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Dmitri Popov
OpenOffice.org Basic HTML Macro Redux

Oct 03, 2009 GMT

While the markup macro described in the previous post does the trick of formatting Writer documents, it has one tiny drawback: it doesn't save the formatted text in a separate file, which can come in handy in many situations. So here is an updated version of the macro that formats the currently opened Writer document and saves it as a plain text file in the same directory. Sub HTMLMarkup Dim Args(0) As New com.sun.star.beans.PropertyValue ThisDoc=ThisComponent MarkupHeadingsFunc("Heading 1", "<H1>", "</H1>") MarkupHeadingsFunc("Heading 2", "<H2>", "</H2>") MarkupHeadingsFunc("Heading 3",...
Extension Watch: Improve Your Flickr Experience with Better Flickr

Sep 28, 2009 GMT

Although Flickr sports a functional, lightweight interface, it still has some room for improvement. And if you are using Firefox as your primary browser, you can turbocharge the photo sharing service by installing the Better Flickr and Greased Lightbox extensions. Greased Lightbox is a one-trick pony, but the trick it does is a pretty clever one. Normally, clicking on a thumbnail in a Flickr gallery or your photostream opens the related photo page. The Greased Lightbox extension changes the default behavior, so when you click on a thumbnail, the related photo appears as a slide on top of the main window. You can then...
Installing Firefox on Puppy Linux

Sep 26, 2009 GMT

SeaMonkey, the default browser in Puppy Linux, is good, but what if you prefer Firefox? No problem, it takes only a few simple steps to install your favorite browser onto Puppy Linux. Download the latest version of Firefox from Mozilla's Web site. Use then the following command to unpack the downloaded archive into the root directory: tar -jxvf firefox-x.x.x.tar.bz2Launch then the Rxvt terminal and run the firefox command. Instead of launching Firefox from the command line, you can create a desktop shortcut. To do this, drag the firefox script in the firefox directory onto the desktop. To change the generic script...
Format Writer Documents with Any Markup

Sep 25, 2009 GMT

Although I use OpenOffice.org Writer for all of my writings, most publishers I write for require plain text files with a dash of markup formatting. This means that pretty much none of my articles are delivered as .odt files. So before I can send the article, I have to format it using one of many markup dialects. For example, all my blog posts must be formatted using markup supported by eZ Publish software, while articles for Linux Pro Magazine must be formatted using a special in-house markup.Doing formatting manually is both tedious and time-consuming, so I wrote an OpenOffice.org macro that does the donkey job for me. The way the macro works is pretty simple: it searches for formatted...
Using Eye-Fi Card on Linux

Sep 24, 2009 GMT

The Eye-Fi card is a nifty solution for adding wireless capabilities to virtually any digital camera, but it does have one serious drawback: the card relies on proprietary software that runs only on Windows and Mac OS X. Fortunately, the standalone Eye-Fi server written in Python will happily run on Linux, courtesy of the enterprising hacker Jeff Tchang. Better yet, the server is extremely easy to configure and run. You do need to have access to a Windows or Mac OS X machine to initialize your Eye-Fi card, though. This must be done in order to obtain the upload key required for the Eye-Fi server to function properly. On a Windows machine, install the Eye-Fi manager software and use it to...
WikiCrowd: Lightweight Wiki for Collaborative Editing

Sep 23, 2009 GMT

There are a few things that set WikiCrowd apart from other wiki engines. Take, for example, its installation procedure. WikiCrowd doesn't require any database back-end, so you only need a machine with an Apache server and PHP 5.2 for it. WikiCrowd comes as a single install.php file which does the donkey job of installing the wiki on your server. Drop the file into the document root of your server and point your browser to http://yourserver/install.php. Fill out the required fields and specify the access rights for your wiki. You can either choose one of the available access profiles or specify your own by choosing the Your choice option and ticking the appropriate check boxes. Hit then...
Time for a New Puppy: Puppy Linux 4.3

Sep 19, 2009 GMT

Mac OS X Snow Leopard? Windows 7? Forget it. The coolest OS release of the year is Puppy Linux 4.3. By now you already know that I have a soft spot for Puppy Linux, so for me each new release of this nifty little distro is a cause for a minor celebration. And the freshly-baked Puppy Linux 4.3 is no exception. In fact, the previous 4.2 release left me somewhat unimpressed, so I've had especially high hopes for the 4.3 version coordinated by Barry Kauler himself. Let me tell you straight away -- I wasn't disappointed. Despite the minor version number bump, the new release represents "a massive upgrade, right from...

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