dot files

Remember the days when people put up their .rc files on their blogs? I used to do that too but these days, I link people to my puppet manifest on github. If you don’t know what Puppet is, you should definitively check out

The only reason this page still exists because back in the day I worked for this lady who got angry when I changed global settings on the server to sensible defaults. Like “alias grep=’grep –color'” got me into trouble o.O So I created my own little environment that stayed persistent even when I sudo’d. This was mainly done via the following lines:

#always open VIm with my settings
alias vim='vim -u ~sk/.vimrc'
#create your our own 'bash' so root can run screen with my settings
echo '/bin/bash --rcfile ~sk/.bashrc' > ~sk/bash
chmod 755 ~sk/bash
#set my bash shell
export SHELL=`echo ~sk/bash`
#always run screen with my settings
alias screen='screen -c ~sk/.screenrc'

I even had .sync files kept on a web server so I could easily update once I made changes to the environment :)

#If we have updates, we want an easy way of synchronisation
alias sksync='cd ~sk; wget --timeout=2 --tries=1;
if [ "$?" == "0" ]; then mv .bashrc.sync ~sk/.bashrc; fi;
wget --timeout=2 --tries=1;
if [ "$?" == "0" ]; then mv .vimrc.sync ~sk/.vimrc; fi;
wget --timeout=2 --tries=1;
if [ "$?" == "0" ]; then mv .screenrc.sync .screenrc; fi'

My firefox add-ons

Below is a list of add-ons I use in my current Firefox profile and I’d recommend you use too! :)

  • Adblock Plus – An advertisement blocker that can import filters from others
  • BetterPrivacy – Allows you to view and DELETE nasty LSO files
  • Bried – An RSS reader
  • Disable Ctrl-Q shortcut – ever tried to “Ctrl+a” but accidentally “Ctrl+q” :(
  • DownloadHelper – store a local copy of a video on youtube and other sites
  • FireGestures – Control firefox with mouse gestures
  • It’s all Text! – Every textfield can be edited via your favourite text editor
  • Lazarus – re-populates data in forms if the browser crashes or similar
  • TabMix Plus – An Add-on to help manage a lot of Tabs

And good ones for development:

  • FireBug – “Web Development Evolved”
  • Tamper Data – lets you manipulate headers before you get redirected
  • Web Developer – lets you do all sorts of things to HTML forms and the like

You should have a master password set for Firefox anyway, however if you have more than one device, do yourself a favour and set up Firefox Sync (with a master password).