So here is the easiest way to disabling videos from autoplaying on Facebook. Install the plugin called F.B. Purity. Once it is installed, surf on over to Facebook. It will pop up a window that will let you customize F.B. Purity. Click on Video Stories on the right. Check the box next to “Disable Autoplay”. Then just save and exit. You’re done.

For chrome users, see my older post:

So i decided to remove Facebook Messenger Web App, but now I have an icon in the drop down menu. So here is hHow to remove the leftover unity webapps facebook messenger icons. All you have to do is just go to “~/.local/share/applications” and delete the file for facebook. You will need to enable viewing of hidden files. That option is under view in the file manager.

I started on Ubuntu in 2008 and ended up switching to Linux Mint in 2011. Now I have returned to Ubuntu with their latest long term service release. Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr will be supported until 2019. This is the 20th release of Ubuntu.

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr

The installation went smoothly, with no problems. On my first install, I didn’t check the boxes to install the restricted extras. I choose to do this later using the command line. I had a problem installing the ttf-mscorefonts-installer. I couldn’t click to acknowledge I read the agreement. After a bit of research I discovered that pressing “shift” and “tab” worked to highlight it, then I just clicked enter. A reader said the arrow keys worked for them.

Having come from Linux Mint, there were a number of things I had to get used to. Before I installed Ubuntu 14.04 I knew I would have to retrain myself on the Unity desktop. My motor skills are accustomed to a certain way of doing things. But I was ready to learn a different, maybe better way.

One lingering difficulty is having the close, minimize, maximize buttons on the left, rather than right side. I understand why they designed them to be on the left, but I am still retaining myself. It doesn’t help that I use Windows 7 at work.

I do like the dash, with its ability to search for applications. It actually seems faster than clicking a menu and searching through it. I noticed that in this version you have the option to have your application menus appear in the program’s window when it is not maximized. Which only makes sense to me.

I am also glad that full menus have been restored to most apps. I understand that the GNOME developers are dispensing with traditional desktop menus, so Ubuntu has patched them back in.

I have also done a few tweaks. I added an equalizer to Rhythmbox. I removed Amazon from the launcher. I enabled the Firewall. I edited the security and privacy settings to turn off online search. I switched back to standard scrollbars. I have installed compizconfig-settings-manager so when I click on an open program in the Unity launcher, it will minimize.

The final word is that, although Ubuntu 14.04 is not perfect, it is still a top-notch release. It is now my Linux distribution of choice.

For more of my tricks and tips for Ubuntu 14.04

Here are the instructions to get the Unity launcher to minimize when you click on an application.

Open Terminal and copy and paste the following, press enter (it will ask for your password)

sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager

Then open CompizConfig Settings Manager (CCSM). Select Ubuntu Unity Plugin, then Launcher tab. Check the box that says “Minimize Single Window Applications”. And you’re done.

Best Firefox Theme

Posted: April 10, 2014 in Linux

The best Firefox theme is a very subjective thing. I wanted an Ubuntu theme. Ubuntu Ambience is nice, but very plain. I wanted something with a little more to it. I decided on Ubuntu Dust. It is a dark gray with the Ubuntu symbol on the right.


Why I Ditched Chromium

Posted: April 10, 2014 in Linux
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It is all Google’s fault. As of this month (April 2014) Flash is no longer supported by Google on the Chromium browser. That means that if you go to a site with Flash, it won’t work. So I have migrated back to Firefox.

Standard Scrollbars in Ubuntu 14.04

Posted: April 10, 2014 in Linux

The scrollbars in Ubuntu 14.04 are fine for most things, but they simply don’t work for me in Audacity. But luckily there is a way to remove the newer overlay scrollbars and replace them with the older scrollbars. Here’s how it’s done.

Open Terminal and copy and paste the following, then press enter and enter your password:

sudo apt-get remove overlay-scrollbar liboverlay-scrollbar-0.2-0 liboverlay-scrollbar3-0.2-0

That’s all there is to it.