To make my PC talk over bluetooth I need a wee USB adapter, aka ‘dongle’. It sits on a USB port and does its job in utter silence. Until it just stops working. Usually without any prior warning, and it only happens on my computer, not on the other ones in our house. Well, time […]
To get out a word you need Word. That is how things usually work at most desktops around the globe. To be exact: Microsoft’s Word, not God’s. So, even if you happily work on LibreOffice, or another open-source office suite, you will come across Microsoft’s core fonts on a very regular basis. Of course all […]
Al eerder schreef ik over veilig berichten uitwisselen, ofwel ‘WhatsApp vs Telegram’ (hier en hier – in het Engels). Recent heeft WhatsApp zijn gebruiksvoorwaarden aangepast, waardoor account-informatie en andere metadata nu worden gedeeld met ‘de Facebook-familie’. Er wordt niet gevraagd of wij daarbij willen horen. Bedrijven kunnen ons binnenkort rechtstreeks gaan benaderen via WhatsApp. Er […]
The other day I wrote about inserting special characters into text documents, advertising the use of KCharSelect for those happy users of the KDE desktop (or CharacterMap, its GNOME equivalent). Let me advertise it a bit further, because it has more in it than meets the – rashly looking – eye.
In the good old LibreOffice days, when versions 3.x or 4.x were all around, I used to have the Quickstarter icon in my system tray. Twas useful to quickly open a (new) document or start from a template. Alas! tis gone in version 5.x. However, there is a tweak to solve this.
No-one is perfect, not even the most widely used open-source office suite, LibreOffice. It does have its small annoyances. From not printing a simple dash, to making your whole KDE desktop crash. How to deal with it? The first problem was solved by upgrading, the second seems to be persistently neglected and hence no solution […]
My home server runs on Ubuntu Server. So far that was the 14.04 LTS (‘Trusty Tahr’) version. But since Canonical has made available the first point release of the newer 16.04 LTS (‘Xenial Xerus’) version, i.e. version 16.04.1, upgrading became an option. Ubuntu actually makes this simple for users – but be forewarned, there are […]
In the old days printing on a Linux computer could be a bit of a hassle and it was anything but a matter of simply plug & play. CUPS (the Common Unix Printer System) has always done a great job organizing and executing print jobs. (It still does, even now Apple has required the source […]
OpenStreetMap (OSM) has become a proven alternative to GoogleMaps, BingMaps, iOS Maps , HERE Maps (just rebranded as HERE WeGo) and other proprietary navigation software. Still, GoogleMaps seems to be the most obvious for most people. You can easily look up any location around the globe, or plan your trip. But, of course, all of […]
De wereld, en vooral het digitale deel daarvan, zit barstens vol met nieuwsgierige ogen. Alles wat wij doen op internet wordt nauwlettend gevolgd. Big data is big business en dat begint bij onze metadata: de sporen die websurfen, sociale media en emailen achterlaten. Gecombineerd met wat er nog meer van ons te volgen valt, zoals […]