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Playing with CenterIM, a command line instant messenger

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When working in the terminal, I use a lot CenterIM, an instant messenger client. While Finch (Pidgin on ncurse) is more feature-rich than CenterIM and has almost all the plugins that Pidgin has, I prefer CenterIM because it has a very clean interface, offering you just what you need to communicate:

-a contact list

-a chat window

-a log window (I find it quite informative)

There is one function in Pidgin that I like a lot and that is  the “Pounce”  option (being announce with a pop-up when an user log off, log in or some other event you select).  After reading the   CenterIM Documentation, I found a very simple solution to implement this feature to my favorite command line IM client. So here it is: Read the rest of this entry »

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November 29, 2010 at 4:21 pm

How to backup your Windows in Linux

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I will show you how to make a fast backup of your windows partition from the command line. Of course, that is if you have enough space on your linux partition. Open a console and type the following command:


$ tar -cvzf win_backup.tar.gz /mnt/win

Where win_backup.tar.gz is the name of the archive and /mnt/win/  is the path to the windows partition (what to backup).

If there is a folder you don’t want to backup, use the exclude option. E.g.:


$ tar -cvzf win_backup.tar.gz --exclude= "/mnt/win/Downloads/*" /mnt/win


To restore do:


 $  tar -xvzf win_backup.tar.gz


Switch Explanation:
x -extract the contents of the TAR file
c -create a TAR file
z– uncompress it before extracting, used on file ending in .tar.gz or .tgz
v -verbose – display contents as it is tarring or extracting

f  -filename to follow

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June 2, 2008 at 10:17 am

The fastest way to navigate in GNOME

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Here is a tip about how to navigate in GNOME-the fast way.  While on the desktop (with no window focused), press the / key to open the Nautilus navigation bar.

To navigate to a specific location type the folders path in the bar.

Also, you can navigate to the special locations, using the paths as they are presented on killer tech tips:

Opens the CD Writing Window.


Shows Computer, lists the disk partitions


Lists the available fonts.



Connects you to the specified ftp address.


Lists network locations.



Opens the Samba (file sharing) Window.



Opens the System Settings Window.


Lists the available GNOME themes.

If you know some others URI’s, please present them.

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Written by nongeekboy

May 16, 2008 at 7:29 am

Top 15 shortcut keys in GNOME and Nautilus

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Many users are not aware of the shortcuts that can be use in GNOME and it’s File Manager, Nautilus. Therefore, I made up this list with the most useful (in my opinion) hotkeys. Hope it helps:


Top 15 shortcut keys in Gnome and Nautilus:


Ctrl-N: open new window

Ctrl-Shift-N: create new folder

Ctrl-H: show hidden files

Alt-Home : jump to home folder

Alt-Enter : file / folder properties

F9 : toggle side-pane

Alt-F1 : launch applications menu

Alt-F2 : launch “run application” dialogue

Ctrl-Alt Right/Left arrow : move to the next virtual desktop

Ctrl-AltShift – Right/Left arrow : take current window to the next virtual desktopCtrl-Alt-D: minimize all windows, and gives focus to the desktop.

Alt-Tab: switch between windows. When you use these shortcut keys, a list of windows that you can select is displayed. Release the keys to select a window.

Ctrl-Alt-Tab: switch the focus between the panels and the desktop. When you use these shortcut keys, a list of items that you can select is displayed. Release the keys to select an item.

Ctrl-Alt-L: lock the screen (it works in Ubuntu-I don’t know about other distros)\

Ctrl-L: shortcut for opening locations-by default the path is the home folder*

A useful hint that I found on the excellent Fosswire blog:

/ : same as Ctrl-L but has the root (/) as default path*

 * both shortcuts can be used while you are on the desktop (no window active)


And a suggestion:

Ctrl-T : move to trash (in Nautilus)

This is a dangerous key combination because many of us are used to press these keys in order to open a new tab. Because we all delete items using the Delete key, I recommend to deactivate this shortcut key. To do that, go to System » Preferences »  Appearance » Interface. Select Editable menu shortcut keys and close the dialog box. Click on the Edit menu in the File Browser. Click the Empty Trash item (it has Ctrl-T as the keyboard shortcut) Press the Delete key to get rid of the shortcut.

You cand find all GNOME shortcut keys on: http://library.gnome.org/users/user-guide/latest/keyboard-skills.html.en

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Written by nongeekboy

May 7, 2008 at 10:20 am

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