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Sunday, 8 May 2016

Make your own hydro

Make your own hydro. My friends inspecting their new hydro system

Sunday, 1 May 2016

kz 550 Bobber gets a seat...of sorts

kz 550 Bobber gets a seat...of sorts

Slowly but surely getting there. I'll probably remove mudguards and indicators, go with side mounted number plate now it's solo. Single seat motor cycles don't require indicators in the UK as they are usually off road bikes. I will add fork gaiters and may replace the headlight and if I sell the original pipes get a 4 in to one.  I just discovered thats mud guards aren't required for Mot tests but are by law!  The size is not stated so it will get some rather small mud guards

Thursday, 7 April 2016

tbdtitw wallpaper

tbdtitw  wallpaper

Irony comes for free

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

The best desktop in the world tbdtitw

A Challenge: Try This Workflow

Yuri, have you tried this. If you do, let me know how it compares, because am pretty sure tiling windows manager isn't needed.

• set up 4 function keys to switch to 4 of your most used app. ⁖ emacs, browser, terminal.
I only need 1 click
• set up 1 key to switch to last windows/app.
I only need 1 click
• set up 1 key to cycle windows within a app.
not required after my setup is implemented
• set up 1 key to toggle max/restore window size.
done but not required max/restore is not needed but occasional window splitting is included
• set up 1 key to close window.
• set up 2 keys to to switch prev/next tab.
I only need 1 function key
• set up 1 key to close tab.
• turn on auto-raise.
not required as I run maximized
• remove tiling manager.
not used
• set workspace to just 1.
No. Set to as many as needed. I use 8 by default because I group tasks via workspace/desktop. Browser and email are usually on the 1st desktop. torrents, server, mumble or utox on the 8th. The rest are used as needed but I rarely have more than 3 tasks on one workspace.  

Try the following workflow for a week. I'd be interested to know if you still think tiling windows great.
• remove tiling manager. Use a basic, normal, one, such as xfce, lxde, openbox.
• set workspace/virtual-screen to just 1. (and remove the tens of related keybindings)
• set up 3 function keys to switch to 3 of your most used app. ⁖ {F8, F9, F10} for {emacs, browser, terminal, …}. 〔➤see How to Set Key to Switch to Browser for {Microsoft Windows, Mac, Linux}〕
• set up 1 key to switch to last window, such as F4. (this is normally【Ctrl+Tab ↹】. In xfce, can be done easily. In lxde/openbox, the problem is that it requires pressing Enter ↵ to “exit” the switch, similar to releasing Ctrl.)
• set up 1 key to cycle windows within a app. F3. (trivial to do in xfce. Harder in lxde/openbox.)
• set up 1 key to toggle max/restore window size. F1
• set up 1 key to close window. ➳ for example: F6 (must be 1 single key. 【Alt+F4】 is not good.)
• set up 1 key to to switch prev tab, and 1 key to to switch next tab. (i use {F11, F12})
• set up 1 key to close tab. For example, the pause/break key. 〔➤see What Does SysRq/ScrLk, Pause/Break Keys do?〕 (note: the prev/next tab key, and close tab key, should be next to each other. If you are using a full-sized PC keyboard with numberpad, best to use / * - 〔➤see How to set Number Keypad as Function Keys {Windows, Linux, Mac}〕 )
•turn on mouse hover auto-raise window. (not just focus, but raise.) 〔➤see Mouse Hover to Auto-Raise Window〕
• ban double-click. 〔➤see Single-click Open File {Windows, Linux}〕

note, these keys should be single press key, not a chord.

which key to set really depends on your keyboard. (i'm assuming you are on a full-sized keyboard, not laptop, as you shouldn't type on laptop keys for long periods.) For a normal PC keyboard, the best keys are likely to be all function keys. but if you use any of the batman keyboards, you have a lot options, such as putting them on thumb keys.

If you do have a keyboard with extra keys, remove ALL keybinding that involves holding a modifier. Remove them ALL. Never press a key combination. 〔➤see Banish Key Chords〕

if you don't know how to set keys for items i didn't give explicit instruction, see:

    Linux: Keyboard Tools for Key Layout, Keymapping, Keybinding ⌨
    Mac Keyboard Software Guide ⌨
    Windows: Keyboard Layout Tools, Key Macro Tools ⌨

###################### tbdtitw #########################################
The-best-desk-top-in-the-world   (probably)

I prefer a stacking window manager  (wm). That's not to say a tiling wm can't stack or a stacking wm can't tile be cause they can.

