Todd Partridge (Gently)

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Managing Scripts and Configurations on Github with a script

This post is a follow-up to Michael Smalley’s excellent post on how to manage your dotfiles. Use Git and Github to Manage Your Dotfiles. I wanted a way to regularly have my configurations and scripts updated on Github that didn’t require me remembering how to do it :). So I created a script that would […]

Acer Aspire 5560G-7809 Laptop: A Gamble Worth Taking

Typically it hasn’t been recommended to buy an Acer, at least in my circles. From the surveys I’ve seen generally Acer rankings are last of the major computer manufacturers. Astonishingly they rank close to the top of units sold. When I saw this, I deduced that Acer likely made possibly shabby computers sold at basement-prices […]

Sudoers Permissions as a File

I learned that for granting root permissions to certain programs that it is easer and more constructive to use a separate file. sudo must be told to look in a separate directory in its configuration to be able to do so. sudo visudo Likely all distributions have this available and it will be listed at […]

Toggle Unity Desktop Effects

Not using desktop effects in Linux helps gaming a good deal, improving frames-per-second and smooth ability. Using Ubuntu’s Unity I’ve noticed gaming gets effected quite a bit. Here’s a script that can toggle them on and off (note that you have to login with desktop effects enabled for this to work). Thanks go to Mossroy […]

Samsung Syncmaster SA350 Monitor: Thoughts and Settings

The Samsung Syncmaster SA350 monitor is a 21.5″ LED monitor with 1920×1080 resolution. I had always wanted an external monitor for my laptop and it has turned out to be really useful. This isn’t a review because I haven’t owned many monitors but I have seen enough monitors to say that this seems to be […]

Allotting iotop

Recently, iotop has been moved to being only allowable to be viewed as root. iotop is a great program for measuring disk throughput and I am unable to figure the logic of why it has been moved to root-only. To be able to run iotop as regular user again root permission must be given to […]

Power Management from the Command Line

To be able to invoke commands like suspend and hibernate from the command line not so long ago required having root privileges or using the desktop environment built-in tools. Now to invoke suspend, hibernate, shutdown, or restart, D-Bus can be invoked as Regular user. I created a script called pwrman to ease the task (requires […]

Arachnophilia: a Beautiful, Basic, Web Editor

Update (2014-02-14): Since this post I’ve moved onto Bluefish because it has better support of tables. Bluefish has the ability for pre-defined tags with snippets ability… nice. I’d just about tossed in the towel on finding an HTML editor that I felt comfortable with when I happened upon this: Arachnophilia; and now I not sure […]

gedit to Geany

I’ve decided lately to switch from gedit to Geany as the default editor. I had done this before and really liked it (I didn’t want to set it up again because I didn’t remember all the settings I had changed). Geany is more religious how it handles text and I can’t really define it better […]

bashrc

The ~/.bashrc is a the bash shells’ setting file. The ~/.bashrc can also be used to specify other bash shell related items like abbreviating commands and creating shortcuts. Here is my ~/.bashrc, all bells, no whistles.

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