I just did a new install on my primary work desktop. I went from Fedora 16 to Fedora 18. Some of the issues with this release of Fedora are pretty well documented so I’m not going to go into that.

There were some pretty fundamental changes between those two releases. So I did a full install rather than an upgrade. Plus I think going that route has some good side effects. Crud builds up in systems over time and this lets me get rid of some of it. I back up what I’ll need but then I just go ahead and reset things from scratch, pulling stuff out of the backup as I need it. Stuff that I don’t need doesn’t come back and the system is cleaner.

Today I ran into one thing I forgot about though and so I’m documenting it here. When I reinstall browsers and search from their search bars I get localized results. Google sees that I’m in Hungary and gives me stuff in Hungarian – which I can’t read. Then I had to look again to fix it. Here’s the url that makes life better

This is also handy when travelling. I will be in Thailand in March and search results in Thai don’t really help me either. It is possible to keep the normal search string and add the hl=e parameter – which will keep using the local search site but give English results (or whatever language you tell it to use).

Gmail Themes

Gmail now has themes. It isn’t that big a deal but I think that they do make the product more pleasant to use. It’s also handy for me as I use multiple accounts. I’ve set each to a different theme, and it just makes it that much easier to remember which one I’m using.

Some change throughout the day and ask for location so that the changes match up with local time. There look to be 31 themes available at this point. I’ll throw some screen shots below the jump – click for larger. Continue reading “Gmail Themes”