Posts tagged: ubuntu

  • Moving from Heroku to Dokku

    With Heroku's recent changes to their plan offerings, my hosting costs were suddenly about to increase form $0 a month to $42. To run an app 24 hrs a day, you need to be on the hobby tier ($7/month). Not really happy with that, I decided to look elsewhere.

    I had previously explored Amazon's elastic beanstalk PaaS, but this time around I wanted to try hosting my own PaaS. Dokku bills itself as being a "Docker powered mini-Heroku in around 200 lines of Bash". After reading good things about it, I decided to give it a shot on a Digitial Ocean dropet.

    October 3, 2015 - 3 minute read - node heroku dokku docker node.js paas digital-ocean ubuntu
  • Window-List: application indicator to display a list of open windows in Ubuntu Unity

    Window-list displays a list of current open desktop windows. Windows can be activated by selecting them from the menu list.

    After switching to Unity from Gnome, I immediately missed the bottom showing all the current open windows. In Unity, it's easy to lose windows behind others. While you can retrieve them by clicking on the programs icon on the Unity dash, it can be cumbersome if you have multiple windows of the same program open.

    I developed Window-List to solve this problem, by displaying a list of all open windows via an icon on the Unity top-panel indicator area.

    June 2, 2012 - 2 minute read - ubuntu unity window list open-windows current-windows windows application indicator precise natty install
  • Making Ubuntu Unity Look Beautiful By Enabling Transparency

    Enabling transparency is one of simplest ways to beautify Ubuntu Unity. Unity has transparency disabled for most screen items by default. However, by following the steps below you can add transparency to your Ubuntu Unity desktop.

    Top Panel Transparency

    To enable transparency on the top panel, follow these steps:

    Top Panel

    1) Install Compiz Config Settings Manager
    sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager compiz-plugins
    2) Alt + F2, type ‘ccsm’ and press Enter to launch CCSM.
    3) Click on the ‘Ubuntu Unity Plugin’ / ‘Experimental’ tab.
    4) Modify the ‘Panel Opacity’ slider to change the panels transparency. Range 0 (transparent) - 1 (opaque).

    Compiz - Top Panel Settings

    April 27, 2012 - 3 minute read - ubuntu unity transparent transparency window title desktop beautiful pretty gnome