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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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Possible key mechanism to disable xscreensaver automatically when watching youtube and the like

Posted 05-29-2014 at 09:07 PM by the dsc (linux-related notes)

I haven't even tried it yet, it just looks like a good candidate method to mess with eventually:

top p $mplayer_pid -bd 0.25 n 3 | grep $mplayer_pid | awk '{print $9}'
I saw it here:

That would give "larger than zero" numbers when mplayer is playing (I think Debian's/current "top" syntax is a little bit different and requires "b" and "d" separated,...
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Liquorix kernel seems more responsive than Debian's default

Posted 05-28-2014 at 11:46 AM by the dsc (linux-related notes)

I'm somewhat skeptical of the tuned-kernel movement, so I didn't install it expecting to make my OS "fly" or anything. It just happened that recently there had been some weird kernel error messages ("perf samples too long"), and, related to that or not, the OS would become sluggish with lots of read-or-write activity (on my old HDD that must be really slow, to add to sluggishness). Apparently you can sort of solve it in a sysctl-like way, printing a "0" to some file/parameter,...
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You can still have google with the top black menu bar

Posted 05-24-2014 at 05:53 PM by the dsc (linux-related notes)
Tags google

I truly hate websites or GUIs in general going away with nice features or changing stuff for no good reason, and/or without being in a clear opt-in/out manner.

Anyway, adding a parameter to the google query/url still brings the not-so-old UI: noj=1

You'll still need a user script to have "scholar" to be among the search options on that menu, though. Otherwise it's still on "more → even more → scholar, no longer with your original query, loser"....
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Rar extraction via pcmanfm context menu apparently requires file-roller on Debian

Posted 05-20-2014 at 01:09 PM by the dsc (linux-related notes)
Tags debian, pcmanfm, rar

The title pretty much describes all that's to say about it.

Reading other forum I was left with the impression that xarchiver + unrar would suffice, but apparently it doesn't, at least in Debian Testing, May 2014.
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The "DE" environment variable affects xdg-open settings/behavior

Posted 05-16-2014 at 07:32 PM by the dsc (linux-related notes)

I once saw someone who had "export DE=openbox", and so I changed accordingly, it was "kde" before, even though I'm on Openbox.

But now I realize that it affects things like xdg-open, which is set by configurations that I think aim to set almost-universal file associations. I think that perhaps Openbox "doesn't even count" as a DE to the related settings, so the result is that, for example, you can't open some stuff with the associated app from google...
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