Remote control with pidgin/purple

I use a script I wrote called 'lockit' to lock my screen (see http://blog.woofbit.com/2010/10/12/locking-your-desktop-elegantly/) and realized I was missing something: Set pidgin/finch back to their original status state once it comes back from AFK. So I modified them soi

# When locking:
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SSH as File Transport

You may know about scp, the copy-over-ssh program, or sftp, the ftp-like remote client. You may even know about sshfs, which provides a FUSE module to mount a remote filesystem over SSH. Nifty! But, what happens if you have something generating a bunch of data and want to send it ...

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Locking Your Desktop Elegantly

There are a bunch of tools that allow you to lock your desktop automatically (gnome-screensaver or xscreensaver for example), and several scripts and tools to handle locking and unlocking using bluetooth proximity, etc. One thing that always drove me crazy is that there are so many places you have to ...

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xchat command line remote control

I use this as part of my 'lockit' script (which will be posted soon) to automatically set/unset my afk status for xchat.

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Hourly and daily rotating directory snapshots

I have a bad habit of accidentally deleting things. I also am extremely paranoid about my laptop getting lost/broken/stolen and losing what is pretty much my entire work dataset. To combat that, I run a daily backup, originally using duplicity. Duplicity is fantastic, but when it needs to ...

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Local DNS cache and NetworkManager

If you've used a debian-based distribution and delved into the network setup, you've probably seen something called 'resolvconf'. This is a tool that manages the local dnsmasq cache and /etc/resolv.conf file so that it stays sane when NetworkManager and other tools change the network configuration. NetworkManager ...

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