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Void Linux, the Little Distro That Could

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So, way, way back in ancient times (well, May of this year) I wrote of a little distribution called Void Linux, which you can see here. Basically, I thought it was pretty swell. A few months on and nothing much has changed. And that is a good thing! It's been a while since I've posted anything on…

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Shifty dates in Microsoft Excel

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Microsoft has used two different starting points on the calendar for calculating dates in different versions of their Excel spreadsheet program. Really. Microsoft explains the difference here. One version used 1 January 1900 for serial day numbering, the other used 1 January 1904. Of course, up to…

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It rains pretty regularly, in the shell

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In a 2-article series here on The Linux Rain last May (part 1 and part2) I described how I used AWK to clean up rainfall data for my home town in Tasmania. The result was a file called rain3 with rainfall totals for each of the 36525 days from 1 January 1916 to 31 December 2015: In this article I…

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Quick Tip: How to Suspend from the Command Line

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If you've ever wondered how to put your Linux machine to sleep from the command line, here's a quick tip how. Now, you may ask, why? Why, when one can just often browse to the shutdown menu or suspend icon in your favourite desktop environment and click with the mouse? Because we can! Plus, there's…

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Tweaking uniq -c

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I often sort lists on the command line and get the frequencies of listed items with the command chain sort | uniq -c. For example, suppose I have a list of "brown" surnames in a file called demo: OK, so there are 7 Brauns in the list, 3 Brouns, and so on. But notice the indentation of…

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Getting Divinity: Original Sin to Run on AMD Graphics

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If you're running an AMD graphics card with Mesa (open source) drivers and tried playing the great RPG Divinity: Original Sin, chances are you simply ran into a crash upon launching the game. Thankfully, the community comes to the rescue and there is a work around. Here's how. To be perfectly…

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Quick - what time is it in Singapore?

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If you want to know the local time around the world, Linux has options ranging from plain to gorgeous. The plainest one is the tzselect command, which offers choices in a terminal that lead you to the local time in a single region. Middling-pretty is gworldclock, a little GUI window that can be…

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A script to find empty fields in a table

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It's pretty easy to see which fields are empty in the tab-separated table demo (below). The 2nd and 4th field, Col2 and Col4, have no visible characters at all in the rows below the header line: That was simple, but what if the table is huge, with lots of fields and records? Eyeballing for fields…

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Debian 9 on a Dell OptiPlex 9020 Micro

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TL;DR: Works fine (see title). The little old box I bought my last desktop from VG Computing (now Linux Now) in Melbourne. It arrived without an operating system and was basically a Mini-ITX board in a Shuttle XH61 case, with selected add-ins. (Specs below). I installed Debian stable and got years…

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How to tidy copied PDF text with a CoPa script

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The image below shows a small, demonstration PDF: When I highlight the text in the PDF, only the paragraphs and their internal spaces go to the X, or primary clipboard: When I middle-click-paste from the primary clipboard into a text editor, each line of text in the PDF appears on a new line,…

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Fixing Screen Resolution in The Book of Unwritten Tales 2

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KING Art's point-and-click adventure, The Book of Unwritten Tales 2, is a beautiful game. But you might have a hard time seeing much of the game properly if you ran into the problem I did - a wonky, improper fullscreen resolution that meant I couldn't even browse the settings menu and actually…

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How Netflix Secures AWS Cloud Credentials

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Top-down 3D action-adventure game Sikanda gives you a shape-shifting weapon

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Isometric university management game 'UniverCity' has entered Early Access, developed on Linux

Tags: Steam, Indie Game, Early Access, SimulationUniverCity from developer Matthew Collins who develops on Linux is a new in-development university…

The Humble Jackbox Party Bundle is out, some of their games have hidden Linux beta versions

Tags: Humble Store, Game Bundle, BetaA quick tip for those who love their party games as Humble have put out the The Humble Jackbox Party Bundle. To…

Valve may be adding support for using compatibility tools for playing games on different operating systems

Tags: Valve, SteamReddit seems to be buzzing with information from SteamDB (full credit to them for finding it) showing indications that Valve…

The Linux version of Moonlighter should be out soon, in the 'last stage'

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TANGLEWOOD is a properly retro puzzle-platformer that's now out for Linux, includes a Mega Drive rom file

Tags: Puzzle, Retro, Platformer, Steam, Indie GameBig Evil Corporation have released their puzzle-platformer that really is rather retro and not just…

2D pixel horror game 'Ellen' is looking for Linux testers of their teaser

Tags: Horror, Steam, Indie Game, Coming SoonIf you love your horror games, keep an eye on Ellen as it looks pretty spooky. Turns out Red Mount Media…

Reynard, an action RPG that mixes in some Tower Defense now has Linux support

Tags: Action, RPG, Indie Game, Early Access, Tower DefenseHyper Fox Studios [Official Site] announced today that their sweet action RPG Reynard,…