The One with the Thoughts of Frans

Mini Metro might be worth a try if the idea of a simpler Railroad Tycoon sounds appealing.
Go to about:config, as ever. Then disable browser.fullscreen.animate.
remove_action( 'wp_head', 'wp_resource_hints', 2 );
On Windows you can set per-sound card sample rates.
gsettings set org.gnome.Evince page-cache-size 500
Thunar is one of the best graphical file managers I've used, and I say that even while I own a Directory Opus license for Windows. I have some minor quibbles like very sparsely populated default actions on files and folders, but the biggest flaw is doubtless that the breadcrumb navigation doesn't feature all of the regular folder interactions. In any case, in this blog post I intend to show how I improve on both Thunar and GNOME Search in one fell swoop. I'll start with a screenshot of the desired end result. You right click on a folder, and you're presented with the option to search for files in it. My context menu with Search for files. In order to add this custom action, you'll have to configure custom actions. Edit → Configure custom actions. Then you click + to add a new one, or you can edit an existing action. Choose whether to add or edit a custom action. You can type the name that will show up in the context menu, a little description for yourself, choose a fancy icon, and under appearance conditions you can choose whether this custom action applies to a specific type of files or folders. Unfortunately this dialog can't be resized, but since you can copy and paste it's not too bad. gnome-search-tool --path=%f --contains= The Edit Action dialog. Finally, here is the result. Note that since I started gnome-search-tool with --contains=, the option to search for files containing specific text will show by default. GNOME Search for Files (gnome-search-tool) with Contains the text expanded by default. You can perform similar tricks with any of these other options. $ gnome-search-tool --help Usage: gnome-search-tool [OPTION...] - the GNOME Search Tool Help Options: -h, --help Show help options --help-all Show all help options --help-gtk Show GTK+ Options --help-sm-client Show session management options Application Options: --version Show version of the application --named=STRING Set the text of "Name contains" search option --path=PATH Set the tet of "Look in folder" search option --sortby=VALUE Sort files by one of the following: name, folder, size, type, or date --descending Set sort order to descending, the default is ascending --start Automatically start a search --contains=STRING Select and set the "Contains the text" search option --mtimeless=DAYS Select and set the "Date modified less than" search option --mtimemore=DAYS Select and set the "Date modified more than" search option --sizemore=KILOBYTES Select and set the "Size at least" search option --sizeless=KILOBYTES Select and set the "Size at most" search option --empty Select the "File is empty" search option --user=USER Select and set the "Owned by user" search option --group=GROUP Select and set the "Owned by group" search option --nouser Select the "Owner is unrecognized" search option --notnamed=STRING Select and set the "Name does not contain" search option --regex=PATTERN Select and set the "Name matches regular expression" search option --hidden Select the "Show hidden and backup files" search option --follow Select the "Follow symbolic links" search option --mounts Select the "Exclude other filesystems" search option --display=DISPLAY X display to use Also see Finding Files on the Ubuntu wiki.
How to cut a piece of audio or video as losslessly as possible with just ffmpeg on the commandline.
Dye based printer ink makes for a surprisingly good fountain pen ink. Here's a little doodle drawn in printer ink.
A new Skype update was installed! Now "rebuilt from the ground up […] the best Skype we’ve ever built" (release announcement). Okay, cool. Let's give it a go. What's that, a crash? And it won't be fixed because I have the wrong kind of CPU? You can tell Google Play not to update the app by unchecking auto-update. Tap the three vertical dots in the top-right corner to bring up the option. Uncheck auto-update. Then download the old Skype Android app from AndroidDrawer.com ("Because Newer is Not Always Better") or any similar site. Version 7.46.0.596 seems to be the most recent version which still works on x86. Enjoy your Skyping. Or maybe just switch to Discord. It offers video chat now. Skype and I have had a decent run since '04, but let's face it, these past few years nothing good has happened. Take, for instance, the announcement last year that Skype for Linux was being updated again. For example, you'll be using the latest, fast and responsive Skype UI, you can share files, photos and videos and send a whole new range of new emoticons. I have no idea what they intended by talking about "responsive UI". The supposedly retired version 4.3[1] scales along just fine with DPI thanks to it being Qt-based. I guess they hope that by just tossing out random terms I won't notice the old version already does all the things they're boasting about. Well, except for those emoticons. Big whoop. What's my ICQ number again? [1] "Important notice: All Skype for Linux clients version 4.3 and older will be retired on July 1, 2017. To keep chatting, please install the latest version of Skype for Linux."
I don't like the default alarm sound on my phone much and apparently changing it to something a little bit gentler can only be done on a per-alarm basis. Luckily I found this: Today I was looking for a way to change the sound that is applied by default to new alarms you create in the Alarms app. After quite a bit of effort I came upon the following procedure: Install ES File Explorer Open it and select / from the Favorites Browse to /system/media/audio/alarms Click on the file you want and in the "Open with" prompt select "ES Media Player" Click on the bell beside the file name, pick "Set alarm" and click OK Should you choose to change again the default, you may notice that the defaults you pick will appear in the music library. Also, they will be listed twice in the tone selection list which appears when you manually change the tone of an individual alarm. You can fix that with the following steps: Open Settings Go to Applications > Manage Applications > All Click on Media Storage and then Clear data Reboot your phone You will now have to set your new default sound (I've noticed that sometimes, when you view a music album which doesn't have a cover art image and add an album.jpg file to it later, Music Player will not use that file for the cover art. The above steps, as a side effect, will make Music Player look for images for all albums, thus having the cover art of all your albums updated.) Hope this helps :) The ASUS Alarms app.
There are two main competing principles at work while washing the dishes: most annoying first and dirtiest last. Luckily these two principles are less contradictory than they might seem at first glance. Utensils, with all of their finicky little nooks and crannies, tend to be fairly clean. The same applies to those annoying glasses, that have to go early. The dirtier, yet also infinitely more relaxing plates come next, and at the end follow the dirty pots and pans. Jotted down on 2016-08-06. One-word sonnet added on 2017-01-25. Dishwashing Annoying utensils with nooks and crannies precede dirty relaxing plates, sticky pots and pans.
MPEG-2 files can be concatenated without any concerns or side effects for easier viewing and editing.
A dialog for two actors. A bucket is set on the middle of the stage. Science and Poetry stand next to it.
I just had to share this mysterious error message. Simply retrying made it go away.
Pass a command to Bash if you want to include parameters.
You can now navigate the menus without a mouse. Victory!
On the forum I administer, I am forced to run a tight attachment policy. Disk space doesn't grow on trees. Occasionally this leads to questions about the small attachment size limit of 50 KiB. This guide is intended to make it clear that this is not nearly as tiny as you might think.
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It's surprisingly bad. My first 2010 SSD easily outperforms the 2016 SSD that came with my new laptop.
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Drawings

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Cloud, Kluit, Clod?
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Writing

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Internet

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Linux and more

KOReader 2020.03 “Skating Bird”
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KOReader 2019.08 “Starling”
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GUN Tar
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Thoughts on books

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Of Horology and Letters
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Congolese Negroes: Beautiful But Stupid?
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Photography

On My Header Image
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