Category Archives: General

Using portrait and landscape page formats in the same Calc spreadsheet

I have been developing a simple general ledger spreadsheet in LibreOffice Calc. Most of the account listings fit nicely onto a page in portrait format; however, the general ledger has more columns of data, and requires printing in landscape format. … Continue reading

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Linux at 25

Happy Birthday Linux! Today marks the 25th anniversary of the announcement of work on the Linux kernel. “I’m doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won’t be big and professional like gnu)…” – Linus Torvalds, 25-Aug-91.

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Free E-books

GitHub has an extensive list of free E-books with a special emphasis on computer programming. There’s everything from A to Z – well, almost everything – the list goes from Ada to xBase (but there are no entries for K, … Continue reading

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Linux course

Want to know more about the internal workings of Linux? The Linux Foundation is making their on-line Introduction to Linux course freely available through EDX.

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SSD’s – The bigger picture

After my previous post on using TRIM for an SSD, I found a much more detailed article on SSD’s written by Brian Trapp for Linux Journal. In addition to discussing the use of TRIM, Brian also touches on the reliability, … Continue reading

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Congratulations for the excellent text

As noted in the previous post, many of the comments I have received (or which have been immediately sidelined by the Akismet filter built into WordPress) have been spam. In fact, Akismet tells me that it has protected my site … Continue reading

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Anniversary Comments

January, 2014 marks the third anniversary of this blog and I thought I would take a little space to reflect on the past postings. On the average, there has been about one posting per week so, hopefully, I haven’t overwhelmed … Continue reading

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Light heavyweights or heavy lightweights?

When looking for a Linux distro that might be suitable for use on older hardware, it might seem prudent to select a “lightweight” version; however, it turns out that not all distros so described are particularly lightweight – at least … Continue reading

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Medibuntu is no more

Running a regular system update recently produced the error message: “Failed to fetch http://packages.medibuntu.org/ dists/precise/free/binary-amd64/Packages 404 Not Found” Initially, I thought that this was a transient glitch with a repository being off line or some such issue; however, the problem … Continue reading

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Less Precise Than Ever

Things seem to be going from bad to worse. The horizontal dashed lines across the upper portion of the monitor are once again being displayed on login – but only occasionally. So much for computers being consistent, logical devices! My … Continue reading

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