The issue I have with tiling wm's is they tile. Therefore depriving me of large areas of my screen. That in my opinion is a fail.

The issue I have with stacking wm's is they tend to expect you to iconify and raise or move and resize them. That in my opinion is a fail.

What I need is maximum window size while still allowing me to SEE what windows are open on which desktops.

I need a way to launch applications fast with out much thought so I have a progressive approach. As the saying goes we use 20% of out applications 80% of the time. That's easy to solve. It's the 75% we use 15% of the time that's a challenge and the 5% of applications we use 5% of the time that we don't even know what they are that's the hard work.

I need a way to launch my commonly use applications and tasks and desktop setup automatically ( in openbox)

I need a way to launch my commonly use applications and tasks without using a menu and preferably just one click. (fittstool)

I need a way to launch my less commonly use applications and tasks without using a menu. preferably just two clicks (bashrun2 or runner)

I need a way to launch my menus if I want them. I have 3 menus available. (Rox /usr/share/applications in it's bookmarks, openbox menu that also has fbpanels menu in it)

I run 95%> of my windows maximized. Not full screen, maximized.  I cycle between them via scroll wheel over tint2 or Alt-Tab.

I raise or lower windows in the stack as needed by selecting the application icon in tint2 or Ctl-F8. I have no need to iconify them.

I can should I need to display two windows on the same desktop/work-space by splitting the screen with windows either vertically or horizontally on the odd occasions it's beneficial with Ctl-F10 and Ctl-F9.

I base my desktop around tint2 and fittstool and require the wm to do very little.

What a window manager should do and why.
In reality I'm describing most of what I do with openbox and tint2 and fittstool already :-)
It's just that they can do loads of the things that make no sense to me as well

    Able to be run with equal usability via keyboard and mouse

    Be easy to configure via a well commented text file and have sane defaults

    Config file can be reloaded during run time

    Run all windows maximized by default (unless split or dialog boxes) so it's usable on all devices no matter what screen size.

    You only need to open and close windows

I use window icons in tint2 as if they were window/tabs. The active icon/tab is always highlighted.

    Be stackable up and down the stack. Tabs with useful info would be nice and icon options where it makes sense. icons are smaller and more recognisable so allow more options on tabs where text is more useful. Think like a browser on one desktop with several tabs. You don't look at all the tabs at once you just select the one you reading.

    If a window has a icon/tab it is really just a resizeable window decoration and if it takes up screen space it should do so in an efficient manor . Icon/Tabs need to be at the top or bottom of a window so you can read it. (unless your Chinese maybe)

    Window decoration/tabs should be useful and not compulsory  it's nice to switch them off on a per application basis or toggle them (I use alt-B for this in openbox)

    Mousing over a icon/tab should show the contents but not switch to it (tint2).

    Wish list. The one thing I'd take from a tiling wm. Be able to split the last two active windows on the same desktop horizontally  and vertically a central drag bar would be nice and useful. If there are more than two windows on the current desktop the last active one get 50% and the rest tile in the remaining 50% With a drag bar this may work well for applications like the gimp. While splitting or tiling windows can have benefits in general tiling just halves screen space. I'm thinking a central bar like in spacefm for resizing split windows.  If I split windows I open them on one desktop.

    Be able to set unmaximize for dialogs boxes and small applications like calendars and calculators.

    Be panel/task bar aware and not cover an active taskbar

    Ability to not display running applications in the pager or taskbar

    Be able to show all open applications and their icon/tabs across all desktops. so the current active desktop is highlighted   (see kelsoos tint2) Moving to a new desktop/workspace must not hide info of all other desktops or open windows

    You should never need to iconify a window it make no logical sense. If your iconifying it's to see something that's hidden. Your not closing it so intend to return to it. You should just start what it's hiding because that just one action.

    You should never need to move a window unless it's to another desktop. If your moving it's to see something that's hidden. Your not closing it so intend to return to it. You should just start what it's hiding because that just one action.

Resizing windows is rarely needed if you run maximized. I general if your resizing windows your desktop setup is failing. You should never need to resize a window unless it's a split window and that should resize the other split window. Unless you want to show someone what's behind it.

