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Binding a key to the middle mouse button with xmodmap and xkbset

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

Great, I just found this here. This is how you can bind a key to the middle mouse button (I use the middle mouse button a lot to (a) paste stuff from the clipboard, (b) open links in background tabs in Firefox). I used the pause/break key, so it’s slightly modified. I first had to […]

Better buffer switching in Emacs

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

I’ve switched from XEmacs to Emacs, about a month back. I like it much better. On Xubuntu, many more things work “out of the box” (for example the Noweb mode for Sweave). X clipboard contents are immediately available for yanking! One thing that’s always annoyed me in both XEmacs and Emacs was the buffer switching […]

Kinesis Advantage keyboard

Monday, March 24th, 2008

I’m generallly quite happy with this keyboard. It could be a bit smaller for my hands. To alleviate the stretch in some key combinations, I’ve switched the “Caps Lock”, the “+/=” and the tab keys around. Sometimes, the keyboard “forgets” this remapped layout after restart. In some of these cases, unplugging the keyboard and plugging […]

Compiz on Xubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy)

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

While outsourcing my memory to this blog is handy, it’s even better when I can outsource the blog’s task by just pointing to other blogs. xubuntu blog has a very nice writeup of installing Compiz on Xubuntu Gutsy. It works without problems on the Dell Inspiron desktop (nVidia Corporation GeForce 8300 GS graphics card). I […]

Drupal form tweaker module

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

The Drupal Form Tweaker module lets you change the way users can select vocabulary/ category terms when they submit content. By default, this is a dropdown list, which is a bit ugly and especially annoying to use if you want to select multiple terms. With form tweaker, you can set the terms to be presented […]