How to open the container folder for a Google Doc

I quite like using Google Docs. I’m less crazy about Google Drive.

One of the common issues I have with the relationship between the two comes when I am given the direct link to a Google Doc or Sheet as part of a project. I often want to access (or start) other documents in that same folder. But until now I never knew how to find that folder (everything I learned comes from this page).

It turns out that all you need to do is click on the little folder icon beside the file name (highlighted in yellow in the following image):

When you do this, a dialogue opens up with a “Move” button. Read the rest of this entry »


Installing Vidyo on Ubuntu 16.10

I need to use Vidyo conferencing software for some projects I’m on. Because I just reinstalled Ubuntu 16.04, I needed to reinstall the Vidyo desktop.

This is not easy, since the installation file Vidyo directs you to contains a dependency that is not available on Ubuntu 16.10 (libqt4-gui).

There are various solutions out there, though I was not able to get the one proposed by Vidyo itself to work.

The one that did work for me is on the CERN site. Read the rest of this entry »


Date-time missing from menu bar (Ubuntu 16.10)

When I reinstalled Ubuntu 16.10 today, the date and time wasn’t showing up in the menu bar at the top of Unity (I’m going to miss it now that they are planning to stop supporting it in 17.10).

When I clicked on System and Date and Time, everything was correctly set.

The solution comes from here

sudo apt-get install indicator-datetime
sudo dpkg-reconfigure --frontend noninteractive tzdata
sudo killall unity-panel-service

Of these, really only the last was necessary in my case: the dialogue showed that it was up-to-date and when I rant the apt-get install is was clearly already installed.

tags: Read the rest of this entry »


Date-time missing from menu bar (Ubuntu 16.10)

When I reinstalled Ubuntu 16.10 today, the date and time wasn’t showing up in the menu bar at the top of Unity (I’m going to miss it now that they are planning to stop supporting it in 17.10).

When I clicked on System and Date and Time, everything was correctly set.

The solution comes from here

sudo apt-get install indicator-datetime
sudo dpkg-reconfigure --frontend noninteractive tzdata
sudo killall unity-panel-service

Of these, really only the last was necessary in my case: the dialogue showed that it was up-to-date and when I rant the apt-get install is was clearly already installed.

tags: Read the rest of this entry »


Displaylink and Ubuntu 16.10 and 17.04

I have a new supercool three screen setup in my office.

To run this, I am using two cables: A old-style displayport cable to the middle screen, and HDMI cables, via a Dell USB3 Docking station, to the side screens.

Running screens via a USB docking station requires me to use DisplayLink. Fortunately, Displaylink have an Ubuntu driver. Unfortunately, this doesn’t seem to work with 17.04 and getting it to work well with 16.10 LTS requires a little fiddling. Read the rest of this entry »


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