Some web mail services, such as gmail, provide
POP3 access for free. Unfortunately, this good example has not (yet) been
followed by Yahoo! Mail, which charges a fee for
With fetchyahoo, you can download
your email from Yahoo! Mail without having to pay extra for POP3. fetchyahoo
can deliver the email to a local mailbox, to a mail filter (such as
procmail, or forward the email to another account.
Note: Yahoo recently changed the layout of their pages, and with this the
fetchyahoo package in “stable” is not working. The “unstable” version works
Keywords: Daily Debian, fetchyahoo, fetchmail, Yahoo Mail, Yahoo, pop3, procmail, mail
Printing used to be a very simple business in the old days. All you needed
was to set up lpd running locally, with a parallel printer connected to
“/dev/lp” and everybody would be happy. Programs were configured to use lpr
to do the actual printing, and lpr would take care of spooling the output to
the default printer. Simple and beautiful.
Since then, the complexity of the printing environment has grown
enormously. There are different kinds of printers with different drivers
and capabilities. To make full use of these capabilities, stations need to
use CUPS. Most printers are networked and the average
user has access to at least three to four printers. The old “just send to the
default” printer approach does not work anymore. lpr is still useful, but
won’t to the job alone.
gtklp is a substitute for the old lpr and
lp command-line clients, but it is also a graphical front-end for CUPS. Just
configure your clients will to call “gtklp” as the printing client, and your
users will be presented with a graphical dialogue where they can choose
the printout destination. With gtklp, it is also possible to change other
printing parameters, such as the number of copies, the page orientation and
layout, margins, text size and spacing, among others.
gtklp is very useful if you have more than one printer, and extremely useful
if you need to support end-users that need access to more than one printer.
Keywords: Daily Debian, gtklp, printer, printing, cups, lpr, lprng, lpd
dict is a quick command-line dictionary
client for the dictd daemon. In its
default configuration, dict consults a remote dictionary server at
dict.org, but it can also be configured to consult a
local dict daemon.
Those who prefer a graphical version of dict may want to check the
Keywords: Daily Debian, dict, dictionary, thesaurus
If we could score a package by usefulness divided by its size,
wondershaper, would get as close
to a division by zero as we comfortably can.
wondershaper manipulates your “queueing disciplines” to maintain a low
latency for interactive traffic at all times (its main goal), but it also
improves “surfing” by making sure HTTP traffic is always at a reasonable
speed, even during network peak times. Another common problem that
wondershaper solves is the unnaceptable download performance during heavy
uploads with DSL lines.
The DSL experience is much better after wondershaper. This is one of those
tiny packages that improve the overall quality of your system by huge
Keywords: Daily Debian, wondershaper, qdisc, tc, DSL, upload, traffic-shaping
darkstat is a network analyzer along
the lines of ntop, but with a much smaller
darkstat runs as a daemon, and collects information passing through the
configured network interfaces. The results can be seen by browsing to the
host where darkstat is running, port 666. All the usual stats are available,
such as network usage per host, ports, protocol, graphs, etc…
With a good set of features and modest memory requirements, darkstat is a
good solution for those who don’t want to deal with the complexity of ntop,
or for servers with less resources to spare.
Keywords: Daily Debian, darkstat, network monitoring, ntop, 666