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Script To Focus The Pidgin / Empathy Conversation Window Using A Shortcut Key

I was reading an article on about xdotool when I realized I can use this to create a script to focus (activate) the Pidgin conversation window using a shortcut key - something I have been searching for a long time.

Speed Up DPKG With TDPKG (Using A Tokyocabinet Or Sqlite3 Database)

dpkg is pretty slow in Debian-based systems, usually because of the many files which are stored in the /var/lib/dpkg/info folder. To speed up things, Luca Bruno created a project called tdpkg which uses an sqlite3 or tokyocabinet database for loading the dpkg .list files in the /var/lib/dpkg/info folder which makes dpkg a lot faster.

The author (Luca Bruno) says that:

Make 'History' Show The Date For Each Command

Normally, running the command "history" in a terminal will give you an output which looks like this:

ubuntu linux history command output

Make "rm" Move Files To Trash Instead Of Completely Removing Them

To get the "rm" command to move the file(s) to trash instead of removing them completely, you must install the trash-cli utility and set an alias for "rm" to use trash-cli.

Use Syntax Highlighting In Nano Editor

nano syntax highlighting

Nano is an easy to use Linux shell text editor. Here is a very easy to follow tip to get syntax highlighting in Nano.

How To Get AWN 0.4 Edgy Mode

avant window navigator edgy mode


Remove The User List From Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic GDM Login Screen

ubuntu karmic gdm login screen

The GDM login screen in Ubuntu Karmic displays the user list by default, which is considered a security risk by many people.

Gnome: Maximize A Window Vertically Or Horizontally Using A Single Click

Update: it also works on KDE and LXDE


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Remove PPA Repositories Via Command Line

You probably know that starting with Ubuntu Karmic, you can add a Launchpad PPA using a simple command. Here is a script which will remove the PPA repository, removes the packages you installed from that PPA and install the packages from the official Ubuntu repositories.

Faster Browsing In Linux With Local DNS Cache

A local DNS cache can help for faster browsing since you’re caching the DNS request instead of attempting that request multiple times. The internet speed will not get any faster, but the browsing speed will improve, because on each website there are usually quite a few DNS requests for which the local DNS cache will be used, bringing the query time to almost 0.


APT-FAST: Improve 'apt-get install' And 'upgrade' Speed

Axel is a command line application which accelerates HTTP/FTP downloads by using multiple sources for one file. For example, some FTP sites limit the speed of each connection, therefore opening more than one connection at a time multiplies the allowable bandwidth.

Use NameBar And DockBarX To Optimize Your Screen Real Estate


Deactivate Password Request For Mounting Partitions In Ubuntu Karmic

Here's what you need to do:

How To Find Out Which Package Takes Up The Most Space In Ubuntu [Quick Tip]

To see a list of packages taking up most space on your system, run the following command in a terminal:

Multiple Dropbox Instances In The Same Time

dropbox multiple  instances

Firstly, in case you don't know, Dropbox is a cross-platform service for file sharing, synchronizing and backup.

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