I’ve been using KDE4 in Ubuntu, and I really like it – it’s slick, has everything I need, and it all seems to gel together pretty well. Yet, the power management is really starting to make me angry. I’ve turned all of it off, checked ps and other tools for any signs that it’s still running, and despite my efforts, my screens still turn black after 10 minutes unless mplayer is running. So, I decided to fix that using Python, which actually turns out to be pretty nifty. I got the original idea from here, and modified it to loop a bit. Here’s the result:
This moves the mouse around just a tiny bit, and works well enough to watch flash video for extended periods of time. To kill it, just hit Ctrl-c. Thanks, Python!