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Processing Version 1.1 released

Friday, March 12th, 2010

There is a new version of the Processing programming language released version 1.1. Processing is an easy to use programming language designed for creating visual programs designed for use in creating computer art. For non-artists as well, I think it’s an ideal language for anyone learning programming, or that wants a easy way to create […]

jEdit – adding syntax highlighting for Processing

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

I’ve recently been learning the Processing programming language. This is a programming language created for artists which is also the basis for the programming language used to program the Arduino. Processing includes an IDE called the Processing Development Environment (PDE), but the editor is quite basic. The IDE has an option to use an external […]

Dropbox – Keeping files in sync across computers, and across the Internet – Linux, Windows and Mac OSX

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Dropbox provides a folder on your computer, which can be shared across multiple computers, across multiple operating systems, across the Internet or a LAN. If you ever need to access your files across multiple PCs then you need Dropbox! I was a little sceptical when I first heard of Dropbox. My first thought was that […]

Software Review: Mozilla Firefox Web Browser 3.6

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

The latest version of Firefox is now available to download. Firefox 3.6 is the latest release following on just over 6 months after the successful release of Firefox version 3.5.

Software review – Thunderbird email client version 3

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

Version 3 of the Thunderbird email client was released at the end of 2009. I’ve recently upgraded some of my computers to the new client. Thunderbird is a email client available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. It can be used as a replacement Windows Mail (formally known as Outlook Express) and can also […]

FotoInsight – Linux friendly online photo processing and photo gifts

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

Photo gifts are a popular way of creating personalised presents for relatives. Although some photo gifts can be ordered through the Java based online applications these are normally limited compared to the dedicated download photo applications. Unfortunately the dedicated software required to create some photo gifts is not available for Linux and sometimes not even […]

Firefox keywords – quick website shortcuts using bookmarks

Monday, December 28th, 2009

I’ve been using Firefox since version 1, but I’ve only just discovered one of the features. Now I know about it I wonder how I ever did without it. I used to use the “Bookmarks Toolbar” in Firefox on all my computers. By default this is below the address bar and has a few Firefox […]

iPod Nano 5th generation – problems with Linux

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

I got a nice new ipod Nano for Christmas. Before asking “Santa” I had already researched what support was available in Linux for the iPod and was satisfied I would be able to sync with Rhythmbox on Ubuntu Linux (Ubunutu Netbook Remix), which is my current default music player. Unfortunately it turns out my research […]

About PDFs – create your own / copyright protection

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

This is some info that I wrote some time ago on PDF files (Portable Document Format). PDF (Portable Document Format), is a popular format for distributing files. It can be read using Adobe’s Free Acrobat Reader as well as a number of alternative viewers. The reasons for it’s popularity is that files can be read […]

Cygwin / SSH for Windows (Linux programs under Windows)

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

Cywin provides a Linux like environment for Windows. Basically it ports the command shell and some GUI and non-GUI applications to windows. It’s most useful for allowing shell scripts to run in a command line on windows, or running system services such as SSH.

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