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A script to find empty fields in a table

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It's pretty easy to see which fields are empty in the tab-separated table demo (below). The 2nd and 4th field, Col2 and Col4, have no visible characters at all in the rows below the header line: That was simple, but what if the table is huge, with lots of fields and records? Eyeballing for fields…

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Debian 9 on a Dell OptiPlex 9020 Micro

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TL;DR: Works fine (see title). The little old box I bought my last desktop from VG Computing (now Linux Now) in Melbourne. It arrived without an operating system and was basically a Mini-ITX board in a Shuttle XH61 case, with selected add-ins. (Specs below). I installed Debian stable and got years…

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How to tidy copied PDF text with a CoPa script

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The image below shows a small, demonstration PDF: When I highlight the text in the PDF, only the paragraphs and their internal spaces go to the X, or primary clipboard: When I middle-click-paste from the primary clipboard into a text editor, each line of text in the PDF appears on a new line,…

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Fixing Screen Resolution in The Book of Unwritten Tales 2

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KING Art's point-and-click adventure, The Book of Unwritten Tales 2, is a beautiful game. But you might have a hard time seeing much of the game properly if you ran into the problem I did - a wonky, improper fullscreen resolution that meant I couldn't even browse the settings menu and actually…

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Quick Tip: Mount DVD to Fix Playback Issues

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Popped in a DVD on your Linux box and started playing the disc directly, only to encounter weird playback issues such as stuttering, skipping or even flat-out stopping? It's a strange, hard to explain issue, but the fix is often quite simple. I believe this is mostly with encrypted, copy-protected…

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Sorting numbers inside text strings

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I have a script that compiles and sorts museum collection data. One of the data fields is for museum registration codes, and a plain sort doesn't understand that humans expect "KS.99", for example, to come before "KS.100": My script instead uses the magic "-V" option…

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Freeing an HP Chromebook 11 with Arch Linux ARM

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A few years ago I acquired an HP Chromebook 11, which I talked about in an article on this site at that time. I talked about how I ran Linux software side-by-side with Chrome OS thanks to the likes of Crouton. Since then, the machine has had some basic use, and rather ironically, used as an offline…

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Silver, a 90s Action RPG Lands on Steam for Linux

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"Silver, a corrupt and sinister sorcerer, rules the land of Jarrah with an iron fist. He and his henchmen have abducted the village women as part of a pact with the almighty god, Apocalypse. Now, only one man can put a stop to Silver and his minions. That man is you, David, a promising young…

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Quick Tip: Integrate Window Buttons into Xfce Panel

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For any Xfce gurus who may have tried to emulate the Unity desktop look, or maybe just wanted to save a bit of screen real estate, this may not be new to you. For anyone else though, here's a tip on this neat functionality. It's no secret that the venerable Xfce desktop is very configurable,…

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Presentations in a browser

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If you've ever given a slide presentation at a conference, you know the drill. Tell the audio-visual people what session your talk is in, then hand them a USB stick with your PowerPoint on it. The presentation has to be in Microsoft PowerPoint because the one and only laptop plugged into the data…

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Void Linux - the Strangely Overlooked Distribution

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Ahh, Void Linux. You may or may not have heard of it. If you have, more than likely it was by word of mouth, so to speak, from internet comments on a forum, YouTube video or in passing on Reddit. But this little distro rarely gets any press or recognition otherwise. Perhaps it's time that changes,…

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How to Install Foxit PDF Reader on Manjaro 21 Linux

Foxit PDF Reader is a multilingual freemium tool that can create, view, edit, digitally sign, and print PDF files. Learn to install Foxit on Manjaro 21 Linux here.

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How to Install Graylog 4 on Ubuntu 22.04

Graylog is a free and open-source log monitoring tool. In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Graylog on Ubuntu 22.04 server.

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How to Install Steam on a Chromebook

If you install Steam on your Chromebook, you can play many Windows games. Learn how to install Steam on a Chromebook here.

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Red Hat Advances Enterprise Linux with Improved Podman Containers

Linux vendor Red Hat announced this week the beta release of the latest update for its Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) platform with the 8.7 and 9.1 milestones. Both RHEL 8.7 and 9.1 add new features and capabilities designed to help organizations more effectively use Podman containers.

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How to Install Audacity on Fedora 36 Linux

Audacity is a free and open-source digital audio editor and recording application. Learn how to install Audacity on Fedora 36 Linux here.

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Excellent Utilities: CopyQ – advanced clipboard manager

CopyQ is an advanced clipboard manager that is written in C++ and published under an open-source license. Learn more about CopyQ here.

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Ubuntu 22.10 (Kinetic Kudu) Beta Released with GNOME 43

Featuring the latest GNOME 43 desktop environment, Ubuntu 22.10 beta comes with PipeWire as the default sound system. Learn more here.

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Security-Oriented Distro Parrot 5.1 Arrives with Linux Kernel 5.18

Parrot 5.1 is here six months after Parrot 5.0 and is powered by Linux kernel 5.18. Learn more about the new release here.

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Linux Mint 21.1 “Vera” to Arrive on Christmas

Linux Mint 21.1 has been codenamed “Vera” and is the first point release to Linux Mint 21 “Vanessa”. Learn about the upcoming December release here.

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How to Install FreeOffice on Linux Mint 21

FreeOffice is a free and open-source office suite with a word processor and other features. Learn how to install FreeOffice on Linux Mint 21.

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