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Reduce the number of threads Boxee / XBMC / Kodi uses for thumbnailing

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In Kodi/XBMC/Boxee, Canon .CR2 and other raw photo file thumbnailing speed is pretty slow. On a slow computer, using a large number of threads to generate thumbnails in parallel can use up a lot of CPU and memory and lock up the UI.

The number of threads used for thumbnailing can be reduced by creating a .boxee/UserData/advancedsettings.xml or .xbmc/userdata/advancedsettings.xml file with these contents:

On couch, looking around

Ryan is rolling over onto his stomach on his own very regularly now

Make alt tab switch between all windows in Ubuntu Unity

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Upgrading from Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty Narwhal" to Ubuntu 11.10 "Oneiric Ocelot" installs Ubuntu's Unity, which changes the configuration of the window switcher that is usually bound to Alt-Tab. Instead of switching between all windows, it now switches between applications.

These are instructions on how to revert the behavior back:

In gconf-editor:

Installing jpegtran in Ubuntu 10.10 (a.k.a. Oneiric Ocelot)

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To install jpegtran in the Ubuntu 10.10 Linux distribution, you can run the following command in a terminal window/shell

sudo apt-get install libjpeg-progs

jpegtran allows lossless rotation of JPEG images.  For example, you can losslessly rotate an image 90° counterclockwise by running:

jpegtran -rotate 270 input.jpg > output.jpg

Or you can losslessly rotate an image 90° clockwise by running:

jpegtran -rotate 90 input.jpg > output.jpg

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