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Power your command line with Terminator

March 16th, 2008 | 8 Comments » Tags:

Linux: If you’re a heavy command line user then you probably find that on most days your desktop quickly disappears under multiple terminal windows. Or your one terminal window has tons of tabs open and you can no longer tell which is which. Sound like your desktop? Then take a look at Terminator, a terminal […]

Adding plugins to Gnome Do

March 10th, 2008 | No Comments » Tags:

We wrote about desktop launcher Gnome Do earlier this year. At the time we said that Gnome Do was the next best thing to actually being organised because it makes it quick and easy to find just about anything you need on your desktop. A couple months on and the various plugins available for the […]

Back up Linux with ease

March 10th, 2008 | 3 Comments » Tags:

I’m not particularly fond of backing up my data. I know I should do it and I feel pretty smug when it is done, but it is a time-consuming and frustrating process. Mainly because it requires a whole lot of thinking on my part: which files do I want to back up? where should I […]

Install VirtualBox on Ubuntu in three steps

February 20th, 2008 | 4 Comments » Tags: , ,

One of the more common suggestions from readers following the article on my personal must-have apps for Ubuntu last week was that I install some sort of virtual machine on my computer and test software that way. So, I decided to do exactly that and found that VirtualBox is not only easy to install on […]

Terminal time for Linux

January 23rd, 2008 | 1 Comment » Tags:

Linux only: Do you spend most of your day working at the command line? Either in a terminal editor or full screen text? Then how about embedding a clock into the top right hand corner of your terminal so you know exactly how long you have been working. There are many ways to achieve this […]

A power tool to tweak your Ubuntu desktop

January 11th, 2008 | No Comments » Tags: , ,

Are you looking to customise your Ubuntu desktop but you’re not confident enough to edit raw XML files? Then you need Ubuntu Tweak. UT runs on Ubuntu 7.10 and 7.04 using Gnome, and is available either as a Debian package or as source code. Ubuntu Tweak makes it easy to edit system-wide preferences without having […]

KDE 4 preview on Ubuntu

January 6th, 2008 | 1 Comment » Tags: ,

If you’re eagerly awaiting the release of KDE 4.0 on January 11 and you’re running Ubuntu then get a taste of the next big thing by installing KDE 4.0 release candidate 2 in three easy steps.

Get productive with GNOME Do

January 3rd, 2008 | No Comments » Tags:

We’re all swamped with information: emails, documents, pictures and the hundreds of websites we visit every week. There are two ways to deal with the data overload: Get organised and file everything in its right pace. Or you can use GNOME Do, a desktop launcher for Ubuntu in the style of Launchy for Windows and […]

Time-shift photo dates with ExifTool

December 31st, 2007 | 1 Comment » Tags:

How often has it happened that you either buy a new camera or you replace the battery in your existing camera and, after taking a hundred or so shots, you realise that you forgot to set the date? So now all your photos were seemingly taken in January 2000 instead of December 2007. Manually editing […]