Gnome Classic on Ubuntu 12.10

If there’s one thing I’ve come to find that almost every Ubuntu user agrees to, it has to be the fact that Unity is terrible and I’m sure the Dash plays a big part on one of Dante’s Infernos. Installing nvidia proprietary drivers is a nightmare in and of itself. It used to be as simple as clicking a button when a popup (i.e., Jockey) mentioning proprietary drivers were ready to install, now it’s a multi step procedure.

All things considered though, the main issue I have with the “new” Ubuntu is Unity. Some people who don’t like it move to KDE, other people (me) like the GTK interface and choose something like XFCE but Gnome was and will continue being what most people that took the jump to Linux during the Ubuntu “golden age” are used to. This includes older people like possibly our parents, who installed Ubuntu on their machines simply because we told them it was better than what they were using. Change always meets resistance, but if I’m having a hard time getting used to Unity or even failing to see the point in it, those people will surely run away from it like the plague. Personal tastes aside, here’s how you can change that.

For now there’s still a way to revert to the “old” Gnome. You’ll have to open up a console window and type the following in it.

$ sudo apt-get install gnome-session-fallback

This will install everything you need. The next step is logging out from your current session, then click the icon/symbol right next to your name at the login screen and choose “Gnome Classic”. Insert your password and once the login procedure is complete you’ll be presented with something a bit less confusing.

I will give Unity another chance, eventually. But for now I’m one of those that runs away from it like the plague.


Nexus 7 Bootloader Unlock & Root

Quick update here, the Nexus 7 is rooted. I found that I miss little things Titanium Backup and AdAway a bit too much.

The whole process is pretty straight forward, quite possibly the easiest rooting I had to do. Push 2 buttons and that’s it. I used this tool. There’s another way of doing it that incidentally also has a few more tools and options that can make your life easier but the graphical interface and literally “push 2 buttons and we’re done” thing makes the first one a fair bit more attractive if all you want is unlocking the bootloader and rooting.

I won’t make a guide on how to do it since, like I said, the whole process is as easy as it can be. Really. Pushing 2 buttons is all you have to do. And if you find that pushing 2 buttons is too hard for you, the guide/tutorial that comes with the app makes it literally idiot proof.


Modern computers

Multiple processors, gigabytes of ram, videocards with 400 times more memory than my first computer ever had and he had no videocard worth mentioning at all..and what do I find myself playing? Also, happy new year :)



Nexus 7

So, yeah. I got a Nexus 7.

For a while now I’ve been tempted to get an e-paper Kindle so I could have the current book I’m reading with me at all times without having to carry the /sometimes/ equivalent of a cereal box with me. I kid you not, some of those Stephen King books are huge.

Though perfect for books, that’s all those Kindles are good for..books. There’s no other media consumption available for them. No video, no audio. Just books.

In the meantime, I found myself increasingly watching more and more youtube videos with tutorials/howtos and various other assorted stuff on my phone. Don’t get me wrong, my phone has the perfect size for a phone and I love it. But for videos that thing makes my eyes start to twitch after a while. That got me into the Kindle Fire territory. Books and media consumption.

One thing led to another and if the Fire looked good with it’s size and price range, when the Nexus 7 came out I figured I might as well get a proper Android experience instead of an Amazon only thing. It’s true I could root and rom the Fire, but why go for all that trouble when I could just get the same thing directly from Google with the bonus effect that the Nexus is usually the first “brand” to get Android system updates? The screen on these tablets is far from being as comfortable to read as e-paper, but hey..I want my youtube videos. And truth be told, 1280*800 on a 7″ screen makes for crisp clear text. My eyes have yet to complain even after spending a couple of hours straight staring at it. Typing on it is also a surprisingly good experience. My fat fingers that led me to get a phone with a physical qwerty keyboard are having no trouble at all finding those darned keys.

I’m glad the Nexus 7 was my first tablet, it’s a pretty good one as far as I can tell. I’m yet to find something to whine and moan about, and coming from me that’s a good thing. All in all, it’s the perfect price range with the perfect size in a little piece of really fast hardware with support directly from Google. If you’re considering getting one go for it.

I guess that a while not too long from now I’ll root and customize it to my liking as usual, but for now I’m enjoying the vanilla experience. Once a month has gone since when I got it is quite probably the ideal time to get into that sort of stuff. Until then, stay tuned for possible rooting guides as I’ll more than likely make a list of all the steps and procedures I take with the help of the fine folks at XDA and post it here.


Hur Hur. Oh so true…