    Alt-Tab aware across all desktops so it shows all running applications

    You don't need desktop icons (if your active windows are maximized you can't see them. Desktop icons are used to launch applications but it's not a window managers job it's a run dialogs, menus or launchers job. Closing or moving or resizing a window to launch an application is crazy.

I currently Drag n drop between windows via tint2. So if you have several windows open you can select something be it a file or text and drag it to another window via the tint2 across all desktops.

     Be able to set a few pixel border for things like fittstool and desktop scrolling via the mouse.

    Dual monitor support

    Be copyleft GPL3/AGPL3 or later

###################### applications needed ############################
My Dragora set up.

I'll try and list all my packages so most of it works as per the videos!

I only have 32bit packages so if your on 64bit you may need to build them!

packages needed.

## openbox ##
Note after installing openbox as root you need run
"cp /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc.icewm /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc.openbox"
then "moe /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc.openbox" and change "icewm-session" to "openbox-session"
then save the file with F2

to change window manager before loging in run "wmconfig"

## openbox ##

openbox 3.61  #64bit

openbox menu items:
run (bashrun2)
rox-menu (
disk (obbrowser)

obmenu (I'm not sure if I had to build a newer version! wmmv)  #32bit
obconf (You need to build version obconf-2.0.4)
online help

display settings:
zarfy  #32bit

calculator (included in fox-toolkit)  #32bit
help  (gtkman  #32bit)
Dragora home (Link to home page via icecat)
lock (lock screen) btrxtrlock
Note: rmb top centre locks the screen you get not clues except no mouse cursor. You can still see the screen action but notinteract with it until you enter your password. Hit Esc or return and type you user password to unlock.  #32bit
Note: you need to place the script  "btrxtrlock-wrapper" in /usr/local/bin/ for fittstool to use it

## leafpad ##  #32bit 

## fbpanel ##

I like to have fbpanel in my openbox menu incase I want to start a dynamic menu. It hidden 15 pixels in from the top left so as to not interfere with fittstool  #32bit

## fittstool ##

fittstool  #32bit
or  #64bit
read the config for tips! it a killer application

## fittstool features ##
rox, restart fittstool, spacefm
terminal, exit, lockscreen
browser, email, torrents
leafpad, geany, office
alsamixer, toggle volume, cplay, volume up, volume down
etc, etc

## tint2 and applications for all the bling to work as in kelsoo's video ##

82b71ec5 Update changelog · about 11 hours ago by o9000
New stable release: 0.12.8
Note:you will need to install/build bwm-ng-0.6.1  before you build tint2

I have included a 32bit version in the dottint2 directory
bwm-ng-0.6.1-i486-1.tlz   #32bit

I have included a 32bit version in the dottint2 directory

lilyterm  #32bit

Note: Need lilyterm started first. I run weechat-curses in lilyterm so it's always started
htop  #32bit
or  #64bit
Note: Need lilyterm started first.  I run weechat-curses in lilyterm so it's always started


## tint2 features ##

Visual feed back on all running applications at all times.
Visual feed back on time, date, cpu usage, net usage at all times. 
Visual feed back on which application is active on which desktop at all times.

One click or drag:
moving windows to other desktops
add and remove desktops  via lmb on desktop number

access to menus while windows maximized
access to run dialog  lmb on clock bashrub2
access to calendar  mmb on clock gcalsimple
access to run dialog  rmb on clock runner

started from tint lmb on cpu: htop
started from tint mmb on cpu: lxterm
started from tint rmb on cpu: inxi
started from tint lmb on Net: ifconfig
started from tint mmb on Net:lftp
started from tint rmb on Net: speedtest

## file managers ##

rox-filer  #32bit
or  #64bit

SpaceFM 1.0.5  #32bit
or  #64bit

## auto mounting ##

udevil  #32bit
or  #64bit

## run dialogs ##

bashrun2  #32bit


## Themes ##

GTK gartoon

a kelsoo remix called
I have included a version in the openbox directory
put it in ~/.themes

## scripts ##
scripts live in


for the dynamic filebrowser obbrewser to work in openbox menu see here

For the rox bookmarks be in the openbox menu you need to enable


the included directorys (openbox, fittstool, tint2, and fbpanel)  need to be placed in the hidden  ~/.config  directory  ctl+h in your home directory to see it

## cursors ##

I install comix cursor

from here

 less refined version

Friday, 18 March 2016


I was looking for a new desktop background and dragoraman just sort of happend. Added a matching openbox theme and tweaked tint2 and the job as they say is a good'n

Tweaked the theme a bit more "desktop switching"


openbox menu with keyboard short-cuts


Screen snap of my lenovo T520 memory consumption at first boot with default desktop.  Less than 63MB of ram showing in ps_mem

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

I hate being forced to sign up to get links

I hate being pressured to sign up to get links

Especially spam ones sent to my email box. That said it's good to know your enemy and see what crap they're trying to pedal.   

