Pretty-Printing with XEmacs under FC12

Yet another thing that should have been so simple, but required hacking. Using (Beta) Xemacs 21.5.29, it didn’t have a menu item for pretty printing. Nor was there a clear way to connect with CUPS. First thing first, make sure to have a nice popup for printing. If not for any other reason, it gives [...]

Linux 2.6.35 hanging/oopsing on large memory allocations

Short summary Kernel kernel on x86_64 doesn’t seem to handle large memory allocations well. In particular, Running malloc() with Gigabyte chunks can cause a kernel oops Quickly allocating all memory will make the system hang (but not oops) If anyone has an idea why this is, some helpful clues or whatever, please comment below. [...]

Thunderbird: Making a folder with new messages stand out

On Thunderbird 3.0.7, this little extra file turned the folder names with new mail red and bold: (the “chrome” directory needs to be created) $ cat ~/.thunderbird/sdf2k45i.default/chrome/userChrome.css @namespace url(“”); /* set default namespace to XUL */ /* Setting the color of folders containing new messages to red */ treechildren::-moz-tree-cell-text(folderNameCol, newMessages-true) { font-weight: bold; color: red [...]

Gnome: An icon in the system tray (new mail)

This should have been obvious: Have a “new mail” icon in the system tray when new mail is fetched by Thunderbird on a FC12 Linux machine. I ended up writing my own script. My starting point was the “Gnome Integration” add-on. Not that I liked that it forced me to have another notification popup on [...]

Controlling desktop effects: Compiz notes for FC12

Using Fedora Core 12, I wanted some control over my wobbling windows, and in particular which corner is the hot spot for displaying all open windows. The first thing I needed to find out, is the name of the toolkit doing this: So it’s Compiz. First, install the Compiz Configuration Setting Manager # yum install [...]