Dec 19, 2008 GMTHere is a problem: when working with an OpenOffice.org document you need to insert a few lines of text in a language that uses a non-Latin alphabet, for example Cyrillic. Of course, you can enable the Cyrillic support on your system, but it's overkill if you only need to write just a few sentences every now and then. Instead, you can use the following OpenOffice.org Basic macro to convert a selected text fragment written in the Latin alphabet into its Cyrillic version; for example "martyshka" -> "мартышка", "ogurec" -> "oгурец", and so on (this process is known as transliteration): Sub Translit() Dim ThisDoc As Object Dim...
Dec 17, 2008 GMTBy now, you might have noticed that I'm a big fan of Puppy Linux. I wrote about this tiny Linux distro in Linux (Pro) Magazine, and extol its virtues at any given opportunity. It is the distro I'm running on my workhorse ASUS Eee PC 701 4G netbook, and it helps me to stay productive not only in airports, cafés, and hotel rooms but also at home. But if you are still undecided whether you should give Puppy Linux a try, here are five reasons why this little gem deserves a closer look. Puppy Linux is not only lean, it's also lightning fast. On boot, the entire system loads into RAM and runs from there. If you are...
Dec 11, 2008 GMTThe Tomfox extension for Firefox is a real boon for Tomboy addicts. It allows you to select a text fragment in any Web page and turn it into a new Tomboy note. So if you use Tomboy for storing research notes and links, Tomfox can save you a lot of unnecessary cutting and pasting. Once installed, Tomfox adds the Create Tomboy Note command to the context menu. Select a text fragment in a Web page, right-click on the highlighted text and choose the Create Tomboy Note item from the context menu. This creates a new Tomboy note with the selected text. Better yet, Tomfox conveniently inserts a clickable link to the...
Dec 10, 2008 GMTWhile you won't find any Firefox extensions designed specifically for mobile users, there are a few add-ons you might find particularly useful when you are on the move. Here are five of them. Mobile Internet connections are getting faster, but they can still be prohibitively expensive, especially when you travel abroad. One way to reduce your bandwidth costs when you are on the move is to use the AdBlock Plus extension. This nifty tool scrubs the websites you visit for advertisements. By removing ads, AdBlock Plus makes more space for the page content, which can be extremely useful if you are using a laptop with a smallish screen such as ASUS Eee PC. This also makes the pages load...
Dec 05, 2008 GMTBefore you choose a full-blown Web-based everything-but-the-kitchen-sink kind of task manager, ask yourself whether you really need all its frills and fancy trimmings. If the answer is no, then consider TaskPaper.web. Even though it's a rather bare-bones task manager, it packs a few nifty features and a sleek interface to boot. TaskPaper.web is very easy to install. It doesn't require a database back-end, and the entire application consists of just a handful of files. Copy them into a directory on your server, and the application is ready to go. The first thing you'll notice when you open TaskPaper.web in your...
Dec 02, 2008 GMTLooking for a way to trick out your Linux-based netbook, but don't know where to start? A series of articles at the Register can help you to turn your Linux-based netbook into a lean mean productivity machine and teach you a couple of nifty tricks and tweaks. So far, the guide consists of three lengthy articles, or episodes, as they prefer to call them: Episode One, Episode Two, Episode Three.
Nov 28, 2008 GMTIf you are using a netbook to stay productive on the move, a tool that can squeeze a few extra pixels from the limited screen space is undoubtedly a welcome addition to your software arsenal. Meet Personal Menu, an extension for Firefox which allows you to replace the entire Menu toolbar with a single button. This not only frees up a good chunk of screen space, but also lets you put all the essential commands right at your fingertips. Once installed, Personal Menu adds three buttons to the Navigation bar: Bookmarks, History, and Menu. The latter contains by default only the Edit This Menu command, which you can...
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Ubuntu founder denounces insecurity in proprietary, close-source software blobs.
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Donors will get to vote on new features for the free video editor.
Debian project puts init out to pasture and says no to Ubuntu's Upstart.