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

The best desktop setup in the world...apparently

The Ultimately logically desktop experience that works from both the keyboard and mouse equally well.

It been a long time coming but I think I have my desktop finally sorted. As anyone in #dragora will know after a few hours of me typing and correcting my typing I'm a raving dyslexic. I miss words out swap letters around, fail to see some words and generally give my fellow dragorians a hard time trying to understand me and me struggling with their uber geek talk.

The upshot of this is I need a desktop that works via actions and will never live in a terminal though after file managers and browsers the terminal is probably my most used application.

With this in mind I set about fixing all the issues I have with conventional desktop trying to reduce the wasted actions through addressing each issue logically.


I have netbooks and real-estate is in demand. So I wanted a solution that worked across all my computers


Run applications maximised,  all of them. Then I can alt-tab through them or scroll via the mouse on the panel or keyboard.


I need some way of knowing where my open applications are in relation to other open applications without any action bar looking at my screen.


Run tint2 panel in such a way that each desktop looks like a tab then the icon for each running application lets you know via a glance where it is. To that end I don't auto hide my panel. I need to be able to SEE time, date, CPU, Net, Battery with no other interaction.  I have 8 desktops by default with some applications set to load on desktops 1 and 8 as this improves the speed to check what's open.  The active desktop has a different colour border to hight-light it and the active application has a higher brightness, again so no interaction apart from looking lets you know which application on what desktop is active.

At all times all running applications are displayed. You can cycle between all open  application via alt-tab and cycle between all open applications on a specific desktop with ctl+F8

Groups: I tend to group

Usually 2/4 items per desktop and them if I need to view more than one application at a time I tile. split vertically, split horizontally, split all.

I don't iconify
I don't have icons on the desktop

 How much time is wasted moving windows to find a file?) I use a file manager to manage files. One click in the top left corner opens rox ~/ via fittstool or a right click opens spacefm (with numerous tabs open) or  I click in a blank area on tint and I have access to obbrowser and live scrolling to the file I want ~/ downward And my rox-bookmarks in the openbox menu to navigate elsewhere.

Starting applications:  fittstool, is used to launch all my most used applications like file-managers, libre-office, browsers etc, and do common tasks like volume control, lock screen,  brightness, log-out,

Run dialog: I use bashrun2, started via tint2, fittstool, or  openbox keyboard short cut.

Software needed for this set-up:


more to come as it's not quite done  cpu and net in tint2 ...

Also added desktop indicator with a view to adding add and remove desktop by adding run commands to the numeric icon

Done: adding and removing desktops by left or right clicking on the desktop number

refinements and more detail here:

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Home made spring compressor

After hitting a pothole I broke the NSF suspension spring.  It came through the bottom of the strut and scored my newish tyre!

These pics are with the car jacked up. When down the spring was stuck in the tyre.

 I ordered a new one but when I came to fit it my spring clamps were to short for the longer springs on my car!  Nothing a bit of threaded bar and some scrap wood couldn't fix. It did take a while though.

 Compressed. It took a while, not just the compressing but the lining up the strut with the hole in the top plate.

 Nut back on \o/

Home  made spring compressor

Sunday, 21 February 2016

fbpanel clock setup with date time and color

fbpanel clock setup

I wanted my fbpanel clock to show the time in 24 hour format and current date and the colour  (color) for the Americanised to green.

The system wide config on my system is


 The user configuration files is


I switched from dclock to tclock

#Plugin {
#    type = dclock
#    config {
#        ShowSeconds = true
#        HoursView = 24
#        TooltipFmt = %c %x
#    TextSize = small   
#        TextColor = green
#        Color = green
#    }

Plugin {
    type = tclock
    config {
        # 2 line view, time in bold above and date below
    ClockFmt = <span font="Sans 8" color="green">%T%P&#xA;%D</span>
        TooltipFmt = %c %x
        #Action = xmessage Please define some command
        ShowCalendar = true
        ShowTooltip = true

Saturday, 23 January 2016