Linux man pages are an integral part of Linux folklore. Even seasoned users have to refer to man pages every once in a while. Wouldn't it be much more fun if man pages were a little colorful? If you run a graphical X desktop, it isn't much trouble to add some color to the otherwise very technical and curt manuals. Simply copy the contents of the file called XTerm in the app-defaults directory to your .Xdefaults file. The following replaces the .Xdefaults file entirely:
$ cp /usr/share/X11/app-defaults/XTerm ~/.Xdefaults
Edit the file and uncomment these lines (or create them if they aren't in your particular file). Change the colors from yellow and red to your favorite colors if yellow and red do not suit you:
*VT100*colorULMode: on *VT100*colorUL: yellow !*VT100*italicULMode: on *VT100*underLine: off ! Uncomment this to use color for the bold attribute *VT100*colorBDMode: on *VT100*colorBD: red
Enjoy the colorful man pages!
Firefox is a great browser, but you already knew that, right? Firefox's keywords facility can be used for a neat search trick. It is best used for a directed search engine that digs specific data—for example, a Bugzilla search, IMDb search, LXR search or Marcel/wine search (www.wine-searcher.com), and so on. Here are the steps:
Go to a site that offers a simple search facility (for example, IMDb, LXR or your local Bugzilla).
Place the cursor within the search box.
Right-click, and select Add a Keyword for this Search.
Give your new search shortcut a name.
Give your new search shortcut a short keyword (for example, I use bz for my Bugzilla search and lxr for LXR).
To try out your new keyword search shortcut, open a new tab (Ctrl-T), place the cursor at the location bar (Ctrl-L), type your keyword followed by the search term(s)—for example, assuming you added keyword bz for the search at bugzilla.mozilla.org, then typing bz 95849 in the location bar will show you this: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=95849.
This is an ideal way to use a search engine that digs through some specific data.
You can create a neat logo from the Linux command line:
$ convert -size 800x120 xc:white -font Times-Roman -pointsize 100 -fill gray -annotate +20+80 'Linux is cool!' -fill black -annotate +23+83 'Linux is cool!' -trim +repage logo.png
And, the following command should display the result:
$ qiv logo.png
If you want to play with multiple colors and fonts, the following will help:
$ convert -list type $ convert -list color
Say you have two PCM audio files in WAV format. You can concatenate them with the following command (they must both have the same sample rates, encoding, endianness and so on):
$ sox file1.wav file2.wav combined.wav
If you want to mix two audio tracks, try this:
$ soxmix file1.wav file2.wav mix.wav
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