use finch, less memory and cpu usage, in replacement for pidgin.

Well, if you are on linux then you have options – is a known fact. But how those options help?

I was working on a machine which had very less RAM and was quite old system and it was running F14. Guess what would be the state of the system with pidgin, xmms, firefox, evolution and couple of terminals. Now, this is where if you could save a few cycles of CPU then you can actullay see the difference in sluggish GUI and and an okay sort of GUI. So, first off, kill pidgin and use finch.

sudo yum install finch

For learning the keyboard shortcuts, use the man page. They are quite okay to remember if you remember that the modifier is “alt” key.


Also there is some mouse support also, but why need that if you are working on a terminal. I liked it quite a lot.

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In (any) vi, add a keystroke to format the current paragraph.

vi editor is very powerful in the sense that you can use maps, abbreviations and recordings. One such example is when you are trying to write a email or trying to write a paragraph and you want to format it. You can create a mapping like so, in your .exrc or .vimrc and use it to format the paragraph.

map ^A !}fmt