Low Disk Space warning in Ubuntu

The Low Disk Space warning in Ubuntu is set at 95% and minimum 1 GB free space, which can sometimes be too late if space is running out.

If you would like to get a warning earlier, and more time to clear up space before everything crashes, open dconf and set these values:


Adding custom maps in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO)

Click "Play" (1) and select "Workshop Maps" (2) from the drop-down. Click the right hand side "Visit Workshop" link (3), find a map, select it, and click "Subscribe" (4) to download it.

Press Shift + Tab to return to the game, or click "Click here to return to the game" at the top. It should now be available under "Workshop Maps".

Tabs disabled in Mozilla Thunderbird

If you want to save a little space, consider disabling the tab area. By default it's only used to show the current folder.

To disable tabs, open Edit > Preferences:

VLC configuration for Ubuntu

For various reasons, subtitles might not work in VLC, or it can lag or stutter. How to Fix VLC Lagging/Stuttering/Buffering Issues describes a few solutions.

The solutions proposed might not help in Ubuntu, though ...

Paused Counter-Strike bot game

You can pause a local offline Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO) bots game from the console.

Press "C" to open the console, and enter these commands:

  • Enable pause with sv_pausable 1
  • Pause or unpause the game with pause

To create a custom shortcut with "P" for pause or unpause, run this command from console:

Debian in Boxes

Boxes is an easy way to quickly try out other Linux distributions, for example the current or next release of Debian (Unofficial non-free images including firmware packages).

Cancel print job

If you see a message during a slow or hanging shutdown (press ESC to see messages) about a stop job is running for CUPS, wait 90 seconds ... it might be due to an old print job in the system.

Normalize MP3 files with Audacity

There are many ways to make quiet MP3 files louder ("Normalize"), but the easiest is by far using Audacity, since you can process multiple files at once (also known as batch processing) with the Macro tool:

LibreOffice print both sides

To save paper, consider printing on both sides of the paper (duplex). If your printer is able to print on both sides and is installed to support CUPS, you can define default setting such as changing paper size from Letter to A4 and duplex printing to "Two-Sided: Long-edge binding" at http://localhost:631/.

QGIS logo

QGIS is an open source program which allows you to: "edit, visualise, analyse and publish geospatial information on Windows, Mac, Linux, BSD and mobile devices. For your desktop, server, in your web browser and as developer libraries."