Command Line

External monitor as Discrete

I use my laptop primarly at home with an external monitor as discrete, meaning that I have the laptop monitor turned off and I only use it. At times this is also called a dedicated monitor. GNOME can be set to disable the laptop monitor and enable the external but it wasn’t able to hotplug […]

The Beauty of rsync and Backup Script

rsync is a command-line tool used to copy/clone files (“fast incremental file transfer“). It is a great, simple backup tool. The basic rsync command is this: rsync -a src dest_dir Where src is the original directory or file and dest_dir is the destination directory. Because rsync does incremental backups it only adds the file to […]

Screencasting Done Easy (Desktop Recording)

I got to test out a good number of screencasting applications and I found a good one, and as usual the easiest was the best. I started with recordMyDesktop. recordMyDesktop recordMyDesktop is a basic program that works good. The GTK version has a simple UI that sets a border around the area to be recorded. […]

cVLC as Default Video Player

I love MPlayer. I’ve been using it for years. Whenever I needed to watch a video from my camera or downloaded something from YouTube it always did great. However, I revisited recently trying to play a DVD with MPlayer after having gone through a lengthy setup process a ways back and discovered MPlayer still cannot […]

Disk and Memory Usage Scripts

At times I like to check my levels of disk and memory usage and it’s more convenient for me to do it from the command line. So, I created a couple scripts for them: devtop Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/sda5 9.8G 6.4G 2.9G 69% / /dev/sda6 166G 38G 121G 24% /home memtop […]

Convert Videos to PSP

I’m a TED video junkie. I always have videos on my PSP ready to watch. I also like to put YouTube videos on there. I did this enough that I created a script for it that makes putting videos on my PSP real easy: pspvidconv <d*> <video(s)> – Convert videos to PSP (d to use […]

Markdown to WordPress Format

When I discovered MarkDown I was in love, it was very nice to discover an easy, clean, well-thought-out markup language. I wanted a way to be able take my detailed notes, have them easy to read, and then to be able post them here on the blog that would be in a nice WordPress format. […]


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