Productivity Sauce

Dmitri Popov
git-sh: Bash Environment for Git Work

Mar 20, 2014 GMT

If you spend a lot of time running Git commands in the terminal, you might appreciate git-sh, a set of customizations that transform the Bash shell into an environment for working with Git. Installing git-sh is super easy, and it can be done using the following commands: git clone git:// cd git-sh make make installNote that the last command must be run as root. To start the customized shell, run the git-sh command. Use the help command to view a list of the supported Git commands. When you switch to an existing repository, git-sh conveniently shows the current branch in the prompt. git-sh essentially lets you run all key Git commands without prefixing them...
Rename Multiple Files and Directories with mvdir

Mar 19, 2014 GMT

Here is a problem: you need to give a bunch of DSC_xxx.JPG files meaningful names like Berlin_May_1981.JPG, Tokyo_Trip_1973.JPG, and so on. The mvdir Bash shell script dramatically simplifies this otherwise tedious task. The script scans the specified path and opens a list of all found files and directories in a default text editor. Edit then the names, and the script automatically renames the modified files and directories when you close the editor.To install the script on your system, create a new file in a text editor, paste the code in the file, and save under the mvdir name in the /usr/local/bin directory. Make then the script executable using the chmod +x ~/usr/local/bin/mvdir...
Scrub DRM off Kindle Ebooks with Calibre

Feb 27, 2014 GMT

DRM is a nuisance, no doubt about that. After all, you should be able to use whatever ebook reader application you want to read the ebooks you've bought. If you happen to own a Kindle device, you'll be pleased to learn that removing DRM from Kindle ebooks you legally purchased is a relatively straightforward affair courtesy of the mighty Calibre ebook suite. First step is to install the DeDRM plugin in Calibre. To do this, grab the latest version of the DRM Removal Tools for eBooks, and unpack the downloaded archive. Launch Calibre, press the button in the main toolbar, and choose Change Calibre behavior. Switch to the Advanced | Plugins...
QupZilla: Lightweight Browser

Feb 26, 2014 GMT

At first glance, QupZilla looks like yet another lightweight browser. But it has several features that make it stand out from the crowd. For starters, QupZilla sports a built-in ad blocker. It's enabled by default, so the browser weeds out these pesky ads right out of the box. Ads are not the only thing that QupZilla can block. The browser comes bundled with the Click2Flash plugin which blocks Flash content. Thanks to the built-in RSS reader, you can use QupZilla as a no-frills RSS aggregator. The browser's RSS functionality is decidedly bare-bones, but it can come in handy when you need to check your favorite feed in a hurry. Of course, QupZilla provides...
kpcli: Work with KeePass Databases from the Command Line

Feb 25, 2014 GMT

KeePassX is an indispensable graphical utility for managing passwords, but there are situations, when a command-line tool might be more practical. Enter kpcli, a Perl-based CLI tool that lets you work with KeepPass 1.x and 2.x databases. On Debian and Ubuntu, kpcli is available in the official software repositories, so it can be easily installed by running the apt-get install kpcli command as root. openSUSE users can install the utility directly from To open an existing KeePass database, use the kpcli --kdb=foo.kdb command. Issue then the help command to view a list of all available commands along with their brief...
Publish Markdown Pages Instantly with NoteHub

Feb 19, 2014 GMT

Pastebin is a handy tool for sharing code and text snippets, but it's less suitable for publishing formatted text. NoteHub provides a solution for publishing Markdown-formatted pages instantly and anonymously.Despite its apparent simplicity, NoteHub offers a few nice touches, such as a selection of themes, the ability to use fonts from the Google Fonts service, short URLs, and rudimentary statistics. If you set a password, you can edit the published note later. NoteHub also features its own API, so it can be integrated into third-party applications and tools.Most of the options in NoteHub are specified using parameters attached to the note's URL. For example, the URL below specifies...
Two Quick Firefox Tips

Feb 18, 2014 GMT

Here are two quick tips that you might find useful. Selecting text in web pages using the mouse can sometimes be rather tricky. For easier and more precise text selection, press F7 which toggles the so-called Caret Browsing mode. With this mode enabled, you can make a text selection by placing the movable cursor anywhere on the page and then using keyboard keys to make a text selection.To close a browser tab, you normally have to click on the Close button. Alternatively, you can close any tab by middle-clicking anywhere on it. This is slightly easier than trying to hit the tiny Close button. In fact, you can remove the Close button altogether. To do this, open a new browser window or tab,...

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