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Most of the software I talk about exists out there in server land, but some of it sits right there on your desktop. I’ll talk about them here.

Learning Linux by Studying the Man Pages

So I did a thing, and I posted it to Reddit: Most applications in Linux come with a man page—essentially, an online manual. You can invoke this for any installed app with  man <application> where <application> is the name of the app in question.  I will say that the quality (and size) of these vary by …read more…

Optimize a scanned pdf on Linux

I scanned a rather longish document (241 pages), which resulted in a 101.7 MB document. I needed to get the file size down, but couldn’t find a decent way.  Finally, after quite a bit of googling, I found this link. I don’t know why, but it worked. It got that 101.7 MB document down to …read more…

Adding Command Aliases to Bash

How to add aliases to your terminal to save time and keystrokes with your most used commands.

Chromebook

So…I bought a Chromebook. I’ve wanted one for some time actually, because they are small and lightweight, the batteries last forever, and unlike the laptop I do all of my development on, I won’t install any extra stuff, so I can use it to focus just on writing. Because this is basically a glorified typewriter …read more…

Software Updates on Ubuntu

Unlike some operating systems (*cough* “Windows” *cough*), Ubuntu is pretty good about letting you know that updates are available, and how large they are. If updates are available, a convenient window pops up just after you log in that provides this information to you. However, there are times when you don’t want to update just …read more…

Life with Ubuntu, part 1

For reasons that are too complicated to get into here, I have recently upgraded an old laptop to Ubuntu 14.04. It is fun, exciting, and just a little bit scary. This series of posts will document my adventure with Ubuntu, both to encourage others to take the leap, and to track my learning curve. This experiment is …read more…

Print Folder Contents in Windows

One of the things I enjoyed about the Macintosh OS was that you could print the contents of a folder.* This was handy when I was editing a series of images or uploading files to a web site. Unfortunately, Windows doesn’t have an obvious way of doing this. However, you can do it easily via …read more…

Using WinMerge

In an earlier post on creating child themes for WordPress, I said that if you had already made changes to your theme, you could use a program like WinMerge to find the differences between a clean copy of your theme and the copy you’ve been editing. The time has come to show just how that …read more…

Charge Your Devices on the Go

You really should charge your portable devices every night. This is especially important with smart phones and tablets, that wear out their batteries faster than ordinary mobile phones. Of course, there are days when I forget to do this. On those days, my iGo portable charger is invaluable. I keep it out my keychain and …read more…

Using Firefox as an RSS Feed Reader

I’m online a lot: there are probably two dozen or so websites that I read regularly; another fifty or so that I read intermittently, and several hundred that I keep an eye on. Yes, you read that correctly: several hundred. Of course, I don’t have the time or energy to go through each one every …read more…