Bunsenlabs Linux



Just sending out some love to the developers of Bunsenlabs Linux, who over the last year or so have raised Crunchbang Linux from the ashes.

If you like minimalist
If you like openbox
If you like the command line
If you like Dark
If you like speed
If you like lightweight (on your system, not “a lightweight”)
If you like getting new life out if older machines
If you like control
If you like debian
If you like getting on with your apps not fighting your OS
If you like Linux
If you like freedom

You will like Bunsenlabs Linux

Digital Signage with Google Slides and Chromium in Kiosk Mode

Another solution to digital signage, this time using Google Slides and Chromium (or Chrome) in Kiosk mode.

I am using the base of a linux install (Crunchbang) and Chromium, but the basics transfer across to Chrome and other OS platforms with some tweaking.


  • Kiosk Syntax
  • Fullscreen
  • The Google Slides Toolbar or Transport
  • Web Page Presentation
  • Updating the Slides
  • Sharing the Slides
  • Locking Down if keyboard/touchscreen in use

Am grateful for the work done by Mark Pajak at Bristol Museums on setting up Chrome/Chromium in kiosk mode, and to Google Slides users on the google groups forums and good old StackOverflow for other snippets.

As an overview, one needs to publish the google slides presentation, then pull this into an iframe on a web page. Then call chromium in kiosk mode to load that web page. Once the slides are loaded they will not update with new content unless the call to the slides is reset (page reload) so some html/javascript is required to refresh things. This all may seem a little disjointed at first but be patient, i will put it all together at the end with a workflow and example 😉 Continue reading

CSS3 Only Spinner Full Page Solution

Everybody’s doing it! Just search for CSS3 spinner on the intererweb or visit codepen.io and you will find a variety of spinners. One thing that they all seem to have in common is that they don’t give you the complete solution, i.e. how to make the darn thing run on a web page and disappear when you want it to. This post seeks to address this, along with the sister post about a loading image spinner. Right down to business! Continue reading

CSS3 Only Spinner Image Solution

As you may have seen from my other post CSS3 Only Spinner Full Page Solution, everyone is good at making spinners and putting up demos, but hardly anyone publishes the full solution on how to make it work. Attempt to put that right here. Admittedly there are many many ways to do this, I went for the quickest and easiest. Scenario: you want to display a high quality image on your web page, this will take some time to load, and you want to show a spinner while it loads. I will use a div as a placeholder for the spinner and the image. These are made the same size so that when the image has loaded it completely covers the spinner. I used the z-index property to ensure that the image overlayed the spinner. There is no javascript in this one, just CSS. Continue reading

Fullscreen Browser Slideshow with Clock

I have a penchant for making full screen slideshows with a clock on them


This time around I looked to make one up to run on a slghtly higher specced machine, running a GUI, but in a web browser, using php and javascript. The eventual target was an OS called Webconverger because of its ability to just fire up and present in this way. Continue reading

Webconverger Customisations

I need to write up the top of this post about Webconverger, but have been busy figuring out all the useful options for it. In simple terms, its a locked down bootable kiosk. Very clever, works on 486 and 686-pae machines. Also here so I can browse this whilst booted into webconverger 😉

http://webconverger.org Continue reading

Am I Open Source or What? (on a Windows 7 PC ?)

It’s list time again:

Because so much good open source software has been ported to Windows, its possible to do just about everything on Windows with the open source programs I use regularly on my main Xubuntu 9.10 system:

Open Source:

Open Office
Gnumeric (a bit buggy)
ProjectX (java)
HJSplit (java)
Frostwire (java)
FireFTP (firefox extension)
Firefox (of course!)
Mplayer & SMplayer

This list will grow. Keep up the good work guys 🙂

Plus, some notable “freeware” applications:

AVGFree 9
Shark007 Codecs Pack
Windows Movie Maker 2.6
JellyBean Key Finder
Google Chrome
DeFraggler (Piritin)
Free Screen To Video (Koyote Software)
Winamp (with iAmp skin)
WizMouse (scroll without focus)
Powerpoint Presentation Viewer
RocketDock (just like my wbar!)
Adobe Reader 9
Scanner Application that comes with my Brother Network Printer (Brother very good at drivers and support for Windows and Linux)

[EDIT 12/2010 add DVD Flick to your list of freewares, encodes / authors / burns ]

Shareware I just can’t live without:


[EDIT 12/2010 – now found I can, try Izarc, copes with just about everything ]


Also done a few registry hacks to sort out the awful unintuitive default behaviour of Windows Explorer. These are easily found on any Windows 7 sites.

Remove Libraries from Explorer
Remove Favourites from Explorer
Remove HomeGroups from Explorer
Adding Directories “I want” to the SendTo drop down
Removing “Drives” from SendTo
Adding Copy To folder and Move To Folder to Right Click
Adding Open Command Prompt to Right Click

Nearly got my Windows PC behaving and looking just like “Linux”  😀