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Arronax – Graphical Tool to Create Desktop Launcher in Ubuntu | UbuntuHandbook

For those who want to manually create desktop shortcut launcher in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 19.04, Arronax is a good choice with graphical user interface.Other than creating .desktop file via Linux command, Arronax offers a graphical interface to create (and also edit) desktop shortcut for application, executable file, or URL.

Source: Arronax – Graphical Tool to Create Desktop Launcher in Ubuntu | UbuntuHandbook

How to install and run youtube-dl from actual source code, so that you can apply patches as needed

If you use the program youtube-dl, you may have noticed that from time to time things stop working. Usually it’s because something changes on a site and youtube-dl needs to be patched to deal with it. But what sometimes happens is that someone will submit a patch and then the youtube-dl developers will ignore that patch for many months before they finally get around to merging it into the program. The speed at which the youtube-dl developers fix issues with sites can seem glacial at times.

What’s frustrating is that if you browse through the issues section of the youtube-dl support area using an appropriate search term, you may find the fix for your problem, and maybe it’s just been sitting there for quite some time. But, since youtube-dl is distributed as a compiled binary you may think you have no way to apply it. But that’s not really true – at its core, the entire program is simply a multitude of Python scripts, and it can be run without first being compiled. And if you use it that way, then you can apply patches as needed to any of the python modules, whether they are patches you have written or patches that you have found in the issues area, or elsewhere on the Internet.

So here is how you can install and use youtube-dl using actual source code.

Source: How to install and run youtube-dl from actual source code, so that you can apply patches as needed – Two “Sort Of” Tech Guys

Install and Use ffmpeg in Ubuntu & Other Linux [Full Guide]

ffmpeg is a CLI (command line based) utility for processing media files. It is a framework with a multitude of features and, because of it’s open source license, it is the base for many widespread apps such as VLC, YouTube, iTunes and many more. A number of Linux video editors use ffmpeg underneath the GUI.

What I love even more about ffmpeg is that it can be used on it’s own to accomplish many processing tasks in a very simple manner (with one or two commands). However, it’s a very powerful program that can be used in more complex ways and even replace an editing workflow.

In this ffmpeg tutorial, I’ll show you how to install ffmpeg and I’ll be covering it’s different uses. I’ll even get into some more complex features.

Source: Install and Use ffmpeg in Ubuntu & Other Linux [Full Guide] (It’s FOSS)

Two pages to enhance Firefox privacy

Here are two pages to visit to safeguard your privacy when using Firefox. Please BE CAREFUL when making changes such as these; you probably do not want to make every single change shown because if you do, you may experience unintended consequences, and may possibly even “break” certain web sites:

1. Firefox Privacy – The Complete How-To Guide

Mozilla Firefox is arguably the best browser available that combines strong privacy protection features, good security, active development, and regular updates. The newest version of Firefox is fast, light-weight, and packed full of great settings to protect your privacy.

It is for this reason that I consider Firefox to be the best all-around browser for privacy and security. It remains a solid alternative to some of the other options, such as Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Safari.

Another great aspect of Firefox is that it is highly customizable, which is the point of this guide. Below we will go over how you can customize Firefox to give you the security and privacy you desire, while still working well for day-to-day browsing.

Source: Firefox Privacy – The Complete How-To Guide (Restore Privacy)

2. Privacy/Privacy Task Force/firefox about config privacy tweeks

Firefox: Privacy Related “about:config” Tweaks

This is a collection of privacy related about:config tweaks. We’ll show you how to enhance the privacy of your Firefox browser.

Source: Privacy/Privacy Task Force/firefox about config privacy tweeks (Mozilla Wiki)

This Siri Shortcut Automatically Triggers Camera Every Time Cops Pull You Over

I knew that day that the Shortcuts app has paved the way for automation in iPhone, but I didn’t realize that it can also be used to keep a track on the proliferating police abuse.

Source: This Siri Shortcut Automatically Triggers Camera Every Time Cops Pull You Over (Fossbytes)

How To Set Up an OpenVPN Server on Ubuntu 18.04

OpenVPN is a full-featured, open-source Secure Socket Layer (SSL) VPN solution that accommodates a wide range of configurations. In this tutorial, you will set up an OpenVPN server on an Ubuntu 18.04 server and then configure access to it from Windows, macOS, iOS and/or Android. This tutorial will keep the installation and configuration steps as simple as possible for each of these setups.

Source: How To Set Up an OpenVPN Server on Ubuntu 18.04 | DigitalOcean

Tech Tip: Really Simple HTTP Server with Python

If you need a quick web server running and you don’t want to mess with setting up apache or something similar, then Python can help. Python comes with a simple builtin HTTP server. With the help of this little HTTP server you can turn any directory in your system into your web server directory. The only thing you need to have installed is Python.

Practically speaking this is very useful to share files inside your local network. Implementing this tiny but hugely useful HTTP server is very simple…

Source: Tech Tip: Really Simple HTTP Server with Python | Linux Journal

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