LTNS; HRU? GR8? G2K. ZUP?
Have you ever run across gibberish like this and wondered just what, exactly, it means?!?
This is an example of internet shorthand, or “text speak”, “chatspeak”, “cyber slang”, “chat acronyms”, “SMS texting language”, “netspeak”, etc.
As you can see, it is in no way confined to the internet, but is also extensively used when texting, and even pops up in our everyday spoken conversations.
Internet shorthand is little more than an attempt save time by reducing keystrokes, although there are cases in which it actually increases the number of keystrokes.
The concept primarily involves using acronyms for commonly-used phrases, and can result in absolute chaos for those of us unfamiliar with the language.
This year had been — much to my brother’s chagrin — very Linux command-line-intensive, at least on the blog front.
The good news — if you’re not Linux-oriented — is that I’m winding down to move on to (mostly) other topics.
The bad news — because of course there had to be some! — is that this week and the next are still focused on Linux.
(If you’re my brother, you don’t have to read this!)
If you’re not my brother, can I interest you in a Linux command line cheat sheet?
This week I was introduced to a new text editor. While it is not a command line text editor, or even a Linux-only text editor, it does fit pretty well into the current line-of-thought.
Atom is a GitHub project described as a “hackable text editor for the 21st century”. It is designed to be deeply customizable, but still approachable, using the default configuration. Atom can be run on OS X, Windows, and Linux.
For anyone who does not already know, GitHub is a web-based repository hosting service for Git, which is a version-control and management software for source code. Github is used primarily to host open-source software projects. It’s a popular social network for developers, programmers, and even end-users.
One common problem that I have – and so of course I automatically assume that everyone else has the same problem – is the inability to remember various commands and options when I need them.
To that end, today’s post is very short, but it comes bearing gifts.
As a follow-up to last week’s topic, I created a cheat sheet, or quick-reference guide, for the Linux command line archive and compression utilities.
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You might not think about using keyboard shortcuts in the command line, but why not?
There are several keyboard shortcuts that can perform functions much faster than if you had to type in the equivalent commands.
There are others that do not do what you might think they should do, based on how they are normally used.
Firefox provides a set of keyboard shortcuts that allow you to perform common tasks quickly.
You can open and close windows and tabs, navigate through pages and open tabs, create bookmarks, open history, zoom in and out, and much more, with just a few keystrokes.
For those of you unfamiliar with how keyboard shortcuts work, I would recommend reading my introduction to the subject really quick.
Do you know what your F2 key does? Do you know where your F6 key is? Did you know that they are called “function keys”?
Today’s lesson is all about function keys; where they are, what they are, and how to use them. Maybe I’ll even add a thought or two about how not to use them.
By now the average computer user might be familiar with a few of the most common (and life-saving!) keyboard shortcuts, like Ctrl + C (copy) and Ctrl + V (paste).
I say “might” because, while I cannot personally remember my life “before shortcuts” (it was probably a scary age, with the dinosaurs and all), I also know some very recent converts.
In comparing notes with them, I found that some of my favorite shortcuts were still widely unknown; my goal today is enlightenment.