Productivity Sauce

Dmitri Popov
Read RSS Feeds in the Terminal with Newsbeuter

Mar 27, 2012 GMT

When it comes to reading and managing RSS feeds in the terminal, Newsbeuter is hard to beat. It's easy to get to grips with, and it offers a handful of powerful features which let you juggle multiple RSS feeds with consummate ease. Newsbeuter can import existing feeds in the OPML format, so you don't have to start from scratch. The RSS reader features a flexible tagging system which lets you keep tabs on multiple feeds. The search feature lets you search through all downloaded articles, while the killfile functionality is useful for automatically removing unwanted RSS items. In addition to regular RSS feeds, Newsbeuter can handle file podcasts, so you can use the application as a...
Publish Pygmynote Snips on the Web

Mar 22, 2012 GMT

As you might already know, I use the Pygmynote script to track tasks, manage notes, and store important bits of information. Most of the time, I access the script from the terminal using an SSH connection. But there are situations when I need to quickly check certain Pygmynote entries from a web browser. To be able to do this, I cobbled together a simple PHP script that pulls records containing the snip tag and displays them as nicely formatted pages.You can downloaded the PHP script and the accompanying style.css file from the pygmynote GitHub repository. All the embellishments aside, the PHP script is simplicity itself. It uses the PDO driver to establish a connection to the...
GloboNote: A Sticky Notes Tool on Steroids

Mar 19, 2012 GMT

At first sight, GloboNote looks like yet another sticky notes tool. But this unassuming application has a few clever tricks up its sleeve. For starters, GloboNotes offers a handful of text formatting options, including bold, italics, and underlined. The utility allows you to organize notes into groups, and you can display and hide all notes belonging to a specific group in one go. GloboNotes also sports the ability to perform simple calculations directly in notes: type a calculation (e.g., 3+2=) and press F2 to view the result. In addition to that, the utility allows you to search across all existing notes as well as run find/replace actions on the currently active note. You can...
Quickly Move Files and Text Snippets between Machines Using Dukto

Mar 16, 2012 GMT

Dukto is a simple utility that can come in handy when you need to move files and text snippets between machines on your local network without relying on a third-party service. Dukto is ridiculously easy to use: install it (binaries are available for different Linux distros and platforms), launch it, and the utility automatically detects other machines running Dukto. You can then send a file or an entire folder to any recipient in the Buddies list. To do this, click on the desired recipient, and use the appropriate buttons to send files, folders, or text snippets. The sent files are copied to the recipient's default destination directory. When sending a text snippet, you can enter it...
Aard Dictionary: Reference Tool for Linux Desktop and Android

Mar 15, 2012 GMT

Need a dictionary tool that works equally well on a Linux desktop and Android devices? Consider Aard dictionary. This is a rather competent dictionary tool that can handle humongous references like an offline version of Wikipedia with aplomb. Aadict can also manage multiple references and dictionaries, so you can look up a word in multiple sources at once. The application uses its own aar format, and the project's website offers tools for compiling dictionaries. But before you get your hands dirty building your own .aar files, you might want to check the selection of ready-made dictionaries, which include the ever-popular WordNet dictionary, an assortment of Wikipedia files, Wiktionary...
Generate Online Documentation in a Jiffy Using d

Mar 14, 2012 GMT

Turning a bunch of text files into nicely-formatted online documentation can be a real chore, unless you use a helper tool like d. This Python-based software can convert text files formatted using the Markdown markup into a ready-to-publish set of HTML pages. To deploy d on your system, you need to install a few packages. On the latest version of Ubuntu and its derivatives, you can do this by running the following commands: sudo apt-get install python-pip python-dev build-essential libxml2-dev libxslt1-dev sudo pip install --upgrade pip sudo pip install --upgrade virtualenv sudo pip install dOn Debian and earlier Ubuntu releases, you can install d using the easy_setup tool: apt-get...
Dress Up Bash Scripts with YAD

Mar 12, 2012 GMT

If you want to add a dash of GUI goodness to your Bash scripts, you have several options. You can use Zenity or Kdialog to quickly add simple dialogs and message boxes to Bash scripts. However, both tools are rather limited, and for a more complex GUI design you might want to give YAD a try. If you are using Ubuntu, you can install YAD from the WebUpd8 PPA. Of course, you can compile YAD from source using the standard ./configure; make; make install routine.YAD can be used to add simple and advanced GUI elements to a Bash script with relative ease. For example, I need to resize photos I post on Google+ almost daily, so I whipped up a simple Bash script sprinkled with YAD GUI elements: ...

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