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February 28, 2017
by Rodney Gedda
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LibreOffice Word Completion bug

One of the great features of LibreOffice Writer is word completion in AutoCorrect. As you use Writer every word longer than a specified size will be collated in the Word Completion list.

LibreOffice Writer word completion

LibreOffice Writer word completion

Long words are then suggested as you type and automatically completed with the press of Enter. A great time-saver.

Unfortunately the word completion list is wiped after a LibreOffice version upgrade (on Windows anyway, haven’t tested on Linux). Let’s hope the devs can squash this one.

January 30, 2017
by Rodney Gedda
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BuddyPress in a sea of social networks for business

Late last year Facebook made splash with the announcement of Workplace.

Social networks for business are nothing new of course, but when The Book puts its weight behind the concept you know something’s up. Enterprise social network software vendors have tried to carve out a niche with collaborative portals for years – all with limited success.

Will Facebook dominate the space? From first glance it looks like it has a compelling story to tell compared with both traditional enterprise software companies and the likes of Google, Twitter and LinkedIn (Microsoft). Facebook is a familiar interface and many people use it to collaborate every day.

Perhaps the biggest challenge for Facebook is whether people will actually use it for productive tasks instead of simply a social space for coworkers.

What’s the alternative?

There are plenty of commercial and open source social enterprise options so Facebook hasn’t captured all your data yet. One that stands out is BuddyPress.

BuddyPress is private, feature-rich, open source and based on WordPress, the familiar content system used by millions. Given the ubiquity of WordPress, BuddyPress could be the little social network that could provide a viable alternative to cloud-only options.

An easy way to collaborate with coworkers using WordPress? That is worth sharing.

November 30, 2016
by Rodney Gedda
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I hate Windows 10 forced reboots, and so should you

For the love of sanity can Microsoft give its users the option to reboot when it suits them after an upgrade?

I’ve been stung a few times now by Windows 10 taking upon itself to reboot during a “window” of time after a forced update. A forced restart after a forced update if you will.

What is the problem? Well, if you are working on a few different things and an update appears you have a set period of time to manually restart the system before it’s done for you. And when it’s done for you all your apps and working documents are shut down. Thanks for that.

As far as I can see the only way to prevent this is to watch your notifications like a hawk and if the dreaded restart required notice appears shut down your system gracefully and restart it. And even if your PC is in sleep mode it will still be rebooted automagically!

At the very least put a notification in front of the user and don’t hide it in the sidebar.

October 22, 2016
by Rodney Gedda
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Facebook phishing app

A few “apps” in Facebook’s ecosystem appear to have fallen under the radar of its security checks. I was invited to verify my account by a app under Facebook’s app.facebook.com domain but the email was sent with an Exchange server, not ZuckMail 🙂

Facebook phishing app

Facebook phishing app

 

What (if any) process does Facebook have to shut these down?

 

September 25, 2016
by Rodney Gedda
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Say hello to Wryte, an open source dictation app

I found this great little open source dictation app Wryte while checking to see if Simon had progressed much recently.

Wryte: Open source dictation app

Wryte: Open source dictation app

The project appears to be less than 12 months old and uses the following cross-platform technologies:

making it available for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.

August 31, 2016
by Rodney Gedda
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Hail Caesar salad!

I must commend the SO for creating what must be the best Caesar salad in history.

The best Caesar salad

The best Caesar salad

I don’t often order it when eating out as the same old disappointment tends to be delivered to the table.

This delight, however, was as captivating as a centurion and was the perfect companion for a serious case of man flu.

Hail Caesar salad!

July 31, 2016
by Rodney Gedda
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New house, new beginning

We finally moved into our new house we have been building for the past 18 months. As you can imagine it was a bit of a (err, BIG) nightmare, but it’s rewarding when it’s all over and you move in.

I could write a book about the whole saga, but I’d really rather get on with my life.

The only thing I’ll write now – in case I never jot another word about it again – is to offer a few simple words of advice. If you do ever build your own house try to take as much control over the project as you can. Be an owner-builder and manage the trades yourself. No builder is ever going to care about your house project as much as you.

Using a builder is seen as the “safe” choice, but that means nothing if you end up spending as much time catching, and then fixing, the builder’s mistakes. Quality controls are almost non-existent in the building industry and this is no doubt a symptom of demand infinitely exceeding supply in the housing market. The builder simply wants to get each project done and move into the next one.

Anyway, live and learn. If I ever do build another house I know who will be managing the project.

 

June 30, 2016
by Rodney Gedda
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It’s good to be back on Chakra

I installed Chakra Linux on an old notebook after a few years away from it. I now have Kubuntu, Korora (Fedora) and Chakra systems on the go.

Out of those it seems Kubuntu has the least direction. It seems to be just plodding along, forever in the shadow of its misspent older sibling.

There is an effort to make an integrated, single-option KDE distribution in https://kaosx.us/. The project is similar to Chakra, but is eyeing a move to Illumos instead of Linux for the kernel which is kinda scary.

 

Kaos

Let’s hope Chakra matures to be the user-friendly, Linux and KDE-based OS for everyone.

May 30, 2016
by Rodney Gedda
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Watch those default power saving settings

If you’re using a KDE-based Linux distro inside a VirtualBox VM keep an eye on the default energy saving settings as you can get caught out with an unusable system that needs to be shutdown, possibly losing data.

KDE power settings can be disabled when run as a virtual machine

KDE power settings can be disabled when run as a virtual machine

The “on battery” power profile will trigger a suspend state after a number of minutes of inactivity. That’s fine if you’re on a laptop, but inside a VM you get a blank screen not receptive to any input – not good.

I just disabled the events and use the VM manager’s pause feature when I want to disable the guest OS.