Roland Taylor
Last seen March 20, 2019, 12:45 a.m.

Location: Barbados
Age: 31

Ubuntu Touch to include "libITCH"
April 2, 2014, 8:21 p.m. by Roland Taylor

You're in an important meeting, your phone is in your bag, so you have it on silent, and you'd hate to have it vibrating all over the table. How will you ever know that you have incoming notifications? Enter libITCH. This revolutionary library for human-interaction allows your phone to use you, the user as a notification centre. No more vibrating ...

I have discovered a taste for DeaDBeeF
April 2, 2014, 1:54 p.m. by Roland Taylor

I don't know why it took me so long, maybe it is my aversion to the overly minimal, but recently, with my computer's age beginning to show showing its ugly head, I've learned to embrace the minimalism that I've been one to avoid. In this quest for peace, I've come across a not-so-new music player, that has made me a ...

Still Around
March 6, 2014, 1:09 p.m. by Roland Taylor

As you may have noticed, things have been quiet around here. But, we have our reasons! And good reasons, by the way. That being said - look out for a slow trickle of tips and tricks from me in the coming weeks. I am taking a break from Linux news for the time being (to be honest, I don't like ...

Inkscape with GTK+ 3
Feb. 10, 2014, 5:03 p.m. by Roland Taylor

A big hello to all you fellow artists out there. If you use Inkscape, you probably know that it is frustratingly slow to make new releases, and as a result, it's lagging behind in the switch to GTK+ 3... or is it? Hax? You may not even notice the difference, but if you know what to look for, you should ...

Gufw 14.04.1 LTS
Feb. 5, 2014, 2:27 p.m. by Roland Taylor

Gufw, the popular GTK interface to "Uncomplicated FireWall" (UFW) has been released, to correspond with the up coming release of Ubuntu 14.04. This new version brings a much simplified interface, and much simplified workflow. This should make it easier for less experienced users to configure their firewall, and quickly secure their computer(s) from external threats. One of the features that ...

Numix Circle Icon Theme gets new action icons
Jan. 10, 2014, 8:47 p.m. by Roland Taylor

Hotness. No? The trend these days is to go monochrome for everything. In some case, this works just fine and looks quite good. However, sometimes, its good to stand out. Numix has been known for standing out (sometimes), and now, it sets itself apart from the trend yet again, with new action icons that are actually pleasant to look at. ...

Mate Desktop maybe coming to 14.04
Jan. 10, 2014, 5:32 p.m. by Roland Taylor

Ever since Gnome Shell and Unity became the main available faces of the Gnome desktop environment, lovers of the old way of doing things have felt out to sea. Mate changed that, and now, to the joy of many, it may give joy to many on Ubuntu 14.04. Mate is beginning to make its way into the "proposed" repository, which ...

Merry Christmas!
Dec. 25, 2013, 7:09 a.m. by Roland Taylor

Merry Christmas to all of our readers! May God bless you all this year to come, and may you receive the greatest gift ever given! Enjoy your day and what's left of the year :)!

The Fat Lady Sings
Dec. 17, 2013, 8:22 a.m. by Roland Taylor

Opera may have dropped Linux, but then it doesn't matter. Ever since Opera (disappointingly) switched to basing its code off Chromium/Blink, we Linux users have waited patiently for Linux support to return to this not-so-relevant browser that once revolutionized the web with tabbed browsing and a MDI interface. The frustration with Opera for not supporting Linux in their latest builds ...

How to set a profile picture for your user account in XFCE
Dec. 10, 2013, 8:31 a.m. by Roland Taylor

As part of my 14.04 testing experience, I've run into a few issues with Unity, Gnome Fallback and Pantheon, my desktop environments of choice, so I've decided to hop onto XFCE and see how it's grown. Sadly, XFCE still doesn't have any option to set a picture for your user account. This just isn't cool... but there is a fix! ...

The Mayan Calendar is back
Dec. 9, 2013, 10:27 p.m. by Roland Taylor

If you need a lightweight and easy to use calendar app for your desktop, look no further! elementary's smooth and clean calendar app (Maya, now renamed "Calendar") is back. Your eyes. Feast them! Calendar is fast, easy to use, and in my experience so far, seems to be relatively stable (though it's still a work in progress so expect bugs). ...

Fix Blank Pages In Chromium 30
Nov. 7, 2013, 6:38 a.m. by Roland Taylor

If you've upgraded to Chromium 30, and suddenly get fully loaded, but blank (not rendered), pages, rejoice! I have the fix! You need to back up your data with a Google account before you try this fix! So, with that warning in place, let's dive right in: Close Chromium (if it is running) Remove: ~/.config/chromium and ~/.cache/chromium Start Chromium. Sign ...

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Founder of, now mainly a writer and editor.

For the most part, I've handed over my baby (2buntu) to the capable (super-powered) hands of Nathan Osman. I promise you he has super powers (really!).

Find out more about me on my website.