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Just annotations of little "how to's", so I know I can find how to do something I've already done when I need to do it again, in case I don't remember anymore, which is not unlikely. Hopefully they can be useful to others, but I can't guarantee that it will work, or that it won't even make things worse.
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Pure-text de-truncator script, a work in progress

Posted 09-30-2012 at 01:28 PM by the dsc (linux-related notes)
Updated 09-30-2012 at 01:32 PM by the dsc
Tags epub, pdf, sed, truncated

Sometimes I want to quote some PDF on pure text, luckily enough it would have actual text rather than being an non-OCRed image, but often there's still the problem that the text on the PDF is truncated/formatted in a fake/dumb way, with actual "new lines" to break the page, which may not make the text completely unreadable when pasted in a text editor, but it's reasonably annoying, and may require quite some time to fix manually.

I'm trying to create a script or one-liner...
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Rant: what was wrong/"bad" with mplayer-gui/gmplayer?

Posted 09-03-2012 at 10:41 AM by the dsc (linux-related notes)
Tags mplayer, rant

I don't get it. It wasn't like it inspired someone to say that it's the GUI that one ever dreamed about, but was fully functional, and funnily enough more reliable than all the alternative GUIs that used mplayer as a back-end, as far as I've looked at. I guess the decision eventually resulted in a (current to me at least) problem with subtitles/fontconfig, as subtitles will work on mplayer and mplayer2, but not on gmplayer, even though it never used to be that way before.

It's not...
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Three convenient customizations to firefox / iceweasel

Posted 07-14-2012 at 04:40 PM by the dsc (linux-related notes)
Updated 07-14-2012 at 04:46 PM by the dsc

Restore an old/previous session, but do not load the tabs right away: an end to the dilemma of empty session versus restoring tabs. Add to "about:config", if it's not already there:

Code:
browser.sessionstore.restore_on_demand
Set to "true", and it doesn't hurt to add also:


Code:
browser.sessionstore.max_concurrent_tabs
Set to 0. I guess it depends on the version or whatever, I don't care to find out. I wish I knew that...
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Mplayer configuration tips

Posted 07-07-2012 at 01:50 AM by the dsc (linux-related notes)
Updated 02-09-2013 at 08:32 PM by the dsc (adding more content)

Setting the default volume for mplayer and gmplayer

Despite of having different config files, "config" and "gui.conf", this is one configuration that gmplayer inherits from "config", and will be ignored if set on "gui.conf", with the volume being reset to max and the line in the config file removed. That's one of those easter-eggs to give type As heart attacks. I think that's valid for Debian squeeze's gmplayer version, it may have changed afterward....
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Improving/fixing font rendering on Debian's web browsers

Posted 06-08-2012 at 03:59 PM by the dsc (linux-related notes)

Warning: I don't know the whole story about this (no warranties, you're on your own if you decided to follow these instructions), but after some recent upgrades my Debian install (testing/unstable) had awful font rendering on web browsers (everything nice everywhere else somehow). I like to "force" freesans (which is very somooth and anti-aliased) on almost everything on the web, and it was looking like some pixelated Times New Roman or Courier New.

I went googling for solutions...
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