Roland Taylor
Last seen Feb. 15, 2019, 11:44 a.m.

Location: Barbados
Age: 31

"Save to Nextcloud" would change the game!
Dec. 14, 2018, 11:14 a.m. by Roland Taylor

This isn't a news story (yet), but know knows, some day it may be! I have an idea, and it's one that could really "change the game" of the personal cloud. It was inspired by a single button, which I've never really paid much attention to until now. That's the "Save to Dropbox" button that you'll find on TinyPNG. You'll ...

FREE Software - A Case From The Heart
Oct. 17, 2018, 11:04 a.m. 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, let me just make something clear. Developers have to eat. I get that. I believe that. I support that. I'd ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Tech Giants: Modernize Your Motivations
April 3, 2016, 2:12 p.m. by Roland Taylor

This is not a rant. It is a word of advice to companies which produce software or hardware that Linux users may use. It has been sitting in my drafts for a while, but I feel it is still worth releasing, even if those whom it may concern will probably never read it. So, you are a Tech Giant. At ...

A LONG awaited feature is coming to LibreOffice Impress
April 3, 2016, 1:55 p.m. by Roland Taylor

Have you ever been doing an Impress presentation, noticed a glaring flaw, and felt that overwhelming embarassment of knowing that you can't do anything about it without stopping the running presentation? Yes? Well... chin up, friend. Hope is on the horizon! The hope comes in the form of recent activity on this bug, which has been around since 2011 (COME ...

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Founder of, now mainly a writer and editor.

For the most part, I've handed over my baby (2buntu) to the capable (super-powered) hands of Nathan Osman. I promise you he has super powers (really!).

Find out more about me on my website.