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Which programs use the new "Online Accounts"?

In Ubuntu Oneiric 11.10 it's possible to configure a Google Online Account. I'm able to configure this program to get access to Mail, Contacts, Calendar and Chat.

But which programs use this data? There is no information about that.

After I configured my Google Account, I supposed that I will be able to use Google Chat with Empathy, or that I will be able to access my Contacts and Calendar in Thunderbird.

But none of this is true. So, how does Ubuntu use the configured Google Accounts?


Source: (StackOverflow)

How do I disable the blinking cursor in gnome-terminal?

I could have sworn that there was once a setting for this in the gnome-terminal "Profile".

And then in some version of Ubuntu, that setting disappeared, and I had to use System ➜ Preferences ➜ Keyboard to uncheck "Cursor blinks in text fields".

Well, neither of those seems to be working now. So how do I make the cursor stop blinking?


Source: (StackOverflow)

System Settings icons missing in 14.04

I did a fresh install of trusty 14.04, but a lot of icons are missing. I installed from DVD which was painfully slow and I hope to avoid repeating the process, especially since I started customizing stuff.

Here's my settings window:

System Settings

I've tried:

sudo apt-get install --reinstall gnome-control-center
sudo apt-get install --reinstall gnome-settings-daemon-schemas

None of which changed anything.

Any idea? I wanna edit preferences and none of them are in System Settings, neither in Unity Dash.


Source: (StackOverflow)

How to disable blinking cursor in Gnome 3.8?

There is this proposed solution to disable the blinking cursor in Gnome terminal. However, it no longer seems to work for Gnome 3.8. The option /apps/gnome-terminal/profiles/Default in Gconf does not exist.

So, what is a working solution for Gnome 3.8?


Source: (StackOverflow)

Where do applications typically store data?

I was wondering if there was a standard location for storing user level application data. What I mean by that is stuff like Firefox bookmarks, Skype message history/password, etc. I'm asking because I am not sure if I should go with home directory encryption vs full disk encryption.


Source: (StackOverflow)

Where to store user settings for an app?

If I want my application to store a few settings, that persist when an application closes, then where should I store them?

I'm not talking anything complicated: two booleans and a string (although in the future I might want to store more complex settings)

I've heard gconf, dconf, gsettings, etc all mentioned. What is the "preferred" method? Preferably one that's nice and easy in Python.


Source: (StackOverflow)

How to print using only the color cartridge?

My printer ran out of black ink, but the color cartridge still has a lot of ink. I want to print using only ink from the color cartridge. I used to be able to do this using advanced printer settings of the printer driver in Windows 7. I was wondering if and how it can be done using Ubuntu. I'm also new to Ubuntu,so I have no idea how to fiddle around with advanced settings.

My printer is a Canon iP2770 inkjet.


Source: (StackOverflow)

How can I set my system to suspend when inactive to a longer amount of time

I run Mythtv on some Ubuntu 11.10 based machines.

In the power settings, I can choose from a list of time periods from 5 minutes up to 1 hour for the the machine to suspend when inactive. I would like to set the suspend to occur at a longer interval, like 2 hours or 4.

Previously with Gnome, I would think that I could go into the gconf editor and find the key there, I am not sure with Unity where to override a setting like this.

Any suggestions?


Source: (StackOverflow)

How can I open Java's Control Panel?

How can I open Java's Control Panel to change the security settings?


Source: (StackOverflow)

Where does one set the extent of the Desktop in Ubuntu?

I would like to control the dimensions of my Ubuntu Desktop. Currently the files I download onto the Desktop do not seem visible, as the Desktop extends well below what's displayed on the screen. I have attached a screenshot where the filename of the bottom-most file (and several files under that) is cut off.

Is there a setting which I can change?

Ubuntu Desktop

xrandr output:

enter image description here


Source: (StackOverflow)

How to stop reordering of the same kind multiple preview windows in task switching?

When using task switching in the default graphical mode of Ubuntu 12.04, if they are multiple windows of the same kind, eg. multiple Terminal windows, you can see them all together and select which one you want.

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My problem is that the order of these windows is constantly changed. It follows the "last used" order. I want them in a fix order always; how can I do it?


Source: (StackOverflow)

How can I reset all Rhythmbox preferences and library information?

Background: I cannot figure out how to make Rhythmbox scan ONLY the folder with my music in it. I want to delete all of its settings and start over.

What do I have to do to make Rhythmbox think it's never been run before?


Source: (StackOverflow)

Can't open Orca settings on Ubuntu 13.04

I use Ubuntu 13.04. I found out Orca could be enabled in Universal Access, but I cannot find its GUI based settings manager.

I can't even start its settings manager via the command orca --setup or with the key combination Insert+Space.

It's very convenient/needed for a blind user to change the general settings like speaking rate, pitch and many other things. It's a lot less accessible if one has to run orca --text-setup every time or edit a configuration file.

How can I open the Orca settings manager?


Source: (StackOverflow)

Saving monitor settings?

Is there a way to save my monitor settings? I have an external monitor at work, but each morning i have to plug it in, rearrange the windows from being side by side to being on top of each other. Can I just save this?


Source: (StackOverflow)

How to make custom refresh rate stay saved?

I'm testing out 14.04 on a partition to see if I want to use it as my main desktop for when it's fully released, but I've encountered some problems.

I have a 144Hz monitor, so in the the Nvidia X Server Settings window I set the refresh rate to 144Hz and it works just fine. However, when I restart my computer those settings revert back to "auto" and I have to reset the refresh rate back to 144Hz each time I log into Ubuntu. How do I make the Nvidia settings stay set to 144Hz?

The refresh rate settings also revert back to auto every time I go into full screen in Minecraft.

I've searched Google and can't seem to find any solution to these problems.

I'm not open to any lectures about how 144Hz is pointless because the eye supposedly can't see a difference beyond a certain refresh rate, so if you intend to lecture me on that incorrect knowledge then please be gone.


Source: (StackOverflow)