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How to Install uzbl in Ubuntu

Uzbl (pronounced "usable") is a browser that follows the UNIX philosophy - "Write programs that do one thing and do it well. Write programs to work together. Write programs to handle text streams, because that is a universal interface." You can use a mouse or other pointing device, but what I like best about uzbl is that vim-like mode-based input scheme.

What is not browsing, is not uzbl.

To install in Ubuntu:

 sudo apt-get install uzbl 

Run uzbl-browser to run it.


How To: Use External Monitor connected to Laptop with Closed Lid

This article assumes you are running Ubuntu 9.10 - 10.10 and gnome. It may apply to other similar setups.

Problem: You want to "dock" your laptop, attach it to an external monitor, and close the lid. When you do so, the screen turns off. So you go to System>Preferences>Power Management, but you find there is no "Do Nothing" option for On Lid Close. I am pretty sure there used to be such an option, but some bonehead removed it.

Solution: The option wasn't really removed, just "hidden" by our well-meaning bonehead. Fire up our good friend the terminal, and type:

gconftool-2 --type string --set /apps/gnome-power-manager/buttons/lid_ac "nothing"