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Linux: Batch rename to remove # leading characters from files of a certain type

by on Apr.12, 2015, under Techie

If you have a bunch of files like:

$ ls /home/me/Desktop/Music/
0001 – File1.mp3
0002 – File2.mp3
0003 – File3.doc

$

And you want to remove the “0001 – ” from the start of all of them then you can use the following expressing to do this provided they are all in the same folder (if not just run this more than once):

cd /home/me/Desktop/Music/ && for file in *mp3; do mv "$file" "${file:8}"; done

Afterwards:

$ ls /home/me/Desktop/Music/
File1.mp3
File2.mp3
0003 – File3.doc

$

NOTE: For more details see http://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/1162 as I got my example from there.

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RetroPie Controller info

by on Apr.12, 2015, under Techie, Video Games

To support Xbox controllers on the RetroPie image for Raspberry Pi 2 units please use the following. This may work for other controllers, but I have no way to test.

NOTE: Use ls /dev/input/ to make sure the “input_player#_joypad_index = ” values are correct. For most they should be js0, js1, etc. You could have something weird like js1, 2, etc at which point you will need to adjust the player1 from 0 to 1 and then so on and so forth.

Edit the /opt/retropie/configs/all/retroarch.cfg file

Add the following to the end of the file

# Start
input_joypad_driver = linuxraw
input_player1_joypad_index = "0"
input_player1_up_axis = "-1"
input_player1_down_axis = "+1"
input_player1_left_axis = "-0"
input_player1_right_axis = "+0"
input_player1_a_btn = "0"
input_player1_b_btn = "1"
input_player1_x_btn = "2"
input_player1_y_btn = "3"
input_player1_select_btn = "6"
input_player1_start_btn = "7"
input_player2_joypad_index = "1"
input_player2_up_axis = "-1"
input_player2_down_axis = "+1"
input_player2_left_axis = "-0"
input_player2_right_axis = "+0"
input_player2_a_btn = "0"
input_player2_b_btn = "1"
input_player2_x_btn = "2"
input_player2_y_btn = "3"
input_player2_select_btn = "6"
input_player2_start_btn = "7"
input_player3_joypad_index = "2"
input_player3_up_axis = "-1"
input_player3_down_axis = "+1"
input_player3_left_axis = "-0"
input_player3_right_axis = "+0"
input_player3_a_btn = "0"
input_player3_b_btn = "1"
input_player3_x_btn = "2"
input_player3_y_btn = "3"
input_player3_select_btn = "6"
input_player3_start_btn = "7"
input_player4_joypad_index = "3"
input_player4_up_axis = "-1"
input_player4_down_axis = "+1"
input_player4_left_axis = "-0"
input_player4_right_axis = "+0"
input_player4_a_btn = "0"
input_player4_b_btn = "1"
input_player4_x_btn = "2"
input_player4_y_btn = "3"
input_player4_select_btn = "6"
input_player4_start_btn = "7"
input_exit_emulator_btn = "4"
input_menu_toggle_btn = "5"
# End

NOTE: I used http://howchoo.com/g/n2qyzdk5zdm/build-your-own-raspberry-pi-retro-gaming-rig to figure out how to build my RetroPie, though N64 isn’t working yet.

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How to disable Flash Player protected mode in Firefox

by on Feb.08, 2015, under Techie

Since Firefox 35 you can do the following to disable the annoying “Activate Flash” on any page with Flash.

In the Address Bar type in “about:config”
Confirm that you will careful when prompted
Search for “dom.ipc.plugins.flash.disable-protected-mode” and set it to true (ie disabled)

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Coding links

by on Feb.08, 2015, under Techie

I have to share these links for anyone that see’s this and so I can find them in the future:

lifehacker – Top 10 Ways to Teach Yourself to Code

Free Programming Books – GitHub list

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