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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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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Bash History Fun!

If you're one to have lots of terminals open at once, and ALSO have a mind like a steel sieve, it's nice to have more information from the bash history command and \~/.bash_history file. Here are several ways to increase their power:

  1. Timestamps

    By setting a bash environment ...

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