KDE Plasma meets new dock

A few days earlier, I wanted a fresh look for my Plasma desktop, and I want a macOS-like interface. So, I googled for “dock” app for latest Plasma version. And eventually I ended up to choose Latte-Dock plasma widget. The last chance I customized KDE to resemble macOS look, I made use of Daisy plasma widget. But since it’s not developed any more for long time, I looked for another alternative, then here comes Latte-Dock.

As I use Fedora, I just have to run dnf install latte-dockΒ to install it. Then I need to run it through app menu launcher to have it appears on the desktop. But actually I made mistake by adding its plasma widget manually via Add widgets of Plasma desktop. I didn’t get the settings I expected like in the tutorial I’ve found then. Yesterday I found a detailed article about Latte-Dock in this link (in German).

Once it launched, it will appear in the bottom screen of plasma desktop. We can add common plasma widgets in it, too, just like in the plasma panel. Also it can be customized by settings and tweak that it provides. For me, the default settings is enough, except for the animation that I cannot obtain due to the lack of performance of my video graphic driver.

In addition to dock app, I also move the default plasma panel to the top of screen. Then I removed the Icon-only Task Manager widget, and added Global Menu widget. Yeah, fortunately there is a global menu widget that is provided by Plasma desktop. But I also need to choose a settings somewhere in the system settings in order that the global menu widget shows application menu.

I also mixed and match other widgets to customize my plasma to look close enough like macOS. The final result is as follow:

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My KDE Plasma desktop as of September

 

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Learning with fun

I mostly learn English on Thursdays, by trying to follow hashtag #kamisinggris that I found it couple of times in IG timeline of @ridwankamil. The sources of learning are vary and easy to find as I live in internet era. Today I found an interesting Youtube channel, and I’d like to share it here about a video from it.

The channel is Japanese Ammo with Misa, that it’s actually a channel for learning Japanese. But by the videos from this channel, I can learn two languages at once: Japanese as well as English, as the channel owner speaks English in her videos. And yeah, I learn Japanese as well, anyway.

The video I just found is this:

Learn Japanese through the lyrics of zen-zen-zense (Kimi no Na wa OST.)

Misa-sensei explains the meaning of lyrics line by line in details. She translates every words and phrases of the lyrics with comprehensive explanation. For instance, she tells us about usage of word “boku”. This is the most interesting part for me. Because I’ve just understood that the word actually sounds cute, weak, and kind of poetic in this situation (song lyrics).

I usually use the word “boku” when I try to make a sentence in Japanese, and then I post it to FB status. I mostly hear the word from songs, just like the song in the video. As Misa-sensei explains, the word is kind of poetic, that it make sense to use in a song. But I also often hear the word in anime or dorama. And yes, I realized that it’s kind of a casual word when used in shows.

In addition, there are a few expressions that I’ve never learnt before, that Misa-sensei explains in the video. Besides, learning language with a song is quite exciting as well. The video will guide you through another way of learning Japanese with fun. So, if you are also learning Japanese, just check out the video. And have fun.

Hello, Vim!

Yeah, eventually I’ve got a chance to meet Vim more intensively from now on. Who is she? No worries! She is not a girl nor a lady. You’re still the one for me. πŸ˜€

“Vim is a highly configurable text editor built to enable efficient text editing. It is an improved version of the vi editor distributed with most UNIX systems.” That’s how she describes herself. 1 So, basically Vim is a text editor. Period.

