Wednesday, July 21, 2010

N900 - Missing GTK icons after upgrade to PR1.2

I had encountered this anoying little bug after i upgraded the Maemo firmware to PR1.2. It only happens in a few apps so I didn't immediately notice it. The issue is that a few stock GTK icons used in some apps such as cbrpager, abiword, gnumeric and kmplayer were missing. A broken link icon was shown it their place.

Took me quite a long time to look for the solution and I had almost given up. Today by sheer luck I finally came across the solution posted in the forums just 3 days ago.
Here's the Link

In short, here's the solution. In the Terminal:
sudo gainroot
mv /usr/share/icons/hicolor/48x48/mimetypes/gtk-* /usr/share/icons/hicolor/48x48/hildon/

That's it. I'm happy now.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

N900 - Applets, Widgets, Plugins and Utilities

My last 2 posts have been about the useful applications and fun games you can expect to find on the Nokia N900. Today I'll be listing some of my favorite little applets/widgets/plugins and utilities.

Status Menu Applets:
  • Wifi Switcher - Lets you totally switch off the Wifi chip by unloading the kernel module. It will save some power when you don't have wifi.
  • Flashlight - Turns on the LED Flash permanently for use as a makeshift flashlight.
  • Simple Brightness Applet - Quick access to the screen brightness controls.
  • Wi-Fi Signal Applet - A simple 1-10 number beside the Wifi icon to indicate signal strength.

Home Screen Desktop Widgets:
  • systeminfowidget - CPU & RAM usage percentage.
  • Desktop Command Execution Widget - Run arbitrary shell commands and output on the desktop.
  • Personal Dataplan Monitor - Displays mobile data usage stats.
  • Personal IP Address - Just displays your IP address.

Plug-ins and support add-ons:
  • MSN (pecan) protocol plug-in - Support for MSN Chat protocol in Conversations and Contacts. Pecan version works better for me than the standard or pidgin versions.
  • Extra Decoders Support - Support pack for various media formats. Such as ogg, flv, rmvb, mkv and WebM.
  • Subtitle Support - Adds subtitle support to the media player.

  • Extended Call Log - A more verbose call log list.
  • QCPUFreq - Allows CPU frequency scaling adjustments.
  • Shortcutd - Lets you assign shortcuts to the proximity sensor & camera focus key.
  • tweakr - Enables some small tweaks, such as desktop align to grid & additional profiles.
  • maenotify - Displays notifications on the lock screen.