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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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User style/CSS to get rid of Google's "come here often" pop-up

Posted 01-12-2016 at 01:00 PM by the dsc (linux-related notes)

Seems to work for me on firefox/iceweasel:

@namespace url(;

@-moz-document domain("")
 .gb_ga, .gb_g { display: none !important; }
British users probably need to change the domain to "" and likewise for some other countries that aren't subdomains of;]
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Application-specific recent files pipe-menus for Openbox

Posted 01-10-2016 at 09:55 PM by the dsc (linux-related notes)
Updated 01-14-2016 at 02:32 AM by the dsc (improvement)

Here's an example for GIMP:


printf "<?xml version=\"1.0\" encoding=\"UTF-8\"?><openbox_pipe_menu>"

# Instead of just "gimp" in the next line, it could even be a series of
# related programs, if you juggle between different applications with 
# these files. Such as "gimp\|inkscape\|krita\|mypaint"

grep -B 10 gimp ~/.local/share/recently-used.xbel | \ 
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Download files from a list while (re)naming them at the same time

Posted 11-27-2015 at 12:27 PM by the dsc (linux-related notes)
Updated 11-27-2015 at 12:33 PM by the dsc

"wget -i" is perhaps the tool of choice to download files from a list, but it doesn't allow you to set custom file names for the individual files on the list file. So, if you want to download a bunch of podcast episodes, but would want each file to have a descriptive file name rather than "12345.mp3", it won't help you.

A simple alternative is to have a download list with the file URLS followed by the "-O" flag and desired file name, and read this file...
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Scary massive Debian-testing upgrade went well, it seems

Posted 11-12-2015 at 03:52 PM by the dsc (linux-related notes)

Probably the largest upgrade I've done so far, at least in the last five years or so. Most individual upgradeable packages, if selected individually, would require uninstalling half of the system. But "mark all upgrades" on synaptic in contrast required uninstalling just a few obscure packages, seemingly not affecting anything I use often. There were a few bugged packages, but the bugs didn't seem to apply to me, so I upgraded them anyway, as there was no choice.

But the...
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Terminal with similar keybindings to kwrite / kate / gedit / html text fields?

Posted 10-06-2015 at 09:04 PM by the dsc (linux-related notes)
Updated 01-13-2016 at 05:02 AM by the dsc (alternative solution)

EDIT: As it turns out, it's not really needed.

With control+x+e your current command line will be opened with the $EDITOR application. From there you edit freely, then you save it, and as you exit, it will run.

I think the text editor Nedit is an excellent $EDITOR to have for that. It uses the tcl/tk toolkit (or actually motiff, if it's not the same thing),...
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