I'm going through my post-holiday email with a shovel right now. I have some more "New Year" kinds of things to discuss, but can't quite get to it today. Here are a few tidbits of fun for you in the mean time.
I was watching a British program called QI (Season 10, Episode 1. I would post a link but some of the conversation was a little naughty for the workplace. If you find it on your own that's your problem.)
That's so OMG!
When we think of the abbreviation OMG (short for "Oh, my God") we usually think of bubbly girls texting away. It seems, however, that its first recorded use was in a letter by Baron John Arbuthnot Fisher in a letter 1916 letter to Winston Churchill. Lord Fisher wrote
I hear that a new order of Knighthood is on the tapis—O.M.G. (Oh! My God!)—Shower it on the Admiralty! He even clarified the abbreviation... though that would seem to defeat the purpose. I suppose I'll never really be Noble. You can find the quote in his memoirs, published in 1920. (http://cmwosdu.de/W3h8Pz )
I unfriend thee!
Many people have been cleaning up their friend lists on Facebook and it seems that "unfriending" someone is a new and potentially volatile activity. This one is even older! The first recorded usage is in a 1659 letter by Thomas Fuller in which he writes
I hope, Sir, that we are not mutually unfriended by this difference which hath happened betwixt us. You can see the original letter in his biography: http://cmwosdu.de/XjQPM7
I must use this the next time I have to let a connection go because they get too crazy!
Get your systray back in Ubuntu!
Finally, here's a little tip I found. I was installing blueproximity, a tool to let me use my mobile phone as a lock token for my Ubuntu desktop. Essentially, when the phone leaves the area of the desktop, it automatically locks and automatically unlocks when it returns. That's kind of handy! However, I was having some difficulty with it, some of which was an issue because the systray icon did not come up in Unity. (Yes, I've been using Unity on my desktop. I hate to say it, but I actually am getting used to it.)
I've missed other icons there, but this was the one that finally annoyed me into action. It turns out the default behavior of Unity is to limit items on the systray to those that have been whitelisted. A simple command turned them all back on, including ones that I didn't realize were missing. Unity with a fully active systray is much nicer. Here's the command to turn them all on:
gsettings set com.canonical.Unity.Panel systray-whitelist "['all']"
I used that command, logged out and back in, and, voila! All my icons are back and functional. Of, course, you can whitelist just a few of them. More details can be found at the original discussion in the Ubuntu forums where I found my answer: http://cmwosdu.de/S5y1hK
Happy New Year! More retrospective, futurespective kind of writing tomorrow or Friday when I can breathe!