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|>>|| No. 21733
If you don't want to get win8.1, there're a few tools you can get that extend the taskbar onto the second monitor. The one I used when I used Windows 7 was UltraMon. You won't regret getting it.
Also, make the icons smaller, they don't really need to be that huge, do they?
|>>|| No. 21736
I use WinSplit Revolution to resize/move windows. I did have Ultramon once upon a time, so I suppose I found it inferior. I don't want the taskbar extended. The only icons supposed to be on my desktop are Computer, Network, Documents and Recycle Bin. That all the other shit has accumulated is unadulterated laziness. I don't see why they should be smaller. There's not supposed to be a shortage of space and given the current state of my desktop they're a useful size for content thumbnails.
|>>|| No. 21737
Doesn't it get boring looking at plain screens all day?
I get the technical aesthetic, and it looks good, but squinting your eyes to read stuff on the screen seems pointless.
|>>|| No. 21738
You don't have to squint, that's the point.
Developers and Linux sysadmins spend all day, every day looking at plain text. In the Linux world, everything is a file, and nearly everything is plain text. Linux isn't so much a monolithic bit of software, but a kit of parts, designed to be endlessly configured and reconfigured by using shell commands or scripts to pipe the output of one program to the input of another, often in long chains. Unix-derived operating systems like Linux are designed on the basis of a sophisticated philosophy of computing.
The primary input device for a serious Linux user is the keyboard, with the mouse only being used for things like web browsing. Most of these guys use a text editor like vim or emacs, that has no graphical interface to speak of but a very sophisticated set of commands and keyboard shortcuts that allow for very complex editing operations to be performed with ease. The commands for these editors have to be memorised, but provide exceptional speed and fluency.
From that perspective, anything you can do to strip away clutter and visual distraction is a win. All you're trying to do is get text in and out of your brain as efficiently as possible. There's no reason why you wouldn't just opt for a black background with the bare minimum of window dressing.
|>>|| No. 21740
Bit of a personal touch with this one, because I'm a soppy bastard.
Posts like >>21739 disappoint the voyeur in me. It's nice to see what applications people have pinned to their desktops/taskbars, which offer some minuscule insight into people's lives.
|>>|| No. 21741
I'd just like to interject for a moment. What you’re referring to as Linux, is in fact, GNU/Linux, or as I’ve recently taken to calling it, GNU plus Linux. Linux is not an operating system unto itself, but rather another free component of a fully functioning GNU system made useful by the GNU corelibs, shell utilities and vital system components comprising a full OS as defined by POSIX.
Many computer users run a modified version of the GNU system every day, without realizing it. Through a peculiar turn of events, the version of GNU which is widely used today is often called “Linux”, and many of its users are not aware that it is basically the GNU system, developed by the GNU Project. There really is a Linux, and these people are using it, but it is just a part of the system they use.
Linux is the kernel: the program in the system that allocates the machine’s resources to the other programs that you run. The kernel is an essential part of an operating system, but useless by itself; it can only function in the context of a complete operating system. Linux is normally used in combination with the GNU operating system: the whole system is basically GNU with Linux added, or GNU/Linux. All the so-called “Linux” distributions are really distributions of GNU/Linux.
|>>|| No. 21743
You weren't the one who bothered to type all that out, so I'll give you some credit for that at least.
|>>|| No. 21744
Gotcha, as someone who wishes he was more inclinded to understand unix-based systems, it's just beyond me.
|>>|| No. 21749
Shame you had to ruin it by removing any and all of the interesting bits.
|>>|| No. 21751
I use a 24" monitor, so it's not as squinty as it looks. And as >>21738 says, it' pretty much the most efficient means of displaying the information I need. In that particular shot (>>21734) the only thing I'd rather have as something more graphical is iftop (the bottom left two frames), but the hassle of launching a separate program and tiling it nicely into the desktop just for brief bandwidth monitoring far outweighs the benefits of a clearer display.
|>>|| No. 21752
What kind of data are we talking about here? I assume you're someone with a CS degree or the like.
