Saturday, February 28, 2015

Adjusting scrollbar width on Lubuntu

I recently updated my Lubuntu and noticed that the scrollbars are now nearly too thin to see. On a netbook, it's almost impossible. Fortunately, it's easy to fix.

UPDATE 28 Feb 2015: 
The prior method I listed no longer works as of Lubuntu 14.04, so use this method instead:
  1. Run this command in a terminal (or just navigate with admin privileges to this directory)
    sudo leafpad /usr/share/themes/Lubuntu-default/gtk-2.0/gtkrc
  2. In the document that opens, find the line entry for:
    GtkScrollbar            ::slider-width = 9
  3. Replace the 9 with whatever number you want. I prefer a size of 20. 
  4. Save the document
  5. Logout and Log-in. Done. 
If you're curious, here's what a scrollbar size of "20" looks like on my desktop:

For history's sake, here are the older instructions, which no longer work:

  1. Run this command in a terminal:
    sudo leafpad /usr/share/themes/Lubuntu-default/gtk-2.0/scrollbar.rc
  2. Edit this line in the resulting document that pops up:
    GtkRange::slider-width = 20(replace "20" with your choice. 20 is a bit thick but that's how I like it. That's what she said)
  3. Logout and Log-in again. Done.
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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Yellow Dust Emergency Alert SMS message today, 22 Feb. 2015

If you live in the Incheon/ Gyeonggi / Seoul area, you probably received this text message on your phone today. Don't panic. Here's my basic translation:

22일 18시 인천광역시, 경기서부지역 황사경보, 창문을 닫아 황사유입 차단 실외활동 자제, 외출할때 마스크 착용

As of 6pm, February 22nd, a Yellow Dust warning is in effect for Incheon and western Gyeonggi-do. Close all windows, try not to go outside, and wear a mask if you do go out. 

I quite like these public service messages. There are other kinds you can receive as well, and I talked about some of them here.
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