Mar 24, 2011 GMTThere is not much to say about the TLDR Android app. In fact, I wouldn't even call it an app, but rather a utility. But if you are using the excellent Instapaper service, TLDR can prove to be an indispensable tool for saving Web pages from the Android browser to your Instapaper account. Once installed, TLDR acts as a helper tool available via the Share menu. To save the currently viewed Web page, press the Menu button, tap More, select Share page, and tap on TLDP -> Instapaper. Obviously, for this trick to work, you need to specify your Instapaper credentials first using the TLDR Settings item you'll find amongst...
Mar 22, 2011 GMTI don't know about you, but I often have problems calculating file permissions (probably because I don't do this very often). That's why I find the chmod app for Android rather handy. This app does only one thing: it calculates the correct number combination for specific file permissions. You can use it for the exact opposite, too: enter the desired combination and you should see the corresponding file permissions. The app is free and it weighs only 45Kb.
Mar 10, 2011 GMTTweet Nest allows you to back up your tweets in a MySQL database, and you can use this nifty Web-based application to display and explore you tweets. Tweet Nest runs on the Apache/MySQL/PHP stack, and it's pretty easy to install. Grab the latest version of the application, unpack the downloaded archive, and move the resulting directory to the document root of your server. Make then the inc/config.php writable by the server, and point your browser to your Twitter Nest installation (e.g., http://127.0.0.1/tweetnest). A simple wizard guides you through the setup process.Next, you have to point your browser to the http://127.0.0.1/tweetnest/maintenance/loaduser.php URL to load the user...
Mar 07, 2011 GMTThe Google Web Fonts repository contains an ever-growing collection of high-quality open source fonts which you easily embed into your Web site. But what if you want to use them on your desktop? A simple Bash script from Web Upd8 can do the trick. Fire up the terminal and run the following commands: cd && wget http://webupd8.googlecode.com/files/install-google-fonts chmod +x install-google-fonts ./install-google-fontsOnce the script has done its job, you can use the installed fonts on your machine. Nifty!
Mar 03, 2011 GMTThe Web is awash with tutorials on how to back up your email. Strangely, none of them covers probably the easiest and most efficient email backup system based on the excellent IMAP Grab utility. This tiny Python script acts as a user-friendly wrapper for the getmail tool. Using the script, you can set up a fool-proof email backup solution using just a single command.Deploying the IMAP Grab backup solution is a cinch. First off, install the getmail package using your distro's package manager. Download then the latest IMAP Grab package, unzip it, and move the imapgrab.py file to the directory of your choosing. Make the script executable using the chmod +x imapgrab.py command.To make sure...
Feb 28, 2011 GMTThe Copy Without Formatting extension fixes one of the biggest annoyances in the Google Chrome and Chromium browsers. When you copy a text fragment, the extension automatically strips it of all formatting. This way, you don't have to reformat the text snippet manually, when you paste it in a document.This one-trick pony extension can be a great time-saver, and you can tweak its settings to your liking in the Options section. Here you replace the default keyboard shortcut with your own as well as enable the Auto-copy feature which automatically copies the selection. You can also enable the floating button which appears when you select a text fragment. This allows you to perform the copy...
Feb 22, 2011 GMTPhoto sharing services are a dime a dozen these days, but Min.us stands out from the crowd for two reasons. Firstly, it makes the process of sharing photos ridiculously simple. Secondly, it offers software for the Linux desktop and the Android platform, so you can share photos directly from your machine or mobile device. Sharing photos using Min.us is a one-step procedure. Point your browser to http://min.us and drag the photos you want to share onto the Web page. This automatically creates a new gallery and uploads the selected photos to it. That's all there is to it. Minus generates short URLs for each photo and...
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