Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Intel GM945 causes Gnome to choose the wrong monitor

So I recently upgraded to a new monitor ($318 on the Sun Matching Grant Program -- which really isn't a matching program anymore, but I digress).

The problem is that I now want to use that as my primary display, and my Dell monitor as my secondary display off my D620 laptop with the Intel 945GM display. That means I'll have a primary display DVI at 1920x1600 and my secondary VGA at 1680x1050. Unfortunately for whatever reason, the Intel 945GM lists the VGA first in xrandr, which is roughly the way the server sees it. This causes Gnome to choose that display as the primary place it shows the login screen, shows the menus, and so forth.

My current solution is to login and then run this script:

#!/bin/bash

xrandr --output TMDS-1 --off
xrandr --output VGA --off
xrandr --output TMDS-1 --auto
xrandr --output VGA --auto
xrandr --output VGA --pos 1920x0

This turns off both displays, and turns them both back on. This causes them to overlap at position 0x0 (meaning you'll see the displays mirrored). Then it slides the VGA display to the right, which is what I want. I'm not sure if it'd work the other way.

Monday, April 28, 2008

After Microsoft



After Microsoft

Taken from the same shot that the Windows XP "Bliss" image was taken, 10 years later.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Tough DUI Test

Thankfully I don't think I'd fail. This guy came close to making it:

Dog vs. Screen Door

Growing up, we had a dog. He wasn't the smartest creature on the planet (heck, he ate a rock once -- I think my dad still has that little souvenir). Anyway, this dog is even dumber:

Monday, April 14, 2008

The case of the 500-mile email

Trey Harris should write a book. He's already got a great title: The case of the 500-mile email

Monday, April 07, 2008

My Next Car

If only I could have one of these as my next car:



I wonder if crushing the car in front of you incurs extra insurance costs...

Thursday, April 03, 2008

The Dog Named Lady

I'm pretty backlogged on my podcasts, so this one is from a while ago. If you've got about 5 minutes check out The Dog Named Lady. Its worth the trip...uh...I mean the listen.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Finally, work can resume

The Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery building is going up. First, things must come down. Demolition is cool. Its also quite a distraction. Here's the view from our office: