Posts Tagged ‘ubuntu’ 1 Year Review

By Mark Davidson on June 20th, 2010

This month my account reached the grand age of 1-year-old. For this special occasion I thought I would do another review of and recount some of my experiences from the last 12 months.

In this review I will go over the good and bad aspects of that I have experienced. Also I will cover what is coming in the future and what I would like to see in the future as well. Finally I will give a bit of a summary of my thoughts after a year.

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GNU Binutils – strings

By Mark Davidson on May 28th, 2010

A really quick post this time to just take note of the strings tool which is part of the Binutils collection of binary tools

The strings tool allows you to print all printable characters in a given file or files. This can be very useful for a number of different tasks from extracting metadata from a file to retrieving a certain level of information from unknown executables such as what URLs it has contained within it.

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Interesting Ubuntu Terminal Keyboard Shortcut

By Mark Davidson on April 7th, 2010

A really quick post this one as I can’t find any documentation on it but thought it was fairly cool. If you use the “SHIFT + ALT + {” keyboard shortcut combo it does autocomplete to match all the files / folders in a directory or some of the files / folders if you have already started typing. Not sure if that makes any sense so an example is in order.

So say in your directory you have the following files ( This is my Zend/Validate/ dir incase anyone wonders)

Abstract.php  Alnum.php        Alpha.php         Barcode         Barcode.php
Between.php   Callback.php     Ccnum.php         CreditCard.php  Date.php
Db            Digits.php       EmailAddress.php  Exception.php   File
Float.php     GreaterThan.php  Hex.php           Hostname        Hostname.php
Iban.php      Identical.php    InArray.php       Interface.php   Int.php
Ip.php        Isbn.php         LessThan.php      NotEmpty.php    PostCode.php
Regex.php     Sitemap          StringLength.php

In this directory if you just do



While if you type a “C” then do it you get


I appreciate its not the most amazing thing in the world but can be pretty handy when you need something a tad more custom than a stand * wildcard. If anyone else knows of some cool keyboard shortcuts for Ubuntu I would be interested in hearing them I have not found any other site that documents this one so I would be interested to know if other people have come across any where that does talk about it.