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Image: Don Robertson Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License

I like playing with software and use a lot of it. I am planning to write a bit about the software I like and use most. I do have a windows machine, but most of the time I use Kubuntu — the KDE version of Ubuntu — and Cloudready — a version of Chrome OS that can be installed on older equipment. The software here reflects this.

for file in *.png; do convert $file -virtual-pixel none +distort Perspective '0,0,0,0 200,0,175,25 0,200,0,200 200,200,175,175' $file.perspective.png; done

convert -size 210x210 xc:none -page 200x200+5+5 ../background.png -page 200x200+5+5 acroread.png -background none -layers flatten aaa.png

Squid Proxy Filter

Wednesday, November 10th

Squid proxy server and Squidguard URL redirector work together to filter out content and sites you do not want your users to go to.

Squid is actually a proxy server — that is, it will intercept a client's request for a page, fetch the page and deliver it to the client. It also keeps a copy of...


Wednesday, November 10th
Palleton color pallet tool screen shot

Rapid Photo Downloader

Wednesday, November 10th
Rapid Photo Downloader header image

If you take a lot — or even just a few — photos and use Linux, then you need Rapid Photo Downloader (RPD). I've been using it for years, and although Nextcloud and Gwenview can copy and sort your photos, they don't come close to RPD.

I have found — through bitter experience — that it is better n...


Wednesday, November 10th

Grav Cms


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Drupal is an incredibly powerful development frame work that can do just about anything. It used to be my go-to website system, but I got a bit disenchanted with version 8. Probably adopted it too early, and needed too much beta software, too many developer versions of developer tools. Version 7 was...

Windows 10

Wednesday, February 13th
Windows 10 doing ... something

I mostly use Linux — and have pretty much given up distro hopping in favour of Kubuntu Linux — but picked up a cheap, secondhand 'ultrabook' running Windows 10 - so am giving it a go.

Last time I really used Windows a lot was XP. I have used Vista a bit (and really didn't think it was that bad). S...


Flat File Content management system


Tuesday, August 14th
Typography - letter press type

Typography - letter press type

Image: Jeremy Keith Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License

Details on the full capabilities of Spectre.css can be found in the Official Spectre Documentation

The Quark theme is the new default theme for Grav built with Spectre.css the lightweight, responsive and modern CSS framework. Spectre provides basic styles for typography, elements, and a...


Monday, July 2nd
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Kandalf the KDE mascot
I have been using the K Desktop Environment (KDE) since the mascot was Kandalf, and Kandalf retired in 2002. In those days, my main distro had been Red Hat Linux, then Mandrake Linux, then, when Ubuntu made a Debian distro that didn't need magic incantations to install, Kub...


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Nextcloud is a big part of why I can use Cloudready machine for much of the time. It provides file sharing services, webmail, contacts and calendar sharing, password management, tasks, notes, bookmarks, and more. It has a load of Android apps for sharing, automatically uploading photos, syncing fil...