Running Ephemeral Docker Containers – Automatically Remove a Docker Container After Running It

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Docker is a convenient tool to quick create containers from different Linux images. If we use the common way to start a docker container like docker run image bash, after the the process exists, the container is still stored there. That is, the docker container persists after it has exited. Sometimes, we would like to
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Configuring Fonts for Thunderbird snap to Display Fonts Nicely

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snap is a software app bundle with dependencies included so that it can works in different Linux distributions. However, as most other software, snap has compatiblity issues. An app in the snap format is not 100% the same and compatible with the native version. One of the problem I find is that Thunderbird from snap
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GNONE 3 Screenshot Keyboard Shortcuts

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GNONE 3 provides screenshot tools and utils and also provides keyboard shortcuts which are convenient and quick to use. With the GNOME 3 screenshot keyboard shortcuts, users can make screenshots without having to open the Screenshot app. In general, there are 2 major categories of screenshot shortcuts: those to save the screenshot as a file,
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3 Ways of .odt to .txt File Conversion in Command Line in Linux

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The Open Document .odt files can contain rich formats for the content. However, some times a plain text file is more handy. We may convert .odt files to plain text files for such needs. In this post, we discuss 3 ways of how to convert .odt files to .text files in command line in Linux.
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.docx/.doc to .odt File Conversion in Command Line in Linux

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Word .docx and .doc files are common for documents commonly generated by MS Word software. We would like to convert them to the more open ODF Open Document .odt files for various cases. This can be done by GUI software tools. If we have a set of many .docx/.doc files, it will be handy if
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Configuring Eclipse to Show Git Revision Information in Editor

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Eclipse can work well with Git. We discussed Configuring Eclipse to Highlight Changed Lines Compared to Git Commit before. Eclipse can also show the revision information for lines of code (from git blame) which is useful to understand why some lines are added in the context of previous revisions including the lines of code. Eclipse
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2 Ways of Modifying macOS Keyboard’s Right Option to Control for Mac Pro

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For heavy Terminal/Shell/command line users, the Control key is a very frequently used key. However, in Mac Pro keyboard, there is only a single left Control key for some models. This cause quite some inconvenience. In this post, we will go through how to configure/remap the keys to “create” a right Control key. Remap keys
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Converting Hex to ASCII Using xxd

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Strings are commonly encoded as hexadecimal (hex) strings for various purposes. Hence, it is also common to convert hex strings to its original strings such as an ASCII string. Hex to ASCII string conversion can be done programmatically in many languages. In command line, we can use xxd to convert hex to ASCII string. This
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Configuring Eclipse to Highlight Changed Lines Compared to Git Commit

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Eclipse is one of the good IDEs for C/C++ projects with its great source code indexer. It is common the source code version is controlled by some tools like Git for software projects. It is convenient if the IDE can show the current changes compared to the committed code version. In this post, we will
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Printing Google Doc with Comments in Page Margins

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Google Doc documents support comments which is useful for collaborative editing of files with comments to each others. But when we print the document from Google Doc, the comments are not included. How to print the document with comments in page margins? In this post, we will introduce a method using the opensource and free
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Printing Comments in Page Margins in LibreOffice

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“Comments” and “tracking changes” are nice features of the opensource LibreOffice software (and other Office software) to add comments and track changes in documents. OpenDocument ODT and MS Word DOCX/DOC file formats all support comments and change trackings. When we print the documents, how to print the comments in the page margins too in LibreOffice?
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2 Ways of Resetting All Git Submodules in a Git Repository

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Git submodule is a nice and convenient mechanism in Git to include the other Git repositories and manage the version/commit used from the submodule Git repository. However, there are cases where we would like “reset” the submodule, such as when we find updating a submodule repository will break the code tree, or merge some updates
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Install R and RStudio Desktop in macOS

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We ever discussed How To Install R and RStudio Desktop in Ubuntu Linux 20.04. In this post, we introduce how to install R and RSTudio Desktop on macOS. Install R environment Install R environment as follows using Homebrew. $ brew install R Then verify that the R environment is installed and ready, by running in
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How to list and start VirtualBox VMs in command line in Linux?

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VirtualBox is a nice open source virtual machine software. It works nicely on Linux and is supported by many Linux distros like Ubuntu in their official package repositories, so it is quite easy to set it up on Linux. The VMs can also be managed in command line using the vboxmanage command line tool provided
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Adding Gmail SMTP in Thunderbird

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Gmail’s authentication is secured by rejecting access from less secure apps. By default, adding Gmail SMTP in Thunderbird with your Google account password as SMTP authentication password will not work. And Google is beginning to shut off Google Account access to less secure apps. To solve this, the method is to use OAuth2 authentication instead
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How to synchronize OneDrive and OneDrive for Business files in Linux using Insync

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OneDrive is one of the good cloud storage services available and there is a business version called OneDrive for Business. Microsoft’s Office 365 plan is widely used including Exchange Email service and OneDrive for Business. However, there is no official client released yet for Linux users. Insync is a third party cloud storage syncing software
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Synchronizing Thunderbird Calendar and Address Book with Office365 Exchange Online using ActiveSync

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Thunderbird is a nice email client available on Linux and Windows. With the Lightning plugin, Thunderbird can support calendar functions well. Exchange is a widely used email and calendar/address book service software. Office 365 provide the cloud version of Exchange named Office 365 Exchange Online. Although Exchange Online provide IMAP for synchronizing emails, it provides
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