Technology Tidbits

Mostly Linux stuff below the fold…

An essay on Linux Not Ready For the Masses…BULL

I am tired of hearing and reading that Gnu/Linux is not ready for the “regular” or “normal” user. Self proclaimed experts and pundits insist that these users can not, or will not, use Gnu/Linux. They give all kinds of reasons for this. I say that most of these reasons exist only in the minds of these experts and pundits.


A Gnome applet that gives you direct access to files without a file browser.

File Browser Applet is an applet for the GNOME Panel. It lets you browse and open files in your computer directly from the panel, without having to open a file manager. It is not intended as replacement to proper file managers like nautilus. Sometimes you just want to open a file and don’t want to have to open a file manager, browse to and open the file, then close the file manager. This Applet just saves you couple of clicks.


Make your laptop respond to movement (Only for certain laptops)

Use synthetic X Window System events and embedded accelerometers to control applications by the movement of a laptop computer. Translate gestures, such as shaking, into mode-switching commands with detection algorithms to interact with applications in new ways. Develop tools to help build the next generation of interfaces that use accelerometers, such as applications for laptops and iPhones.


Creating a Contacts Database in OpenOffice

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