I guess I'm a pleb when it comes to that kind of stuff, since I have no idea how to customize my OS.
|>>|| No. 21753
This is my current wallpaper, I won't actually show my desktop since it's full of folders related to my job.
|>>|| No. 21754
I can't tell if you're trolling, in need of /emo/ or youthfully sincere but in a nutshell: sysadminy things. I use a combination of terminator, tmux and screen to open terminals (persistent and ad-hoc) to keep an eye on things beyond what nagios, ganglia, kibana and friends report. It doesn't require a CS degree, it's more of a janitorial job. See pic attached. It's obvious hyperbole, but the sentiment is spot on.
|>>|| No. 21756
I'm not trolling, I'm not a teenlad nor am I in need of a shoulder to cry on. Just a honest somewhat naive question.
Christ, you can't ask a anonymous question here without being patronised. Sorry for asking.
|>>|| No. 21757
> Christ, you can't ask a anonymous question here without being patronised
Welcome to britfa.gs.
|>>|| No. 21758
I reject that. We're better than this "welcome to x" shite, because it doesn't alleviate cuntish behaviour.
|>>|| No. 21760
My wallpaper changes on a cycle but here's what my Win7 desktop looks like right now. Nothing too special, used to have rainmeter panels but got bored of them.
|>>|| No. 21761
I had a photograph I had taken as a wallpaper, but alas it was lost in the Great Hard Disk Failure of 2010. It was a photograph of a train passing underneath the bridge I was standing on, taken at dusk on an overcast day with the flash disabled. I was rather pleased with the result.
|>>|| No. 21764
If anyone knows of a taskbar extender that will allow me to select the same start orb as I have on the main one and also customise the colour with a html hex code, please let me know!
|>>|| No. 21765
Good to see so many Linux lads here. I mostly use Xubuntu but am thinking of switching to and customising Lubuntu fairly soon. My desktop is always just a plain black background so there's not much to share.
|>>|| No. 21769
With XFCE did you have to do any tweaking to get file system to appear on the desktop?
|>>|| No. 21771
I'm really hating the new xubuntu 14.04 compared to 12.04, and I really hated that compared to how clean xfce is on a fresh and pure debian test install. I guess I just don't like nice things.
|>>|| No. 21773
Log out, choose Xfce in the session menu (rather than Xubuntu) and never look back.
|>>|| No. 21774
Thanks lad. They really managed to hide the xfce/xubuntu option menu in this release eh? I'm sure it was more prominent in 12.04? It also looks like I have to rm my .config etc dirs before the change will take effect? It worked immediately when I used the guest login, but my own user stayed resolutely on xubuntu styling. I'll play around with it anyway, thanks again lad.
|>>|| No. 21778
The real reason I'm posting here is to force me into tidying my desktop icons. About half the screen was taken up with shit that I didn't even need (at least, not on my desktop).
|>>|| No. 21779
Your wallpaper makes me feel like I've fallen over drunk in the city again.
|>>|| No. 21781
Stuck on my faithful XP netbook at the moment. I'll be impressed if anyone can tell me the reference, made it myself.
I don't mean to toot my own trumpet but I have plenty in the bank, I know I want a powerful tower, I just don't know what I particularly want to acheive that. I do some FL Studio, as my netbook can only barely handle that, never mind Ableton, I also want to game but am on shitty internet can't be downloading 10Gb games every week, along with a bit of GIMP, since I can't run PS. Woe is me.
|>>|| No. 21797
Apologies, I appear to have completely misread your tone. Either way, I hope the rest of your post gave some idea of what (to google for) to get an idea of the kind of data I meant.
|>>|| No. 21903
You already gave it away, so I look far less clever, but it's Ableton, right?
I'm sure we could figure out a build for you if you did a thread.
|>>|| No. 21918
I hate multiple monitor setups at the best of times, but that mis-matched-step would drive me mad, Callum.
|>>|| No. 23512
Well, opportunity presented itself, so here's a screen shot of something with bits of details. A yawny task of dealing with replacing disks in a hadoop cluster.
|>>|| No. 23518
I just finished watching Wilfred, but my wallpaper changes every other day. I too, hate desktop icons.
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