Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie!

My annual whimsical post celebrating the end of one year and the start of another year.

Custom Tooltips for GNOME Shell Panel Launchers

This post demonstrates how to write you own code to handle tooltips in the GNOME Shell.

Cinnamon: A GNOME Shell Fork

Clement Lefebvre, lead developer of the excellent Linux Mint distribution, has started working on a fork of the GNOME Shell called Cinnamon, which tries to offer a layout similar to GNOME 2. Unlike MATE, which is a fork of GNOME 2 that is compatible with GNOME 3, Cinnamon is only a fork of the GNOME Shell and not a fork of GNOME 3. The emphasis is to be on making users feel at home and providing them with an easy to use and comfortable desktop experience. Why fork the GNOME Shell you may ask? According to Lefebvre, the reason is

Change MAC Address

In IEEE 802 networks, the Data Link layer of the OSI Reference Model is divided into two sublayers: the Logical Link Control (LLC) layer and the Media Access Control (MAC) layer which interfaces directly with the network medium. Consequently, each different type of network medium requires a different MAC layer. On networks that do not conform to the IEEE 802 standards but do conform to the OSI Reference Model, the node address is called the Data Link Control (DLC) address. If you are using Linux, you can use the macchanger utility to change the MAC address of a network card.

Maylasia – Computing Professionals Law

An interesting law now being considered in Malaysia proposes that those registered with the federal government can work, and it would be illegal for others to offer any kind of computing services. You can read a draft of the Computing Professionals Bill 2011 at Scribd. The idea is to create a Board of Computing Professionals and make it mandatory by law for all people offering their services in the field of computing to be registered with and certified by this Board. This Board will have the power to determine whether you are a properly qualified professional. There will of course