Monday, July 02, 2007

Open letter to Linux/Beryl

Dear Linux,

Giving windows and desktop objects momentum and an editable friction constant is a very cool idea, but when I get bored with my thesis and start flinging open windows around my screen while my brain reboots itself, I would prefer my files not to slide right off the desktop into the Great Beyond.

Shouting, "Help! Help! Come back!" at them and waving my cursor a lot has, so far, been no substitute for a solution.

Yours sincerely,


Bella Sultane said...

I thought of you when I saw this:

Carine said...

In my before-coffee-stage of the morning I for a moment thought you wrote 'edible friction constant'. Which makes an amusing kind of breakfast!

Dave said...

I'm not sure how to restore the desktop icons, but you can confirm that the files are still there and edit them.

Launch Terminal (Applications > Accessories > Terminal). Type cd Desktop and then press enter. Then type ls to list the files therein.

To edit them, open up the program that created them. Go to File > Open and navigate to /home/your login/Desktop.

StyleyGeek said...

Thanks, Dave. I do know how to do that, actually. I was just whining. And it isn't icons I'm losing, but entire open windows. I've been using a keyboard shortcut, which escapes me at the moment, to maximise the window I have lost, which then brings it back into view. Of course, using the terminal is also an option. I'm not sure what would happen if I tried to open the file again while it was still open but invisible off-screen, though...

EA said...

This sounds like a VERY entertaining pass-time. Perhaps I'll play today... :o)

Badaunt said...


Someone once gave me the 'Viagra virus' (on Mac OS). Naturally I clicked it. The cursor then grew bigger and bigger, and wobbly and hard to control, and I laughed myself silly.

Then I discovered I didn't know how to get it back to normal. I couldn't get the cursor to the menu to close the 'virus.'

I had a few moments of panic (imagine trying to explain THAT problem to someone in tech support) before I realized I only had to use the keyboard shortcut. Phew!