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I've seen someone had a coffee cup on their taskbar, in their indicators, and was wondering how I can get it. I think it was something to do with Java.

Also, how do I make my own applet, even if it's just a picture?

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the application you are looking for is called caffeine (

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depending on your ubuntu version you can install it using these commands

sudo -s
add-apt-repository ppa:caffeine-developers/ppa
apt-get update
apt-get install caffeine

there is no port to Ubuntu 12.10 though, so if you are using Ubuntu 12.10, you have to wait until the developer packed it for Quantal

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