An elegant editor

I was looking for a cross platform editor. I never fell in love with a Linux editor, that’s why I usually use Gedit from the default installation. On Mac i love BBedit 10, that I could purchase discounted…

I was recently suggested to try Sublime Text. After a few minutes I really liked its powerful engine with a minimalistic interface. Its quite expensive but once you purchase a personal licence you can use it in any PC you own (any OS!).

Digital turnstile with Bluetooth and Linux

Blueproximity is a Linux program that (un)locks your PC detecting the presence/absence of a paired Bluetooth device (i.e. your mobile phone).

In its preference pane you can set a command to be executed when detecting the phone. I set it up with “checkmein in” and “checkmein out” commands, where the checkmein scritpt is this simple stuff: Continue reading “Digital turnstile with Bluetooth and Linux”

Lightweight browser: small footprint but opening GMail

When in a need for a responsive browser I thought to be limited in my choice among fully featured browsers (Chromium) that nicely support javascript and HTML5, or stripped down crashing things (Arora, Midori?)…

Found a couple of alternatives:

  • QupZilla: it is fully featured… but in my hands still too crashy
  • uzbl (http://www.uzbl.org/): blazing fast, fully featured browsing, zero features browser (type the address with a sort of vi-like console!)

Screencasting in Ubuntu 13.04

Even if in the past I have been quite satisfied with xvidcap and other software, I tried recordmydesktop (aptitude install it) that can be invoked from the command line and starts recording, saving the output in ogv format.

To convert the file in MP4 the command that worked for me is:

ffmpeg -i out.ogv -acodec libmp3lame -ab 128k -ac 2 -vcodec libx264 -crf 22 -threads 0 file.mp4

(provided that ffmpeg is already installed, of course)