The One with the Thoughts of Frans

Is Thunar the first Gtk file browser to implement breadcrumbs almost right?
Everything to the right of the breadcrumbs is a giant button to activate location entry. Very elegant. Read more.
kdenlive: use a background color clip for composite and transform transition
To use the composite and transform transition it needs something to composite to. Read more.
Three-finger middle click on modern touchpads in Xfce
The simplest way is to add synclient TapButton3=2 to your ~/.bashrc. Read more.
KOReader Beta 20180602
Many improvements to crengine, new MuPDF, and much more! Read more.
Mimic Windows Touchpad Gestures in Xfce with libinput-gestures
Windows and Mac have added some conveniences over the past decade that I'm missing to some degree. Read more.
Sort Folders Before Files in the Gtk3 Filechooser
It's quite simple to do but surprisingly hard to find. Read more.
How To Play Mark of the Ninja on Debian Stretch
Resolve the weird "ERROR: Missing required OpenGL extensions." Read more.
Mimic Windows Snap Hotkeys in Xfce
It's quite simple. Open Settings → Window Manager → Keyboard. Read more.
KOReader Beta 20180410
Usability on non-touch devices, an automatic setting for warmth, Pocketbook Inkpad 3 and an AppImage for Linux desktop computers. Read more.
Fix “sign_and_send_pubkey: signing failed: agent refused operation”
Thanks to gnome-keyring you won't get a useful error message. If you uninstall it, you'll get the real culprit right where it matters, but in retrospect ssh-add gives you the same error message. Read more.
Less Noise and Louder Voice from Low Quality Microphone in Audacity
The basic problem: the various mics I own are all pretty terrible in their own way. This is how to lift it from unacceptable to bad, but similar principles apply to better mics as well. Read more.
KOReader Beta 20180314
More natural light, speedups, and the H2Ov2. Read more.
MariaDB Fix “Can’t init tc log” Error
I messed up my automation of backups, meaning that after two years my entire VPS had secretly filled up. This lead to MariaDB being unable to initialize. After taking care of the root cause MariaDB still refused to start. Read more.
Improving Gource Videos with Background and Audio
Gource is very cool, but a touch boring without a few minor touch-ups. Read more.
Six Years of KOReader
A little experiment with Gource. Read more.
Android Version API Level
It's in the docs, but I'm always losing it. So here's a quick overview of some of the ones that are more important to me. Read more.
KOReader Nightly 20180212
Natural light support on the Kobo Aura One, two-column navigation mode, open with… and more! Read more.
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Featured posts

KOReader 2019.04
By Frans  /  April 6, 2019
GUN Tar
By Frans  /  March 26, 2019
KOReader 2019.03 “Marsdiep”
By Frans  /  March 10, 2019
KOReader 2018.11 “An die Freude”
By Frans  /  November 1, 2018
Six Years of KOReader
By Frans  /  February 22, 2018
Is My Firefox Out of Date?
By Frans  /  November 3, 2017
The Ghost of Student Counseling
By Frans  /  August 30, 2017
Skype on Android x86
By Frans  /  August 18, 2017
<cite>Qalculate!</cite>, My New Favorite Calculator
By Frans  /  April 22, 2017

Drawings

The Ghost of Student Counseling
By Frans  /  August 30, 2017
Cloud, Kluit, Clod?
By Frans  /  May 8, 2016
Trois champignons
By Frans  /  April 27, 2016
By Frans  /  June 8, 2010
Chill and Angry Vector Smileys
By Frans  /  May 21, 2007

Writing

By Frans  /  November 7, 2013
Tunnel Anxiety
By Frans  /  April 7, 2013
By Frans  /  March 17, 2013
By Frans  /  July 22, 2012

Internet

Is My Firefox Out of Date?
By Frans  /  November 3, 2017
By Frans  /  August 19, 2015
By Frans  /  February 2, 2014

Linux and more

KOReader 2019.04
By Frans  /  April 6, 2019
GUN Tar
By Frans  /  March 26, 2019
KOReader 2019.03 “Marsdiep”
By Frans  /  March 10, 2019
KOReader 2018.11 “An die Freude”
By Frans  /  November 1, 2018
Six Years of KOReader
By Frans  /  February 22, 2018

Thoughts on books

A Well-Deserved Classic: <cite>Van den vos Reynaerde</cite>
By Frans  /  January 22, 2017
Of Horology and Letters
By Frans  /  January 21, 2017
Congolese Negroes: Beautiful But Stupid?
By Frans  /  August 20, 2016

Photography

On My Header Image
By Frans  /  December 23, 2012
Fireworks on the Scheldt
By Frans  /  January 1, 2010
By Frans  /  April 7, 2006
By Frans  /  March 25, 2006