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Tips for tpp and patat

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You might be surprised to learn that there are programs for running presentations in a terminal. No, I don't mean opening PowerPoint or Impress slides one after the other, as images in a frame-buffered console. I mean presenting slides coded for the terminal, in a terminal. Interesting idea? It…

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Scottish Country Dancing stats

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My wife has been in the same Scottish Country Dancing group for many years, and back in 2005 she began keeping a record of the dances done at each meeting. She lists a fair bit of information in her "dances done" spreadsheet (screenshot below). She recently asked me "Would it be possible to get a…

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A script to log what my GPS tells me

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I carry a Garmin Etrex 10 when I go bug-collecting. It's a handheld GPS receiver without many frills, and I only use it to record the latitude and longitude of each of my collecting sites as a waypoint. At the start of a field trip I delete all previous waypoints. When I do this, the trip's…

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Eek! My rounding is biased!

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I've written several BASH scripts that use GNU AWK's printf function to round off decimal numbers. Now I've learned that the rounding is biased, and I need to re-do the scripts. For me the desirable way to round off a decimal is to round up if the bit to be discarded is greater than one half, and…

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Scripting a DNA sequence viewer

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SANITY WARNING: Please don't read this article unless you're a compulsive shell scripter, like me. Seriously. There are some excellent FOSS sequence viewers in the distro repositories, with great GUIs and lots of features. Why would you want to build a less capable viewer that only works in a…

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Hunting gremlin characters

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When cleaning UTF-8 text files I sometimes come across invisible characters that I call 'gremlins'. These aren't the usual non-printing characters, like whitespace and (horizontal) tab, which are non-printing characters I expect to find in the plain text files I work with. Gremlins are weird things…

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How to manage alternating lines of text on the command line

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In this article I've pulled together some command-line tips for alternating lines of text. Questions about alternating lines turn up regularly on online help forums, and they sometimes get complicated answers. Here I've tried to keep things simple. Interleaving lines For demonstration purposes I'll…

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The joys of ISOdates

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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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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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4 step Network bonding / teaming configuration in Linux

This article explains what network bonding is in Linux.

Recent open source hardware trends, from SBCs to servers

At ELC Europe, Intel MinnowBoard SBC evangelist John Hawley surveyed open hardware trends, and their impact on OS-enabled device and system development.

Peek - A Simple Animated Gif Screen Recorder for Linux

FOSSmint: Peek Gif Recorder is the perfect screen capture tool for short and sharp video clips

What to do when people start hacking your culture

When organizational rules exist, people will try to game them.

How To Instantly Share Files And Folders In Arch Linux

Quickserve is a simple http server that allows you to share files quickly between Arch Linux systems and/or other operating systems.

How to create your own Linux Distribution with Yocto on Ubuntu

HowToForge: In this article, our focus is the creation of a minimal Linux distribution using the Yocto project on the Ubuntu platform.

Inxi - A Powerful Feature-Rich Commandline System Information Tool for Linux

tecmint: Inxi is a powerful and remarkable command line-system information script designed for both console and IRC (Internet Relay Chat).

Thanks To Red Hat, India's Biggest Stock Exchange Is Now The World's Fastest

"Red Hat is now our backbone. Our business cannot run if Red Hat is not there." That is India's biggest stock exchange's CEO talking.

RPi-friendly home automation kit adds voice recognition support

 LinuxGizmos: Matrix Labs launched an Indiegogo campaign for "Matrix Voice," a voice input board that works standalone, or in conjunction with a Raspberry Pi or UP SBC.

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Reminder: Update your PC info for the next round of statistics updates

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Aspyr Media confirm the 'Australian Summer' Civilization VI update should be on Linux in 'a matter of weeks'

Tags: Aspyr Media, Coming Soon, DLC, Strategy Today the 'Australian Summer' update landed for the Windows version of Civilization VI [Steam], but the…

Northgard, a great looking strategy title will come to Linux after Early Access

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Friday Livestream with Samsai at 6 PM UTC!

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The latest elusive target is live in HITMAN, including in the Linux version

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Entroware have unleashed the 'Aether' laptop for Linux enthusiasts featuring Intel's 7th generation CPUs

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Security: You might want to change passwords on sites that use Cloudflare

Tags: MiscNot gaming news, but still important to get across. Cloudflare has written a blog post detailing a security issue that was identified which…

Angels with Scaly Wings, a visual novel that's actually not bad at all

Tags: Review, Visual Novel, Steam, Indie GameIf you need to know something about me, it's that I usually hate visual novels with a passion. They…

Wells, a steampunk run and gun game released for Linux and I took a look, it's not good

Tags: Action, Steam, Indie Game, ReviewToday I tried to play Wells [Steam], a new steampunk run and gun action game, but sadly the experience wasn't…

SuperTuxKart is trying to get on Steam, be sure to give it a vote

Tags: Open Source, Steam, Racing, GreenlightThe open source racer SuperTuxKart is aiming to get on Steam before Greenlight is closed, so be sure to…

Crusader Kings II - Monks and Mystics DLC announced

Tags: Coming Soon, DLC, Steam, StrategyParadox are going to give some fresh life to Crusader Kings II with a new DLC named 'Monks and Mystics'…

Serious Sam VR: The First Encounter is now officially on Linux

Tags: Action, FPS, Steam, Virtual Reality Croteam being awesome as usual, as promised Serious Sam VR: The First Encounter is now officially on Linux.…

Valve have announced 'Steam Audio' an SDK of advanced audio tools, it will support Linux

Tags: Steam, ToolkitValve have ripped the lid off their latest project named 'Steam Audio', an SDK of advanced audio tools that will support…