Blueman RfKill State

I made a clean install of Slackware64 14.2 on my laptop. I updated the system to the latest patches and when I logged in to Xfce I was presented with a weird dialogue window. Apparently it belongs to Blueman, telling me that “Setting RfKill State requires privileges”. Even when I enter my password, it would appear again upon every log in. Very annoying. However, the solution was recently discussed at LQ.
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ASRock 970 Pro3 R2.0 sensors

I decided to make a ‘budget upgrade’ on the computer that I use for checking my SlackBuilds and I bought an ASRock 970 Pro3 R2.0 motherboard and an AMD FX8350 CPU. So, compared to my old FX4100 processor, I now have twice more cores and a bit higher clockspeed. The old CPU and motherboard, in turn, found their use to upgrade another PC. Unfortunatelly, I did not get the hardware sensors to work out-of-the-box with the new motherboard. As a result, I was not able to monitor the CPU temperature, which (for me) is quite important. Read the rest of this entry »


Modify Xfce Terminal cursor

I’ve always liked to have my terminal cursor as a blinking underline. This feature is present for the new Xfce Terminal that ships with Slackware -current. Unfortunately it cannot be enabled from the preferences of Xfce Terminal in Slackware 14.2. It is, however, possible to set it by modifying the config file of the program.
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Mounting an iPhone

Due to several reasons that I will not discuss here, I decided my next phone to be an iPhone SE. Of course, I naively expected that when I plug it in my computer, it will behave. Well, it doesn’t. The phone has iOS 11 and in Slackware 14.2 the system sees it, but there’s no way to mount it. In Slackware -current I can access my photos only. Well, I googled a bit and here’s what I did on -current.
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Microphone mute key

I have a ThinkPad x230 with Sound (mute/unmute), Volume, Microphone (mute/unmute) and Lock Screen physical keys. The Microphone key does not work out-of-the-box, and I finally decided to search a bit for a solution. I found this nice post about Ubuntu.
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