Sunday morning WordPress installation maintenance

Effective January 1, 2010, this site does not use Drupal and instead uses only WordPress. This site is a merge of WordPress and Drupal, with the former handling the blog and the latter everything else. I use variations on the Garland theme originally developed for Drupal to try to make…

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Operating systems: upgrade or reinstall? guilt or pleasure?

Through the years I’ve run many versions of Microsoft Windows. For the last two and one-half years I’ve had Apple Macs, so I’ve used both OS X Leopard and Snow Leopard. I don’t even know how many different desktop Linux distributions I’ve installed, but I’ve certainly installed Linux at least…

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Working with Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala: initial impressions

I’ve been playing with the latest Ubuntu desktop release, 9.10 Karmic Koala, since the first beta and I’ve now been using it full time for business work for three days. Here are my impressions and comments: For some reason, the beta seemed much more stable than the Release Candidate that…

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Who is the user for cloud computing?

Several weeks ago I gave a talk called “Regarding Clouds, Mainframes, and Desktops… and Linux” at LinuxCon in Portland (video, slides). Since then I’ve reprised parts of the talk several times, including a couple of times for IBM-only audiences. I’m going to put up a few blog entries that expand…

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No-cost office suites for the Mac

This article and something I saw earlier on the web today reminded me that not everyone is aware of office productivity suites for the Mac that are available for no cost. Microsoft grants Mac Office 11th-hour reprieve ComputerWorld / Gregg Keizer Just a day before Microsoft was to have retired…

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Site statistics through September 30, 2009

Here are the rolling three month sutor.com site stats from Google Analytics, plus 12 month previous stats. Percentages are calculated with respect to total numbers of hits. Statistics are computed from the first to the last days of the months listed. The up and down arrows compare the latest month…

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Trying out Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala beta: dual boot Thinkpad T400

In my post of yesterday, I tried installing the latest Ubuntu 9.10 beta on a netbook and under VMWare Fusion on an Apple MacBook Pro. The first pretty much worked, while the second did not. Yesterday evening (what do you do on Saturday nights?) I attempted to install the beta…

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IBM Lotus Symphony free download

Several people have asked me about Lotus Symphony, the free office productivity suite included in the package we announced this week for Africa with Canonical (Ubuntu) and Virtual Bridges (VERDE). The primary Symphony site is here, and the download section is here. Versions are available for Ubuntu Linux, Red Hat…

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More thoughts on using WordPress for antisocial bookmarks

Several weeks ago I mentioned that I had stopped using Diigo for saving and then posting digests of links into this blog. Long before that, I had stopped using delicious for that functionality and switched to Diigo. The reasons I gave were: I don’t really need my saved bookmarks available…

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Google still beating Bing, by a lot, plus other number games

Yesterday I was reading the article “Surprise: Open-Source Users Prefer Google to Microsoft Bing” by Clint Boulton. In it, Clint talks about Chitka ad network’s analysis of their traffic from search engines: The ad network compared the operating system and search engine data for more than 163 million searches and…

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Life with Linux: More apps

I’ve been working on tuning the Linux installation I have on my work Lenovo Thinkpad T400, and it’s time to add a few more applications. I’ll break them down by category. User Interface One feature I really like on OS X for the Mac is the ability to change the…

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Life with Linux: First customizations

By the end of the last entry, I had installed and updated a basic, vanilla Ubuntu 9.04 Linux desktop on a Lenovo T400 laptop. There was nothing about the installation that was special to the hardware or to how I wanted the environment to be. I’ll now start customizing, and…

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Saturday morning housekeeping: my basement and CSS

I slept in a bit this morning since it was an exceptionally long work week. Much to the frustration of others in my family, I sometimes wake up on Saturdays with an annoying urge to get more efficient and to organize things. There is no special reason why this couldn’t…

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Backups

It’s well known that you should back up your data. If your hard disk crashes, it can be a major problem to recover your information. On my Mac I use Time Machine with an external hard disk. This is better than nothing and very useful, but is still a problem…

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Hunches and predictions for open source in 2009

It’s that time of year again. Last year I wrote about challenges and priorities for open source, standards, and virtual worlds. In January, 2007, I reviewed my favorite blog entries for 2006 (and note that I was considerably more succinct when I did this for 2008 about two weeks ago).…

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LaTeX revisited

Back in my math days before 1999 or so, I needed a document preparation system that could handle formulas and was programmable. That really meant one thing, TeX, or its somewhat easier to use set of extension packages, LaTeX. I did my doctoral dissertation using this and I did the…

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Twitter meets WordPress

Before I get into this, let me point to Alex King’s excellent and comprehensive Twitter Tools. It does just about everything you can imagine involving connecting Twitter and WordPress. You can Twitter when you publish a blog entry or, conversely, publish WordPress digests of your Twitter tweets. While I don’t…

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LinuxWorld 2008 Prediction #4: Linux and the desktop

Although I’ve previously published the slides for the talk I gave at LinuxWorld 2008 in San Francisco, I thought it might be useful to add some additional comments in the blog about each of the eight predictions I made. This is not the full text of what I said nor…

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