Changing margin in the middle of Latex-document

Linux Mint 10 includes geometry.sty version 4.2. In geometry.sty version 5, you get some extra snacks, like changing page layout mid-way.

Install the latest version:


wget ftp://ftp.tex.ac.uk/tex-archive/macros/latex/contrib/geometry/geometry.dtx
wget ftp://ftp.tex.ac.uk/tex-archive/macros/latex/contrib/geometry/geometry.ins
tex geometry.dtx
tex geometry.ins
sudo mv /usr/share/texmf-texlive/tex/latex/geometry/geometry.sty /usr/share/texmf-texlive/tex/latex/geometry/geometry.sty.old
sudo cp geometry.sty /usr/share/texmf-texlive/tex/latex/geometry

Latex code:


newgeometry{margin=2cm}
something
restoregeometry

Reference: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1441517

matlab and Linux Mint 10

Matlab 7.11(R2010b) did not play well with my Linux Mint. First off, it would not recognize special characters in my language (æøå – Norwegian). This is because Matlab does not recognize utf8 in small caps. http://www.anders.bennehag.com/blog/2010/matlab-and-ubuntu-10-04/
Solution

LANG=nb_NO.UTF-8 matlab

Second, Matlab would not start from a desktop shortcut. Found solution here: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=483965&highlight=matlab

LANG=nb_NO.UTF-8 matlab -desktop

Or put it in a file and make it executable:


sudo su
echo -e '#!/bin/bashnLANG=nb_NO.UTF-8n/opt/MATLAB/R2010b/bin/matlab -desktop' > /usr/local/bin/matlab
chmod +x /usr/local/bin/matlab
exit