Productivity Sauce

Dmitri Popov
Copy Files on a Local Network with bcp

Feb 25, 2013 GMT

Need to quickly copy a file between machines on a local network? There are several tools that can do the job, including bcp. This tiny utility lets you broadcast and fetch individual files on the local network. To deploy bcp, grab the latest source code from the project's GitHub repository and compile it: git clone git://github.com/jwilberding/bcp.git cd bcp makeMove the created bcp binary to the /usr/bin directory, and make it executable by running the chmod +a /usr/bin/bcp command as root. To share a file, use the bcp filename command which broadcasts the file on the network. To fetch the file from any other machine on the network, simply issue the bcp command. No muss, no fuss.
nanoConverter: Delightfully Simple Currency Converter for Android

Jan 30, 2013 GMT

A currency converter on your Android device can come in handy in many situations, but which one should you choose? Well, you can't go wrong with nanoConverter. This app has the virtue of doing one thing, but doing it exceptionally well. Like any currency converter worth its salt, nanoConverter supports multiple currencies, and you can choose currency pairs on-the-fly. Using the app couldn't be easier: select the currency pair, enter the desired amount in the Amount field, and behold the result in the Results field. nanoConverter supports multiple exchange rate sources, including the Central European Bank and Forex. The app doesn't require an Internet connection to work, a boon for...
Extension Watch: View PDF Files in Mozilla Firefox with PDF Viewer

Jan 29, 2013 GMT

Don't you just hate it when you click on a PDF link in Mozilla Firefox and the browser offers you to download the file? Fortunately, the PDF Viewer add-on provides a quick fix to the nuisance. With the add-on installed, the browser opens PDF files in a simple and elegant viewer. The viewer interface is not overloaded with features, but it does include essential tools that allow you to download and print the opened PDF file, zoom in and out on the current page, jump to a specific page, and perform searches. In addition to that, the sidebar can be used to display the document's outline or thumbnails. In short, if you use Firefox as your browser of choice, this add-on is a must-have.
Correct Lens Distortion in GIMP with GimpLensfun

Jan 29, 2013 GMT

While GIMP offers a wide range of tools for working with photos, it lacks one feature that is essential for serious photographers: the ability to automatically fix lens distortion. Fortunately, the GimpLensfun plugin fills the void quite nicely. As the name suggests, the plugin uses the excellent LensFun library as its back end. One way to install the plugin is to compile it from source. Start with installing the required packages. On Ubuntu, this can be done using the following command: sudo apt-get install build-essential libgimp2.0-dev libexiv2-dev liblensfun-dev gitGrab then the latest source code from the project's GitHub repository: git clone...
Extension Watch: Fix TiddlyWiki on Firefox with TiddlyFox

Jan 25, 2013 GMT

TiddlyWiki probably needs no introduction. This nifty little personal non-linear notebook has been around for quite a while, and it has a large base of devoted users. Until recently, TiddlyWiki worked fine with practically any browser, including Mozilla Firefox. But under-the-hood tweaks in the latest release of the popular web browser brought some bad news for TiddlyWiki users: starting with Firefox 15, TiddlyWiki could no longer save changes. To rectify this unfortunate situation, Jeremy Ruston (the original developer of TiddlyWiki) released the TiddlyFox add-on. Install the add-on, and you'll be prompted to enable the saving functionality when you restart the browser. No muss, no...
Sketching and Note-Taking on Android with Quill

Jan 24, 2013 GMT

Want to use your Android tablet as a sketchbook and a tool for taking handwritten notes? Then you need Quill. This open source app (source code is available on the project's Google Code page) offers several essential tools for drawing and scribbling notes, including a pencil and a fountain pen. The latter tool is pressure sensitive (i.e., more pressure results in a thicker line), but this feature works only on tablets with an active pen such as HTC Flyer and Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet. You can specify thickness and color for both pen and pencil. In addition to the Undo and Redo commands, Quill features the Erase tool for more precise erasing operations. In the Menu | Page section,...
Use Colored Folders in KDE

Jan 23, 2013 GMT

Here is a simple trick that makes it significantly easier to locate often-used folders on KDE. Right-click on the desired folder and choose Properties. Under the General tab click on the default blue folder icon and pick a color folder icon you like (e.g., folder-brown or folder-green). Press OK twice to apply the selected icon to the folder. That's all there is to it. Now you can easily spot the folder you need by its color.

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