Posts Tagged productivity

openbox followMouse essential configuration

Focus-follows-mouse coupled with the disabled Raise-on-focus window property is a mode of operation for a window manager, highly targeted at the professional use, unheard of in the Microsoft Windows world. Yet, it takes some fine configuration tweaks to get it to the prime-time.

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“Scripting” is not sloppy “programming”

Every time I need to mention some automation development work while talking to a client, I find myself overly watchful not to say the words “scripting” or “script” excessively. That’s how much of “sloppiness” is felt to be connotative to those terms in the public opinion. Ergo, you can see how glad I was to […]

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To upgrade or not to upgrade?

That’s another great sysadmin’s dilemma: do you do updates often, trying to keep your systems at the “cutting edge” and have all the security patches upplied immediately upon official release, or do you roll the updates out as discretely as possible, not trying to fix something that’s not [still] broken? That, and the fine topic […]

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Life Balance for Android (with improvements)

Life Balance is a really neat dynamic ToDo list manager. Ideally, if used appropriately it can almost exactly suggest you what you need (and would enjoy) to do at any given moment in your life. Like all near-perfect things it has a number of drawbacks though:

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Multiple –exclude options to tar

The tar’s “–exclude=PATTERN” option has always had me perplexed. As this is mostly intended for automation scenarios, I have never paid much attention to this option resorting to its more “pro-batch” variant “–exclude-from FILE”. But today, as I went about making some backups I thought it’s enough, I need to learn how to use this […]

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Clean up EXIF tags in digital photos with 1-liner

Use the following one-line script to control witch EXIF data to leave in the photos published online: exiftool -P -overwrite_original -all= -tagsFromFile @ -ExposureTime -MeteringMode -Flash -FocalLength -FocalLengthIn35mmFormat -FocusDistance -VibrationReduction -FocusMode -CreateDate -DateTimeOriginal -ISO -FNumber -UserComment -copyright='(c)2011, Alexander Shcheblikin’ -artist=’Alexander Shcheblikin’ -model=”Sasha’s DX dSLR” _DSC*jpg This should all be entered on one line (note: the […]

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Strip HTML in mutt

A quick fix for conveniently reading (and replying to) HTML MIME emails in mutt mail agent.

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