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May 29, 2017
by Rodney Gedda
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Soup sale: When is a no-brainer a no-brainer?

No-brainer soup deal

No-brainer soup deal

I came across this interesting soup sale in a CBD cafe. A small soup costs $7 and a large – which looks at least double the size – will set you back $8.

If you like soup, or want to share a cup or two with your coworkers, then it’s a no-brainer. For only $1 more you get a lot more soup so why bother to buy a “small”? A real no-brainer, or is it?

By having one size so close in price to another you’ve essentially made the smaller size a lot less value. Without actually seeing the sales figures – the cafe owner might have settled on this pricing structure as a result of extensive historical data analysis – I can’t say whether this is an effective tactic or not.

Sure it’s a no-brainer if you like soup, but if you only wanted to spend, say, $5 on a smaller serve then parting with $7 for what seems like half the value might also put a lot of people off buying any soup at all.

A sales dilemma indeed.

There’s another cafe in the CBD which sells soup for $6 ($7 if you want a slice of bread with it) in a large coffee cup-sized container. I actually prefer this to a bowl as it’s more portable and I know it’s a moderate portion size.

When selling food, portability also plays a part in the no-brainer equation.

April 30, 2017
by Rodney Gedda
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Well done GNOME

By now volumes have been written about why Canonical will replace its own Unity desktop with GNOME so I won’t bother to express any further opinion on the matter. The only thing I will say is well done GNOME!

I use KDE, but GNOME is awesome too. No doubt Canonical will hack the shit out of it, but nonetheless a real open source project will get a hell of amount of publicity from the move.

Forking Linux distributions is hard, developing display servers is hard and developing desktop environments is even harder so often it’s just best to use what’s already being actively developed.

To that end, enjoy some exciting developments in Plasma land…

March 31, 2017
by Rodney Gedda
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Diving into Divi Builder

I’ve been experimenting with Divi Builder of late for some visual Web design.

Modern WYSIWYG design with Divi.

Modern WYSIWYG design with Divi.

To be honest I don’t much about the world’s WYSIWYG options (anyone remember Dreamweaver?), but this one seems to do the job well enough. And it’s focused on WordPress which is great as you can still use WordPress as intended if you like.

There’s also Elementor, an open source alternative. It’s creators sell premium options for it.

 

 

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!