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Liferea hack: add links to ABC (Australia) news items

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Most of the RSS feeds in my Liferea RSS reader have external links in their brief, descriptive texts, like this one from The Guardian newspaper: News feeds from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Australia's national broadcaster, don't have links: To see the the online ABC news…

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How to deal with NBSPs in a terminal

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A non-breaking space (NBSP) is a special kind of whitespace. It's an invisible signal that tells a text-processing program to avoid replacing that space with a linefeed or carriage return. For example, if you wrote "2 kg" in LibreOffice Writer and didn't want the "2" to be at…

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BASH drivers, start your engines

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There's always more than one way to do a job in the shell, and there may not be One Best Way to do that job, either. Nevertheless, different commands with the same output can differ in how long they take, how much memory they use and how hard they make the CPU work. Out of curiosity I trialled 6…

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A handy script for translations

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Do you translate blocks of text by copying them and pasting into Google Translate in a browser? If you do, the script explained here might save you a lot of work. At the core The script relies on translate-shell, a wonderful command-line utility written by Mort Yao and available in the repositories…

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When will this script finish doing its job?

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Several of my data-auditing scripts take a long time to execute. Until recently I had no way of knowing how long they'd take. I'd enter the command for the script, press Enter and wait. And wait. I've now discovered the pipeline viewer or pv command, which tracks the progress of my scripts. An…

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A simpler track-changes script

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Back in March 2015 I blogged about a track-changes script that reports the edits made to a tab-separated data table. The script actually generates two reports: a plain text version and a fancy HTML version. A slightly improved version of that script is on my data-cleaning website here. The script…

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A Script to Toggle the CPU Performance Governor

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If you're a gamer, you probably find your computer's default CPU scaling (usually the "balanced" or "powersave" setting) is more than sufficient the majority of the time, but just occasionally, a game will run at its best when the CPU is set to maximum frequency all the time,…

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File manager: open a terminal, but not here

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Each of the two file managers I use — Thunar and Xfe — allows me to open a terminal in a selected directory. In Thunar, I right-click on a directory and choose Open Terminal Here, and in Xfe I use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + t. In both cases, though, the terminal window opens right on top of the fil…

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Shifty dates in Microsoft Excel

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Microsoft has used two different starting points on the calendar for calculating dates in different versions of their Excel spreadsheet program. Really. Microsoft explains the difference here. One version used 1 January 1900 for serial day numbering, the other used 1 January 1904. Of course, up to…

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It rains pretty regularly, in the shell

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In a 2-article series here on The Linux Rain last May (part 1 and part2) I described how I used AWK to clean up rainfall data for my home town in Tasmania. The result was a file called rain3 with rainfall totals for each of the 36525 days from 1 January 1916 to 31 December 2015: In this article I…

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Create & manage docker hosts with Docker Machine on VirtualBox

Docker Machine is a tool that let us install Docker Engine on virtual hosts on various platforms, on local environment as well on cloud.

How to Set Up RVM on Debian 10 Buster

If you plan on doing any sort of Ruby development, RVM is a must.

How to Enable Dynamic Transparency Ubuntu

MakeTechEasier:Even though it was removed, you can re-enable dynamic transparency on your Ubuntu PC with the GNOME desktop environment with a simple extension.

How to use Gnome shell's secret screen recorder

Learn how to use a Gnome shell's secret screen recorder.

How To Upgrade Everything Using Topgrade CLI Utility In Linux

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The E3 2019 Linux gaming round-up

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The perils of crowdfunding for Linux games: Eco edition

Tags: Crowdfunding, EditorialWhen crowdfunding games, there's always a risk that something will go wrong. Sometimes games get cancelled, sometimes…

Humble Store have a nice City Builder sale going on this weekend

Tags: Humble Store, Game Sale, City BuilderJust a quick tip before it's over, Humble Store are currently doing a sale with a City Builder theme and…

Dota Underlords from Valve is already quite addictive and they're improving it quickly

Tags: Strategy, Beta, Steam, Valve, Initial ThoughtsWith Dota Underlords available for testing, I've now taken a look at it (thanks Scaine!) and so…

NetherWorld, an impressive looking and weird narrative pixel-art action game is coming to Linux

Tags: Pixel Graphics, Action, Steam, Indie Game, UpcomingCurrently in development by Hungry Pixel, NetherWorld has a pretty impressive pixel-art…

DXVK 1.2.2 released with performance improvements and bug fixes

Tags: Wine, VulkanDXVK, the incredible project that provides a Vulkan-based layer for D3D11 and D3D10 games run with Wine has another release now…

The Expression Amrilato, a Yuri Visual Novel that teaches some Esperanto has a same-day Linux release on GOG

Tags: Visual Novel, GOG, DRM-FreeCurrently stuck in release limbo on Steam, 'The Expression Amrilato' has been released on GOG today with full Linux…

GOG are giving away Toonstruck during the Summer Sale Festival finale

Tags: GOG, Free Game, Giveaway, DRM-FreeThe GOG Summer Sale Festival is ending on Monday June 17th at 10 PM UTC, so GOG are now giving away copies of…

The latest Volcanoids update sounds amazing, lets you directly pilot your drillship

Tags: Steam, Early Access, Indie Game, Steampunk, Unity, SurvivalVolcanoids, the steampunk survival game where your base of operations is a massive…

Skellboy looks like a very sweet action-RPG where you swap body parts

Tags: Action, RPG, Steam, UpcomingSkellboy, a recent discovery being developed by UmaikiGames and published by Fabraz (Slime-San, Planet Diver) looks…

Unique racing game 'Vector 36' adds online multiplayer in the latest update and a free weekend

Tags: Racing, Steam, Indie Game, UpdateVector 36 is a racing game that's quite unusual, as you're piloting a Skimmer across the surface of Mars. …

Relic Hunters Legend to enter Alpha later this month, includes Linux support

Tags: Action, Alpha, Indie Game, UpcomingRelic Hunters Legend, the crowdfunded shoot and loot RPG from Rogue Snail is gearing up for the Alpha…

Hard sci-fi space game 'Rings of Saturn' is now doing an Early Access crowdfunding mix on itch

Tags: Indie Game, Early Access, Crowdfunding, Itch.io, Simulation, Godot EngineRings of Saturn, a hard sci-fi space simulation game made with the…

Starbound's massive 1.4 "Bounty Hunter" update is out now

Tags: Indie Game, Humble Store, GOG, Steam, Sandbox, SurvivalAfter a long wait, with this being the first update to Starbound since October last…

SkateBIRD has flown past the Kickstarter goal, Linux demo now available

Tags: Sports, Casual, Indie Game, Community, Crowdfunding, DemoGet ready to explore a bird-sized skatepark, as SkateBIRD has not only flown right…

Valve release a new stable Steam Client from all the recent Beta builds, nice fixes for Linux

Tags: Steam, UpdateValve have once again gathered all the new features and fixes from a bunch of recent Beta builds and pushed it out to everyone,…