Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Google Chrome Remote Desktop in Full Screen

If you use Google Chrome Remote Desktop, and want to run in Full Screen, here's how.

0. Goto the Chrome Web Store and get Chrome Remote Desktop, and launch

1a. If you are using Chrome Browser: Go to a new tab, find the remote desktop application, right / control click and select "Open Full Screen"





1b. If you are using Chrome OS, click on the Apps button at the bottom



find Chrome Remote Desktop - you may need to click on the second pane as here


alt / right click on it and select "Open as Window"

2. Connect to the remote computer. Initially the remote screen will be scaled to fit your local screen. move the cursor to the top of the screen and the drop down appears



Click into 'Screen Options' and select 'Full screen'.



And here's my MacMini's screen. If there's a size / resolution mismatch and the remote side cannot adjust on the fly (like here) then you have to decide whether to shrink or scale etc.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Google Chrome and ChromeOS: Cloud print Save to Drive not available

When printing from Chrome and ChromeOS the docs say you should be able to Save to Google Drive.

On my ChromeBook this wasn't available



To resolve this issue, you need to type 'save' into the 'search destinations' dialogue box


After a second or two the 'Save to Google Drive' option will come up, and you can click it.


Thereafter it should be remembered, and even if its not, you can repeat this process.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Google Play Music and Chrome Settings: Oops we have a technical issue


Having a go with Google Music, but I was getting the error

Oops we have a technical issue

please refresh this page in your browser to go back to listening to your music. If issues persist, make sure that you have Flash enabled and working.

I use a Flash blocker so make sure you you've white listed play.google.com



and then if you use 'Click to Play' for plugin control, white list play.google.com there as well:


  1. In Chrome go to 'Settings'
  2. Scroll down to the bottom and click "Show advanced settings..."
  3. Then click 'Content Settings'
  4. Scroll to 'Plug-ins'
  5. If 'Click to play' is selected, click 'Manage exceptions'

  6. and add play.google.com




Reload play.google.com/music and you should be good to go

Monday, April 8, 2013

Showing the time with seconds in Ubuntu 12.04

I like seeing the time with seconds.



By default you get only hours and minutes, so here's how to get the seconds.

Firstly make sure you've got dconf-tools installed. Use either Software Centre or Synaptic to check:



Then launch Dconf Editor



and then navigate to com > canonical > indicator > datetime



and select "show-seconds".

The change is made immediately.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Save screen brightness on restart in Ubuntu 12.04

Sigh, Ubuntu 12.04 doesn't keep your screen brightness setting, so everytime you log in you need to change it.

There is a way around this, requires editing a file using the terminal.


    sudo nano /etc/rc.local

and in the line before the last line which should say "exit 0" add


    echo 4 > /sys/class/backlight/acpi_video0/brightness

in other words so it looks like this:



do ctrl+x to save and exit.

Adjust idle screen dimming time in Ubuntu 12.04

For some reason I've lost the screen dimming energy saver command.

No worry, I can use this command to change the idle time at which the screen will dim to save battery


    gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.power idle-dim-time 60

sets at 60 seconds. Adjust to suit.