Linux Tips

Create Bash Aliases For Faster Terminal Commands In Linux

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In Linux, a great deal can be accomplished via the Terminal, a powerful, text-based interface to a great number of programs and tools.  Beyond simple things, such as package management (via apt-get, dpkg and other utilities), it can interface with ftp programs, be used to launch your other programs such as word processors and web […]

Enable WebGL Support For Google Chrome In Linux

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One of the hot new Web technologies is HTML5.  With it, websites can be more complex, offering better user interaction and content, as well as making for better web apps.  One of the graphic components available in HTML5 is something known as WebGL.  Spearheaded by Google, among others, WebGL offers incredibly high-quality graphics, right inside […]

Rearrange Window TItle Bar Buttons in Xfce

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With the newest release of Ubuntu, which now features Unity (with its launcher and other assorted features), users are finding that their computer is becoming a bit more locked down.  Sure, there are still themes and different icon sets available, but basic options have been removed.  This is a pretty common occurence. A couple iterations […]

Change The Default Document Format In Abiword Word Processor

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If you use the Abiword word processor, you know it’s a lightweight option (especially compared to OpenOffice or LibreOffice, both in terms of hard drive space, RAM and – yes – features), but for most people, in most circumstances, it should do a good job at letters, term papers, and whatnot. And if you’re concerned […]

Temporary Fix For Google Chrome’s Spacebar Problem in Linux

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If you’re a Linux user who has chosen Google Chrome (or Chromium), as your web browser, one of the more annoying bugs is the Spacebar issue when using a Flash application or game.  Many Flash apps/games use the Spacebar as a trigger.  For instance, in Wide Out, a Flash game found in the ESPN Arcade, […]

Use the ‘tar’ Command To Create Archives In Linux

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When sharing a number of documents, it’s nice to be able to combine those documents into a single file.  Using ‘zip’ is one way to do this.  For Linux users, the ‘tar’ command has long been the go-to archive utility.  With the advent of more inclusive GUI archive managers such as File Roller, it’s incredibly […]

Create A Custom Clock Configuration In Xfce Linux

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In Xfce, a desktop environment for Linux, the clock applet allows for a great deal of customization.  As opposed to some utilities, which only offer the ability to determine how your clock displays the date and time by choosing from a group of presets, the Xfce applet allows for full customization. How does this work? […]

Create A New User Account In Xfce Linux

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While many computers are used by a single person, still others are used by multiple people.  In some instances (such as family computers), it’s likely that everyone simply uses the same account.  If that’s the case, often the computer simply needs to be turned on and it automatically loads the desktop; no one needs to […]

Gmailwatcher Puts Gmail Updates in your Messaging Menu

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One of the nice things about having a computer connected to the Internet 24/7 is that you can get almost instant updates whenever someone wants to get in touch with you.  This is doubly true with Ubuntu, which has a built-in Messaging Menu that keeps you up-to-date with your new emails, chat requests and updates […]

Use Audio File Info For Extra Info On Your Music Files

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If you’re a Linux user who’s ever needed to get info on a particular music file (MP3, AAC, etc.), then the standard Properties window has an Audio tab that gives you quite a bit of information.  Simply right-click the audio file in question, choose the Properties option at the bottom of the contextual menu, then […]