Instantly edit a file when youre viewing it in less

Have you ever been viewing a file in less and wanted to start editing it?

Just hit Q. This will open it in the nano text editor.

The Ubuntu Remote Desktop software (System ^ Preferences ^ Remote Desktop) is designed to let another computer take control of your desktop across a network, or the Internet.

It's based on VNC, an established open source technology, and there are versions of the software for virtually every type of computing platform, including handhelds (and, of course, the various Windows and Mac OS operating systems). Just search Google for a version for your

Access Ubuntu's desktop from any computing device particular computer—because the original VNC is open source, there are many ports of the original. Beware that one or two organizations charge a fee for VNC, however.

TightVNC ( is a good choice if you're running Windows, although a cross-platform Java version is also available. Chicken of the VNC ( is considered a good choice for Mac OS X.

VNC usually comes in two separate components: server and viewer. To access a remote computer's desktop, you'll need the viewer program. To make your desktop accessible from another computer, you'll need the server component. Both are already installed on Ubuntu, although to activate the server component you'll need to click System ^ Preferences ^ Remote Desktop and click Allow other users to view your desktop.

If you install Firefox extensions (Tools ^ Add-ons with the Firefox program window) there will be a three second delay before the Install Now button becomes active. This is there for a good reason—to ensure you don't just click it automatically without first reading what the dialog box says you're about to install. To eliminate (or just reduce) the delay, type about:config in Firefox's address bar and click the I'll be careful, I promise button. Then, in the Filter text area, type security.dialog_enable_delay. Double-click the entry under the Value heading and change it to read 0, for no delay, or perhaps 1000, for a one-second delay (the units are milliseconds).

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