Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Gmail Notifier users: Freedom to use a dark theme, finally!

Guess what I found out today? Take a look:
  1. Gmail Notify is a python app.
  2. Gmail Notify's white background is merely an image.
  3. The image, when changed with a dark one, no longer is a problem with white text!
To replace your impossible-to-read notifier with this slick one, merely save this image to your home folder and run the following commands:

cd /usr/share/apps/gmail-notify/
sudo cp background.jpg background-old.jpg
sudo cp ~/background.jpg background.jpg

Restart gmail notifier and there you go! :)

Here's what it looks like:

As you can see, it works best with the Neutronium Unity theme. Don't worry though, all you have to do is make your own if you don't like it ;)

Sunday, July 1, 2007

BUG #1: Rhythmbox Search Bar

Ok, here's my first annoyance. Rhythmbox's search bar turns yellow when I start typing stuff in it, but since my text color is white, it's near-impossible to read it! Here's a screenshot:

Overall, however, Rhythmbox looks great:

Therefore, our DTFTW rating IS:

Four (out of five) stars! :)

Now just fix that little bug guys!

NOTE: screenshot does not necessarily show my taste for music. In fact almost all of that music is from my sister ;)

EDIT: Bug filed here... we'll see what happens!

Update: The bug was already reported, and it looks like it may be fixed in a newer version :) YAY!

Welcome :)

Hi. This is my attempt to have a nice Open Source experience with my dark theme. I am going to go around bugging developers from all walks of life to FIX THOSE DARK THEME BUGS! :)

You see, no one seems to ever design their application around a dark theme. Sometimes the program assumes that text is going to be black when it shouldn't be. Or maybe vice versa!

I'll be reviewing various apps on my Ubuntu system, and contacting the devs about these little (but important) bugs, so that we all can have a cooler experience on our Linux systems!