I love Kodi. (This is just an evolution of my love for XBMC, since it's
the same thing with a new name.) In fact, although I've expressed my love
for Plex over and over (and over) the past few years, I still use Kodi
as my main interface for the televisions in my house. more>>
A while back I wrote about the awesome open-source image editing program
Paint.NET, which is available only for Windows. Although I'm thrilled there
is an open-source option for Windows users, Paint.NET is one of those
apps that is so cool, I wish it worked in Linux! Thankfully, there's
another app in town with similar features, and it's cross-platform!
It sounds like a "back in my day" story, but I really do miss the days
when laptops had LED activity lights for hard drives and Wi-Fi. Sure,
some still have them, but for the most part, the latest trend is to have
no way of knowing if your application is pegging the CPU at 100%, or if
it just locked up.
In past articles, I've discussed my BirdCam setup and how it automatically
archives video footage from my bird feeders to YouTube every night. That's
a really cool process, but unfortunately, it saturates my upstream bandwidth
in the evening. more>>
If you've ever wanted to make an animated film, the learning curve for such
software often is really steep. Thankfully, the Pencil program was released
and although basic, it provided a fairly simple way to create animations on
your computer (Windows, Mac or Linux) with open-source tools.
Unfortunately, the Pencil program was abandoned.
As a father of three girls, I have piles and piles of Disney DVDs and
Blu-rays. I occasionally look at the "Digital Copy" information and roll
my eyes, because it requires some odd Windows DRM software or some
other convoluted watching method that usually isn't possible or even
interesting for me.
I love Evernote. I pay for a premium membership, and to be honest, I don't
think I even use the premium features. I just love Evernote so much,
I want to support the company. But in the spirit of fair comparison,
I forced myself to try Google Keep.
We've mentioned Autokey as a great tool for text replacement in
real time on Linux. Thankfully, there's an option for Windows users that
actually is even more powerful than Autokey! AutoHotkey is a similarly
named application that runs strictly under Windows. more>>
For years I avoided installing keyboard shortcut tools on my computers. I
thought dog-gonnit, if something needed to be typed out, I'd type every
letter myself. Recently I capitulated, however, and I must say, going
back seems unlikely. If you've never tried a text-replacement app, I
highly recommend doing so. more>>
One of my career iterations put me in charge of a Windows server
that had Apache and PHP installed on it to serve as a Web server for
the corporate intranet. Although I was happy to see Apache used as the
Web server dæmon, the installation on the Windows server was the most
confusing and horrifying mess I've ever seen. more>>
I've been hesitating for a couple months about whether to mention
sshpass. Conceptually, it's a horrible, horrible program. It basically
allows you to enter an SSH user name and password on the command line,
so you can create a connection without any interaction. A far better
way to accomplish that is with public/private keypairs. more>>
For new Linux users, the command line is arguably the most intimidating
thing. For crusty veterans like me, green text on a black background is
as cozy as fuzzy slippers by a fireplace, but I still see CLI Companion
as a pretty cool application.