FREE Software - A Case From The Heart
by Roland Taylor

This is a bit of an unusual post in the tech community, but one that I feel has been needed for many years. I'm writing both for myself, and for others who have been, or are like me. First off, ...

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Believe it or not, Abiword is *not* dead
Aug. 18, 2018, 1:13 a.m. by Roland Taylor

And neither is this blog, even though I've had this post in "draft" mode for 2 years! According to the a post on Planet GNOME, Abiword was never dead, just dormant. I did notice this some two years ago when, on a whim, I decided to check out the (then) SVN repository for any signs of activity. Truthfully, I didn't ...

Official Linux Repos For Atom Text Editor Now Available!
Dec. 21, 2017, 8:50 a.m. by Roland Taylor

If, like me, you're an avid Atom user, you've probably been disappointed with the lack of any official repositories for Linux systems, especially since the release cadence isn't always respected by 3rd party packagers. Fortunately for us atomic coders, there is finally some good news, a Christmas present if you will. Atom is now available from three (yes, three!) Linux ...


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Look out for a new browser wars series!
Nov. 28, 2017, 1:33 p.m. by Roland Taylor

This is just a quick note to let you know that you can look out for a return of the friendly "browser wars" series. This time, it'll actually be useful :) My plan is to write and publish in bulk, so I can't tell you when to look for them to drop, but just know that they will. I'm especially ...


And suddenly I'm in love... with "Web"
July 8, 2017, 10:20 a.m. by Roland Taylor

I've had an Epiphany! Yesterday (relative to the time of writing), I upgraded my workstation to Ubuntu 17.04 (after putting it off for a while). With that upgrade, came an update to a web browser that I've always liked, but recently have fallen out of love with. Web - formerly known as Epiphany. No lie, this browser has grown up! ...


Web Of Trust: Worst Case Of Irony In History
Nov. 5, 2016, 2:25 p.m. by Roland Taylor

If you're a Web Of Trust user, now would be good time to remove the addon from your browser and never look back! Why? Because, as it turns out, the developers of this popular browser extension have been selling its users' browser history and possibly other information! Oh The Irony! This is an extension that built its popularity on informing ...


Vivaldi supports Skype video calls on the web
Oct. 7, 2016, 4:49 p.m. by Roland Taylor

Just a quick post to let you know that Skype Video calls are supported on Vivaldi. I've tested this on the latest snapshot build but if I'm not mistaken it should work on the current release of Vivaldi as well. Now, I'm not sure how long this has been the case, but I assume it's pretty recent, since I normally ...


Apache HTTP Server as a Basic Forward/Reverse Proxy
Sept. 14, 2016, 9:35 a.m. by Nitin Venkatesh

Forward vs Reverse Proxies - Intro Source: Quora.com Forward Proxy A forward proxy brokerages the request of the client and forwards the request to the destination of the client's choice contingent on the configuration of the forward proxy. Most common uses are to Bypass firewall restrictions. Cache static resources and save bandwidth. Control what resources clients can access. Reverse Proxy ...


LibreOffice Impress Transitions Work With Sandybridge Graphics Once Again!
Aug. 25, 2016, 11:49 a.m. by Roland Taylor

If (like me), you're "fortunate" enough to still have some sandybridge graphics lying around (for daily use), and you use LibreOffice impress, then you might have noticed that in recent builds (5.1.x) transitions were mostly broken. This was occurring because recent changes in the OpenGl backend were not compatible with Intel's Sandybridge graphics (or the other way around, to be ...


Installing LAMP + ModSecurity + ModSecurity CRS on Ubuntu 16.04
June 26, 2016, 9:56 p.m. by Nitin Venkatesh

LAMP stack refers to Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP . With this bundle you can create web applications / services with Linux serving as the OS, Apache as the Web-Server, MySQL as the database server and PHP as the server-side programming language. So what is ModSecurity? ModSecurity is an open-source Web Application Firewall (WAF). It sits before your Web Server ...


Disabling the touchpad on your laptop
June 24, 2016, 10:53 a.m. by Nitin Venkatesh

To disable the touchpad on your Linux machine (Ubuntu used in the example), run xinput list $ xinput list ⎡ Virtual core pointer id=2 [master pointer (3)] ⎜ ↳ Virtual core XTEST pointer id=4 [slave pointer (2)] ⎜ ↳ PixArt HP X500 USB Optical Mouse id=9 [slave pointer (2)] ⎜ ↳ SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad id=12 [slave pointer (2)] ⎣ Virtual ...


Installing Ruby with rvm
May 22, 2016, 11:31 a.m. by Nitin Venkatesh

From the time I discovered rvm, it has become the way of installing Ruby on a Linux box. So what is rvm? From the official page, RVM is a command-line tool which allows you to easily install, manage, and work with multiple ruby environments from interpreters to sets of gems. And that is exactly what it is. It helps you ...


Yakkety yakkety yakkety yakkety yakkety yakkety yakkety yakkety yak coming to a PC near you soon.
May 17, 2016, 2:05 p.m. by Joshua Bell

Now that the dust has settled from the official release of Xenial Xerus(what is a xerus anyways? Does anyone know?), we get to look forward to the next release of Ubuntu, Yakety Yak (16.10). In case you don't know the 16.10 stands for the release date, 2016, month of October. Alpa 1 is expected to drop June 30th, a little ...


LibreOffice GSoC will bring some much needed UI improvements
May 9, 2016, 1:14 p.m. by Roland Taylor

LibreOffice is participating in the Google Summer Of Code this year, and while this is no gaurantee of anything (as nothing in life is ever 100% certain), some interesting work is planned for the UI. The most notable (IMO) are: "Area Fill Options Made Consistent" One of the biggest peeves when working with LibreOffice (something I do every week, even ...


Move the Unity Launcher to the bottom...
April 21, 2016, 8:48 p.m. by Joshua Bell

One of the bigger features in 16.04 (in my opinion) but less obvious is the ability to move the Unity Launcher to the bottom of the screen. This makes the Unity Launcher feel a little more traditional and in my opinion a lot easier to cope with. (Honestly I have never been a huge fan of unity.) This can easily ...


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