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The joys of ISOdates


It took me a fair while to get comfortable with the ISO 8601 date format. After so many years of using DD MMM YYYY, my old eyes and brain had some trouble understanding YYYY-MM-DD. Finally something clicked, and I now read 'ISOdates' easily and I really appreciate their advantages. The biggest…

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Scripting a fancy chooser for recently used files


I recently scripted a GUI dialog that lists my 10 most recently modified files in reverse chronological order and allows me to choose more than 1 file for opening. The dialog is launched with a keyboard shortcut and is shown here with 2 files selected: The script is in copy-and-paste form at the…

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Gnumeric: a filter-and-export script


My wife likes to organise and store information in Gnumeric spreadsheets. Every now and then she needs to filter her data and save the result to a new spreadsheet. Gnumeric doesn't have a simple way to do that. It has a complicated way to do it ('Advanced Filter'), but nothing so straightforward as…

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How to insert code snippets on the command line without executing them


You can store a code snippet in a shell alias or a function, but when you type the alias or function name in a BASH shell and press 'Enter', the shell executes (or tries to execute) the snippet. That's no good if the snippet is incomplete or needs editing. A simple workaround is to paste the…

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How to read a file N lines at a time in BASH: 3 methods


The file I'll be using for this demonstration is called demo and looks like this: demo is plain text with 2 tab-separated columns. The first column is sorted alphabetically, but the second column isn't sorted. What I want to find out is how many different letters are in the second column for each…

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Impressions of a Chromebook and Linuxy Goodness


Feeling like something different, I recently bought a HP Chromebook 11. In this article I give my impressions on the device itself and also some Linux-specific goodness thanks to something caled Crouton, plus a few thoughts on working in the "cloud". As someone who uses a typical GNU/Linux…

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Split a table and number the pieces: two methods


I worked on these bits of code to simplify a shell script of mine. You really wouldn't want to see the script's original commands here — they're way too ugly! The new commands are much prettier and work well. The problem To simplify the story, here's a comma-separated table called demo, sorted on t…

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Some baby name problems


No, these aren't homework problems from a computer science class. They're interesting head-scratchers based on a data-analysis project I worked on recently, with the data 'reimagined' here for simplicity but with the underlying problems intact. We'll start with boys and girls, which are text files…

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The State of NVIDIA Optimus on Linux


For those unaware, NVIDIA Optimus is a technology that allows integrated Intel graphics and a discrete NVIDIA graphics card to be built into the same computer (generally a laptop) and switch between the two on-demand. This same technology is also the cause of Linus Torvalds' infamous "finger"…

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A "Track Changes" script for data cleaning


The complicated-looking script at the end of this article is in two parts. The first part detects the changes made when a data table is edited, and reports the changes as a plain-text logfile. It's a straightforward bit of shell scripting based on the diff command. The second part of the script…

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News Elsewhere

Yahoo’s Open Source Omid Project Brings Scalable Transaction Processing To HBase

TechCrunch: Yahoo hopes Omid will follow a trajectory similar to Hadoop

Lightworks: A Professional Video Editor Available for Ubuntu/Linux Mint/Fedora

NoobsLab: Lightworks Free and Pro version is available for Linux in Deb and RPM packages (only 64bit architecture supported), there is no source available yet.

Make Ubuntu Look Like Mac With the Gela Theme

MakeUseOf: Up until Ubuntu went public with Unity, out-of-the-box Linux has always been rather ugly compared to both Windows and Mac.

Qubes 3.0 Released

Qubes is now based on what we call Hypervisor Abstraction Layer (HAL), which decouples Qubes logic from the underlying hypervisor.

Google Chromebooks: The most popular classroom computing device

ZDnet: Lost in all the buzz about Google's new Nexus smartphones and Chromecast devices was that Chromebooks are now schools' favorite computer device.

How to Monitor Progress of (Copy/Backup/Compress) Data using pv Command

 tecmint: When making backups, coping/moving large files on your Linux system, you may want to monitor the progress of an on going operation

Calamares: A distribution-independent system installer

LinuxBSDos: Calamares is a new system installation framework designed to be easily customized and used as the installation program for any Linux distribution.

Firefox Is Much Better than Any Other Browser and Here's Why

 softpedia: We often read about comparative tests between browsers and we see that Google Chrome or Opera are extremely fast, or that some other browser gets really good scores in rendering, and so on.

Work sprints with a Pomodoro timer

Fedora Workstation’s GNOME Shell has a Pomodoro timer extension available. Latest Articles

New Linux Gaming Survey For October

It's that time of the month again Linux gamers! The new GOL survey for October is now available, so please make sure to fill it in if you have the…

Polychromatic Is A Fantastic Arcade Game Now On Linux

Polychromatic is probably one of my favourite new releases recently, it's so simple, but it's highly addictive. Myself and Samsai have had access for…

Sol 0 Has You Colonizing Mars In This Strategy Game

Ever wanted to colonize Mars? Well in Sol 0 that's the aim of the game, and it looks like it could be quite cool. It's currently in the early stages,…

Party Hard, A Stealth Strategy Game Is Now On Linux, Looks Interesting

Party Hard has recently released for Linux, and it looks like a pretty interesting game. You need to infiltrate your noisy neighbours parties, and…

The Latest Steam Hardware Survey Shows Very Little Difference

As usual Steam has produced their monthly hardware survey, and also as usual there is hardly any chance across the platforms.September 2015 Ubuntu…

The Friday Livestream Is Once Again Here To Save You At 5 PM UTC!

And once again we return after a week of that silly life stuff and play some Linux games for you live on air! You will naturally get the front-row…

The Journey Down On Kickstarter, Funding Final Chapter Of Point-And-Click Trilogy

SkyGoblin has launched their Kickstarter campaign to fund the third and final chapter of the popular afro-noir point-and-click saga and are off to a…

Dinosaur Hunt: Africa Contract Is Hilariously Terrible

Some games are so bad, they actually become good, Dinosaur Hunt: Africa Contract is not one of those games. People recently said they liked me…

RollerCoaster Tycoon World Releasing December 10th, Linux Included

We covered it before, but now RollerCoaster Tycoon World has a proper release date, and Linux will be included. They also have a new video about…

Run And Gun Platformer NOT A HERO Released On Steam For Linux

The cover-based run 'n' gun with a bizarre political plot has been released for Linux after four months on Steam. NOT A HERO has been developed by…

FLOSS Reimplementation For BioWare Aurora Engine 'Xoreos' Updated

xoreos is a FLOSS project aiming to reimplement BioWare's Aurora engine (and derivatives), covering their games starting with Neverwinter Nights and…

Armikrog, The Clay Animation Point & Click Puzzle Game Is Now Out, A Bit Of A Buggy Mess

Thanks again to GOG for sending another game over, I have been able to test out Armikrog tonight. It looks quite fantastic, and they did a real good…

Meditative Labyrinthine Puzzle Game 'Expand' Release Imminent, Plus Some Thoughts

Follow me, says the game with a chime. A week ago, I received an email from Expand developer Chris Johnson inviting me to play the game ahead of…

The Escapists: The Walking Dead Released For Linux, Here’s What I Think

The Escapists isn’t a game I’ve played before, since the first game isn’t on Linux (yet), but The Escapists: The Walking Dead is…