Sunday, November 23, 2014

Logitech M325 Wireless Mouse Review

Logitech M325 Wireless Mouse

Design
Logitech M325 size is 57 × 95 × 40 mm (93 g). It is a symmetrical shaped mouse, can be used by left or right handed users. On top of the mouse surface material is made of smooth plastic and textured rubber is covered on side to give you extra grips on the mouse.



Micro-precise scroll wheel
M325 is designed for Web surfing, with Micro-precise scroll wheel scrolling webpages easier. Also, tilting the wheel moves you backward or forward on the web.

Indicator light
The LED light on top of M325 as a battery power indicator is simple and useful:
Green light - Battery is good.
Red light - Battery is low.


Unifying software
Simply plugged in the Unifying receiver to USB port and install Unifying software from www.logitech.com/unifying. You will be able to pair it with additional Unifying devices (up to 6 devices per USB port).


Battery Life
1 Duracell AA battery is included inside the box. Logitech claims M325 battery life can last up to 18 months. I have been using it for about 12 months so far without needed to change new battery. Unlike the conventional optical mouse, it does not need visible red LED light underneath to track movements of the mouse, plus the smart power safe mode help M325 to get more juice.

Conclusion
Logitech M325 Wireless mouse may not have the best ergonomic. However, it is ideal for the use of Web surfing, comes with a few useful features. The battery consumption is extremely low that you might completely forget the mouse inside there is an AA battery installed after a long time of usage. Logitech is confident to give 3-year limited hardware warranty. You won't go wrong with it.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Fix: Duplicate Google Chrome icon in Elementary OS Plank

The duplicate icons of Google Chrome on Elementary OS's Plank is a common issue. I was hoping for new Google Chrome updates but there is no fix yet.


To fix the double Google Chrome icons on the dock:
  1. Open Terminal and enter:
  2. sudo nano /usr/share/applications/google-chrome.desktop
  3. Under each 3 sections,
  4. [Desktop Entry]
    [NewWindow Shortcut Group]
    [NewIncognito Shortcut Group]

    Insert the following code:
    StartupWMClass=Google-chrome-stable


  5. Press Ctrl + o and Enter to save the file.
  6. Press Crtl + x to exit.
  7. Now close Google Chrome and drag out the Chrome icon from dock to remove.
  8. Open Google Chrome and lock the icon again.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Do It Yourself: iPhone Speaker Dock

The folks at OSXDaily being creative to make a iPhone speaker dock.


Inspired by Twitter user @nnnnnnnn's DIY speaker dock.


The DIY speakers remind me of the iBamboo speaker, a really nice concept which uses no electricity to boost the volume of sound from iPhone.

iBamboo

Wasting no time, I also make my own iPhone speaker, with a piece of used A4 size paper. Call it iPaper maybe.

iPaper
DIY - iPaper

The looks and sounds may not be impressive. The volume of sound is louder and the result could be better if uses harder material like plastic. Do not expect the DIY speaker dock is a iPhone speaker solution, instead a fun DIY project.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Fix: Laptop Screen Backlight Brightness Reset on Every Startup/Restart

The resetting of laptop screen backlight brightness on every startup/restart has been a common problem on my Asus N53SV and HP mini 210, both are gear up with elementary OS. Same thing happen as well after laptop come out of sleep mode which is annoying I have to adjust the screen brightness again. To get the screen brightness right, here is a solution:

  1. Open Terminal.
  2. Type sudo nano /etc/default/grub
  3. Find GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash". Replace the whole line with GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash acpi_backlight=vendor" as screenshot below.
  4. Press ctrl + o to WriteOut/Save and press ctrl + x to Exit.
  5. Reboot your laptop.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

[Linux] Online Quotes Setup on GnuCash Finance Management

Gnucash provides accounting functions suitable for use by small businesses and individuals. It can track finances in multiple accounts, keeping running and reconciled balances. There is support for customer, vendor and employee processing. It has an X based graphical user interface, double entry, a hierarchy of accounts, expense accounts (categories), and can import Quicken QIF files and OFX files.

Not to mention Gnucash has a helpful ability to fetch latest stock prices with just a single click. But you need to install Perl module Finance::Quote to capture quotes online from various sources. By default, Perl should have been installed on Linux.

Since Yahoo has changed their URL in February 2014, the version 1.20 of F::Q is required. However, you need to install or update manually at the moment.

Steps:
  1. Download https://raw.github.com/Gnucash/gnucash/trunk/src/quotes/gnc-fq-update.in
  2. Rename gnc-fq-update.in to gnc-fq-update
  3. Open the file, replace the first line #!@-PERL-@ -w with #!/usr/bin/perl -w
  4. To make the file executable, open Terminal and enter chmod +x gnc-fq-update
  5. Type sudo ./gnc-fq-update to start installation.
  6. Open GnuCash > Tools > Security Editor
  7. Add the stock information based on Yahoo Finance, as illustrated by images below:

  8. Goto Tools > Price Editor, select your stock and click Get Quotes to fetch quotes online.