org2latex - a yasnippet

This is my yasnippet template for use when building an org-mode file which will be exported into a'.tex' file and then you can use my 'pdfbuild' script to convert the latex file into a PDF file with no code lines to be entered, just follow the on-screen prompts.

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'pdfbuild' - from tex to PDF

This is my 'pdfbuild' bash script that converts 'tex' files to a PDF. You generate the '.tex' files in any way you want to build them. I =used= to build the latex files by hand, which was very slow and laborious, but gave extremely good results. Currently I'm building ...

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A puddle underneath the keyboard!

I've just come back from a hospital appointment and had one hell of a job logging back in to my computer. It was almost as if my keymaps had been changed. Whilst at the login screen the number '0' opened the menu containing "shut down"! So I thought that ...

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5 rules for taking creative criticism

This rings many bells for me, after taking many months writing a book I desperately need honest criticism about it for it to be even better. So please, give me feedback?

Rule 1

Us creatives can be pretty delicate when it comes to our work and ideas. If we're ...

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ToDo List

Author - MissUnderstood Genius

Mr. Rats ToDo list

Doesn't this cartoon strip remind us of our everyday? Hell no!! I am not going to bore you to death with my story of the day. But, this cartoon surely urges me to help Mr. Rat create a To-Do list to prioritise his work. Because I ...

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5 Advantages of a To-Do List

by - Ian McKenzie

One of the fundamental tools for time management is that list of things you need to get done. It consolidates all your tasks in one place. From there you can prioritise them and tackle the important ones first.

There are 5 key advantages to maintaining a to-do ...

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Why I use a ToDo List

I have used a "ToDo List" for a very long time. I suppose that it initially started by using a list written down on scraps of paper, and progressed to writing things down in a very small pocket-sized notebook when I started working on the Wards. This was very useful ...

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How I've set up pelican - part 3 - Themes

Date Series Part 3 of Pelican Tags pelican

The easiest way to get a lot of themes for you to choose from is by installing them from the git repo, like this - cd git && git clone --recursive https://github.com/getpelican/pelican-themes This will allow you to choose from 99 themes!

So, what are they? Here are all ...

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How I've set up pelican - part 2 - The conf files

Whichever pelican theme you use you will have to start customising your pelicanconf.py file, and possibly your publishconf.py file.

This is the basic pelicanconf.py file that was created during set-up in the previous post -

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How I've set up pelican

Date Modified Series Part 1 of Pelican Tags pelican

I used several sites showing various static-site generators to help me choose my site generator, ones that ranked them via various means, and which you could see a demo of the site. The main one is https://staticsitegenerators.net/ which shows you 363 separate sites! You can see from it ...

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The productivity trick one author used to write over 40 books

Beginning with his first novel in 1847, Anthony Trollope wrote at an incredible pace.

Over the next 38 years, he published 47 novels, 18 works of non-fiction, 12 short stories, 2 plays, and an assortment of articles and letters.

Trollope achieved his incredible productivity by writing in 15-minute intervals for ...

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Its a new look!

Date Tags new

Its the same site, but with a new look! Gone is all the "wordpress" cruft, and all the plugins which gave stats for various things, and the site is now using "pelican" as its background software. Pelican just generates the site, from text files on my computer, and then sends ...

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New Obnam Manual

Date Modified Tags download / obnam

A new version of the Obnam Manual that now includes both the help file, the extended help file, and the 'man' page. This is version 1.9.2, with the date of 6 May 2015.

Download - removed as new version uploaded.

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An updated radio feeds script

The BBC are changing their radio feeds, and BBC national radio streams in both WMA and AAC+ have now been retired. This means that they are now all being sent in a mp3 format. As my previous script's BBC feeds failed to work, this is now the updated working ...

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mpd super-feed!

Following on from yesterday's post about getting BBC feeds working and playing with mpc, this one is used in mpd itself -

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At last, a working BBC radio feeds

Date Tags mpd

I've long been a fan of mpd (Music Player Daemon) but recently I've been frustrated in that it can't play the BBC radio feeds for some reason. So I've been looking for various working scripts, and I've found one, actually two as its a two-parter ...

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Do you have a 'recovery plan'?

Recently there was a fire in the flat next door to me, which therefore required us to evacuate our flats whilst the fire brigade dealt with it, and lead to the flat occupants being rehoused by social services as the flat was uninhabitable due to smoke damage. But it reminded ...

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Emacs init from an org-mode file

Recently I've been setting up an org-mode file in emacs which holds my entire "init.el" to run emacs from. As its all quite stable now and working well, I'm putting it up here in case others want to try something similar.

Installation instructions

* installation Instructions
Then copy ...
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UPDATE - 'beeb' is working again!

Beeb is working again with a new 'get_iplayer', version 2.90 which you can get with this command -

curl -kLO https://raw.github.com/dinkypumpkin/get_iplayer/latest/get_iplayer

and then once you've made it executable, and copied it to /usr/local/bin you need to update your ...

