Access Your Apps and Docs Remotely with FreeNX
May 06, 2009 GMT
The ability to control your primary machine remotely can come in rather handy when you need to access your documents and applications using your netbook or laptop. While you might be tempted to go with a solution based on the popular VNC protocol, you should keep in mind that it has two serious limitations: it's both insecure and slow. A much better solution is to use the FreeNX server and an NX client, which offers a secure connection that works well even with a slow modem link -- a boon for users on the move.
The first order of business is to install the FreeNX server... more »
Two Things You Need to Know about OpenOffice.org 3.1
May 05, 2009 GMT
- You can get the latest release of the popular productivity suite from a mirror close to you.
- OpenOffice.org Wiki provides a detailed description of new features and improvements in version 3.1.
Speed up Common Tasks with Launchy
May 01, 2009 GMT
There are quite a few good launcher utilities out there that can make a great addition to your productivity arsenal. Gnome Do is probably the most popular launcher for Linux, but if you are looking for something less flashy and more streamlined, try Launchy. This unobtrusive tool can help you to quickly launch applications and open URLs, directories, and documents using keyboard shortcuts. In addition to that, Launchy sports a couple of plugins which add a few nifty tricks to the... more »
Organize Your Knowledge with Piggydb
Apr 25, 2009 GMT
We all have our area of expertise, but how can you actually convert your knowledge into an accessible and searchable form? To do this, you need software that allows you to create and maintain knowledgebases -- something like Piggydb.
Extension Watch: Denting with IdentiFox
Apr 22, 2009 GMT
Identi.ca may not generate the same buzz as Twitter, but the open source microblogging service based on the Laconica engine is quickly gaining popularity among open source developers, enthusiasts, and casual users alike. While you can post and read status updates -- or dents in Identi.ca's parlance -- using the service's Web front-end, a dedicated client can help you to manage your microblogging activites more efficiently. After trying a few available microblogging tools such as more »
Using OpenOffice.org as an Outliner
Apr 17, 2009 GMT
Although OpenOffice.org Writer can't replace a dedicated outlining application, there are two ways to turn the word processor into a lightweight outliner. The easiest one is to press the Numbering On/Off button in the main toolbar or the F12 key. This turns the current line in the documents into a numbered entry and displays the Bullets and Numbering context toolbar which offers basic outlining tools. The Promote, Demote, Move Up and Move Down buttons in the toolbar allow you to easily rearrange outline entries, while Bullet and Numbering opens the dialog window which lets you tweak... more »
Using Data Sources with Calc
Apr 15, 2009 GMT
Say you use a simple OpenOffice.org Base database to keep track of your invoices and you want to analyze the invoicing data. One way to do this is to create reports and SQL queries, but this requires skill and a lot of time. Another approach is to pull database records into a Calc spreadsheet and then use Calc's tools to analyze the data. To do this, you have to register the invoice database as a data source in OpenOffice.org. Choose Tools -> Options, select OpenOffice.org Base -> Databases and press the New button. Select then the database and give the new connection a name. Press OK... more »