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Software is not data

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Nostalgic Gaming On Linux With Good Old Games

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Thanks to the recent Linux support provided by DRM-free classic games provider, GOG.com, getting that nostalgic kick on Linux has never been easier. In this article I'll also detail a few of my favourite classic games that are now available to play in Linux. It's not all nostalgia, though. Some of…

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GOG.com Launches Linux Support, Ahead Of Schedule

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That's right, GOG.com has just announced they are supporting Linux, way ahead of their scheduled dates of around October or November. The launch brings 50 Linux-compatible games right away. GOG.com announced it on their website today, no doubt to the surprise of many. GOG.com says that 100 Linux…

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How to Install and Configure NTP (Network Time Protocol) Server/Client in Debian Linux

 tecmint: Time synchronization is important for many reasons ranging from application time stamps to security to proper log entries.

Encryptr Zero-Knowledge System Based Password Manager For Linux

 LinuxandUbuntu: Encryptr is free and Open-Source password manager that is based on a very secure 'Zero-Knowledge Crypton Framework'.

FOSS Is Everywhere, Dell's New Linux Try & More...

 FOSSforce: Seriously, Dell? Would it absolutely, positively kill you to provide a bunch of Ubuntu-laden XPS 13s to a huge vendor like Best Buy

GNOME 3.18 to Bring GNOME Shell and Calendar Improvements, Might Offer a Full Wayland Session

 softpedia: The GNOME developers promise to work hard on bringing a full Wayland session with GNOME 3.18

Wine development release 1.7.41

 ItRunsOnLinux: The latest development release of Wine has improved kernel job object support.

Egg-shaped Linux mini-PC targets emerging markets

 LinuxGizmos: An "Endless Computers" Kickstarter project is pitching a Celeron-based PC for emerging markets starting at $169, featuring a new "Endless OS" Linux distro.

Power-sipping IP camera SoC gains Linux dev kit

 LinuxGizmos: Ambarella has launched a Linux-ready reference design for battery-driven IP cameras using its S2Lm SoC, which supports fast wake-up and sub-500mW operation.

RaspArch Offers an Easy Way to Run Arch Linux on Raspberry Pi 2

 softpedia: As its name might suggest, RaspArch is an ARM operating system derived from the lightweight and powerful Arch Linux distro.

How to make Linux's desktop look good on high-resolution displays

PCworld: If you're running GNOME 3 in Linux, your first boot will have you looking for your reading glasses.

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GOL Cast: Exploring The Flying City In Bioshock Infinite

You might have seen our port report of Bioshock Infinite and might already know that, against all expectations, it performs really nicely. But let's…

The Banner Saga Linux Port Report, It's A Good One

Now that The Banner Saga has been out for a few days I’ve taken a look at it. It’s a newly ported game, so if you haven’t picked it…

Chroma Squad, A Power Rangers Inspired Tactical RPG Releasing For Linux This April

Chroma Squad is a game I've been following for a while, and the release is nearly upon us. Will you be grabbing a copy? It is due for release on the…

Action Platformer Slinki Released On Steam, A Demo Is Available

Slinki is an action platformer, developed by Titan Forged Games, where you control a rabbit with a prosthetic arm. The game has been available for…

Sales Statistics For Linux Games From Different Developers, Part 4

You would hopefully have seen my previous articles talking to multiple developers about their Linux sales, so to begin a new year we are talking to a…

Fallen: A2P Protocol, A Post-apocalyptic Turn Based Strategy Released For Linux, Some Thoughts

Fallen: A2P Protocol is a pretty good looking turn based strategy currently in Early Access, and I have been graced with a key to take a look at…

Kart Racer 'Coffin Dodgers' Adds Linux Support To Early Access

The early access racer Coffin Dodgers has been updated and now has Linux support. As far as premises go, this one is one of the more original ones…

Freedom Planet Officially Released On Linux

The colourful action platformer Freedom Planet now has been officially launched for Linux.Offical AboutSteamFight your way across the celestial…

Storm United, A Beautiful New FPS Now In Early Access, We Have Keys

Storm United is a new first person shooter built in Unreal Engine that looks absolutely stunning. The developers have just released the game into…

The Wine Development Release 1.7.41 Is Now Available

Wine development team was able to produce a new experimental release today. 1.7.41 bringing many new features and as many as 41 bugfixes. The few…

The Weekly Livestream Is Here At 5.30 PM!

My calender says it's Friday so it's time for The Weekly Livestream! Join in on the fun as I play games live for your entertainment!Watch live video…

Gratuitous Space Battles 2 Released For Linux, Some Thoughts Included

It’s a great time to be a fan of space combat games, and the latest release for us is Gratuitous Space Battles 2 which I’ve taken a look…

The Banner Saga Is Finally Available For Linux

The Banner Saga has been highly sought after from Linux users, and the day has finally come. The new update also adds controller…

The Excellent Crypt Of The NecroDancer Officially Launches This Month

Crypt of the NecroDancer is really awesome, and it's going to exit early access this month. If you love your music it's a fantastic game. I've pumped…

Interstellar Marines FPS Big Update Due This Month, New Online Modes

It’s no secret that we really like Interstellar Marines, but it could do with more content and online modes to keep people interested in it. It…