Countdown to The Dark Knight Rises

This is an exciting week. The Dark Knight Rises comes out on Friday and from what I have read online, is supposed to kick some serious butt. The movie is getting released here in Germany only on 24th of this month, but still, I have begun my prep already. Apart from re-reading many comic books (Vengeance, Knightfall, Cataclysm, No Man’s Land etc.), I am also revamping my desktops and laptops to celebrate the release.

This post is related to such a revamp. The following screenshot is from my EEE box powered by OpenBSD 5.1 and runningĀ  ScrotWM. I just thought this minimal Bane wallpaper fit perfectly and the terminal colors are one of my ancient creations from years back, called, Colorado. Since, there were a few requests for the colors, let me post them right here. The media player is vitunes, which is an MPlayer frontend that has vi-like key bindings. I have spoken about it in one of my previous posts.

Without further ado, here is the screenshot. Click on the image for full view.

Preparation for The Dark Knight Rises

You can get the terminal colors from the following link.

Colorado Colors

If there’s any other information needed, please drop a note.

By the way, The Dark Knight Rises soundtrack is mega awesome. Gotham’s Reckoning and Imagine the Fire are spine-tingling.

Starting with this post, I will add more Batman related posts for the next couple of days. Keep watching this space.

Pretty Pink!

So, a couple of days ago, I just made a color scheme pretty quickly to go well with the Bats Family wallpaper. The wallpaper has been posted a few posts back. I am satisfied with the end result. Click on the following showcase pictures for details.

Pretty Pink

You can get the colors here. Enjoy!

Stderr – zsh

Zsh is a great shell that simplifies a lot of tasks and brings in a ton of features (if you intend to use a load of modules and shell functions that is). For instance, the live command coloring capability is pretty awesome. The following post is just a simple illustration of a simple, single line added to my .zshrc and what it does.

When you type in a wrong command, the shell will throw a stderr command not found. The output would be the same color as the foreground color that you use on your terminal (The command color is red here because of live command highlighting – More on this at the end of the post). Like this:

Stderr - Default

But, wouldn’t it be nice to color the output as well? I want my colors man. See what I mean?

Stderr - Colored

All I had to do was add a line in my .zshrc on my BSD boxes.

Line in .zshrc

It should be self-explanatory I guess. Here’s the entry again for you Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V ‘ers.

exec 2>>( while read X; do print "\e[91m${X}\e[0m" > /dev/tty; done & )

With live command coloring, colored stderr is repetitive though. Since, typing a wrong command would automatically let the command stand out in red, indicating that it is not a proper command. But if you don’t want live syntax highlighting, the above feature would be of use.

Sticker Conky – GitHub

Morning people. Just wanted to add some information about the remaining files on my GitHub. You must have seen my sticker conky in action on some of my previous screens. The .conkyrc in my dotfiles should take care of that. Please remember, this conky is optimized for a standard Netbook screen (1024×600).

Sticker Conky - Netbook Optimized

If you wanna use it on a bigger resolution, then you should play around with the gap parameters. I use Standard 07_57 Caps font in this one. It is packaged along with my Bridge fluxbox theme from a few posts earlier.

Other Configs

The rest of the config files should be self-explanatory. Some of the config files are simply bare bones, since, I removed all references to several BSD tools that I use. It would be useless if you are on Linux. You could use this minimal config files to improvise (for instance, .cwmrc, .scrotwm.conf etc.)

I believe most of the files are documented. Have fun.

Ascii Art and Issue File

In my account, you would find a directory called, ascii. This has all the prominent ascii art you might have seen in my recent screenshots. From Enterprise to Spock in my latest XMonad screen. I also have my issue file in the root directory. I believe, I got it from Brian Cooper and modified it to suit my needs. Here is the issue in action.

Issue - FreeBSD

I collected the ascii artwork from various sources, namely, asciiart, startrek ascii art official site, and asciifarts. Just changed a few things here and there. So all credit for the art should go to the original authors.

Terminus – Patched

The alternate character patches come with the source code. You can find them inside the alt/ directory when you download the source from sourceforge. But if you are lazy to patch them yourself, then you can just download my archive, since the font I use is already a patched version.

You can see the difference between the character ‘a’ in the following two shots, for example. The first one is the default version and the second is the patched version.


Terminus - Patched

I have uploaded the archive over at omploader. Just follow the link for the patched font.

Terminus Font – Patched

GitHub Organization – Colors

Let me say a few words about how the configs are organized. I will begin with the colors in my .Xdefaults file. As you might have observed, I have different color setups for Xterm, URxvt and Rxvt. I call the XTerm color, Xtrail and is derived from vermaden’s config. Here is a shot of the color profile.

Xtrail Color Config - XTerm

Rxvt colors follow a different palette and I call it a Technicolor Variant. You can see the color profile in the following shot.

Technicolor Variant - RXvt

I have three color configs for URxvt. I am currently using something called Technobass. The colors look like the one in this shot.

Technobass - URxvt

I also have two Technicolor variants in there as well. The following couple of screens should give you an idea. Technicolor I is nothing more than the famous Gentoo color setup. Technicolor II is a marriage between some of my own colors and sirmacik and gigamo’s colors.

Technicolor I - URxvt

Technicolor II - URxvt

Terminus is used globally across all three terms. And as I had mentioned earlier, it is a patched version that uses alternate characters for some letters. I will upload the same in my next post. Anyway, this completes the color definition. You can access my configs here.