Install an older Google Earth release

I like to have Google Earth available. One of the features I like is the ability to view photos from almost any location. Unfortunately, the version available at the moment from SBo (7.1.4.1529) has some bug that prevents it from displaying places photos. This did not happen with version 6.2.2.6613. Unfortunatelly, finding an older version of Google Earth turned out to be quite difficult.
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Multi-threaded MPlayer

I want to make MPlayer utilise more than one core. I searched a bit and found a tutorial and a discussion about this. The solution is to run the mplayer executable with the -lavdopts option like this:
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Thunar: do not execute shell script files

Every time I need to open a shell script file that is executable (typically a SlackBuild), I right click on it in Thunar and select my editor from the Open with sub-menu. I miss the functionality of Nautilus, where I could tell the file browser to directly open such shell script files in a text editor when double clicked.

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Adding a keymap post-install

I have a non US keyboard and I normally choose the appropriate keyboard layout already at install time. Now, I installed Slackware 14.1 beta1 in a virtual machine in order to check how my SlackBuilds work. However, I forgot to set the keyboard this time. Continue reading

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Virtual machine settings 2

This is ridiculous. Some time ago I ‘fixed’ the setting of my VirtualBox. However, I experienced segfaults again. I am using VirtualBox version 5.0.14 r105127 on Slackware64 14.1 -multilib. The host machine is running Slackware64 -current and the program in question is Ugene version 1.21.0. I managed to make it build fine after I set the following options for the VM: Continue reading

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