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How to manage alternating lines of text on the command line


In this article I've pulled together some command-line tips for alternating lines of text. Questions about alternating lines turn up regularly on online help forums, and they sometimes get complicated answers. Here I've tried to keep things simple. Interleaving lines For demonstration purposes I'll…

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The joys of ISOdates


It took me a fair while to get comfortable with the ISO 8601 date format. After so many years of using DD MMM YYYY, my old eyes and brain had some trouble understanding YYYY-MM-DD. Finally something clicked, and I now read 'ISOdates' easily and I really appreciate their advantages. The biggest…

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Scripting a fancy chooser for recently used files


I recently scripted a GUI dialog that lists my 10 most recently modified files in reverse chronological order and allows me to choose more than 1 file for opening. The dialog is launched with a keyboard shortcut and is shown here with 2 files selected: The script is in copy-and-paste form at the…

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Gnumeric: a filter-and-export script


My wife likes to organise and store information in Gnumeric spreadsheets. Every now and then she needs to filter her data and save the result to a new spreadsheet. Gnumeric doesn't have a simple way to do that. It has a complicated way to do it ('Advanced Filter'), but nothing so straightforward as…

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How to insert code snippets on the command line without executing them


You can store a code snippet in a shell alias or a function, but when you type the alias or function name in a BASH shell and press 'Enter', the shell executes (or tries to execute) the snippet. That's no good if the snippet is incomplete or needs editing. A simple workaround is to paste the…

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How to read a file N lines at a time in BASH: 3 methods


The file I'll be using for this demonstration is called demo and looks like this: demo is plain text with 2 tab-separated columns. The first column is sorted alphabetically, but the second column isn't sorted. What I want to find out is how many different letters are in the second column for each…

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Impressions of a Chromebook and Linuxy Goodness


Feeling like something different, I recently bought a HP Chromebook 11. In this article I give my impressions on the device itself and also some Linux-specific goodness thanks to something caled Crouton, plus a few thoughts on working in the "cloud". As someone who uses a typical GNU/Linux…

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Split a table and number the pieces: two methods


I worked on these bits of code to simplify a shell script of mine. You really wouldn't want to see the script's original commands here — they're way too ugly! The new commands are much prettier and work well. The problem To simplify the story, here's a comma-separated table called demo, sorted on t…

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Some baby name problems


No, these aren't homework problems from a computer science class. They're interesting head-scratchers based on a data-analysis project I worked on recently, with the data 'reimagined' here for simplicity but with the underlying problems intact. We'll start with boys and girls, which are text files…

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The State of NVIDIA Optimus on Linux


For those unaware, NVIDIA Optimus is a technology that allows integrated Intel graphics and a discrete NVIDIA graphics card to be built into the same computer (generally a laptop) and switch between the two on-demand. This same technology is also the cause of Linus Torvalds' infamous "finger"…

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News Elsewhere

Amazon, Google Boost Cloud Security Efforts

eSecurityPlanet: Amazon and Google, two of the biggest cloud players, roll out new services in a bid to help cloud users be safer. (all Linux powered too!)

Linus Torvalds Still Not Afraid of Being Hit by a Bus

ServerWatch: "Where I live there are no buses," Torvalds said.

openSUSE Tumbleweed Gets New Major Snapshot, Leap 42.1 RC1 Coming Next Week

 softpedia: While the openSUSE Leap 42.1 Gold Master will be internally available at the end of the month, the rest of the world will be able to update to the final release in the first week of November 2015, if everything goes according to plan.

Linksys WRT router gains faster SoC, more RAM, OpenWrt

 LinuxGizmos: Linksys has launched a "WRT1900ACS" router that updates the AC version with a faster dual-core, 1.6GHz SoC, twice the RAM (at 512MB), and OpenWrt support.

Matthew Garrett is not forking Linux

 ZDnet: But the famed Linux developer is putting his security work into his own Linux tree without Linus Torvalds' approval.

