Archive for November, 2009

Per-user cron configuration

As a logged in user do:

$crontab -e

The first time you will be asked about your editor preference.

Now you can add cron entries for yourself, for example to run fetchmail every two minutes the following entry can be used:

*/2 * * * * fetchmail >/dev/null 2>&1

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009 Uncategorized No Comments

Change playback speed in MPlayer or VLC

Change playback speed without pitch distortion in MPlayer or VLC in ubuntu linux.

Add the following repository:


For example when using the Intrepid Ibex ubuntu distribution use:

deb intrepid main

Install MPlayer or VLC with this repository added.

In VLC playback speed can be increased and the filter will be automatically applied.

In case of MPlayer run the following from the command line to run a movie or audio file with 1.5 speed:

mplayer -af scaletempo -speed 1.5 MyVideo.avi


Sunday, November 15th, 2009 Uncategorized No Comments

Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala

Turn off 60 seconds shutdown delay notification:

gconftool-2 -s '/apps/indicator-session/suppress_logout_restart_shutdown' --type bool true


Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009 Uncategorized No Comments