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Journal eno2001's Journal: LATE CROSSPOST: Application Tip Swap Meet 6

This was originally posted to my Multiply blog last week and got more responses than I expected. Hopefully some of you here will find it of interest:

OK. I'm going to be 38 at my next birthday (March 2008). I've come to the realization that because I've been buried in crap at work, my time and abilities to explore the features in software and on the web have become limited. Back in my teens and 20s, I would take an application and learn nearly every menu function, play with every setting or option and generally tried to get the most out of the software that I could. These days I just use the basics + a few keyboard shortcuts here and there. I also spend about 50% of my time at the CLI. Now, not being one to think I'm "old" necessarily, I want to get back to learning more about applications, but not necessarily reading manuals, multiple web sites and forums and so on. I'm looking for tips. Especially really obscure but useful ones if possible. Not just for me either, but also for others who are reading this and might find quick tips very useful. I would like this to be multiplatform so no fighting about that. Windows, Linux, Mac and dead OSes :) are all invited. My desktop platform is Gnome running on Gentoo Linux, so I'll likely be focusing on Gnome stuff. Also, no disparaging comments about what other people consider helpful (unless they're really fucking stupid. Just kidding). If possible, format your subject like this for "quick reference": Platform:Application:Tip Description. Example: Gnome:Nautilus File Manager:File Association I'll post my tips below as I can think of some.

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LATE CROSSPOST: Application Tip Swap Meet

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  • How:

    1. Right click on a file of a type you are interested in (MP3, JPG, TXT) and select the Properties menu item from the context menu. Click on the "Opens With" tab
    2. Click the "Add" button to get the application selection dialog.
    3. You may select any application from the menu tree below (it mirrors the Gnome application menu which is like Window's "Start" menu) to associate with this file type and click the "Add" button
    3. You may also enter a custom command (Applications that you've built in /usr/local or
  • Gnome:Nautilus File Manager:Hidden Folders/Files in File Selector Dialogs

    NOTES: This is available in Gnome 2.x but is more or less hidden in earlier versions. Newer versions don't require the keyboard shortcut. When you are presented with a File Selector in Gnome, it does not display the hidden files and folders no matter what your settings in Nautilus are. As a result, if you want to change into a directory within the file selector called .icons (a hidden folder in Gnome) it is not readily apparent how to
  • Various:Firefox:Organizing Tabs/Bringing Back An Accidentally Closed Tab

    NOTE: While this may seem obvious to some, I swear it didn't work when I first tried it way back when. In version is does!

    1. Open three or more tabs (more dramatic effect with more than two) and navigate to three or more different sites
    2. Click and drag the right hand tab and place it between the first and second tabs then release

    Why it's useful to me?

    I just like knowing that my sites appear in a certain order that way I can qui
  • Most Platforms with CLI logins:Telnet, SSH, Console, FTP, SMBClient, GNU Screen (unlock), Conserver:Undoing mistyped passwords

    NOTE: This doesn't apply totally across the board and is likely connected to readline, but I've had it work on: Cisco telnet logins, OpenVMS logins, ssh and telnet to remote Unix/Linux hosts.

    1. Enter your login ID on the remote system in question
    2. Typo your password when prompted or lose your place when typing (uh oh)
    3. Press Ctrl-u
    4. Re-enter the password and press the enter key
  • eno2001
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    eno2001 wrote today at 12:13 PM
    Gnome:Nautilus File Manager:Remote Filesystems Via SSH

    NOTE: This is different from the "Connect to Server" dialog but seems to work out better in terms of "double clicking" on files and having them open in their associated applications. It also makes use of ~/.ssh/config as well as any authentication keys so you can have passwordless connections.

    1. Make sure that Nautilus has the main focus (if you have any Web browsers open, move to a different desktop

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