Microphone mute key

I have a ThinkPad x230 with Sound (mute/unmute), Volume, Microphone (mute/unmute) and Lock Screen physical keys. The Microphone key does not work out-of-the-box, and I finally decided to search a bit for a solution. I found this nice post about Ubuntu.
So, I decided to give it a try. Read the rest of this entry »


Break a line in Inkscape

I have a solid line in Inkscape and I want to insert a line break, say, in the middle. The reason is that I had a relatively complex figure generated as SVG, where I need to colour some lines in half.

So, here’s how to do it: Read the rest of this entry »


Backup with rsync

I decided to finally get into the habit of backing up my home folder regularly. Till now, I just copied everything to an external hard drive every couple of weeks, which isn’t the smartest way. Therefore, I wanted to do things in a somewhat ‘smarter’ manner.

Sure, I knew about rsync but I had never used it…
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ELILO dual boot

I use a computer that has to have Linux and Windows 10 installed in parallel. Windows came pre-installed and requires UEFI… Therefore I went through Slackware’s instructions “To use UEFI, or not to use UEFI?” before installing Slackware. I told the installer to use ELILO and upon reboot, the system booted straight to Slackware. I installed Slackware -current, but that’s a separate story… Now I want to have the option to dual boot Windows and Linux.
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Prompt colours

Now, I have set up my .bashrc and .bash_profile and I have colourful output in my terminal. I decided to customize things a just little bit more…

As a start, I copied the default colour scheme /etc/DIR_COLORS as ~/.dir_colors. I edited to my liking, for example, I do not want coloured files to be in bold.
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