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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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Impressions of a Chromebook and Linuxy Goodness


Feeling like something different, I recently bought a HP Chromebook 11. In this article I give my impressions on the device itself and also some Linux-specific goodness thanks to something caled Crouton, plus a few thoughts on working in the "cloud". As someone who uses a typical GNU/Linux…

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Software is not data


You know that trick where the magician snatches the tablecloth from the table, leaving the plates, cutlery and glassware in place? Watch as I do something similar on my computer. The screenshot above shows the top left corner of a large data table of mine in a spreadsheet. Drum roll, please... …

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How to repeat a script, or not


I have a data-entry script which adds records to a plain-text data table. It's a fairly complicated script with a GUI dialog, and until recently it added one record at a time. To add another record, I had to launch the script again. Was there a simple way (I asked myself) to re-run the script, or…

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On dates and stuffed non-dates


Nothing gives my wife the Screaming Meemies like dates in spreadsheets. Unless she formats the target cell in advance as text, the spreadsheet will turn a perfectly innocent, non-date string like 23/2/6 into '23-Feb-2006'. When she types 6420-11-3, according to both LibreOffice Calc and Gnumeric,…

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The header line: how to add, delete and ignore it


In a plain-text table, the first or header line usually contains the names of the fields. In this article I've pulled together a variety of ways to add and delete a header, and also how to do things with the rest of the table while leaving the header intact as the first line in the file. Add a…

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Joining Tables on the Command-Line


This article compares 3 different ways to join tables on a common field. All 3 work OK on small tables, but there's a big difference in speed when the tables to be joined are large, as shown below. Table joining isn't something you need to do if you store data in a simple, flat-file database like a…

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Splitting a File Elegantly


In a previous Linux Rain article I compared different ways to delete blank lines, and showed that the AWK way was the simplest and most thorough. Here I show how to split a text file into multiple text files using a surprisingly simple AWK command. Background In 2013 I published an article in Free…

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Tips on getting (and suggesting, and editing) user input


In a previous Linux Rain article I explained how to use the YAD dialog to do multiple-item data entry in a GUI. Here I show one way to allow users to check and edit what they've entered in YAD. I also explain how to offer default, editable inputs in terminal-based data entry, and how to color the…

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How to get nowhere in particular


In this tutorial I explain one way to generate a random geographical location, using simple command-line tricks. Latitude and longitude: decimal degrees Latitude runs from 0 to 90 degrees from the Equator to the North Pole, and 0 to 90 degrees from the Equator to the South Pole. Longitude in…

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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…