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Scripting a fancy chooser for recently used files

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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A "Track Changes" script for data cleaning

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The complicated-looking script at the end of this article is in two parts. The first part detects the changes made when a data table is edited, and reports the changes as a plain-text logfile. It's a straightforward bit of shell scripting based on the diff command. The second part of the script…

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Linux, HP and the avoidance of Windows

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Having a TL;DR day? In a nutshell, I just replaced a 2011 HP Mini netbook with a 2014 HP mini-notebook. Both run Linux. Thank you, HP. The netbook I bought a 2011 HP Mini 110-3744TU in early 2012 (specs below). It came with Windows 7 'starter', which I replaced with CrunchBang Linux. The Mini is…

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Linux game development in 2015

Gamasutra: With the arrival of Humble Bundles and Steam, gaming under Linux becomes a tangible thing.

How To Install Systemback 1.6.201 (Open-Source Backup Software) On Ubuntu 15.10, Ubuntu 15.04 And Ubuntu 14.04 Systems

LinuxG: As you may know, Systemback is an application for creating backups similar to Timeshift, enabling the users to fully restore the operating system.

Jonathan Riddell (Kubuntu) demands your hugs

ocsmag: Jonathan Riddell, the main developer of Kubuntu (and of large chunks of Ubuntu) has scaled up his personal war on Canonical’s licensing of Intellectual Property

Mozilla's Bugzilla Hacked, Exposing Firefox Zero-Days

eWEEK: The good news in this bad situation is that Firefox is already patched for all the issues.

OpenSSL Security: A Year in Review

Over the last 10 years, OpenSSL has published advisories on over 100 vulnerabilities.

Android Candy: Copay—the Next-Generation Bitcoin Wallet

LinuxJournal: If you want to manage your own Bitcoin without trusting an on-line cloud provider, Copay puts the control in your hands.

EXT4 Updates Are Pretty Boring For Linux 4.3

Phoronix: The EXT4 file-system updates have been sent in for the Linux 4.3 kernel.

Transcribe Speech To Text With Linux And Google

Freedom Penguin: Sometimes in life, you run into situations where turning a voice recording into a text document is necessary.

The Best And Worst Of Linux Gaming

 EveryDayLinuxUser: This article looks at the best and worst options for gaming within Linux

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Illuminascii, A Weird FPS With An ASCII Text Based Visual Style

I do love my FPS games, but I'm not entirely sure about Illuminascii. It mixes traditional graphics with ASCII for a really cool effect, but the…

Twin Stick Shooter Assault Android Cactus To Be Released Sept 23rd, Plus Some Early Access Reflections

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New Trailer Released For Time Jumping Puzzler Induction

Induction creator Bryan Gale recently released a new trailer for his upcoming game, featuring music by Duet composer Tim Shiel. The music in the new…

Grand Ages: Medieval From Kalypso Media Digital Looks Like It Will Be On Linux

Another good looking strategy game looks bound for Linux, this time it's Grand Ages: Medieval from Kalypso Media and Gaming Minds Studios. Recently…

Medieval II: Total War Looks Set For Linux, Possibly From Feral Interactive

Medieval II: Total War has popped up on SteamDB with Linux information, and we also have Feral Interactive teasing us on twitter again, looks like…

Nvidia Video From SIGGRAPH Talks About Vulkan

One video that got buried in my inbox of games was the Nvidia video from SIGGRAPH, so here it is. Packed full of lovely info. It's almost an hour…

New Linux Gaming Survey For September

It's that time of the month again Linux gamers! The new GOL survey for September is now available, so please make sure to fill it in if you have the…

GOL Asks: What Was Your Favourite Linux Game Release In August?

As part of an ongoing series of asking you stuff, today I ask "What was your favourite Linux game release from August?". Personally, I'm seriously…

Gas Guzzlers Extreme Could Still Come To Linux, Nice Surprise

I had given up hope of seeing Gas Guzzlers Extreme on Linux, but it seems the developers have found a new porter. On the 30th of August the developer…

Obsidian Entertainment Say Linux's Future Is Good With Pillars Of Eternity

Recently, we accepted an article that quoted Obsidian Entertainment saying Linux wasn't worth it. That same developer now has nicer comments about it…

Insurgency FPS Should Be On Linux By The SteamOS Launch

It has been a long time coming, but it seems Insurgency will be with us within the next few months. The developer said it was important. They…