now find something that looks like this in the file:

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