qpdfview PDF-reader for Ubuntu

The default PDF-reader in Ubuntu 16.04 is very plain and non-configurable, but it is easy to replace it with a better alternative, such as qpdfview, which is much more configurable.

Custom shortcuts with jumpapp

Custom shortcuts in Ubuntu is a great way to speed up starting up programs, or focusing on them.

Jumpapp is a great tool to use together with custom shortcuts:

Flash install

dr.dk is in the process of phasing out Flash (finally!) and use HTML5 in stead:

Drush make

Drush is a powerful tool for building Drupal web sites. Here is much more information about Drush commands: https://drushcommands.com/

How to install Drush: http://docs.drush.org/en/8.x/install/

UbuntuGNOME Shell Extensions

I always add these GNOME extensions to fix a few annoying quirks in Ubuntu Gnome, they should be included by default in Ubuntu, in my opinion:

New storage Hard Drive

Here are my notes on copying the content of an old storage hard drive over to a new. The label of the old hard drive is "archive" and the label of the new hard drive is "archive_2017". It is assumed that your old hard drive will be mounted at "/archive".

Audacious, clear the playlist when opening files

Since you can't change mp3 "Open with" "Default application" from Audacious to fx VLC under Properties in Ubuntu 16.04, and it is annoying to get your playlist deleted every time you open a single mp3-file, here is a work-around.

Go to File > Settings > Playlist and uncheck "Clear the playlist when opening files".

Default format as Body text in Thunderbird

When you reply to a message or create a new message in Thunderbird, the default format is "Paragraph".

To change it to "Body Text", deactivate the "Use Paragraph format..." option under Edit > Preferences > Composition > General, and the default paragraph format changes from "Paragraph" to "Body Text".


To install and run Needrestart:

sudo apt-get install needrestart
sudo needrestart

For more info: When to Restart Services or Reboot after Update on Debian or Ubuntu

The program at Github: https://github.com/liske/needrestart

Anaconda Python virtual environment install screen

With Scrapy you can crawl web sites and get their content, mainly text and images. Since it isn't possible to install Scrapy with sudo apt-get install scrapy, the recommended way is to install it inside a virtual Python environment called Anaconda.

With these commands you can get Scrapy up and running on Ubuntu 16.04: