Monthly Archives: March 2015

Turning off the automatic screen blanking on lightweight desktops

You might generally prefer that your computer’s screen turns off after 10 to 15 minutes of inactivity – at least I know I do. Every now and then it happens that you are doing something – like watching a movie- which makes automatic screen blanking anything but great. Luckily, disabling the auto blanking is quite easy. For a one time disabling just open up a terminal client and place the following command in it: Continue reading

Audax and wallpapers

Just to clarify some confusions, here is a description about the currently available wallpapers within Audax repository:

deb http://techtimejourney.net/audax-initial/ audax main

audax-labeled (A labeled version of Audax wallpapers. The current 0.2. default)

audax-wallpapers (The old default wallpaper set, which contains no integrated shortkeys, like audax-labeled)

calmwaters-wallpapers (An extra wallpaper set, which is also label free.) Continue reading

The case of Ramboot: Pros and cons and how to disable it – if needed.

Nowadays, when making a live cd/dvd distribution there exists an option to load the entire iso image to the Ram memory and run it from there. Below, I will list few pros and cons related to this approach.

Pros.

*You can remove your boot media after the os has loaded to the live-mode.

*When the load has been completed the system remains faster (since it does not need to retrieve anything from an external media).

*Ramboot state is generally speaking a lot more stable than the traditional live-mode and thus you can compile things and test different ideas without the fear of crashes (in most cases). Continue reading

The case of the muted HDMI sound (a.k.a. How to unmute).

A while back I released a program called Audax sound selector. The program is designed to make it easier to use sound with Alsa devices. See the original release post from here. One issue that I did not address within the release post was the case of the muted HDMI sound.

Audax uses Alsa and comes with a sound selection program of its own, which is designed with usability in mind. You can find Audax sound selector within Sysmanager2 Gui.

This is how the program looks like.

 

The setup of the HDMI sound with Alsa sound selector should be easy. The program itself (as seen above) is very simple. In any case, after you have completed the program and selected your HDMI sound device you still might not get any sound. The reason for the previous is this: your HDMI device (usually a display) might have its channels muted. Continue reading