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DIY, tutorials, stuff for geeks, all updated when I have the time to spare.

How To Watch YouTube Videos Full Screen And Still Work

Ever try to watch a YouTube video full screen while working on another monitor and the video keeps shrinking back to normal size? It can be very annoying to deal with when you’re trying to do something else on the other screen. I mean, having a playlist of Battlefield 3 montages up full screen helps us all work better. Nothing like watching news, sports videos, and music videos while working or playing online games or working.

Over at, there’s a nice tutorial on how to set a YouTube video to full screen and work elsewhere (like on a second monitor) without the full screen video shrinking back down. Don’t worry, it doesn’t require any addons or extensions. It’s a simple change to the URL of any YouTube video that makes that video take up the whole window. Then, you can maximize that window or make it full screen (usually by pressing F11). I tried it and I really like it. Mostly because it doesn’t require installing any addons or extensions.

Pretty neat! Check it out here: The Greatest YouTube Trick Ever.

How to install Google Chrome in Ubuntu 10.04

I recently made the switch from Firefox to Chrome, and decided to install it on all my machines. I had some problems getting it installed for Ubuntu 10.04 at first, but then I found this post that spelled it all out.

Here’s the steps in simple, copy/paste format:

wget -q -O - | sudo apt-key add -
sudo sh -c 'echo "deb stable main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google.list'
sudo apt-get update -y
sudo apt-get install -y google-chrome-stable

Or if you’d like one long line:

wget -q -O - | sudo apt-key add - && sudo sh -c 'echo "deb stable main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google.list' && sudo apt-get update -y && sudo apt-get install -y google-chrome-stable

That should work.

Again, thanks to UbuntuUpdates for original post: UbuntuUpdates – PPA: Google Chrome
heck them out for more PPA sources and install tutorials!

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Great article on how to integrate Google Tasks within a linux desktop using Prism, and then integrating within the Ubuntu indicator applet using alltray.


Recently I switched to Gmail Tasks from Remember the Milk because I long thought the latter to be a little to cluttered for my taste. I wanted something more lightweight and quick. Gmail Tasks is a perfect fit: it’s quick to add new tasks, you can have several task lists, you can create sub tasks. That’s basically all I need at the moment.

Gmail Tasks exists primarily in your Gmail account, but you can put it almost everywhere since it is just a web page. This is how you integrate with the Ubuntu desktop:

Accessing Tasks Outside Your Browser

To be able edit your Tasks on you desktop, you need to install a program called Prism (package: prism). If you want to, you can also install other predefined applications such as Gmail, Google Calendar by installing the packages prism-google-mail and prism-google-calendar (there are more similar packages available).

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How to enable the middle mouse button in Ubuntu

After a recent fresh install of Ubuntu 10.04, I noticed that my Thinkpad T61’s middle mouse button under the TrackPoint (the red stick-mouse thingy in the middle of the keyboard) wasn’t working. Every mouse operation was working fine, except I couldn’t hold the middle mouse button and use the TrackPoint to scroll up/down/left/right. Luckily this is an easy fix.

  1. Install GPointing Device Settings from the Software Center (for me it was called “Pointing Devices”, so you’ll probably want to search for that first). Once installed, it will show up under “System > Preferences”.
  2. Enable “Use Wheel Emulation” and set it to button 2.
  3. You can then enable “Enable vertical scroll” and “Enable horizontal scroll” too if you like (I did).

NOTE: I’m not sure what “Middle Button Emulation” is, but I left it enabled on my machine.


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