Enable GIMP Layer Effects Plugin

November 11, 2018 Andy 0

The other day I was following an YouTube video on how to create your own logo. During the video they used a Bevel and Emboss layer function I didn’t seem to have. Looks like you should simple go to: Layer –> Layer Effects Turns out you need to install it as a plugin. You can find out more about the effect and how to use them here but they include: Bevel and Emboss Color Overlay Drop Shadow Gradient Overlay Inner Glow Inner Shadow Outer Glow Pattern Overlay Reapply Effects Satin Being an Arch Linux user I prefer to use Pacman/Yaourt […]

Installing Eclipse IDE on Arch Linux

October 30, 2018 Andy 0

I recently updated my OS (Manjaro i3) and noticed Netbeans had been updated to 9.0. Keen to see what new features they had added, I promptly took a look! Sadly there were no new features at all! In fact, many features have been removed! It turns out Netbeans is going through some changes due to Oracle donating it to the Apache open source License. This move makes sense long-term in my opinion as it was in direct competition with Oracles JDeveloper IDE. Short-term however its made Netbeans kind of useless. As such I’ve decided to move back to Eclispe after […]

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The Quick Start Guide to vcsh/mr Setup

April 30, 2018 Andy 0

I recently wrote a post about how to install configure vcsh and mr to convienently manage and use all your repositories.  However for demostration this was quite a manual and long process.  To achieve a very similar outcome in a much shorter time, you could use the provided template and customise from there. The below will use vcsh to clone the git repository to mr.git in the ~/.config/vcsh/repo.d/ directory. The above repository is not owned by me so I can not push changes to it. As such you will need to edit the configuration and point it to your repository. […]

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Managing dot files with vcsh and myrepo

April 30, 2018 Andy 0

Ever wanted to manage all those ~/.conf files with Git?  Probably not but if you know anything about Git, the advantages are obvious. Is it even possible though you may ask!?! To do so would mean separating the working tree from the actual git repository. Fortunately Git allows for just that. By default, when you create a non-bare repository, you end up with the actual repository, a .git directory being created in the directory you want to track. The directory you want to track is actually called the working tree. The repository itself is a load of files (objects really) […]

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The Ultimate vim Configuration On Manjaro i3

April 28, 2018 Andy 0

vim is an awesome text editor (and more) but a good configuration can be a bit of a pain and personally I don’t have enough time to dedicate to it. The default vim configuration with Manjaro i3 is actually pretty good but I really like The Ultimate Vim Configuration. Install Installation is simply on any Linux-based OS where Git is already present. Install for a List of Users The below installs it for the users andy and root. You must make sure all users have read access to/opt/vim_runtime when you are installing it for multiple users. Your user will need […]

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Clam Anti Virus on Arch Linux

March 28, 2018 Andy 0

Install Clam with: To update the virus definitions, run: You will also need to start and enable the clamam-freshclam.service to get the latest definitions at boot. Make sure you have already run sudo freshclam before starting and enabling the clamav-daemon. If not, stop it and run. It is recommended to add the additional signatures from the AUR package, clamav-unofficial-sigs: Make sure the below is uncommented: Then to install and enable these unofficial signatures: To update the unofficial signatures, run: Lastly, scan for viruses:

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Install Ansible on Arch Linux and Run Playbooks Locally

February 26, 2018 Andy 0

Installation is pretty simple…. Useful dependencies: Optional dependencies for ansible sshpass: for ssh connections with password python2-passlib: crypt values for vars_prompt python2-netaddr: for the ipaddr filter python2-systemd: log to journal python2-pywinrm: connect to Windows machines python2-dnspython: for dig lookup python2-ovirt-engine-sdk: ovirt support python2-boto: aws_s3 module python2-jmespath: json_query support We need sshpass for password-based authentication using Ansible. Run Ansible Locally Create an inventory hosts file: My one currently has just localhost as the control machine: [control] 127.0.0.1 You’ll also need to make sure the SSH daemon process is running: Also, because by default SSH uses Host key checking which is not […]

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Installing tox on Manjaro i3

October 21, 2017 Andy 0

Tox is an open source secure alternative to the likes of Skype. To install it, you need to install the core package and one of the available GUIs.  You can compare some of the available clients here but personally I like qtox. The below will pull in the required dependencies. If you want the latest Git version, you can install qtox-git from the AUR. Make sure you run that as a regular user – not root.  This pulls in the core package from the ABS repository also. To add a contact, you will need their Tox ID – which looks like […]

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Windows 7 QEMU Guest

March 28, 2016 Andy 0

Check your kernel was compiled with support. Check the kvm and virtio kernel modules are loaded. I needed to manually load the virtio module: To automatically load the virtio module at boot: Reboot and check again: Install qemu. I also installed qemu-launcher – a GUI front-end. Create a working directory: Create a virtual hard drive the the Windows installation. Prepare the installation medium. I inserted a Windows 7 installation DVD and created an ISO locally. To launch into the Windows installation: Once installed you don’t need to attach the ISO: Update and upgrade to Windows 10 😉 Resources https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/QEMU https://www.reddit.com/r/archlinux/comments/1fg3y9/guide_to_running_windows_7_in_qemu/

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Spotify on Manjaro i3

March 28, 2016 Andy 0

Spotify is available from the AUR. Install To play local file you will need to also install ffmpeg. Issues For some (currently) unknown reason, launching Spotify crashes when I login. The only fix I have found so far is to change the scale factor from the default 1 to something else. You can do that by launching it at the command line: To make this permanent, edit /usr/share/applications/spotify.desktop. Resources https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/spotify