James Gifford
Last seen March 26, 2018, 10:39 a.m.

Website: http://jamesrgifford.com/
Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA

12.04 Updates: Unity Greeter theme, complete with fancy two-monitor support.
Feb. 25, 2012, 8:52 a.m. by James Gifford

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/t91BgkYczY4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> In all, I'm very impressed with 12.04, <em>Precise Pangolin</em>, particularly with the improvements in multimonitor support, <a href="http://www.2buntu.com/2012/02/14/new-lightdm-theme-lands/">as we previous covered.</a>

Minor LightDM Theme Tweaks Lands in 12.04 Precise
Feb. 14, 2012, 9:35 a.m. by James Gifford

Last night, after some updates, I was greeted with a new slick LightDM login screen in 12.04. <!--more--> [gallery] In addition to changing to the users wallpaper (which has been around for about a month or so now), the entire experience is now a little slicker and its now extrememly well rounded - just another example of Precise quality for ...

Demo of Unity 5.2 on Ubuntu 12.04 With Dual Monitors
Feb. 7, 2012, 6:32 p.m. by James Gifford

Overall, I love Unity. The new version of Unity, 5.2 on Ubuntu 12.04 Alpha 2 is slicker, faster and better than ever - in fact, I'd say its getting close to converting most Unity unity dislikers. <!--more--> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/MFwiX8pHrmY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Ask Ubuntu Unity Lens, Now Available in the Ubuntu Software Center
Jan. 12, 2012, 5:12 p.m. by James Gifford

Well, the long wait is over! No longer do you need to install the <em>Ask Ubuntu Unity lens</em> via a PPA! You can now install it <em>straight from the Ubuntu Software Center!</em> Simply <a href="http://apt.ubuntu.com/p/unity-lens-askubuntu">click this link</a> and it will happily download and install itself. For the terminal savvy, install the <code>unity-lens-askubuntu</code> package. Example of it in action: <img src="http://i.stack.imgur.com/O9ClI.png" ...

Scared of Unity/GNOME-shell? Here's a tip to make XFCE life a little easier
Sept. 23, 2011, 7:11 a.m. by James Gifford

If you're like many in the Linux community, you probably don't like Unity/Gnome-shell for any number of reasons. So, you made the jump (like <a href="http://news.softpedia.com/news/Linus-Torvalds-Drops-Gnome-3-for-Xfce-Calls-It-Crazy-215074.shtml">Linus Torvalds did</a>) to XFCE. Now, you plug in your laptops monitor, and it doesn't.... work right. It's not a dual-monitor setup like you used to love and use in good 'ol gnome 2.x. <!--more--> ...

Wunderlist, now available for Linux
Sept. 20, 2011, 10:46 a.m. by James Gifford

Well, it is a interesting day, and it's only 12:30PM (where I am)! Via the <a href="http://blog.wunderlist.com/post/10440856186/finally-wunderlist-for-linux">Wunderlist blog</a>, Wunderlist is now available for Linux. I've downloaded it and I'm extremely pleased with it. Screenshot is below: <!--more--> <img src="http://i.imgur.com/geo13.png" /> That's about all there is to it - according to OMG! Ubuntu!, it also have Unity bar support, but not ...

Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot - It's come a long way
Sept. 16, 2011, 3:41 p.m. by James Gifford

First of all, I'm a Unity lover. While it doesn't work well with my graphics card, I love it all the same. <!--more--> Now that that's out of the way, Unity has come a <em>long</em> (and I mean <em>long</em>) way from Maverick Meerkat Netbook Remix, the release of Ubuntu where Unity first appeared. So, what is special about Unity in ...

Why a Rolling Release for Ubuntu is a horrible, horrible thing
Sept. 10, 2011, 6:31 a.m. by James Gifford

Ok, so maybe it isn't as horrible as I'm trying to make it sound like. But it's still pretty bad, mkay? &nbsp; So, the way things work right now, we've got a predictably, regular 6-month release cycle that looks something like this: &nbsp; <a href="http://www.2buntu.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/cycle-items.png"><img src="http://www.2buntu.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/cycle-items-300x111.png" /></a> Ok, now that I've given you that little piece of flow chart goodness, ...

We Have A Developer Problem
Aug. 9, 2011, 4:14 p.m. by James Gifford

http://twitter.com/#!/cimi/status/101026590611349504 That above tweet shows what is both right and wrong with Ubuntu. &nbsp; If you look at the Elementary OS developer portal, it's very nicely designed. It's nicely organized. It's got a decent set of HIGs, or Human InterfaceGuidelines. There is nothing foreign to that idea. <a href="http://developer.gnome.org/hig-book/3.0/">GNOME has them</a>, but it's not the most complete set of things. ...

Jorge Castro On Ubuntu Documentation
June 4, 2011, 1:29 p.m. by James Gifford

This is a amazing video by Jorge Castro.Watch, and then come back and read it because I have something for you. <iframe width="560" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/IT1yY78J9A0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> I personally am taking him up on that dare. After tweeting this, I got a RT by <a href="http://twitter.com/lazypower">@lazypower</a> (By the way Charles, you're amazing). So I made him a dare. Delete 20 ...

Ubuntu 11.10 Features Defined
May 31, 2011, 5:07 p.m. by James Gifford

Well, it sure took them awhile. Or not. Here (yay!) is the Ubuntu 11.10 features, defined. <blockquote>Hi Everyone - UDS is over and any post UDS super bugs (stupid ubuflu/ubupneuomonia) should be out of people's systems. Here is the feature list of items for Ubuntu this cycle. https://blueprints.launchpad.net/ubuntu/oneiric?searchtext=desktop-o As always, you can see the burndown progress here: http://people.canonical.com/~platform/workitems/oneiric/canonical-desktop-team.htmlThe complete Oneiric ...

Where Unity Needs To Go For 11.10 And 12.04
May 30, 2011, 5:23 p.m. by James Gifford

Well, it's that time. Time to come up with a few ideas on how to make Unity better. This evening, I was in the 2buntu chatroom on AskUbuntu, and Roland and I were having a chat. it went something like this. James Gifford: um. <a href="http://2buntu.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/dash-idea-e28093-easy-lens-switcher.png"><img src="http://2buntu.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/dash-idea-e28093-easy-lens-switcher-300x173.png" /></a> ^ that's from the ayatana list. "Hi all Yesterday evening an idea ...

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