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Two-cent Tip: Yo! zdump!

Ben Okopnik [ben at linuxgazette.net]

Sun, 14 Mar 2010 23:43:47 -0400

----- Forwarded message from "s. keeling" <keeling@nucleus.com> -----

I've yet again just discovered that tomorrow morning is "spring forward Day", so this may be apropos:

   alias dst="zdump -v Canada/Mountain | grep $(date '+%Y')"

Substitute your TZ for C/M, of course. Submit to 2cT?

* Ben Okopnik * Editor-in-Chief, Linux Gazette * http://LinuxGazette.NET *

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Two-cent Tip: VirtualBox Tricks?

clarjon1 [clarjon1 at gmail.com]

Thu, 25 Mar 2010 09:20:19 -0400

Hey Gang! I don't know how many of you use VirtualBox (OSE or otherwise), but I was wondering if any of you had any cool tricks-of-the trade that perhaps readers might be able to use. To start off with, here's one that makes VBox really easy for my mom to use, a little something I've called the "XP Start Button": It's essentially an icon on the desktop/menu entry. I've upgraded her laptop to find that she's never ever had a need to boot up windows, but unfortunately the tax guy wants her to run windows specific software. Anyways, here's the tip: Create a .desktop file in a folder/desktop, and fill it with the following:

[Desktop Entry]
Name[en_US]=Windows XP
Exec=VirtualBox --startvm "Windows XP"
Name=Windows XP

Of course, replacing the name of the virtual machine with the one you wish to start on opening of the .desktop file.

Hope to hear more tips, wonder what tweaks i might learn :)

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Published in Issue 173 of Linux Gazette, April 2010