Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Arrange Toolbar Order in Opera

For some unknown reason the folks over at Opera decided not to allow their toolbars to be ordered. On top of that little problem they have also thought it prudent to put the tab bar above the address bar so it is over all awkward. This little tutorial should get you back on track.

While it is not actually possible to change the arrangement of the toolbars it is possible to drag the buttons around to to other toolbars. So effectively what we are going to be be doing is cloning the address bar.

  1. Open the toolbar appearance dialog by navigating though the menus, it is located at tools-appearance-toolbars.

  2. You should now have the dialog open and see a bunch of check boxes to enable/disable different toolbars. Enable the 'Main Bar' by clicking on the check box next to it.

  3. Note: You have to leave the toolbar appearance dialog open for the next steps.

  4. Now you should see the fat 'Main Bar' above the tabs bar. Remove all the buttons from it by right clicking on them and choosing 'Remove Button from Toolbar'.

  5. Drag all the buttons and navigation elements from the 'Address Bar' up to your not empty 'Main Bar'

  6. Back in the dialog there is a drop down menu that is called styles. Choose images only from the drop down and uncheck the 'Address Bar' checkbox.

Optional: I also did not like the little menu that slides down from my address bar so I got rid of it by unchecking the 'Start Bar'

That should get your Opera toolbars back in happyland.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Installing Fedora From Hard Drive Source

Ever wanted to install Fedora but just did not seem to have enough CD-R's/DVD=R's. Well maybe it is not a super common problem but it was for me. I believe that this method is also applicable to USB Hard Drives so it could be a nice tool for installing on several machines (yes yes, I know that there is a network install that makes that task much easier but come please let me live my fantasy).

The following are the steps that I took along way my way to installing Fedora Core 5 from hard drive source, and thus achieving happy Linux bliss.

  1. Download the latest Fedora Core ISO's here. I just saved them in /home/ as they were going to be moved very soon.

  2. I installed the hard drive that I was going to be using as the source in my SuSE machine. The drive was NTFS so I formatted it in ext3 ( will work with ext2, ext3, and vfat). If your doing this from a windows machine format the drive in Fat32, NTFS will not work!

  3. Burn the first installation ISO's to CD. Really to make this a totally diskless installation you should boot the installation script from your thumb drive, however mine died a horrible death and I have not replaced it yet. As i did not use this method I don't know the exact steps on putting the installer on the thumbdrive. When I get my hands on one I will update this tutorial.

  4. Copy all of the Fedora ISO's to the source drive then install the drive on the computer that you want to install Fedora on.

  5. Put the first installation disk into the cd-rom and boot up. You should be presented with a splash type screen and a boot options prompt. At the prompt type 'linux askmethod'. It should look like this:
    boot: linux askmethod

  6. Hit Enter. Linux should begin loading the files needed and Anaconda (the installation program) After it is done loading there will be a menu asking you your country, keyboard layout, etc. Answer them until you get to the dialog asking for the installation source. Choose Hard Drive and designate which hard drive and partition the installation media is on.

  7. Complete the installation answering any questions it asks. The rest should be somewhat self explainitory.
That should get you on your way to installing Fedora Core 5.

Ninja Mastery

I admit it. A while back I was using a non-authorized copy of windows. Then as most people who were using a pirated copy will remeber microsoft desided BAM no more of this!

So there I was, an Os that I could ethir attempt to patch and crack futher or I could do what I had been thinking about for a long time and move to linux. I chose to go linux as you can most likly tell from the overall atmosphere of this here blog.

I have been on linux since, but I have never really strayed far from my beloved gui goodness. Nor have I tried any distros other than my first chosen, SuSe. What we are goign to do here is keep a record of all the bumps I hit along the way to full linux ninja mastery and thier solutions.