Category Archives: Tips and Tricks

Todo.txt – simple todo app

You might have used a variety of online services to maintain your todo list. But there are variuos reasons to use a text todo file which is stored on your own PC. You just have to use a single todo.txt file which contains your list of items. Todo.txt shows you how to maintain your todo list.
The file contains one item per line. The items can be categorised under variuos projects using the tag p:project. For eg. if I want to categorise a particular item under college, then I tag it as p:college. There are also contexts which show when/where the particular item has to be done. Eg. if I have to make a phone call, then I would tag it as @phone.
An example todo.txt file may be

write blog entry about todo.txt p:fslog
clean up room
call broadband provider for connection @phone

The site also has shell files which can be used to maintain the todo.txt files. You can download them and use it to maintain your own todo list. One advantage of using the text files are that you could just grep the file to find what tasks are pending.

Firefox unresponsive scripts warning – fix

Firefox 1.5 brings up more unresponsive script warning on sites that use heavy Javascript like Gmail than the previous version. To fix this problem, you just have to change the configuration.

  • Type about:config in the address bar and you will get the hidden configuration page – similar to the windows registry editor.
  • In the filter box, type dom.max_script_run_time. This will filter the options and will display only the dom.max_script_run_time.
  • Right-click it and choose Modify. A box pops up. Change the number to something bigger like 20. This is the maximum time a script can run before Firefox considers it

Ubuntu on PowerPC

Some days ago, I wanted to try Ubuntu for PowerPC in our iMac labs and so I popped the CD and rebooted. But, I didn’t know how to make the system boot through the CD. After some searching, I found out a way to boot through the CD.

Hold down the c key when booting the computer or Command-Option-Shift-Delete key combo. You will get a menu where you can choose from which media boot the computer. It is just so easy to do. Have anyone installed Ubuntu on their apples? Tell me about your experiences.

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Kill an application in KDE

New Linux User has a very useful article about how to kill an application that misbehaves in your KDE.

When in KDE, if an application stops responding, just press Ctrl-Esc and it brings up the KDE process table. This table lists all the running processes and you just have to select the application that is not responding and have to click the kill button.
Actually, people say that Linux doesn’t hang like Windows. Yes, that is absolutely true, but the Graphical User Interface (desktop environment) has its own bugs and it is still not so stable to run any kind of app without crashing. Whatever happens to the desktop environment , you could always use the command line interface (CLI). CLI users always boast of this power and uninterrupted usage. This is also an important thing why Linux has better uptimes than Windows machines.