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How to enable desktop notifications in VLC

VLC is probably the world's most advanced video player featuring a colossal amount of functionalities paired with a massive set of tweakable options.

As a consequence, the user is able to in-depth tweak the versatile player, easily affecting its look, feel, filters, etc as well as its desktop integration.

In the latter fits perfectly the available yet not-enabled-by-default notification support, built-in notification system that can align VLC to the desktop.


How to search through powerful search engines via qBittorrent

qBittorrent is a robust torrent application that features commonly-used torrent-wise functionalities ranging from torrent creation to downloading torrents, digesting informations about the downloading process, dedicated sidebar with clickable entries, etc.

qBittorrent comes with a built-in search engine, engine presenting itself as a fast manner of searching through powerful torrent websites and, therefore, permitting to the user to rapidly search for preferred items through several search engines at a press of a button.


How to visually observe the partitions' usage with Ubuntu 13.10's Disk Usage Analyzer

Movies, books, audio tracks are among the content types often populating the user's harddisk, aspect that usually generates various issues, such as lack of space and not clearly understanding its main cause.

Ubuntu 13.10 ships by default Disk Usage Analyzer, handy utility permitting to the user to have a rapid-yet-effective look at the files and folders occupying the harddisk via graphical easily-graspable visuals.


How to bulk transcode APE files to FLAC

Music content is spread across the web through numerous audio file formats ranging from MP3 to APE and FLAC, formats encapsulating the same music content, yet, with different quality types, app support and openness.

Specifically, among the mentioned formats, FLAC is the most open audio format, being open-standard free open-source, FLAC presenting itself as a robust optimized lossless codec.


How to benchmark USB sticks

Ubuntu 13.10 ships by default Disks, essentially, a disk-related utility featuring a relevant set of functionalities, among which partition formatting, drive informations, ability to easily erase disks and attached devices, etc.

Disks comes with benchmarking support, too, allowing the user to easily benchmark disks and devices via a clickable approach, while delivering the results into a user-friendly format.


How to extract images from EPUBs

EPUBs are a popular ebook format seen all over the web, file format encapsulating books, documents, stories, etc, as well as containing images.

As a consequence, the user may sometimes desire to extract certain images from EPUB files, in order to satisfy various requirements: watching the images later, adding the images to a new document, printing the images, etc.

The extraction action can be easily performed with Calibre, versatile ebook application allowing the user to hassle-free save images from EPUBs as simple as:


How to change Eye of GNOME's background color

Ubuntu 13.10 ships by default Eye of GNOME, lightweight effective image viewer used to navigate through, enjoy and observe PNG, JPEG, etc, images.

Opening an image and zooming out the image, decreases the image size, while surrounded by the default dark background, dark background that may improperly contrast with various themes (from a visual point of view).

Yet, the user is able to easily change Eye of GNOME's background color as easily as:


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