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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.

April 30, 2016
by Rodney Gedda
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TV chef Adam Liaw stumbles into an Hoffice

On his culinary journey through Scandinavia, Adam Liaw shed some light on the “Hoffice” trend in Sweden where people gather at a house to telework in a group. Any in Australia? Well, there’s two in Sydney, and one in Melbourne and Perth which is a start.

There's one Hoffice in the Sydney CBD

There’s one Hoffice in the Sydney CBD

Will Hoffice join the digital disruptor ranks of Airbnb and Uber? What will something like Hoffice mean for office leasing, particularly within knowledge worker industries? In these cases the “disruption” is simply overlaying a portal or social network on top of infrastructure that is already there – cars, dwellings, etc.

The whole concept of teleworking is itself a disruptive trend, but looking at Hoffice it see a lot of synergy with incubation hubs and shared office spaces popular with tech startups.

March 31, 2016
by Rodney Gedda
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More Markdown madness

After my previous adventure of Markdown editing with Kate, I took another look around for a cross-platform editor which can provide a similar outcome. Yes, I am aware Kate runs on non-Linux platforms, but that’s the topic of another blog (or 10).

I was gravitating towards JEdit which is a fine open source project and very mature. But I thought I might as well keep looking for something new which led me to Atom – a relatively new open source project from GitHub.

Markdown editing and previewing with Atom on Windows 10

Markdown editing and previewing with Atom on Windows 10

Atom not only has Markdown syntax highlighting but a module for previewing the HTML output right in the editor – nice!

Atom is one of those fancy new cross-platform apps.

 

February 28, 2016
by Rodney Gedda
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How to create an editor account in WordPress

If you would like someone to make changes to your WordPress site content without allowing full administration privileges then create an “editor” account for them.

Start by adding a new user account. Go to “Users” -> “Add New” in the dashboard navigation menu. There you will see all the requirements and options for adding a new user account.

Fill in the form and where you see the “Role” drop-down list at the bottom, select “Editor” (change it from the default “Subscriber”).

That’s it! Your new editor can create and edit content, hopefully without breaking anything. The WordPress Codex has the full list of permissions afforded to the “Editor” role.

Creating an editor role in WordPress

Creating an editor role in WordPress

Tip: WordPress will generate a strong password for the new user and this password can be emailed to them, so it’s probably a good idea to ask you new editor to log in and change it and keep the password in a safe place (i.e. not an email inbox).