How to split large audio files on Linux

 HowToForge: It is often the case that we want to split a one-piece audio recording into smaller files.

A decade of Linux patent non-aggression: The Open Invention Network

 ZDnet: One reason why Linux weathered patent attacks and trolls to become today's dominant server and cloud operating system is because the Open Invention Network united its supporters into a strong patent consortium

Protecode: Open Source Code Will Power 95 Pct. of Companies by 2017

 The VAR Guy: Protecode, which specializes in open source code management services, has published an infographic that details trends in open source programming and development. Latest Articles

Civilization: Beyond Earth - Rising Tide Expansion Released & Thoughts From A Civ Addict

Tags:Strategy,Steam,Review,DLCCivilization: Beyond Earth is a sci fi-themed entry in the much-beloved and long-running Civilization series. It came…

Storm United, The Great Looking UE4 FPS Is Finally Getting An Update

Tags:Action,FPS,Steam This weekend Storm United should finally have a new update, and the developers have told us it will include Linux too. We've…

The Weekly Livestream Arrives Once Again At 5 PM UTC!

Tags:Site InfoI'm here once again to inform you that a Friday Livestream is here once again and, as always, we will spend a couple of hours playing…

Overlord & Overlord 2 Coming To Linux, Two More Virtual Programming Titles

Tags:Coming Soon,SteamOh boy, Virtual Programming sure our busy! Overlord & Overlord 2 are also on their way to Linux. I can't wait! I had…

Saints Row 2 & 3 Are Being Ported By Virtual Programming

Tags:Steam,Editorial,Coming Soon With earlier news about another Saints Row game, a member of the community sent word that Virtual Programming have…

Saints Row: Gat Out Of Hell Looks Like It Will Also Come To Linux

Tags:Steam,Sandbox,Coming Soon,Action Okay, now we are being totally spoilt by Deep Silver. Another Saints Row game looks like it will come to Linux,…

Haque: Retro Roguelike RPG Requires Riches

Tags:Roguelike,RPG,CrowdfundingIf you're an old follower of The Funding Crowd and you have a pretty good memory you may remember Project Maiden by…

The GOL Game Jam Is Really Happening Soon!

Tags:Site InfoRecently I asked some opinions about us organizing a game jam here on GOL and I received a bunch of positive feedback and I will…

Epistory - Typing Chronicles Will Come To Linux

Tags:Action,Adventure,Coming Soon,Early Access,SteamEpistory - Typing Chronicles is a rather unique looking atmospheric action/adventure game, and…

Be A Space Marine In Templar Battleforce On Linux

Tags:Strategy,Steam,RPG,Action Templar Battleforce is a turn based human vs alien strategy game with RPG elements, and so far it does seem to be…

Cyberpunk Adventure 'Read Only Memories' Released DRM Free And On Steam, Has Demo

Tags:Steam,Point & Click,,Humble Store,GOG,Demo,AdventureRead Only Memories is a story-focused point-and-click with a diverse cast of…

Narrative Game 'The Beginner's Guide' Released On Steam

Tags:Steam,AdventureThe Beginner's Guide is the new game from The Stanley Parable creator Davey Wreden, and it was released for Linux on Steam last…

GOL Cast: Dominating Scoreboards In Polychromatic

Tags:Review,Indie Game,GOL Cast,Arcade,ActionAfter a pretty long hiatus related to my school work, I have finally returned to reclaim the GOL Cast…

Magicka 2 Looks Like It Will Land On Linux Soon, Having Final Tweaks

Tags:Steam,Coming Soon,Adventure,Action Just a heads up guys, Magicka 2 looks like it could land on Linux this month. A developer mentioned it's…

Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition Looks Set For Release This Month

Tags:Steam,RPG,Coming Soon,Action Looks like Divinity: Original Sin will finally see the promised Linux version with the Enhanced Edition due on…