Jeremy

Happiness Engineer at Automattic. WordPress addict, Internet Junkie. You have been warned.

On Repeat Today: Des Visages Des Figures, Noir Désir

Noir Désir. In France, it’s the band of a generation. Thinking back on my teenage years, 4 French rock bands immediately come to mind: Indochine, Mano Negra, Louise Attaque, and Noir Désir.

It’s hard to pick a specific song. They had so many hits. If I had to pick a few, Un Jour En France would definitely be one of the first. There was also L’Homme Pressé; Tostaky; Aux sombres héros de l’amer. But their last album, Des visages des figures, was my favourite. It was calmer, and I listened to it over and over again. Like I will today. :)

Here are my 3 recommendations for you today.

Ubuntu: adjust your mouse settings

One of the things that bothered me when I switched to Ubuntu was the mouse: while the Mouse settings panel offered options to change the cursor speed, I couldn’t change the scroll wheel settings: I wanted it to be faster, and I wanted it to use Mac OS’ natural scrolling direction.

After a bit of googling, this specific answer helped me get this fixed.

First, you get a list of the different devices linked to your machine, then you check the settings for one of the devices (number 10 in my case), and use set-prop to customize a specific setting.

Changing from 1 to -1 got me the natural scrolling back. Victory!

xinput list
xinput list-props 10
xinput set-prop 10 'Evdev Scrolling Distance' -1 5 5

Now if only I could do something to get all my additional buttons back, that’d be great! :)

Jetpack: move Jetpack Ads further down in a post

You’ve probably heard about Jetpack’s new Ads module: it allows you to insert ads in your posts, in your sidebar, and in the header of your WordPress site without having to worry about finding the right ad network, managing ad inventory, or worrying about the quality of the ads. It’s available to Jetpack Premium and Professional users.

To use the feature, all you have to do is to click on the toggle under the Jetpack menu in your dashboard. Jetpack takes care of the rest.

However, sometimes you may not be happy with the default placement of the in-post ads: they appear right below the post content. That’s great, but sometimes you may be using other plugins to insert elements in there, like sharing buttons, related posts, subscription forms, …

The code snippet below will allow you to move the ad box exactly where you want it to appear.

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Discover Travelers, another Netflix success

After Continuum, here is another Canadian show about time travel. And it’s available on Netflix!

This is another interesting twist on time travel, and they’ve managed to make me interested in all 5 main characters. That doesn’t happen very often! I found myself liking all of them, and really fearing that one of them would just be a victim of the storyline.

If you’re looking for something to binge watch, and if you like Science fiction, consider Travelers: you’ll go through the 12 episodes and ask for me, I guarantee it!

TV: Prison Break is coming back

TV has changed a lot over the past 15 years. Shows are different, how we watch TV is different. 15 years ago, bingeing wasn’t a thing; very few shows had a real storyline, and the budget of prime time TV shows in general was quite low. There was HBO of course, but series like The Wire were the exception, not the norm. And then things changed. A few shows are directly responsible for making serialized TV series a thing. I think my generation will always remember Lost and 24, 2 of the first big shows that introduced us to good storytelling on TV. I personally became addicted to TV with 2 other shows: Heroes and Prison Break. I got hooked to TV with those 2 shows. And now, after 7 years, Prison Break is back!

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