Toggle Backlight mode in Unity2D

I really like the “Backlight Toggles” launcher mode, which causes all launcher icons to have a colored background if and only if the application is running. This allows me to quickly see what’s running and what’s not. As far as I know this is the default mode for 12.10.

I was missing this feature on Unity2D. It turns out that I was not the only one who looked for help in the Internet in this matter – actually some people would like to use this feature. I’m going to give you a hand with that! As Unity2D is no longer developed, we cannot hope such feature will be ever implemented, so I prepared a simple script that patches few Unity files and enables that behavior immediately!

To get and run the script, use the following:

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Adventures with ASUS netbook (1225C), GMA500 drivers, and Unity on 12.10/12.04.1

Recently I’ve bought a netbookASUS Eee 1225C (summary: 11-inch 1366×768 screen, 1.6GHz dual-core processor, 2GB RAM, GMA500 integrated graphics, 9h battery, 250GB HDD). In several countries it ships with Ubuntu pre-installed, but this is not the case in Poland. I could either to buy it with MS Windows 7 or without any OS, and of  course the choice was simple (not because of the no-OS version being 350 PLN = about 110$ cheaper).

But getting it to run Ubuntu was a bit of adventure.

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Changing ‘new message’ indicator color

Recently I got annoyed by the fact, that the messaging indicator on Unity’s panel is dark-blue. Although it is perfectly elegant, and is very consistent within the whole system (the same color expresses any other form of urgency), I found it difficult to notice whether it is lit up from a greater distance, say – 10 meters from the screen. As I like to wander around in my flat, I would prefer that color to be more vivid, loud.

Surprisingly, I’ve come up with a amazingly simple solution, that quickly led me to this result:

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