Hooked up my new 24″ LCD – suprisingly easy

Sunday, August 10th, 2008

I’ve wanted to replace one of the dual-19″ LCDs with a widescreen for a while. So Today I picked up the Samsung 2443BWX $349.99 special Costco is running. I had thought hooking it up to my dual-head setup would be some pain because it would have to run under 1920×1200 while the other 19″ under 1280×1024. Well, it worked out surprisingly easy in both Windows and Linux. In Windows, it was trivially done via the display settings. In Linux, all I had to do was replace this line in the xorg.conf:

Option "metamodes" "DFP-0: nvidia-auto-select +1280+0, DFP-1: nvidia-auto-select +0+0"

with

Option "metamodes" "DFP-0: nvidia-auto-select +1920+0, DFP-1: nvidia-auto-select +0+0"

and restart the X server.

My Ubuntu Experience: Java

Wednesday, November 15th, 2006

I’ll catch up later the couple of “episodes” which I’m skipping over and jumping to the Java set up part. Ubuntu comes with gcj and other GNU-based java facilities, which mostly are still only equivalent to JDK 1.4.x. So they needed to get chucked right away, and replaced with the Sun JDK 5. It’s pretty straightforward to install JDK 5, Eclipse, and the rest of the arsenal I work with on the daily basis. The only part involving manual setting was when enabling the Java Plugin and Web Start in Firefox. Here’s The Plugin Portion of it. more…