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Update on 'beeb'

Date Tags BBC / beeb

Due to changes at the BBC, 'beeb' is no longer able to download any programmes for radio or tv feeds. This is due to the BBC having removed the programme data feeds used by get_iplayer. At the moment there is no fix available, but when, if, they replace the feeds ...

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An updated "plank!"

The plank version in Debian Jessie/Sid is a bit old, it being version 0.6.1-1~experimental1 and the plank project has moved on since then. The current version is 0.7.1 which was released on 23 September 2014, and there's talk of 0.8.0 too ...

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My `gitcron' script

As I'm now using git for version control of my latex documents that I am writing I have automated the committing to git. This is the script that I'm using, called gitcron -

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Transferring books to a Kindle Fire

Debian see's a Kindle Fire as a mtp device1, so you have to mount it as jmtpfs /media/boudiccas/k2 where k2 is your device name, which then says -

##jmtpfs /media/boudiccas/k2
Unable to read MTPZ public exponent from ~/.mtpz-data, MTPZ disabledDevice 0 (VID=1949 and PID ...
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Life on the bleeding edge 2 – get_iplayer

Features

  • Downloads MP4 streams from BBC iPlayer site with better quality than Flash player streams
  • Downloads Flash AAC/MP3 and WMA streams for radio programmes
  • Allow multiple programmes to be downloaded using a single command
  • Indexing of all available iPlayer programs
  • Caching of Index (default 4h)
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Ranking of percentage of free space on your drives

I recently came across a rather splendid command that shows your drives and their percentage of free space. And it is -

df -hP |column -t |tee >( head -n1 > /dev/stderr ) |grep % |sort -k5nr

and in my case it shows this -

Filesystem  Size  Used  Avail  Use%  Mounted                 on
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QupZilla problems

Figure 1

A screenshot showing the problems that I'm having using Qupzilla with fluxbox/compton/plank. What you see there is a "ghost-image", qupzilla is not running, yet it still shows its icon in plank at the bottom, and its window outlines on the workspace. Its a mystery!

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'beeb'-v4.0

Another release of beeb which takes it to even greater heights! :) And just as an experiment I'm "self-hosting" the 'tar.gz' file so that it can be downloaded from here.

Documentation

This is the documentation for beeb [version 4.0] the all-singing, all-dancing, upgrade to get-iplayer!

The BBC has ...

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'ebuild- v2'

After having quite a few problems when I did my bi-daily, i.e. every other day, build of emacs, I've reworked my script which makes it easier to use.

Source code

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Life on the bleeding edge 1 - emacs

This is part of a small series of postings about linux software being at the bleeding edge, i.e. the active development versions. And we kick off with emacs which went into development freeze on the 23rd December last year, and this is version 24.4.50.xx. This is ...

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Sudden catastrophic loss of free space!

So there I was quietly working away in emacs when suddenly the tab-bar and the mode-line started flashing purple! Disaster had struck, but what disaster? In the mini-buffer it was saying that there was no free space left on the drive, and so it was unable to save a file ...

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Passwords 3 - Passwordless password manager

I thought this was a rather novel and rather easy solution to passwords that it was worth passing on.

"Most people I know tend to simply use the same password on ALL websites. Email, Paypal, Amazon, Ebay, Facebook, Twitter. This is obviously a very bad idea.

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A New Plank

Whilst generally surfing around I came across a new launcher, which is similar to docky but called plank. And this is what it looks like -

Figure 1

Plank is a very lightweight and quick to launch launcher, and easy on resources. Looking at the above screenshot of plank you can see the ...

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lrs - logoff/reboot/shutdown?

I've been using this script for quite some time and it works very well and is nice and simple to use. But, it didn't log what I did and when, until now! :)

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emacs theme problems

I'm having great difficulties in getting themes to display properly, this screenshot shows the problem.

Figure 1

Basically I’m having a theme with a light background self-imposing on a theme with a dark background, as seen in the left fringe where the line numbers are, in essence, its a mess ...

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"Wallpaper" - v1

I have about 57 rather nice wallpapers in my ~/wallpapers directory, most of which I hardly ever see, so I've written a script that will randomly choose and display one every thirty minutes. For once it isn't called from a cron job, but from an alias, and quite ...

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"radiostreams-v2.0" - A New MPD playlist

If you use this script you will get some amazing radio stations, from ones that just play Elvis Presley, or The Beatles, or solid Goon Shows! I'm currently listening to Elvis, and its stuff that I've never heard before, and I thought my Elvis collection was pretty comprehensive ...

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A strong, secure password

We now know that "password", "iloveyou" and "123456" are some of the most common passwords in use. If you are still using a similarly weak password, it's time to change to one that's so secure and unguessable that it stumps even the cleverest of computers, robots and devious ...

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How to Create a Secure, Memorable, Password

In today’s digital age, we are needing more and more passwords to secure out data and our identity. The problem is that there’s just so many to remember and often different systems need different types of passwords - like needing a special character, or a number or something. It ...

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