Helping Macintosh OS X connect to Samba server

On the Linux server, add the file:

/etc/avahi/services/samba.service

Copy this code in the new file:

<?xml version="1.0" standalone='no'?><!--*-nxml-*-->
<!DOCTYPE service-group SYSTEM "avahi-service.dtd">

<service-group>
    <name replace-wildcards="yes">%h server</name>
    <service>
        <type>_smb._tcp</type>
        <port>139</port>
        <host-name>chris.local</host-name>
    </service>
</service-group>

Google Calendar Updates

I noticed some small Google Calendar updates a couple days ago. When creating a calendar item, it is now a semi-transparent color matching your category colors. I wonder what other features or fixes were put in that I have yet to run across.

Compiz on Thinkpad T41 Mobility FireGL 9000 with Hardy Heron

I got Compiz working quite easily on the new Ubuntu Hardy Heron 8.04

sudo vi /etc/xdg/compiz/compiz-manager

add:

SKIP_CHECKS=yes

In /etc/X11/xorg.conf, I had to set the depth down to 16bit color:

Section “InputDevice”
Identifier “Generic Keyboard”
Driver “kbd”
Option “XkbRules” “xorg”
Option “XkbModel” “pc105”
Option “XkbLayout” “us”
EndSection

Section “InputDevice”
Identifier “Configured Mouse”
Driver “mouse”
Option “CorePointer”
EndSection

Section “InputDevice”
Identifier “Synaptics Touchpad”
Driver “synaptics”
Option “SendCoreEvents” “true”
Option “Device” “/dev/psaux”
Option “Protocol” “auto-dev”
Option “HorizEdgeScroll” “0”
EndSection

Section “Device”
Identifier “Configured Video Device”
EndSection

Section “Monitor”
Identifier “Configured Monitor”
EndSection

Section “Screen”
Identifier “Default Screen”
Monitor “Configured Monitor”
Device “Configured Video Device”
DefaultDepth 16
SubSection “Display”
Depth 16
Modes “1400×1050”
EndSubSection
EndSection

Section “ServerLayout”
Identifier “Default Layout”
Screen “Default Screen”
InputDevice “Synaptics Touchpad”
EndSection