Monthly Archives: December 2014

Software: New Twitter Application

There is a new Twitter client out this past summer, that you may want to try. It’s called Corebird and it is one of the better written Twitter clients out there.

The interface is clean, and Corebird offers in-line photos and media right in your time line. This is a feature I really like.



Multiple accounts are easy with Corebird, and you can switch between them using the upper left-most button. Or, if you choose, you can open each account in its own window.

Corebird is written for GTK Linux, and therefor is not an application to install for the feint of heart! Corebird requires several GTK packages that are not in the regular Linux Mint repositories. It took me almost an hour to download and install the required dependencies, and then compile Corebird from source files.

If you want to give it a try, head over to the Corebird web site for detailed instructions on how to get it running. You can find it HERE

Once Corebird reaches maturity, it is quite possible that the Mint or Ubuntu repositories will start carrying it, along with the required extra files to get it running.

I’ve used Corebird for about 2 weeks now, and as much as I like it, there are a couple of things I’d like to see change.

For starters, having Corebird available in the System Tray would be nice! Next, I’d love to see each account available as a separate tab on the top, with a counter for how many new posts are in each account.  These two things are how Choqok works, and I find it much handier!

Corebird does have a bug or two, the most obvious being that the notification that pops up will often present multiple copies of the same tweet. It would also be nice if you could click on the notification to open that account.


Tools: On-Screen Keyboard

If disability makes it hard to use a regular keyboard, or if, like me, you sometimes want to be able to input data just using just your mouse; then an on-screen keyboard is the ticket!

Head over to your Software Manager and search for onboard.

Software Manager, installing Onboard

Software Manager, installing Onboard

There are a number on-screen keyboards in the software repositories, but this one is by far the best.  Once installed, you will find this handy tool by opening  the Menu –> Universal Access –>Onboard

Onboard Keyboard

Onboard Keyboard

Once open, you’ll be presented with an on-screen keyboard. Clicking the lower right-most key, will bring up the Macro function, and to the left of the Macro menu, is a red button you will use to configure the keyboard to your liking.

The Macros, I use all the time for filling in repetitive text. You can use the Macros for about anything you can think of.

Once you click the red Setup icon, you will be presented with all  the available options:

Onboard Setup

Onboard Setup

You can force the keyboard to stay on top of all open windows, or easily move it to any part of your screen. You can also select from 5 different keyboard styles.

So give Onboard a try, you might find it a handy tool, even if you’re a touch typist.