Then, comes a question, why Vim? Umm, frankly, it’s hot lately. I wonder how awesome it is. And yes, it is. Also, considering my needs of text (code) editing, and the hardware spec I have, I think Vim worth trying. Initially I have Atom, as I want something more legal than Sublime Text, that often (I mean always) remind me to purchase it. But with a lot of plugins I installed, it became more laggy. So I broke my idealism to avoid ST, and make use of it instead, until now sometimes. But ST is quite memory-greedy for my 2 gigs laptop, that I also regularly needs browser to run hand in hand while coding. I’m a coder by the way. πŸ˜€

Then the hero eventually came in. It’s Vim that now becomes my main text editor. Although I just already use it intensively since 2 or 3 weeks earlier. In other words, I am still getting used to it as a newbie Vim-er, of course. So I haven’t found it’s real hidden magic either. I’m sure with consistency and persistence, I’ll have it’s main enticement: productivity. And for now, I have to get along with her more. Wish me luck. πŸ˜€

Speaking of which, I use Vim in my Fedora KDE Spin, and run it in the beloved Konsole app. Here’s my screenshot of Vim.

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Vim with NERDTree plugin, makes it looks like GUI-based text editor with left pane

Get forced to wake up

Do you have a problem with your wake up time? Do you often get up too late? You deserve trying this app. Its name is Fajar Warrior Alarm, “just” an alarm app. Actually there are a lot of similar app in the PlayStore. But I choose this one for you, because it’s free (of course the others are free as well though), free of charge and free of ads, that’s the point. I hate apps that show ads so often. And luckily, there is still a generous developer who doesn’t take the user’s freedom to not showing ads in his app. I mean this alarm app.

So, what else that makes it awesome? The challenge to stop the alarm voice. You couldn’t stop the alarm, unless you type the exact same sentence (a hadith) in the input it has. Actually I searched for “math alarm” when I found this app. But unfortunately it contained ads, so I looked for another app instead. And it led me to this Fajar Warrior Alarm.

The idea is similar to the app I wanted in the first place. It won’t stop the noisy alarm until the user type in some expected text. It causes the user to use his/her fully consciousness when typing the answer. And hopefully make the user totally wake up. So curious about it? Just install it and try it on your phone. Good luck.

How to “soft-block” Whatsapp contacts

I have roughly a thousand contacts in my Google account that are synced to my Android. Since they’re saved in Google’s server, I don’t worry if I have to hard reset my phone, for instance. Or the worst thing: it’s lost. So, actually, I would never remove any contact unless it’s really disappeared from this earth. Wkwkwk…

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All my contacts, including that don’t have phone numbers

Then comes to my mind a desire not to let a few of them seeing my activities on Whatsapp, in this case status updates. Yeah, maybe I’m the only one who really get paranoid about sort of thing called “online privacy”, actually “fake privacy”, I know.

So, in one day, unintentionally, I found one of my contact had no name on Whatsapp. I rather confused then, what caused it. So thanks to my super curiosity, I kept searching, and eventually I found out a suspect: ASUS Contact Manager, coupled with a setting inside Whatsapp. Take a look these screenshots:

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Select only visible group
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Un-tick the option to show all contacts

And as the result, only certain people who can see my rapid status updates on Whatsapp. Wkwkwk…

Of course I don’t have to do all those sort of things though, since the one who can see our Whatsapp updates is he/she who also save our phone number in his/her phone. I haven’t tried it on other phone than Zenfone, as I couldn’t find the feature to show/hide contacts. Perhaps you have found it out? Just push your comment below.

We Bare Bears

Hi, it’s me again! 😁 This time, I just want to finish off the last draft post in this blog. A kind of monument of my overwhelming procrastination, as this post was actually drafted in January this year. The draft was containing a phrase and a link as follow:

We Bare Bears https://g.co/kgs/FTfbvV

Yeah, just like that. I remember what was it: title of a TV show. I have forgot how excited I was when I watched it, then though. But I supposed to be enjoying it so much that I wanted to share it to the world. Just click the link above and you’ll find out what in the earth is that show. Hope you enjoy it as well.

RPM Packaging tutorial for Fedora

Hi again! You might be surprised for I post this in less than 24 hours after the previous one, so did I. 😁

Here will I share my first ever experience on packaging an RPM package in Fedora Linux. Umm, actually not the first time though, as I have been trying this before, but I didn’t record it in my mind. I mean I forget when or how it was going. 😁 Continue reading RPM Packaging tutorial for Fedora