Author: snott

Change Icons in Docky

For me, docky its a must have application, it makes your desktop look so cool and it is also very functional and stable (if you are experiencing problems with docky, check out my article for compiling it from source here. Sometimes I am sure you have wondered where does docky get the icons? can I change any of those? well, you can! There is a very simple way to change any application icon to whatever you want, for this example I’m going to change the virtualbox logo for a high-resolution one: 1) Go into applications -> system tools and...

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Securely Copy Folders and Files from one machine to another

I personally don’t like using USB keys to store critical information, they are very vulnerable to viruses and anyone can just steal it from you, so I started searching for a way to copy files and folders across computers in a secure way, and thats when I found scp. This tool will copy files remotely via ssh, you just need to give the correct credentials for the remote machine and everything works like a charm, the commands are a little long because a lot of authentication takes place but you get used to it very fast. Lets say you...

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Check if your system is capable of running Compiz

What is compiz? In a nutshell, Compiz is a compositing manager, which means that it enhances the overall user interaction by adding fancy effects to your windows, from drop shadows to awesome desktop effects like the Desktop Cube or the Expo view. Compiz can also be a window manager, which means that it is the software between you and your desktop apps. It enables you to move or resize windows, to switch workspaces, to switch windows easily (using alt-tab or so), and so on. To avoid possible headaches while you try to install compiz on a new machine (being it an...

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Understanding the Linux Directory Structure

I am pretty sure sometime you have asked yourself “where do that program I just installed went to?” you can access the program no problems, but you have no clue of the directory where it got installed, well, maybe with a little more understanding of how Linux handles directories you should be able to find it. I will post here some explanations of the directories and what they store, and then you will get a nice image resuming this, the image it’s very useful and self-explanatory and could help you learn the structure faster. / The root directory. The...

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Docky in ArchLinux does not launch anymore after a system upgrade

If you, like me, use docky for managing your windows and launching your applications, you should have noted that recently an ArchLinux update broke docky because it installed a newer version of mono that docky doesn’t like. Anyways, here is how to fix it. This is the error when trying to launch docky: [1111@MNAME ~]$ docky Could not load file or assembly 'Mono.GetOptions, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=0738eb9f132ed756' or one of its dependencies. Unhandled Exception: System.TypeLoadException: Could not load type 'Docky.Docky' from assembly 'Docky, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=null'. You can just recompile the package the usual way, but the best and easiest...

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