Bashrc and Gnome-Shell.CSS

A while back I posted about the elements that make up my bashrc file. It's changed quite a bit over the last couple years as have my thoughts on how best to share such information. A blog is a great place to post one off, snapshots of information but for things that change... not so much. So I decided to host it publicly on Google Docs. At first I put it up there to make it easier to for me to setup new computers but I figure it doesn't hurt for anyone interested to see what it looks like and even add something through discussions and comments.

My bashrc

And while I'm at it I'm also going to post my gnome-shell.css file. I talked about changing this file to make Gnome-Shell a little more space conscious but never got around to posting the changes that I made.

My gnome-shell.css


Numlock Persistence in Gnome 3

For some reason numlock is reset every time Gnome 3 shuts down returning to its default state (off). I think most people would expect it to remember its state but this is sadly not the case. But this is Linux, so there is always a work around.

Personally I don't ever want numlock turned off, so this work around is more about always starting up with numlock turned on rather than having it remember its previous state.

Reenabling the Delete Key in Gnome 3 Nautilus

In Nautilus Gnome 2, the Delete key used to send selected items to the trash. To do the same in Gnome 3, you now have to use the shortcut: Ctrl+Delete. That's kind of annoying. To change it back, grab dconf-editor from the repos if you don't have it.
sudo yum install dconf-editor

Things To Do On Installing Fedora 15 And Tweaking Gnome-Shell

I've started using the beta of Fedora 15 (Lovelock) that uses Gnome-Shell and it is awesome! I really dig the new interface. It's clean and simple and stays out of the way. There are no menus to search through to open applications or common files and the integrated chat is just amazing. But it should still be considered beta software. Too many things that you would think were basic changes require command line tweaks or coding knowledge. There are a lot of settings that used to be easy to change in Gnome 2 that aren't easily accessible anymore. Gnome 3 is not yet ready for the computer un-savvy.

Facebook Privacy Settings

A while back, Engadget posted a way to better handle Facebook privacy by using friend lists. Around the time I was also playing around with the idea and admit to stealing some of Nilay Patel's to better round out the modular solution I ended up with.

Chromium Tor-Button

Here's a great LifeHacker tutorial on how to get a button to easily enable and disable Tor in Chrome/Chromium. For those who haven't used Tor before it's a free network of distributed proxies that "prevents somebody watching your Internet connection from learning what sites you visit, [and] prevents the sites you visit from learning your physical location." For more information visit

Using tmpfs for Security and Speed

I have 3.9GBs of RAM of which Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) hardly touches more than 512MBs so I'm going to move all my temporary files to RAM. This will result in 2 things:
  • Reading and writing temporary files will be much faster.
  • Temporary files will be more securely removed on shutdown.