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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.


Oct
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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
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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
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answered How to start gVim maximized?
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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!
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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
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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
Jul
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comment Is it better to use a crowded 2.4GHz Wi-Fi channel 1, 6, 11 or “unused” 3, 4, 8, or 9?
Cisco's whitepaper about IEEE 802.11 deployment in the corporate environment certainly does not apply to all circumstances! For example, in moderately congested neighbourhoods, one stands a very good chance to benefit from not sticking to the proposed 1-6-11 scheme.
Jul
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answered Why use wifi channels other than 1, 6 or 11?
Jul
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comment Is it better to use a crowded 2.4GHz Wi-Fi channel 1, 6, 11 or “unused” 3, 4, 8, or 9?
@YLearn It is not a story about all or nothing. When channels overlap, this will look like an overall increase of the noise floor on your spectrum analyser. Evidently, the head room between your plateau and the noise floor will be lower. Nevertheless, communication will remain possible, albeit at a lower bit rate according to Shannon's theorem.
Jul
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comment Is it better to use a crowded 2.4GHz Wi-Fi channel 1, 6, 11 or “unused” 3, 4, 8, or 9?
This is exactly what most people are getting wrong here! IEEE 802.11 signals are not like solid objects. Wifi signals are rather like coloured plumes of smoke. Along the open lanes, the colour plumes are allowed to intermingle. As long as I can still tell the colour of my plume of smoke at the end of the road, all is fine. The partial overlap of differently coloured plumes is then like a grey mist of noise to my signal. This is the principle of spread spectrum communication.
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comment Is it better to use a crowded 2.4GHz Wi-Fi channel 1, 6, 11 or “unused” 3, 4, 8, or 9?
@YLearn Interesting point. However, if I am not mistaken, this statement equally applies to single carrier spread spectrum modulation; not only multiple carrier techniques.
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