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How to garble

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In 2003 a strange paragraph made the rounds on email. It read: Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at an Elingsh uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, olny taht the frist and lsat ltteres are at the rghit pcleas. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a…

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DMS to DD to KML with AWK and sed

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In a 2014 Linux Rain article I describe a fast 'points plotter' for Google Earth. First I copy a list of latitude/longitudes (lat/lons) from a spreadsheet to the clipboard, then I launch a shell script with a keyboard shortcut. The script builds a KML file from the copied list and opens the KML for…

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Grouping things with AWK

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In this article I explain one way to group data items with AWK arrays. The code is a little mysterious but the results are impressive, especially in my second example! Case 1: Cricket stats The table 'runs' is tab-separated and lists the 86 national team cricket players who scored (or have so far…

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Building sequences of numbers on the command line

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There are two easy-to-use tools for generating numerical sequences. 'Brace expansion' is a BASH shell built-in, while the seq command is included in the GNU/Linux 'coreutils' package. Each tool has its peculiarities and advantages, as shown below. Simple sequences One difference between the two…

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Building a Desktop Wikipedia Checker

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I often look something up in Wikipedia when reading non-browser documents, like PDFs, ODTs and emails. I wanted to have a little desktop window for those look-ups - somewhere I could check Wikipedia without opening a browser and without leaving the document I'm reading. This article describes how I…

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How to repeat a script, or not

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I have a data-entry script which adds records to a plain-text data table. It's a fairly complicated script with a GUI dialog, and until recently it added one record at a time. To add another record, I had to launch the script again. Was there a simple way (I asked myself) to re-run the script, or…

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On dates and stuffed non-dates

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Nothing gives my wife the Screaming Meemies like dates in spreadsheets. Unless she formats the target cell in advance as text, the spreadsheet will turn a perfectly innocent, non-date string like 23/2/6 into '23-Feb-2006'. When she types 6420-11-3, according to both LibreOffice Calc and Gnumeric,…

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The header line: how to add, delete and ignore it

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In a plain-text table, the first or header line usually contains the names of the fields. In this article I've pulled together a variety of ways to add and delete a header, and also how to do things with the rest of the table while leaving the header intact as the first line in the file. Add a…

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Multimedia Tip: Sync Your XBMC/Kodi Watched List with trakt.tv

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While this is actually cross-platform and not necessarily Linux-specific, there's no doubt many of you out there making use of the awesomeness of XBMC (soon to be known instead as 'Kodi') Media Player would be doing so on the Penguin-powered platform. In this article we look at one of the various,…

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Joining Tables on the Command-Line

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This article compares 3 different ways to join tables on a common field. All 3 work OK on small tables, but there's a big difference in speed when the tables to be joined are large, as shown below. Table joining isn't something you need to do if you store data in a simple, flat-file database like a…

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3 new trends pressuring CIOs

 EnterprisersProject: What trends are likely to post the biggest problems for IT during the next couple of years?

Starting with Vagrant on Ubuntu 14.10 - A Beginner's Guide

 HowToForge: Vagrant is an highly efficient tool for managing virtual machines via CLI.

Writebox Review - The Best Distraction-Free Text Editor

 softpedia: Writebox is a simple text editor that provides almost no features.

Midokura Pushes Open Source SDN Forward

EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet: Both enterprise and open-source community releases of the MidoNet SDN framework are moving ahead.

Tiny rugged COM runs Linux on quad-core 2GHz Tegra K1

 LinuxGizmos: GE unveiled a rugged COM Express Type 10 Mini module that runs Linux on a 2GHz Tegra K1 and offers soldered 2GB RAM and support for CUDA and VisionWorks.

Red Hat invites all to work on its OpenShift PaaS cloud

 ZDnet: Red Hat's OpenShift Commons invites open-source programmers and users to work on its OpenShift Platform-as-a-Service cloud.

GNOME 3.16 to Feature Redesigned and Superb System Notifications

 softpedia: GNOME 3.16 promises to be one of the best releases made so far and numerous changes have been already announced.

Record Screen as Animated GIF in Ubuntu with Byzanz

MakeTechEasier: If you are a Linux user and are looking for ways to record your screen as an animated GIF, byzanz is the app for you.

Ubuntu 14.04.2 arrives with updated hardware support and a new Linux kernel

PC World: Because each LTS release ends up being the recommended one for two years, the Ubuntu project releases regular updates to the LTS installation media.

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Mussel, A Free Underwater Shooter, Synced To A Single Killer Chiptune Track

Today's boredom buster is Mussel, a highly interesting, and well executed retro looking arcade shooter, and the music is great too.

‘VULKAN’ Could Possibly Be The Official Name Of The OpenGL Successor

It seems a recent trademark request from 'The Khronos Group Inc.' includes a new API named ‘VULKAN’.

Ars Technica On The State Of Linux Gaming

I, amongst others like Icculus and Aspyr, had the pleasure of speaking to Kyle Orland from Ars about the past, present and future of Linux gaming.

Insurgency FPS Finally Gearing Up For A Linux Release

It’s been a long time coming, but the FPS game Insurgency is finally looking like it may release on Linux.

Tune In To The Weekly Livestream At 6 PM UTC!

The weekend is once again upon us and that means livestreaming! It's time to tune in to the weekly casual 2-hour live segment where I play some Linux games for your entertainment while talking about (un)related topics.

Magicka 2 Linux Release Likely After The Initial Launch

Magicka is a very popular action/adventure game that is set to have a sequel soon, and the likelihood of Magicka 2 coming to Linux just went up.

Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number Gets Release Date, Linux Is A Day 1 Release

The sequel to the brutally fun Hotline Miami is set to be released on the 10th of March. More importantly, it seems that we'll have a same-day release on Linux.

Europa Universalis IV: El Dorado Released, My Thoughts

Paradox has released the El Dorado expansion for Europa Universalis IV, adding a bunch of new features and most importantly a nation designer which allows you to create your own country to dominate the world with.

Chivalry: Medieval Warfare Exits Beta For Linux, Some Thoughts & A Sale

I guess I had better announce this or the flurry of emails about it will never stop! Chivalry: Medieval Warfare is now fully out for Linux, and so you may draw your swords. It's also 66% off right now!

Pixel Heroes: Byte & Magic, Some Thoughts On This Party-based Roguelike

Pixel Heroes is one of the more interesting indie titles released recently, and I had a chance to take a look at the game and give you some thoughts on it.

Republique Remastered, A Beautiful Stealth Action Game Could Come To Linux

Thanks to a tip we have found out that the recently released Republique Remastered could see a Linux version.

Dungeons 2 From Kalypso Media Due Out For Linux In April, First Game-play Shown

The Dungeon Lord is back – and this time he’s serious! In Dungeons 2, fulfil the Dungeon Lord’s insatiable quest for vengeance by recruiting fearsome new monsters from all corners of the underworld in order to undertake his evil bidding.

Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty Released On GOG & Steam, We Take A Look At The Linux Port

Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty is a revamp of one of the platformers I used to love, so how is it on Linux? Hint: It's good.

Adorable Sokoban-Like Puzzler 'A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build' Released Today, A Must-Have For Puzzle Enthusiasts

The long-awaited puzzle game by Sokobond creator Alan Hazelden is finally released. Time to solve some challenging puzzles and let the lovely animations by Benjamin Davis and the soothing soundscapes of Ryan Roth melt your heart, as the the snow too melts and makes way for spring.

Pre-orders For Cities: Skylines Stand At Nearly 2% For Linux Gamers

The developers of Cities: Skylines are doing a reddit "ask me anything", and they kindly responded to my question about Linux pre-orders so far.