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How to get Emacs key bindings in Ubuntu

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

To get the Emacs key bindings (especially, Ctrl-a to go to beginning of line, Ctrl-e to end of line) systemwide, e.g. in Firefox, you use: gconf-editor and change the setting desktop → gnome → interface → gtk_key_theme from “Default” to “Emacs”.

Disable boot process checking for keyboard on Dell desktop

Friday, September 5th, 2008

Whenever I forgot to plug in my keyboard before booting my Dell desktop, it would halt with the amusing error message: Keybard failure. Press F1 to continue, F2 for setup. When I was at home, I could just plug in the keyboard and hit F1, but when I was trying to boot the computer remotely […]

Changing sensible (i.e. default) browser

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

I want to use ~/firefox/firefox as my default browser. (I have an older version of Firefox installed system-wide, and 2.0 in my home dir). I think I set this somewhere in XFCE, and it works fine for most apps. However, some apps (e.g. xpdf) still use Konqueror — yikes (takes a long time to start […]

Moving this blog to

Friday, July 20th, 2007

I have moved this blog to I have redirected to This means you are now reading this on the new domain. Please update your bookmarks. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Managing references with CiteULike

Monday, June 11th, 2007

I’ve just set up an acount with to keep track of papers. Speaking from my first impressions, here are some advantages and disadvantages: Advantages: Clear and intuitive layout Can import and export BibTeX references. Can export EndNote and RSS. Lets you manually edit BibTeX citation keys (unlike Connotea). Lets you upload a personal .pdf […]