Archive for the ‘Tips ‘n’ Tricks’ Category

Docker on Debian Wheezy

Maybe you have already heard of the next revolution in application deployment called Docker. I quote: Docker is an open-source engine which automates the deployment of applications as highly portable, self-sufficient containers which are independent of hardware, language, framework, packaging system and hosting provider. On the getting started page, you can see that you need […]

Gexiv2 0.5.0 with GObject Introspection support

Gexiv2 is a GObject-based wrapper around the Exiv2 library. It makes the basic features of Exiv2 available to GNOME applications. At the time of writing, the current version in Debian unstable/testing is 0.4.1. On 1 October 2012, upstream version 0.5.0 was released, with support for GObject Introspection and shipped with a Python module, to allow […]

MixRamp and ReplayGain

I have a small mp3 collection, and whenever I throw a party, I use MPD to play songs from it, so I don’t have to care about the music during the party. MPD has always fulfilled my needs in mp3-playback, except for one detail: a good mix from one song into the next, or at […]

Zsh ZLE tip

In my home directory, I have several subdirectories that contain my software projects, for example: /home/me /src /wp-plugin-x /project-y /config /puppet /nagios /package-z Some of these trees can get quite deep, and sometimes, when I’m working in one of the directories deep in the tree, I need to access a file somewhere else in the […]

Policykit adventures

After installing Debian on a laptop this week, once again, I ran into the “problem” of not being able to shutdown or reboot the computer, when another user is logged in, for example via SSH. If you’re a Linux user, maybe you have seen it: System policy prevents restarting the system when other users are […]

Incron: easy use of the inotify system

This is just a short post, to point out the convenience of a tool named ‘incron‘. Incron is described as an ‘inotify cron‘ system. It behaves much like traditional cron, but instead of time periods, filesystem events are used to trigger certain actions. In my daily work, quite often I come across situations, where I […]

Recording audio in Ubuntu

Today, I was looking for a way -on my Ubuntu Lucid workstation- to record audio, but not from a specific source, but let’s say the audio from ‘the system’. In particular, I wanted to record the audio output of a Windows application running under Wine. After some googling, I found this blog posting, that explains […]