While sitting in a meeting today, my mind wandered (as it sometimes does during meetings) to the way people collaborate in an enterprise environment, and specifically on a project, as opposed to in the open source world. This week I play the role of the cynicist (I just Googled that word and I am not sure it is a real word; at least the spell checker does not recognize it).
Archive for the ‘Open Source’ Category
There are many posts referring to accessing Google Talk from Pidgin, though I had some trouble accessing it from behind a proxy in addition to that. After finally getting it working, here is what I had to do. (more…)
Having recently been admonished by listening to some messages by Andy Stanley to pay closer attention to my personal finances, and my expenses in particualar, I thought I should give GnuCash a try. (Andy actually mentions Quicken, but I had come across GnuCash before, and I will try anything that’s free first). Anyway, I am highly impressed with GnuCash. It definitely beats trying to track expenses on a spreadsheet. (more…)
I have been an avid Ubuntu user for the last few years, and have become a staunch supporter (well, at least as far as my mouth goes). There are many compelling reasons for me to use Ubuntu: It’s free, it does what I need, it has a wide selection of free software available from a local mirror of Ubuntu packages. (more…)
From time to time, you probably need to make screenshots to put into a mail or document, sometimes to explain a problem, or possibly for documentation purposes. Most times, you don’t want to generate a screenshot of the entire screen, but just a portion of a window.
My latest undertaking is writing mobile apps with Java ME. A problem I bumped into was creating tiles for bitmap fonts to use for displaying text in an application, in lieu of the Graphics.drawString() method, which may not always produce the most suitable output. Here I show you how you can use a Ruby script combined with ImageMagick to create a usable bitmap font tileset for your app.
If you were hoping I was going to tell you where or how to get a photo manager for Linux with movie clip support, I have some bad news for you: there is no such thing. But there could be. You can help make it a reality by voting for the following idea: (more…)