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How to add multiple cities to Time & Date Indicator

Ubuntu ships by default multiple indicators, among which Session Indicator, Sound Indicator, as well as Time & Date Indicator.

The latter displays time-related informations on the Unity panel, allowing the user to directly observe the current time and, by clicking on it, to look at the current month.

Yet, the user can easily extend its functionality by adding multiple cities to its menu, situation permitting a 1-click away digesting of hours related to selected-by-the-user cities, process doable as easily as:

Improve your Gedit productivity by enabling its sidebar

Ubuntu ships Gedit by default, complex-yet-intuitive text editor featuring numerous features and an overall clean nature.

Among its features, Gedit comes with support for sidebar, meaning, the user can enable a sidebar on Gedit and, therefore, more easily and naturally navigate through one's files and folders.

Launching Gedit, navigating to Gedit-->View and checking Side Panel, adds a sidebar on the left side of the handy text editor, from where the user can expose all folders and text files available on the computer.

How to easily add watermarks to from-ODT/DOC-to-PDF files

PDF is a commonly-used document format seen all over the web, format encapsulating images, text, blockquotes, etc, into books, tutorials, documents, as well as being used for book previews.

Meaning, sometimes, the user may create a certain document, document shared with other users for feedback, document representing an ALPHA-like stage of the book, therefore, not being ready to be shared on the internets.

How to transcode from FLAC to MP3 with Clementine

Clementine is a free open-source music player that features numerous functionalities into a robust interface, permitting the adding, playing, managing and editing of music content.

Clementine also supports music transcoding, support allowing the user to easily transcode music tracks via a simplistic-yet-effective manner, while not requiring additional tools and effort.

For example, the user can transcode FLAC tracks to MP3, process doable by:

How to increase Nautilus' icon size in Ubuntu 13.10

Ubuntu 13.10 ships by default Nautilus, handy file manager utilizing by default its icon view, essentially, rendering files, folders, etc, as a grid of icons.

The icons feature a 100% default size, size properly aligning text documents, folders, images, music tracks inside the file-management app; yet, Nautilus supports the adjustment of its icon sizes, feature permitting a hassle-free change of the size used by the icons.

For example, changing Nautilus' icon size from the default 100% to the value 200% is as simple as:

How to easily enable third-party wallpapers in Ubuntu 13.10's Unity greeter

Cycles ago, Unity greeter gained the ability to display at login the desktop's wallpaper, essentially, facing the user with the same wallpaper when entering the login details.

By default, the wallpapers available under System Settings-->Appearance-->Look are always visible on the Unity greeter, meaning, selecting a different-from-default image via System Settings, presents the selected wall at login in Unity greeter.

How to bulk replace spaces with underscores in Ubuntu

Usually, the user's computer contains a massive amount of files and folders, items commonly being named with spaces between characters, no spaces, etc, naming approach generating overall inconsistent names for files and folders.

Yet, sometimes the user needs a fast and effective manner of simultaneously renaming certain files and folders, in order to more accurately and easily manage the items, process hassle-free doable with pyRenamer.

Bulk-replacing spaces with underscores for files and folders is as simple as:

How to increase/decrease the cursor blink speed in Ubuntu 13.10

Ubuntu 13.10 ships by default an optimized set of default applications, values and features, defaults designed in mind with offering a robust user-friendly experience.

Yet, through tweaking utilities, users are able to adjust Ubuntu's values, in order to align the desktop's look, feel and behaviors to one's desires and needs.

As tweakable options, there is the cursor blink's speed, too, value that can generate faster or slower intensities for the cursor.

Increasing the show/hide blinking state of the cursor is as simple as:

How to add extra sharpness to Ubuntu 13.10's VLC 2.0.8

With its default settings, the powerful VLC delivers a proper display of movies featuring an optimized set of video and audio values.

Yet, VLC comes with numerous tweakable options, permitting a wide and diverse adjustment of its features, tweaks covering its video rendering, too.

Meaning, by enabling Sharpen video filter, the versatile media player significantly sharpens the video image, therefore, generating more sharp movies, TV shows, small clips, etc.

How to immediately get updates in Ubuntu 13.10

Ubuntu ships by default Software Updater, handy software-updating application featuring a user-friendly look & feel, allowing users to easily enjoy the latest updates via a clickable manner.

Yet, sometimes, the updating process reaches certain users slower, process due to the non-main server used by the user and phased updates, latter being designed in mind with significantly improving Ubuntu's quality.

Getting updates immediately after their release is as simple as: