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May 31, 2012

May 2012 Recap

It's the end of the month again. So what happened?

Well, 1 May brought the record of Angry Birds Space being the most most downloaded app in a short period of time. Who knew that Angry Birds Space was that popular? The new physics and graphics in the game was so awesome.

3 May was the day when GIMP 2.8 was finally released. After years of development and a lot of waiting by fans, GIMP 2.8 brought many exciting changes that enhanced image editing and processing. The new version even included the long anticipated single window mode that everyone had been asking for.

We also had been waiting for 5000 hit for My Bubbletea Time and that milestone was finally achieved on 4 May. It was a joyous occasion where the team spammed many blog posts as a celebration event.

Speaking of joyous occasions, EA finally decided to launch two of its titles on the Ubuntu/Linux platform. This marked 9 May as the beginning of proper game support on Linux platforms.

Jumping to 14 May was a sad occasion, where one of Australia's game retailers, GAME, went into administration. Many pre-orders of the long awaited Diablo III game was cancelled leaving many customers angry. Luckily for them, Blizzard decided to step in and compensate them will an online discount purchase.

Who can forget 16 May when Google Chrome 19 was released. This update brought some nice UI changes and improved on speed and functionality.

On 24 May, about a month after the Ubuntu 12.04 release, the Linux Mint team gave us Linux Mint 13. This distribution is based on Ubuntu but using the Cinnamon or MATE desktop environment. The distribution was widely anticipated and currently is at number 1 on the DistroWatch website.

Lastly, 29 May brought the rumours of Facebook making a phone and planning to buy out Opera. Many questions were raised regarding if this venture would be successful and whether Opera could actually take on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer.

Yes, it wasn't really an exciting month, with only new versions of products being released. What will June bring us?

Customizing Linux Mint: Cinnamon Themes

If you use Linux Mint then you should be using Cinnamon or MATE as your default user interface. Whilst I don't mind MATE at all, I mainly use Cinnamon because of its new features and customizability.

To all those using Cinnamon, it is really easy to install and change your Cinnamon theme. With Linux Mint 13 comes a whole bunch of preinstalled themes.

To change your theme:
  • Open up Cinnamon Settings and navigate to the Themes tab.
  • In the Cinnamon Themes tab, select the theme you want to apply
  • Done! Simple as that.
If you want to install your own Cinnamon theme, head over here to check out some user made Cinnamon themes.

To install a Cinnamon theme:
  • Extract your theme if it has been compressed and navigate to your home folder
  • Press Ctrl+H to unhide hidden files and create a ".themes" folder if there isn't one there
  • Copy your extracted theme folder into the ".themes" folder
  • Open up Cinnamon Settings and into Themes
  • Your theme should appear here, select it to apply the theme
If for some reason your theme doesn't apply correctly or there are inconsistencies with your changed theme then you may need to reload the window manager. To do this simply to a Alt+F2 then r.

That's it! It is that easy to change your Cinnamon theme. There are also other themes that you can change to such as your Window theme and GTK+ theme. I will cover those later on.

Anime Review: Darker than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha Gaiden

Although Darker than Black: Kuro no Keiyaku Gaiden was released before Darker than Black: Ryuusei no Gemini, it considered a direct sequel of the original Darker than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha.

Darker than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha GaidenSynopsis:

Tells the story of what happened to Yin and Hei between the first and second series.

Review:

What happens after Hei and Yin run away from the Syndicate? These few episodes explains the details that were left out in Gemini. If you haven't watched Gemini, then you should watch Gaiden. The art was pretty much the same as the prequel with smooth fluid battle animations and character detail. They bring back some of the old and created some of the new. It is crisp, fresh, and rewarding. You are going to enjoy the new sounds and music as well as some of the old. Even though these 4 episodes revolve around 2 people, they developed Hei and Yin even further. The characters are vibrant and round, we understand them and feel their pain and emotions clearly. Like the other two seasons, it does not fail to convey their emotions clearly. There has never been a dull moment in these 4 episodes. Every episode would contain more mysteries and action that will keep you entertained.

STORY: 8
Explains a lot about the relationship between Hei and Yin.

ART: 8
Same as before with fluid battle animations and character detail.

SOUND: 8
Theme songs were catchy and enjoyable.

CHARACTER: 8
More character development of Hei and Yin as it leads into the sequel.

ENJOYMENT: 8
If you watched Gemini before Gaiden, then this will explain everything to you.

OVERALL: 8
It was enjoyable to watch. More action and more mysterious to solve.