”Open in terminal” in Ubuntu (Nautilus)

One irritating thing is when you open the fileexplorer in Ubuntu, and quickly would like to open a terminal, and do some commands, without having to resort to walking down the filestructure in the terminal first. There’s an easy solution:

Install the ‘nautilus-open-terminal’ plugin from either Ubuntu software center, or by doing a sudo apt-get install nautilus-open-terminal in a terminal.

Don’t forget to restart nautilus (sudo killall nautilus) after installation for the changes to take effect ( or logout/login again).

Voila, now you have a menu option called ‘Open in terminal’ whenever you rightclick on something in nautilus.

Fix USB floppydrive support in Ubuntu 12.04

I love old computers. I hate floppy’s. But.. Sometimes i gotta fetch something over a floppy to a retrocomputer, or maybe read some old floppybased documents. And, so i need a working USB floppydrive for my PC. Yes, even though floppydrives are ancient relics. it happens that people have to use them.

Sadly, floppydisk support haven’t been working Ubuntu since a while ago. And the fix doesn’t seem to be highly prioritized, just look at number of comments in the bugreport. I think i saw a zillion workarounds for this, but the easiest one must be this:

1. Download the last udisk package that worked correctly .i.e. udisks 1.0.1 (not the updates one)

2. Install the package from the terminal with commando sudo dpkg -i udisks_1.0.1-1build1_amd64.deb 

After the install(downgrade), Ubuntu should be able to mount your USB floppydrive correct. Remember that sometimes regular Ubuntupdates can overwrite the installed old udisksversion. Should it happen, just reinstall it again.

I really hope someone fixes the bug soon – I would like for Linux to be a great and easy platform for retrostuff too.

Fix Grub2 bootmenu resolution in Ubuntu 12.04

Recently i bought me an new led monitor, a Samsung 27″ LED S27A850T.  Using this with my old BenQ, i finally could enjoy dual screen at home. Much to my girlfriends happiness i can add;) Anyway, at first, my crowded Ubuntu grub bootmenu wouldn’t show up anymore, Although, it booted the default OS after a couple of seconds. WTF i thought, i wanted to see the bootmenu. So, after some DuckDuckGo:ing (i.e. googling:) i found some commands that would do the trick for me. And maybe for you if you have similar problems.

1. Open the grub config file as sudo user in a texteditor .i.e. sudo gedit /etc/default/grub

2. Change the GRUB_GFXMODE to a videoresolution you think your monitor can handle, maybe GRUB_GFXMODE=800×600 . PS no hashtags before the command.

3. Add GRUB_GFXPAYLOAD_LINUX=keep after this in the file. It’s for keeping the same resolution in the Grub command console.

4. Save file, and then, to finalize the settings, do a sudo updategrub

Reboot, and you should hopefully see the bootmenu again. Please, retry with other resolutions otherwise i.e. GRUB_GFXMODE=1024×768, and so on, if it doesn’t work for you at first.