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(mis)adventures in software development...

06 December 2011    Linux

Goodbye Unity, hello once again KDE

Goodbye Unity. I gave you a go, I really did. You are a bold move in the world of Linux, which is good to see. But you’re just not working for me. You’re OK, and no where near as bad as some have made you out to be, but as a development machine desktop, I find you’re less than ideal. So I’m going back to KDE. Which is not to say that KDE is perfect, just …

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07 November 2011    Linux

Enable Apache userdir

If I’m using a Linux box as a development machine, I usually like to have Apache installed with userdir enabled, even if I’m not necessarily doing web-development, just in case I need to play with something webby/internety.

Enabling the userdir module on Unbuntu and its derivatives is usually something like:

sudo a2enmod userdir

If required, further tweaking of userdir configuration can be done by editing:

/etc/apache2/mods-enabled/userdir.conf

Then restart apache:

sudo /etc/init.d …

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03 November 2011    Linux

Make Firefox open new tabs at far right

Looks like I’m gonna have to do this every time I do a fresh Linux install — configure Firefox to open links in new tabs with the new tab positioned at the far right. The way I like it.

Type the following into the address bar:

about:config

If a warning shows up, promise to be careful.

The option that needs to be configued is:

browser.tabs.insertRelatedAfterCurrent

Easiest way to find it is enter it into the search box …

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10 October 2011    Unix

Batch rename of filenames to lowercase

I must have done something terrible in a past life, for as part of my day job I have to maintain software written in Visual Basic. Version 6. Yes, version 6. And it’s 2011. I’ve checked my watch. Twice.

The Visual Basic abomonation is only a small part of a much larger Unix-based client-server system — the VB applications are the GUI front end. It’s interesting that even when doing Windows development, remarkably often I find the need …

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04 September 2011    Technology

Cold And Grumpy: Why hast thou failed me my modern mod cons?

It seems to happen in threes. All of a sudden my digital TV reception has gone to hell. Being without TV I might consider a minor annoyance, in a world of online streaming of TV shows (and *cough* BitTorrent *cough*). But my ADSL is constantly dropping out too. And my central heating just broke down. So I am without both TV and internet. And I’m cold. Needless to say I’m fucking grumpy.

The ADSL I’ve been having …

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30 August 2011    Programming

JasperReports Font Foibles

One moment I’m thinking JasperReports is great, it’s exactly what I need, it’s making things so easy and my job/life/world is all the better for it. The next moment I find I’ve overlooked/forgotten/misunderstood some arcane aspect of it and everything degenerates into a horrible, broken, useless mess, and I’m thinking why am I bothering with all this when it just seems to be an exercise in endless frustration and misery? Kind …

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