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126  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: The Grumpy Programmer - great blog by a well-seasoned programmer on: December 14, 2014, 09:25:56 PM
Note the Kinesis keyboard in the comic Wink  Ok, may be, may be not...

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When someone tells you something is new, and it is new to you, why shouldn't you believe them? The obvious answer is that people pushing the next big thing are trying to get rich and will lie like a rug to get there. Been there, almost done that. Another reason is that enthusiasm is infectious. It is just fun to jump on something that seems new and exciting. But, mostly the media have little to write about so they all jump on the same new idea and hype it.
127  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Experimenting with Other Programming Languages on: December 14, 2014, 05:51:04 PM
Haven't done much recently with Lua, but I remember the lua-users site to be helpful and specifically the Learning Lua wiki page to be a relevant starting point for learning lua.

I understand it's used for extension in a number of projects -- e.g. VLC, wireshark, etc, -- and this presents one potentially nice approach for learning the language: identify a project (preferably one you have interest in) that's using it for plugins/extensions and start studying the existing plugins/extensions, including modifying them and writing one's own.
128  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX - Mint 17.1 (Rebecca) ISOs are now available for download on: December 13, 2014, 02:25:34 AM
Just came across Systemback via this article.  Anyone given this a try with Linux Mint?

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Systemback makes it easy to create backups of system and users configuration files. In case of problems you can easily restore the previous state of the system. There are extra features like system copying, system installation and Live system creation.
129  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: A little CentOS 7 help please :) on: December 12, 2014, 07:11:57 PM
Congratulations!

Odd that 'which' wasn't there already....quite "minimal" as you said.
130  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: A little CentOS 7 help please :) on: December 12, 2014, 06:22:20 PM
A quick glance suggests that .install.sh is checking for grep -- it's just a shell script and grepping for 'grep' in the source tree doesn't turn up much so it might be worth just commenting out the checking for grep in .install.sh and trying again.



BTW, if you don't mind sharing, if you execute 'which grep' on the command line, what is the result you see?
131  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: A little CentOS 7 help please :) on: December 12, 2014, 07:57:17 AM
Link to source code / tarball under consideration?
132  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Experimenting with Other Programming Languages on: December 12, 2014, 07:19:33 AM
One of the features that caught my eye was the debugger -- I didn't quite get it to work on my *nix installation though.  Of course there's the official debugger, but I was looking for something a bit more flashy.

In the mean time I'm using Devel::REPL for some interactive development -- which is better than nothing, but it leaves me feeling that it needs some love and attention...

In any case, good luck with your Perl-ing!
133  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Experimenting with Other Programming Languages on: December 12, 2014, 12:43:39 AM
Indeed, Light Table is quite something.



On a side note, the talk that inspired the creator had some nifty things too!
134  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Experimenting with Other Programming Languages on: December 11, 2014, 05:27:03 PM
That one looks very interesting. I think I'm going to give it a whirl. Thmbsup

Interested to hear how that goes for you.

The creator of Clojure has some interesting things to say too.
135  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Experimenting with Other Programming Languages on: December 11, 2014, 05:24:15 PM
I've been using Perl (5 series) lately too -- recalling that use strict and use warnings are my friends smiley

On Windows, I've had some good success using a portable version of Strawberry Perl.

Packaging up results for distribution for Windows is something I'm still sorting out -- some things tried include: CitrusPerl and PAR::Packer.



On a side note, have you given Padre a try?
136  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX - Mint 17.1 (Rebecca) ISOs are now available for download on: December 08, 2014, 05:52:48 PM
That looks promising.

Thanks for mentioning it again smiley



Got it installed -- needed to add another apt repository to get at it.  Hope to test it soon.
137  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 Entry: SedTester on: December 08, 2014, 07:26:12 AM
Ah, I see the link in the screenshot.

Good luck in any case smiley
138  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 Entry: SedTester on: December 07, 2014, 07:19:43 PM
Compatibility with MONO so it can be run on Linux (GUI)

Interested in trying this out if it comes to pass smiley

On a side note, do you already have plans for displaying some sed docs or links to docs?
139  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox update download trap on: December 06, 2014, 07:47:11 PM
I would suggest switching to Firefox Portable

smiley
140  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Linuxbrew: A Fork of Homebrew for Linux on: December 05, 2014, 08:50:32 AM
smiley



FWIW, in the case of DB Browser for SQLite, I ended up patching the "formulas" for qt and sqlite and installed libsqlite3-dev.  But now I have a recent version running.



These days it looks like if one wanted to become familiar with Sh/Bash, Guile Scheme, Nix, or Ruby and happened to be into compiling from source (aka trying out new software), one could spend some time playing with BSD|Arch|Gentoo package/port systems, guix, nixpkgs, or (home|linux)brew respectively and learn a bit via osmosis...



