How to add a custom menu to Fluxbox to list your favorite applications.

Adding a custom menu to Fluxbox is very easy, this is how. The default ~/.fluxbox/fluxbox-menu file looks like this, it reads the /etc/X11/fluxbox/fluxbox-menu file to create the root menu for Fluxbox. [begin] (fluxbox) [include] (/etc/X11/fluxbox/fluxbox-menu) [end] But if you add a simple submenu to it like this, then you get a more useful and customisable […]

Complete pack of Windows wallpapers for your Linux desktop.

If you are intending to theme your Linux desktop to look like Windows, then these wallpapers will be very useful to you: This forum posting has links to rar files that contain all of the wallpapers from various Windows releases. This would be an awesome resource for those of you that are interested in […]

New exoplanet discovered 500 light years from Earth.

A new planet 500 light-years from Earth has been discovered. This is an Earth-like planet that is slightly larger than our planet with a dimmer sun. This planet could harbor life on its surface, but the massive distance from Earth to this planet means that we will never see the surface. One light-year is 9.4605284 […]

Gorgeous disused farmhouse wallpaper for your Linux Mint MATE desktop.

Some Linux desktop screenshots from the old days of Linux.

This website has some awesome screen-shots of old Linux desktops from 1999. This really takes me back, Linux and UNIX desktops in the olden days looked a lot different than they do now, it is good news that the Common Desktop Environment or CDE is now available for Debian. I just wish that there were […]

More useful shell tricks for bash. These are very useful tricks for any Linux user.

This sed trick will filter out the unwanted characters and leave only the letters ‘A’. homer@deusexmachina ~ $ echo “###AAA” | sed ‘s/###//gi’ AAA This is how to re-bind the annoying CAPS-Lock key to Esc. This can give that key a new use. xmodmap -e ‘clear Lock’ -e ‘keycode 0x42 = Escape’ & Here is […]

How to encode a video to webm format and use it as a GIF replacement.

This is how to encode a video to webm format without sound to create a GIF replacement. The ffmpeg utility allows encoding a video in different formats. This is the perfect command for encoding a good quality webm video. ffmpeg -i gzdoom_2012_11_04_20_34_10_391.avi -ss 00:01:00.000 -to 00:01:20.000 \ -codec:v libvpx -quality good -cpu-used 0 -b:v 500k […]

Windows themes for xubuntu 13.10.

Nice Xfce4 themes for Xubuntu 13.10. Lubuntu XP theme: A Windows XP styled theme for Lubuntu. Windows 8 mouse cursor theme: Vista styled Xfce4 theme: Matthew Farrell’s Theme 1.0: A nice theme that may be used with Xfce4 that looks like Matthew Farrel`s theme from Die Hard 4.0. Wallpapers. Beautiful Amanita […]

Yet another way to get the IP address of a host and print it. And other useful networking commands.

This is a good way to get the IP address of a host and print it to the terminal. homer@deusexmachina ~ $ host | awk ‘/ has address / { print $4 }’ | cut -d ” ” -f14- This is a very useful one liner for getting an IP address. Very useful […]

The Best Private Jet Charter Apps Available.

Yes, there’s an app for that; even if you are attempting to book a private jet charter. There have been a number of recent app launches that provide passengers with a quicker, less expensive and more efficient method of booking private business jets. This technology has given businessmen, vacationers and the wealthy similar options as […]

Some miscellaneous Linux commands for the desktop user.

Find all files larger than 1 megabyte in a directory. find . -maxdepth 1 -type f -size +1M -printf “%f:%s\n” | sort -t”:” -k2 Search a file for a certain string. grep “hello” my.txt Get the hostname from an IP address. Homer@bejiitas – $ ipcalc -h Use wildcards on the command line to […]

Infographic: U.S. Finally Getting Smart.

It took the hacking of 70 million Target credit cards during the 2013 holiday season to spur Congress into abandoning the highly unsecure magnetic-stripe cards used by most Americans and setting a deadline for the new (to the U.S., anyway) smart card technology. While Americans are just starting to learn what a smart card is, […]

Awesome Linux Mint wallpapers.


Windows XP support has ended. This is time to update to a better operating system.

Support for Windows XP has ended, this means that there will be no further updates for Windows XP on the desktop. This is a good time to upgrade either to Windows 7, which is supported until 2020; or to use Linux Mint and enjoy a faster and more reliable desktop operating system. I am using […]

Some more useful UNIX commands available for the Mac.

There are a few very useful UNIX commands available on the Apple Macintosh. Mountain Lion is what I am using in Virtualbox and I am having a look at some very useful shell commands and tips. The iostat command. This shows statistics of disk Input/Output. Homers-iMac:Documents homer$ iostat disk0 disk1 cpu load average KB/t tps […]