From The Tips Box: Dropbox Scripts, Facebook Links

Readers offer their best tips for using scripts on multiple computers and posting links to Facebook.

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Set Your Bashrc Path to Dropbox for Cross-PC Script Running

Pishposh.mcgee shows us how to more easily run scripts from your Dropbox folder on multiple Linux PCs:

I have a small collection of short scripts that I use on my multiple Ubuntu installations. I keep these in a folder in my Dropbox called "scripts" and add the following two lines to the end of the .bashrc file in my home directory (usually /home/[username] /.bashrc)


export PATH

What this does is make it so you no longer have to type out the full path to those scripts, nor do you have to cd into your Dropbox folder before running them. You can just type the name of the script and go. Pretty handy for folks running scripts on multiple PCs.

Edit Link Titles and Text When Sharing on Facebook

Jupiterthunder shares a lesser-known feature of Facebook link sharing:

When sharing a link on Facebook (using a bookmarklet or share link), when the "Post To Profile" box pops up, you can change the title of the link by clicking on whatever title is already provided.

You can also use this if you share a link directly from you feed. It doesn't work if you click link and type the URL, but if you click "Share" and type in a URL, the box will expand to give you a preview of the post and you can edit the title accordingly.

This will be handy for those times when FB share fails to give the title of a webpage and only gives the URL instead.

Format iPods on Windows Computers for Easier Library Restoration

George lets us know a quick tip for making Mac users' lives easier:

Everyone has gone through one of those situations where you have to transfer your library from your iPod to your computer. Maybe you've gotten a new computer, or maybe your hard drive died and you lost everything—either way, the iPod_Control method is far better than the unnecessarily expensive pieces of software out there that do the same thing.

The only problem is that this method is a bit more difficult (for non-tech savvy users) on a Mac than on Windows, since it takes a Terminal command (or third-party software) to show hidden files in OS X, whereas Windows users can just go to Organize > Folder Options. So, when my friends or family members get new iPods (or erase them for some reason), I usually suggest they restore them on a Windows computer rather than a Mac—even if their main computer is a Mac. Since Windows-formatted iPods still work on Macs (and Macs will always show Windows' hidden folders by default), their lives will be much easier when that inevitable day comes—and I won't have to try to explain to them how to type in a Terminal command. Simple, but it's come in handy more than once for me.


    It'd be a lot easier to download and install mediamonkey, which can do the same job.

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