Evernote in Linux


For some reason Evernote doesn’t seem to care about Linux users. They prefer to work on their (slow) web interface. I don’t understand how much harder is it to modify the Mac app for Linux?

The main reason I am writing this post is not to describe the available Evernote interfaces for Linux but to introduce a SublimeText package for Evernote and share a snippet I’ve made.

There is already some articles out there that describe the Evernote gui alternatives like this & this. So it suffices to just list them:

  • NixNote2
  • Everpad: includes a Unity lens but it doesn’t work in Ubuntu 15.04
  • Geeknote

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Distraction Free Email Composition with Gmail


As you can see, I am writing an email in Gmail without the standard Inbox in the background. This is a nice hack if you want to send an email without unintentionally glimpse your full inbox. To achieve this simple use the following url:


To do this easily, simple bookmark the page and use that bookmark whenever you want a distraction free email composition with Gmail. ​​ PS: After sending you email you can write a new one by simply refreshing your page. Happy Emailing — Sincerely Yours, Ibrahim Selection_026

Tip from a reader (Marc): If you want a similar solution when replying to a email, simply pop-out the reply window then clicking the double-arrow icon in the upper right corner while pressing the shit key as shown in the images below.

An easier keyboard-based solution is Shift+r.

Linux tip: find your bash command in less than 3 seconds


Many Linux users usually need to repeat the same command over and over again. For the newbie she will often re-write the whole command. The average use might already know that there’s something called a bash history and so she would use the up and down arrows to navigate through the history. It will take a while to find the needed command.

The more advanced user would know the trick I am about to tell you to find the appropriate command in less than 3 seconds.
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Tip: Evernote and Daily the review


Yesterday, I learned a new and useful Evernote trick from science fiction writer and Evernote ambassador Jamie Todd Rubin.

The trick is from his article Going Paperless Quick Tip: How I Do A “Daily Review” in Evernote. The trick is to create a saved search which makes the daily review in Evernote a click away. The daily review concept is referenced to the Getting Things Done (GTD) system by David Allen.

The daily review, as the name implies, is to review all of what you have received or created during your day to keep things in place and on track. For example you might have received some mail or have created some notes.
All this has to be processed at some point (preferably daily) otherwise, you will lose track of all the input you have received especially those that need some action on your behalf.

In regard of Evernote, Jamie (and now myself) uses a saved filter to process his daily notes. To do this he made the following search:

any: created:day updated:day

This search returns all notes that were created and updated/modified “today”. You can then save the search and add it as a shortcut which makes it very handy once you’re ready to do the daily review.

I tried to do the search on my Android phone and tablet but it didn’t work. Nevertheless, once you do this on the web app you will also have the saved search on all of your devices which is really useful.

You can read more of Jamie Rubin’s articles on the “Daily Review” on his website.

Thanks to Jamie Todd Rubin.

Pocket app for Chrome


Being very fond of Pocket (formerly Read It Later) (Android app) I wanted to have Pocket available on my desktop. And so I installed the Pocket add-on for Firefox and the Pocket extension for Chrome to easily save any article.

I have also been waiting for an offline Pocket app for Chrome and I finally found out that there was one released on August 2013.

In this post I share a tip I use to launch Pocket and start reading in no time. Instead of opening Chrome then navigating to the Apps tab and launching Pocket, I resorted to creating a shortcut of Pocket on my desktop. Continue reading

Tip: WordPress & Footnotes


To make linked footnotes [1], add the following (in text mode) just before your footnotes:

<h4 id="footnotes">Footnotes</h4>

Now you need to link each footnote number in the text by using the link of your post and suffixing it (after the /) with


To see an example hover your cursor over or click any linked number in the text and notice how the url of the post changes. It’s a manual labor but I think it’s sometimes worth it.


[1] Creating Footnotes in WP https://lorelle.wordpress.com/2013/02/26/creating-footnotes-in-wordpress/

Tip: WordPress & LaTeX


WordPress is known to support \LaTeX like

i\hbar\frac{\partial}{\partial t}\left|\Psi(t)\right>=H\left|\Psi(t)\right>

To embed equations using \LaTeX precede your \LaTeX code with “latex” and sandwich this with $ as follows [1][2]:

$latex your-latex-code$

To change the size precede the last $ sign with &s=2 like this:

$latex your-latex-code&s=2$

where 2 is the size which could be any number (as far as I know). For example, the Schrödinger equation above is of size 2. It was generated using:

$latex i\hbar\frac{\partial}{\partial t}\left|\Psi(t)\right>=H\left|\Psi(t)\right>&s=2$


[1] LaTeX in WP http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2007/02/17/math-for-the-masses/
[2] WP Support http://en.support.wordpress.com/latex/