On a side note, I'm not sure how well some of the software "installed" this way will survive being backed up and restored using official Linux Mint methods...
141  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Linuxbrew: A Fork of Homebrew for Linux on: December 04, 2014, 09:22:52 PM
Set up under Linux Mint 17 was pretty staight-forward (see project page for specifics):

  • install some prerequisites
  • run a shell script / git clone
  • edit one's environment appropriately
  • logged out and back in for simplicity

Was looking for an up-to-date DB Browser for SQLite (the default repositories have a 2.x-based version AFAICT)...however, apparently one should first:

[copy or print]
$ brew doctor

Then if everything is ok:

[copy or print]
$ brew search sqlitebrowser

That gave a result, so next:

[copy or print]
$ brew install sqlitebrowser

Now I'm waiting for downloads and likely compilation to finish...



Looks like that one will take a while...in the mean time, was able to install vim and tmux successfully.
142  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Linuxbrew: A Fork of Homebrew for Linux on: December 04, 2014, 08:58:34 PM
Anyone tried this package manager?

Some claimed features:

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* Can install software to a home directory and so does not require sudo
* Install software not packaged by the native distribution
* Install up-to-date versions of software when the native distribution is old
* Use the same package manager to manage both your Mac and Linux machines

via Linuxbrew Project Page
143  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX - Mint 17.1 (Rebecca) ISOs are now available for download on: December 03, 2014, 07:35:36 PM
I didn't locate info regarding restoring one's software selection when it contains things from repositories that one might have added.

Any hints on this?




For reference, it looks like at least one file gets created containing at least package names (if I had to guess I'd guess it's the result of something like dpkg --get-selections).  I don't see any information about additional repositories...

One of the comments at the 'instructions' was:

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But I have to say, the main advantage of the "Package upgrade" is missing: you don't have to redo all the customization and re-install all the software that is not available in the repositories.

In particular, with a fresh install you loose all the settings in /etc and all the software in either /opt or /usr/local.

Hmm...IIUC under /etc/ somewhere is where which repositories are used is stored...I guess that can be done manually...and before restoring software selections.



Ah, here's something:

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If you were using PPA or other repositories and if some of your previously installed packages are not found by the present system, these packages will appear in the list but you won't be able to select them. If that is the case, update your APT sources using the Menu -> Administration -> Software Sources tool to add the missing repositories, then click on the "Refresh" button in the Backup Tool.

Note: The "Refresh" button refreshes the list, not your APT cache. If you update your /etc/apt/sources.list manually, make sure to run "apt update" in the terminal.

I guess I better make note of extra repositories smiley
144  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Getting things done? Hey, slow down there, speedy... on: December 03, 2014, 07:29:35 AM
Don't just do something, stand there!
145  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: Ideas Wanted! on: December 02, 2014, 10:41:36 PM
Ideally, what I would like to see is something where you point to a file to upload (or paste it in if it is a windows utility, which would be fine) then type in a sed statement.  It would then show what the output would be without actually altering the file itself.

Live preview of sorts?
146  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Experimenting with Other Programming Languages on: December 02, 2014, 09:54:45 PM
Why not LISP?

I've started working my way through Clojure for the Brave and True.  Pretty nice so far.
147  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Raspberry Pi project: wireless file server on: December 02, 2014, 09:44:20 PM
A little advice: when shopping for a wi-fi adapter for the Pi, there are certain chipsets to avoid. There's a long list here:
http://elinux.org/RPi_USB_Wi-Fi_Adapters

Thanks for this smiley
148  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Rogers ISP in Canada launches MITM attacks on customers on: December 02, 2014, 05:05:49 AM
Unfortunately, not unheard of behavior for ISPs in other areas of the world.
149  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 2014-2015: Best tablet specs for ebook reading on: November 25, 2014, 04:27:12 AM
Weight is a concern around here -- the Azpen appears to be 2.5 pounds (at least according to the Amazon page I see here).

For comparison, I've found the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 weight (1.2 - 1.3 pounds) to be just about right for the size.  When considering tablets, I often use this 10.1 inch tablet as a sort of base measure.  Granted the screen size differs, but in this case I wonder about the trade-off being made.  The Azpen appears to be about twice the weight...

On a side note, I was surprised to find being concerned by slimness after experiences with the 10.1 and the earlier Nexus 7 model -- though rounding of edges seems to help a bit.

I don't imagine it's practical, but IMHO it'd be nice to get some physical time with an actual device before deciding on a purchase...perhaps returns are possible?
150  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Sci-fi novel now available from DC member kyrathaba! on: November 23, 2014, 05:48:22 PM
PDF (plugin), DjVu (plugin)

I hadn't tried those yet -- I think there may be source code for the DjVu plugin but perhaps not for the PDF plugin.

It'll be nicer if TTS support comes about for the PDF and DjVu functionality.  Also nice would be a PDF plugin -- hmm, may be a MuPDF-based thing might be doable...
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