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Software is not data

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You know that trick where the magician snatches the tablecloth from the table, leaving the plates, cutlery and glassware in place? Watch as I do something similar on my computer. The screenshot above shows the top left corner of a large data table of mine in a spreadsheet. Drum roll, please... …

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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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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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Splitting a File Elegantly

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In a previous Linux Rain article I compared different ways to delete blank lines, and showed that the AWK way was the simplest and most thorough. Here I show how to split a text file into multiple text files using a surprisingly simple AWK command. Background In 2013 I published an article in Free…

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Tips on getting (and suggesting, and editing) user input

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In a previous Linux Rain article I explained how to use the YAD dialog to do multiple-item data entry in a GUI. Here I show one way to allow users to check and edit what they've entered in YAD. I also explain how to offer default, editable inputs in terminal-based data entry, and how to color the…

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How to get nowhere in particular

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In this tutorial I explain one way to generate a random geographical location, using simple command-line tricks. Latitude and longitude: decimal degrees Latitude runs from 0 to 90 degrees from the Equator to the North Pole, and 0 to 90 degrees from the Equator to the South Pole. Longitude in…

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Nostalgic Gaming On Linux With Good Old Games

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Thanks to the recent Linux support provided by DRM-free classic games provider, GOG.com, getting that nostalgic kick on Linux has never been easier. In this article I'll also detail a few of my favourite classic games that are now available to play in Linux. It's not all nostalgia, though. Some of…

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GOG.com Launches Linux Support, Ahead Of Schedule

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That's right, GOG.com has just announced they are supporting Linux, way ahead of their scheduled dates of around October or November. The launch brings 50 Linux-compatible games right away. GOG.com announced it on their website today, no doubt to the surprise of many. GOG.com says that 100 Linux…

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Accessibility in Linux is good (but could be much better)

 opensource.com: Gnu/Linux distributions provide great advantages over proprietary alternatives for people with disabilities

Launchpad Can Now Import Git Repositories

 softpedia: Canonical has announced that Git repositories can now be hosted directly on Launchpad, which was one of the most requested features of the community.

Why you might not want to upgrade to Kubuntu 15.04 yet; stick with version 14.10 (Problems and solutions).

 TutorialGeek: Thinking of upgrading to Kubuntu 15.04 and Plasma 5? Perhaps you should think again.

Final Numbers on LinuxFest Northwest, Riding Hurd on Debian & More...

 FOSSforce: If there were an award for best sticker/graphic at LFNW, it would have to go to the Free Software Foundation,

How to Install and Configure PowerDNS (with MariaDB) and PowerAdmin??? in RHEL/CentOS 7

 tecmint: PowerAdmin is a friendly web interface managing tool for PowerDNS.

Calibre 2.27 eBook Converter Brings New Features

 softpedia: Calibre is an eBook reader, converter, and editor, but these are just a few of the features of this great app.

Linux 4.1 rc2

Linus Torvalds: So the -rc2's have lately been pretty small - looking more like late
-rc's than early ones.

First Look at the New Tab-Based Preferences in Mozilla Firefox 38.0

 softpedia: The first thing you will notice when upgrading your favorite web browser to Mozilla Firefox 38.0 next week is that the old-school Preferences dialog has been replaced with a beautiful, modern tab-based Preferences page.

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New Release Date Announced For Action Platformer Mighty No. 9

The Mega Man inspired platformer was supposed to be released this spring. After signing with a publisher, the developer has now announced a new…

Shadowrun Chronicles Available On Linux And My Thoughts On The Game

Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown, formerly known as Shadowrun Online, came out of Early Access last week. The tactical turn-based game is the…

Review: Broken Age On Linux

Game Information: Name: Broken Age Released: April 28, 2015 Developer: Double Fine Productions Rating: 7/10 Documentary Rating: 9/10Hardware…

Endless Runner Canabalt Released On Steam For Linux

Canabalt was originally released as a Flash game on developer Adam Saltsman's website in 2009, and is the game that popularized the endless runner…

Hero Siege, A Hack 'n' Slash RPG Now On Steam For Linux, Some Initial Thoughts

Hero Siege is a good looking 2D hack 'n' slash RPG that recently released for Linux, I took a quick look so you know what to expect.About the game…

Savage Lands Early Access Survival Game Adds Linux Support, I Take A Look

Savage Lands is an interesting take on the survival genre with a fantasy setting, so I took a look so you know what to expect.About the game…

Lux Delux A 'Risk' Styled Game Now On Steam For Linux

For fans of the board game 'Risk' you may want to try out Lux Delux which is now available on Steam for Linux. I've only ever played Risk twice in my…

City-builder ‘Banished’ Linux Port Nearing Release

Banished is a highly rated city-builder from Shining Rock Software that is coming to Linux, and the developer has a new blog post detailing how…

Banjo-Kazooie Creators Launch Kickstarter Campaign For 3D Platformer Yooka-Laylee

The team of Rare Ltd. veterans at Playtonic Games launched their Kickstarter campaign for a spiritual successor to the Nintendo 64 classic…

Friday Livestream, Multiplayer Edition Starting At 5PM UTC!

Tonight is very special since the boss man Liam will be joining me on today's Friday Livestream! That means we are going to be playing multiplayer…

New Linux Gaming Survey For May

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

Shadow Of Mordor Could Release For Linux Soon

With the news of a Game of the Year edition to come for Shadow of Mordor, it looks like the time is ripe for a Linux release. We already know…

Interview With Linux Game Porter Knockout Games, Porter Of Shadow Warrior & More

Today I had the pleasure of speaking to Aaron, the one man porting machine from Knockout Games. If you don’t recognise the name, you may…

Turn-Based Action Platformer Ronin Is Slated For Release In May

Ronin looks like a cross between Gunpoint and Mark of the Ninja, but will offer a unique blend of stealth and action platforming, and turn-based…

Storm United, The Beautiful Online FPS Has Another Update, Just Awesome

Storm United is the first real game out there to use Unreal Engine 4 on Linux, and it's really stealing my heart already. The brand new update that…