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 *would* like to link people to my puppet manifest on github. (EDIT: Despite being secure i.e. not containing any passwords, there was a some information leakage and my employer encouraged me to make the repository private. I use bitbucket for that.) 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 πŸ™‚

#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! πŸ™‚

  • 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).