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A Couple of Quick Command Line and IRC timesaving tips

December 12, 2007

I’m one of those people who figures out things bit by bit. I learn enough to get what I want accomplished and then move on. A consequence of this is that I find out some time-saving trick literally years later, when it could have served me well from the beginning. But I’m too lazy (and too eager for immediate gratification) to take the time to thoroughly learn every nuance of some new exciting new toy.

So here are two things I’ve learned recently which you may or may not know:

1. In most IRC chat clients (Gaim/Pidgin anyway), you can use tab-completion to fill in nicknames of those in the chat. So if you wanted to type: “heathenx: You’re a sorry excuse for a human being.” , you could type “he” and then ‘tab’ and it would fill in the ‘athenx’ for you. If there are multiple matches, it lists them out and you type additional letters the next time to get a single match. **

2. In the bash terminal (works in rxvt under Cygwin, and likely on Mac terminals too), if you’re searching for a past command you entered – and it’s still in your command history – hit Ctrl-r. This will bring up a prompt so that as you type the first few letters it will find the most recent command matching those letters. It refines it’s search result as you type more letters. If you find the command you wanted,  hit enter to execute the command or hit the right cursor key (or ctrl-j) to bring it onto the command line for you to edit.

So there are a couple of tips that might save you some time and frustration (things I’m intimately familiar with).

Note: Any reference to heathenx’s or sorry excuses for human beings in this post are strictly fictional. No actual heathenx‘s were harmed in the production of this blog post – even if they claim to be. 😉

** – this tip comes via a Lotta Linux Links IRC chat session a while back. Check out the venerable Dave Yates and his podcast, blog, forum and irc channel at lottalinuxlinks.com – you’ll regret it if you don’t.

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Screencasters now accepting pity…er.. donations.

November 15, 2007

Heathenx and I have decided to add a completely voluntary donation button to our screencasters website. He seemed to articulate the reasoning just perfectly in his post. So don’t be too dismayed to see the paypal donation button on the site, we’re not going all capitalist and closed-source on ya, at least not until we take the thing public and retire to a beach in Tahiti..  😉

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Shattered Photo – Inkscape Screencast

August 14, 2007

I’ve finished another Inkscape screencast, Episode 032 to be specific. This one shows one way of creating a shattered glass effect with a photo image using Inkscape. I’ve uploaded a lower quality version to YouTube and of course you can find it in significantly higher quality, along with all of our other screencasts at: screencasters.heathenx.org

Hope you enjoy it and find it useful. 🙂

A New Site is Born…

June 22, 2007


Well we’ve gone and done it. Fellow Inkscape screencaster heathenx and I have spent the last month or so putting together a home for higher quality versions of our screencasts. You can see the fruits of our labour at http://screencasters.heathenx.org.

About 6 months ago I uploaded my first Inkscape screencast to YouTube and soon after heathenx started doing them too [he does nothing but copy me ;)]. We’ve had plenty of views on YouTube, but two things always bugged us. The quality/size of the video, and the 10 minute/100MB limitation on uploads.

So while we won’t be abandoning the YouTube posts, we’re going to be putting our screencasts over on the new site and likely posting versions to YouTube in tandem with that.

We’ve got all of our 23 episodes up on the site right now. We decided to encode them in flash format (.swf files) for two reasons really: ubiquity of the flash format and easier streaming capability. You can download the swf files to your local machine and view them in your browser or any flash capable media player, or watch them right on the site in your browser. The site also has an RSS feed which will serve mainly as a outlet for announcements – ie. not as a video blog per se, at least for the time being.

Call me a masochist, but I have to say that the hurdles and challenges we had to overcome to get the site the way we wanted was the most fun I’ve had in a while. Both heathenx and myself are engineers and because of that, I think that we’re pretty much in our element when stuck with a problem and left to our own devices. The fact that we share the same dry and sometimes childish sense of humour didn’t hurt the fun factor either. A quick check of the About page will illustrate that fact quite clearly. 🙂

And that’s really the whole motive behind it. Fun. Sure, we could easily use the site to make millions (after all, we developed a completely custom-built content management system for it – in 80 lines of python [cough cough]), but we’re far too modest for that. 😉

So if you’ve enjoyed any of our past screencasts, or want to check them out, head on over to the site at: http://screencasters.heathenx.org

We’d appreciate your feedback to help improve the site, so if you’ve got any comments or questions, you can comment on this post, or email us at: screencasters AT heathenx.org

And of course, if you like the site (or hell, even if you don’t) spread the word to your screencast and/or Inkscape loving friends.