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With only a handful exceptions, I tend to stick to using only free, libre and open-source software (FLOSS). Experience also taught me to prefer open standards above proprietary ones in order to avoid vendor lock-in and backwards compatibility issues.

You will also find me as an active member on the TeX Stack Exchange and many other.

Most of the software I use is installed via the apt package manager of one of the following Debian-based rolling GNU/Linux distributions: Xubuntu LTS or antiX. On Xubuntu LTS, I also use several custom Ubuntu PPAs as a source for additional or more up-to-date software.


Jan
22
comment Check if any of the parameters to a bash script match a string
Here is a similar example with additional echo $1 | sed argument value processing.
Jan
22
comment Check if any of the parameters to a bash script match a string
A shift statement is used when the number of arguments to a command is not known in advance, for instance when users can give as many arguments as they like. In such cases, the arguments are processed in a while loop with a test condition of $#. This condition is true as long as the number of arguments is greater than zero. The $1 variable and the shift statement process each argument. The number of arguments is reduced each time shift is executed and eventually becomes zero, upon which the while loop exits. source
Jan
12
answered Bucket fill to transparent in gimp
Dec
30
awarded  Announcer
Dec
29
comment How to fix USB mouse freeze in Ubuntu 10.04 or Fedora 13?
Unfortunately, I cannot find that or any similar configuration file on Xubuntu LTS 14.04.
Dec
29
comment How to fix USB mouse freeze in Ubuntu 10.04 or Fedora 13?
Yeah, even plugging the mouse in and out of the same USB socket unfreezes the mouse, but a little while later it happens again.
Dec
29
comment How to fix USB mouse freeze in Ubuntu 10.04 or Fedora 13?
This problem still persists with a Microsoft Wheel Mouse Optical USB and PS/2 Compatible on Xubuntu LTS 14.04. Even, if you no longer use Windows™, the curse of Microsoft still comes to get ya...
Dec
1
revised Is it better to use a crowded 2.4GHz Wi-Fi channel 1, 6, 11 or “unused” 3, 4, 8, or 9?
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Dec
1
revised Is it better to use a crowded 2.4GHz Wi-Fi channel 1, 6, 11 or “unused” 3, 4, 8, or 9?
grammar
Nov
10
awarded  Necromancer
Oct
28
awarded  Yearling
Oct
8
comment Popular Dictionary Application for a Linux System [Ubuntu]
From the linked page: The original StarDict project has recently been removed from SourceForge due to copyright infringement reports. Most of the files were lost with the demise of the project. The project has re-emerged here since then, though the legal issues may never have been resolved. StarDict hasn't seen any active development for many years, while the world around hasn't stood still.
Aug
26
comment How to shift a block of text to the right/left in Sublime Text 2
Some people use this package with super+ctrl+left/right key bindings instead. Also, MoveText moves text by character position, not by word, which would have been handier for general text editing purposes.
Aug
3
answered How to start gVim maximized?
Jul
9
awarded  Commentator
Jul
9
revised Why use wifi channels other than 1, 6 or 11?
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Jul
9
comment Why use wifi channels other than 1, 6 or 11?
@FiascoLabs I completely agree! Following your rightful remark, I expanded a bit more about the benefits of not sticking to the 1-6-11 channel scheme. Check out that link!
Jul
9
revised Why use wifi channels other than 1, 6 or 11?
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Jul
6
comment Is it better to use a crowded 2.4GHz Wi-Fi channel 1, 6, 11 or “unused” 3, 4, 8, or 9?
A lot of people mistake IEEE 802.11 signals for solid cars on a multi-lane highway. They frown upon people driving over the lines, occupying more than one lane. However, Wifi signals are rather like colored plumes of smoke. Along the open lanes, the color plumes are allowed to intermingle. As long as I can still tell the color of my plume of smoke at the end of the road, all is fine. The partial overlap of differently colored plumes is then like a gray mist of noise to my signal. This is the principle of spread spectrum communication. More info here.
Jul
6
comment Is it better to use a crowded 2.4GHz Wi-Fi channel 1, 6, 11 or “unused” 3, 4, 8, or 9?
Wrong! By sticking to the 1-6-11 scheme, you are voluntarily exposing yourself to the RTS/CTS/ACK of alien devices. This forcedly silences your devices on many occasions. It will effectively lower your bandwidth even when capacity in adjacent channels is still available. This problem is known as the exposed node problem. In a corporate setting this problem can be solved by synchronising the nodes. In the wild, this is not readily achievable. More here