Productivity Sauce

Dmitri Popov
View System Info with Linfo

Jan 28, 2014 GMT

Linfo provides an alternative to the previously covered PhpSysInfo script. Install Linfo on a remote server, and you can quickly view essential info about the machine's hardware and software. This includes RAM and disk usage, hard disk and CPU temperatures, system load, running processes, and more. Similar to phpSysInfo, Linfo is written in PHP, so deploying it is a matter of grabbing the latest release of the software from the project's website, unpacking the downloaded archive, and moving the resulting diretory to the root of the server. Once you've done that, open the file in a text editor and configure the...
Pygmynote Update

Jan 27, 2014 GMT

Although I use Pygmynote on a daily basis, I haven't tweaked it for a while. Basically, the script does what it's supposed to, and I didn't feel an urgent need to improve it. Over the weekend, though, I finally got around to implementing a couple of small features as well as cleaning and tweaking the code. The most notable improvement is the addition of the new l command which makes it possible to add a record with a long note using an external text editor. The u command now also relies on a text editor for updating notes. The new version also introduces the g command which can be used to generate a static HTML page with records containing...
Quick Tip: Word Count in KDE

Jan 23, 2014 GMT

Here is a nifty little feature in KDE that I discovered recently: it's possible to view the word count of a text file without actually opening it. To do this, right-click on a text file (or press Alt+Enter) in the Dolphin file manager, choose Properties and switch to the Information section. You should see the actual word count in the Words field. If, for some reason, the field is not displayed, you can add it manually by clicking on the Configure link in the lower-right corner of the dialog box and then ticking the Words check box.
Mirror Android Notifications on Linux Desktop with LinConnect

Jan 22, 2014 GMT

Want to receive notifications from an Android device directly on your Linux desktop? LinConnect lets you easily add this functionality to any machine, as long as it's on the same wireless network as the Android device. LinConnect consists of two parts: the service that runs on the Linux desktop and the Android client app. The server component is written in Python, and it has only a few dependencies. If you happen to use Ubuntu, you can deploy and run the LinConnect server using the following command: wget --quiet; \ chmod +x; \ ./install.shOn other Linux distributions, you can deploy the...
Generate EPUB Ebooks with ePub-Boilerplate

Jan 21, 2014 GMT

If you plan to publish your next opus magnum as an EPUB ebook, you don't have to start from scratch. Instead, you can use ePub-Boilerplate. This bundle comes with a ready-made ebook template and a script that generates an EPUB file and validates it. Using ePub-Boilerplate is easy. Grab its latest version from the project's repository using the git clone command. You'll find the ebook template in the book directory, and you can edit template files to your heart's content. Once you're done editing, use the ./publish book command to generate an ebook in the EPUB format. It's that simple.While using ePub-Boilerplate requires some manual work,...
More Fun with KDE Service Menus

Jan 17, 2014 GMT

Using the service menus feature in KDE, you can add all kinds of useful commands to the Actions entry of the context menu. The previous post demonstrated how you can add Déjà Dup-related commands to restore missing files and revert a file to a previous version. Of course, you can put the service menus feature to other clever uses, too. For example, I usually resize photos before publishing them on the web using the convert tool in ImageMagick. But instead of switching to terminal and running the convert foo.jpg -resize 1600x1600> foo.jpg command manually every time I need to shrink a photo, I created a service menu that allows me to quickly resize images from the convenience of the...
Integrate Déjà Dup with Dolphin

Jan 14, 2014 GMT

If you happen to use the excellent Déjà Dup backup tool on KDE, you'll appreciate a simple hack by Pascal d'Hermilly that integrates the utility into the Dolphin file manager. Using a simple technique, you can add two commands to the Actions context menu which can be used to revert a specific file to an earlier version and restore missing files in a directory. To add the latter command, create the dejadup_restore_missing.desktop file in the ~/.kde4/share/kde4/services/ServiceMenus directory (if the ServiceMenus folder doesn't exist, add it manually). Open the file in a text editor and add the following service menu definition to it: [Desktop...

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