Ubuntu 11.10 Look Overhaul

I have been using Ubuntu 11.10 for about two weeks now. During this time, I have been switching back and forth between Unity and Gnome 3 shell interface. I am finally convinced that I am not a Gnome 3 person, and the right choice for me is Unity. I don't want to explain the detail, but to me, Unity just works, and it works pretty well. However, after I had been using Gnome 3 for a while, I am kind of addicted to its look. So, I question myself if I can mimic its look in Unity. After a few attempts, I came up with the following. If you are interested at how it was done, please read on.

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Switch to External Monitor Connected via HDMI/VGA port in Ubuntu

This is more like part II of the article I posted earlier about my laptop issues in Ubuntu. I finally managed to get the HDMI (possibly VGA) port working. Keep reading if you are interested.

I found that I have to connect the HDMI cable before Ubuntu is booted up. If I do that, I am able to see the external monitor in Nvidia X Server Setting window. So either connect the cable before starting the OS, or connect the cable and then restart the OS will both work. This works well, but it's rather inconvenient. I want this to be done without restarting.
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Fix Ubuntu (or Linux) Suspend/Hibernate Not Working Bug

I own an Asus N73JQ laptop, the spec is top notch. Since Windows has been long gone from my candidate OS, I installed Ubuntu 10.10 right away. So far the result is quite amazing. Smooth, reliable, and it feels just right. Although the OS itself is very impressive, I have 2 major issues with the hardware: (1) Function key that switches to external monitor does not work; (an update on the external monitor issue can be found here) (2) Suspend/Hibernate does not work. I have not found a solution for (1), which remains unsolved. I have, however, found a solution for (2). I am going to share this share this solution with those who having the same problem.
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Use Gedit as Remote File Editor via FTP and SSH (Ubuntu)

Migrating from Windows Vista to Ubuntu 8.04 and have been using it all the way to 9.10, I am now a complete Linux convert. As a web developer, I am frequently required to edit files on remote servers. Without some kind of mechanism to automate the upload process, it becomes laborious as number of files grows. On Windows system I use Notepad++ and its FTP plugin to edit remote files, which work pretty well.

Now I am using Ubuntu, I have to find a similar editor to accomplish this. After some investigation, I found that the bundled text editor gedit is capable of doing remote file editing -- but not without some tricks. In the rest of the article I am going to show you how to do this.

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