Archive for the ‘Open Source’ Category

The magic that is SQLite

Friday, September 1st, 2017

Back in 2010, I was sitting at a client and using SQLite to do reconciliation between systems when we were doing a migration. Back then I thought: I must do a feature on SQLite as an “App of the week” because, honestly, it’s a beautiful thing.


Where OCM has the edge over ECM

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

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).


Using Pidgin to access Google Talk behind a Proxy requiring Authentication

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

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…)

App of the week: GnuCash

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

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…)

Ubuntu – where is the focus?

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

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…)

App of the week: Greenshot

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

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.


Bitmap font tileset with Ruby and Imagemagick

Saturday, July 11th, 2009

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.

Something nice for FL Studio users

Monday, May 18th, 2009

When I left Windows, one of the things I left behind was FL Studio. Not that I was an avid user of FL Studio. Nor did I manage to create anything nice with it. But I paid money for it, and because they offered free lifetime updates, I thought I would really miss it. Not anymore. (more…)

Photo manger with movie clip support in Linux

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

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…)

QEMU runs OpenBSD, DragonFlyBSD (Hooray!)

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

After my disappointment with trying to run OpenBSD in VirtualBox (due to continuous segfaults), I am pleased to report that I can successfully run both OpenBSD and DragonFlyBSD in QEMU. And it’s easy! (more…)