Speed Up apt-get Downloads in Debian / Ubuntu and it’s derivatives

Enter apt-fast. apt-fast is an apt-get supplement/replacement script by Matt Parnell. Basically apt-fast does pretty much the same thing as apt-get does, except that the download part of it is handled by axel. The result being that your program installation downloads finish faster. A lot faster. Up to 26-times, according to Matt. via Speed Up…

[How To] Chat With Your Facebook Buddies Using Pidgin

Recently, Facebook introduced Facebook chat – which allows you to chat with your Facebook friends in realtime similar to IM, as compared to post-message-on-wall-and-wait-for-replies kinda communication that Facebook users endured so far. A slight problem would be that to use this feature, users need to be logged in and be on Facebook’s site. Not any…

An Easy Way to Transfer Data From A Linux Based Virtual Machine to Windows Host(And Vice Versa)

In my previous post, I’d mentioned about Virtualization – what it is, how useful it is to test new softwares, distros etc. Now while working in your virtual machine, you’d obviously save some data – do some wordprocessing, or compatibility testing of your programs, just to name some, all this would mean that the data…

Find out how much space each file is occupying

Consider this situation. You want to know much space is available on your hard disk. No big deal, du can tell you the stats. For this open the terminal and type du -h. You will get the required details as below sathya@shaman:~$ du -h /home/sathya/Downloads 35M     /home/sathya/Downloads/kubuntu debs 177M    /home/sathya/Downloads sathya@shaman:~$ du -h /home/sathya/Downloads/kubuntu\ debs/…