Archive for the ‘tips’ Category

resize and rotate images easily

February 3, 2009

If you use the Nautilus file manager for GNU/Linux you may want to

sudo apt-get install nautilus-image-converter

Then kill X (ctrl-alt-backspace) and next time you use Nautilus you’ll notice options to easily resize and rotate images when you right click on them. My thanks to Hamish Taylor for this useful tip.

reset your GNOME desktop

February 1, 2008

This tip is too useful not to share. Running a computer lab with GNOME (Ubuntu GNU/Linux in my case) means desktops sometimes go haywire as my students are given the freedom to play with the panels and other settings. Resetting the desktop to its default condition is very easy:

Browse your home folder, view hidden files, and delete any of the following that exist…

.gnome .gnome2 .gconf .gconfd .metacity

Log out and the next time you log in, your desktop should be reset.