Category Archives: Hacks

SSH tunnels and remote port forwarding


If you want you can skip the beginning blurb and go right to the recipe. Every so often you face a tough problem then someone sayz to yuh, “Cliff, have you tried ssh tunnels?” (well that’s what hey would say to you if you were me, and if you were me you would have a …

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Use ALSA for OSX Sounds


A follow up to a much earlier post using the same idea I’ve modified my old command line shell script to handle .m4a and partially .aif files. The catalyst was my neighbor on the other side of my cube wall. He got tired of hearing my Kopete blips and I’ll admit they do sound annoying. …

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Broken screen resolutions in Mepis 7


It’s been a while since I’ve been entrenched in Linux. I used to know this stuff like I know karate. (I took all of two months of Taekwondo which were Tuesday and Thursday evening courses back in the 6th grade.) There was a time I could dcopfrom KMenu through Amarok and generate Growl-like messages when …

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KDE Katapult Tip


I’ve done this before, all of it. Everything I’ve done to my new Mepis box is a repeat of two years ago but a lot of it I can’t remember… too hazy. That’s why the blog posts. Today’s tip involves Katapult. I fell in love with it because of the way it lists my album …

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Creative Sound Blaster X Fi on Ubuntu Hardy


I got a lot to say but no time to say it. For now just know that I’m back on Linux and fighting with audio incompatibility. It sux because most everything else works on my fresh new Mint Linux (that’s right I’m on Mint now, not Mepis, not Kubuntu…) install. For what it’s worth I …

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Set the $PATH for the Run (Alt+F2) Dialog


Here’s another gem for Linux Hacks that’s bugged me far too long. We start with a story. You’re new to Linux. (Maybe you aren’t but just pretend you are.) You start playing with some bash scripts eventually accumulating a collection of little knick-knacks and doo-hickeys. They’re living in a folder titled “scripts” in some odd …

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KDE, KMenu and Katapult


Today’s entry in Linux Hacks involves a little issue I’ve been having in KDE. You see I sometimes need to add entries to my KMenu (the Linux/KDE equivalent to the Windows Start menu) but here’s the interesting thing. I never use my KMenu directly. Have you heard of Katapult? Me neither until my OSX obsessed …

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With respect for Kathy


Kathy Seirra, one of the top three bloggers that I know of has been under attack. The short story is some people thought it would be comical, daring, or cool to slander the woman over the internet for whatever reason. The entire situation is foolish but you can’t easily stop something as powerful as the …

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Use ALSA for KDE sounds


Building on my last post on Linux sound hacks I’m including this little gem. It’s a little bash script I wrote that plays an input parameter through ALSA. If you disable the KDE sound system you can use this shell script to push system sounds through ALSA. It assumes aplay, oggdec, and mpg321 are installed …

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Firefox Flash Linux Hack


Here’s the first in my series of Linux naunces/gems. Sometimes one of the most annoying things for a computer user of any breed is to navigate to a page that loads a Flash applet. Why is it annoying? For starters, Flash is likely not installed (typical on most Linux distros) and if it is installed …

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