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The joys of ISOdates


It took me a fair while to get comfortable with the ISO 8601 date format. After so many years of using DD MMM YYYY, my old eyes and brain had some trouble understanding YYYY-MM-DD. Finally something clicked, and I now read 'ISOdates' easily and I really appreciate their advantages. The biggest…

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Scripting a fancy chooser for recently used files


I recently scripted a GUI dialog that lists my 10 most recently modified files in reverse chronological order and allows me to choose more than 1 file for opening. The dialog is launched with a keyboard shortcut and is shown here with 2 files selected: The script is in copy-and-paste form at the…

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Gnumeric: a filter-and-export script


My wife likes to organise and store information in Gnumeric spreadsheets. Every now and then she needs to filter her data and save the result to a new spreadsheet. Gnumeric doesn't have a simple way to do that. It has a complicated way to do it ('Advanced Filter'), but nothing so straightforward as…

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How to insert code snippets on the command line without executing them


You can store a code snippet in a shell alias or a function, but when you type the alias or function name in a BASH shell and press 'Enter', the shell executes (or tries to execute) the snippet. That's no good if the snippet is incomplete or needs editing. A simple workaround is to paste the…

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How to read a file N lines at a time in BASH: 3 methods


The file I'll be using for this demonstration is called demo and looks like this: demo is plain text with 2 tab-separated columns. The first column is sorted alphabetically, but the second column isn't sorted. What I want to find out is how many different letters are in the second column for each…

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Split a table and number the pieces: two methods


I worked on these bits of code to simplify a shell script of mine. You really wouldn't want to see the script's original commands here — they're way too ugly! The new commands are much prettier and work well. The problem To simplify the story, here's a comma-separated table called demo, sorted on t…

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Some baby name problems


No, these aren't homework problems from a computer science class. They're interesting head-scratchers based on a data-analysis project I worked on recently, with the data 'reimagined' here for simplicity but with the underlying problems intact. We'll start with boys and girls, which are text files…

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A "Track Changes" script for data cleaning


The complicated-looking script at the end of this article is in two parts. The first part detects the changes made when a data table is edited, and reports the changes as a plain-text logfile. It's a straightforward bit of shell scripting based on the diff command. The second part of the script…

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Linux, HP and the avoidance of Windows


Having a TL;DR day? In a nutshell, I just replaced a 2011 HP Mini netbook with a 2014 HP mini-notebook. Both run Linux. Thank you, HP. The netbook I bought a 2011 HP Mini 110-3744TU in early 2012 (specs below). It came with Windows 7 'starter', which I replaced with CrunchBang Linux. The Mini is…

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How to garble


In 2003 a strange paragraph made the rounds on email. It read: Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at an Elingsh uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, olny taht the frist and lsat ltteres are at the rghit pcleas. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a…

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News Elsewhere

Solus Operating System Is Being Delayed Due to Bad Karma

The Solus operating system was supposed to launch on October 1, but it looks like it's running a little bit late.

AV-TEST Laboratory Says Free Anti-Virus Apps on Linux Are the Worst

AV-TEST, an Independent IT-Security Institute, has just published an interesting analysis regarding the anti-virus solutions for the Linux platform provided right now

GNU Debugger or GDB: A Powerful Source Code Debugging tool for Linux Programs

 tecmint: A debugger plays a vital role in any software development system.

FOSS Hits & Misses on a Monday Morning

 FOSSforce: BunsenLabs Linux, a successor to CrunchBang GNU/Linux formed by a group of the CrunchBang's admins and other adherents when CrunchBang lead developer Philip Newborough decided to move on, is in the starting blocks with its first release candidate now available online.

Dealing with Boundary Issues

LinuxJournal: In today's networked world, smart geeks mostly still know where local stuff ends and remote (cloud-located) stuff begins

Anniversary of First Linux Kernel Release: A Look at Collaborative Value Version 0.01 of the Linux kernel had 10,239 lines of code

Linux 4.3 rc4

Linus Torvalds: You all know the drill by now.

OpenIndiana 2015.10 "Hipster" Released To Continue On The OpenSolaris Dream

Phoronix: A new update to OpenIndiana is available, the operating system powered by Illumos that's derived from what was the OpenSolaris code-base prior to it being killed by Oracle.

Motorola, you've let us down

ComputerWorld: When you've made your name as the company customers can count on for reliable Android upgrades, you can't drop the ball like this. Latest Articles

This War Of Mine Finally Fixed For Linux, Includes Other Fixes & Workshop Support

It's been a few months, but 11bit finally fixed up This War of Mine for newer Linux distributions. Previously it wouldn't launch due to a glibc issue…

ILikeMoney Is One Of The Weirdest Games I've Seen For A While, I Like It

The developers of iLikeMoney emailed their game in, and it took me by surprise for how unique it looks. You should take a look at this. They have…

Scraps: Modular Vehicle Combat Released For Linux, Looks Like Fun

Scraps: Modular Vehicle Combat is one of the types of games that I simply love, there's nothing more fun that building your own death machine. The…

Red Eclipse: A Lightweight, Open-source, Highly-engaging FPS

Red Eclipse ranks among my top five FPS games of all time, which is surprising given how light-weight and feature-less it is when compared to AAA…

Trine 3: The Artifacts Of Power Linux Beta Released

After waiting a while, we now have access to Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power in beta form. There are a number of issues though. You can find the…

New Linux Gaming Survey For October

It's that time of the month again Linux gamers! The new GOL survey for October is now available, so please make sure to fill it in if you have the…

Polychromatic Is A Fantastic Arcade Game Now On Linux

Polychromatic is probably one of my favourite new releases recently, it's so simple, but it's highly addictive. Myself and Samsai have had access for…

Sol 0 Has You Colonizing Mars In This Strategy Game

Ever wanted to colonize Mars? Well in Sol 0 that's the aim of the game, and it looks like it could be quite cool. It's currently in the early stages,…

Party Hard, A Stealth Strategy Game Is Now On Linux, Looks Interesting

Party Hard has recently released for Linux, and it looks like a pretty interesting game. You need to infiltrate your noisy neighbours parties, and…

The Latest Steam Hardware Survey Shows Very Little Difference

As usual Steam has produced their monthly hardware survey, and also as usual there is hardly any change across the platforms.September 2015 Ubuntu…

The Friday Livestream Is Once Again Here To Save You At 5 PM UTC!

And once again we return after a week of that silly life stuff and play some Linux games for you live on air! You will naturally get the front-row…

The Journey Down On Kickstarter, Funding Final Chapter Of Point-And-Click Trilogy

SkyGoblin has launched their Kickstarter campaign to fund the third and final chapter of the popular afro-noir point-and-click saga and are off to a…

Dinosaur Hunt: Africa Contract Is Hilariously Terrible

Some games are so bad, they actually become good, Dinosaur Hunt: Africa Contract is not one of those games. People recently said they liked me…

RollerCoaster Tycoon World Releasing December 10th, Linux Included

We covered it before, but now RollerCoaster Tycoon World has a proper release date, and Linux will be included. They also have a new video about…