Ubuntu 12.04 sidebar auto-hide

Hi folks,


Some days ago I decided to update my ubuntu 11.04 to 12.04 and first thing I noticed was the change in the sidebar settings, the side-bar responsiveness was decreased and auto-hide performance became bad.  After a while googling I found a solution the Unsettings, with it is possible to change lots of settings.

For install the software you must add a repository, because the software is not in the official Ubuntu repositories.


sudo add-apt-repository ppa:diesch/testing


now, update repository list and install software:


sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install unsettings


With this visual tool, you can easily change the settings to your preferences



Once you chosen the settings, press the engine button to apply settings


Thats it folks, hope you enjoy…


Fixing empathy bug: Gtalk contact doesn’t appear


Today I had a problem with my messenger client the Empathy 2.30 on my ubuntu 10.04, I use it for (MSN, Gtalk and Facebook chat), it stopped to show my online GTALK contacts; MSN and Facebook chat were still OK. After some hours trying to find a solution, I got one:

The problem:

- A bug in the Telepathy package that made the Empathy client doesn’t show the online gtalk contacts, this bug is not yet fixed in the official repositories.

The solution:

- Add the pseudo-oficial Telepathy PPA (Personal Package Archives) that already have the bug fixed

How to do it:
- Close empathy

- Add the PPA to your repository list:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:telepathy/ppa

- Update the Package Index:

sudo apt-get update

Upgrade System Packages: 

sudo apt-get upgrade


If you done everything right you should start to see the contacts now