Archive for March, 2002

Running Microsoft Word/Powerpoint/Excel on my Linux laptop

Saturday, March 30th, 2002

Codeweaver’s Crossover Office product is amazing! It is based on WINE and steps through “installing” the Microsoft office suite from the distribution CD onto a Linux system. It takes care of faking out of file system so it has a C: drive named ‘fake_windows’. The performance a a little but slower than running natively under Windows 2000 professional on the same hardware, but acceptable. The fonts are a little off, but I haven’t yet installed all the fonts from Microsoft’s website. Go buy it. It is definitely worth the $54.95.

Three companies, one cubicle

Wednesday, March 20th, 2002

If everything goes the way Mike and Carly says it will, I’ll have worked for three major computer vendors while sitting the in the same office with the same telephone number. Just about as many OSes, too.

Integrating blosxom with Evolution

Sunday, March 17th, 2002

Ximian’s Evolution, an Outlook look-alike for Linux, is now my primary email client and can display RSS headlines on its ‘Summary’ page. To have blosxom (version 0+3i) to display, create a newsfeed with a URL like this: http://www.nozell.com/cgi-bin/blosxom/xml. Don’t get it wrong since Evolution 1.0.2+ doesn’t seem to have a way of changing a newsfeed once created. (Hint: edit ~/evolution/RDF-urls.txt)

kio_fish: Use ssh to access files via konqueror

Thursday, March 14th, 2002

I stumbled across this while messing with debian’s apt-cache search. kio_fish is a KDE extension that provides a way to browse a remote directory usingssh. There is no need to setup an FTP or web server on the remote system as long as you have an account there. Just point konqueror to fish://user@home.system.com.

BTW, depending on your KDE installation, you may need to also install liblcms

Take a look.

kio_fish in action

Destination Imagination

Monday, March 11th, 2002

This weekend was our state’s regional Destination Imagination. After months of meeting, is it great to see the two teams work together as a group during the competition and perform a great presentation!

blosxom-0+2i patch

Thursday, March 7th, 2002

blosxom 0+2i incorrectly sorts entries. Sent Rael a patch to use mtime instead of ctime.

Eye Candy/Icons

Wednesday, March 6th, 2002

I stumbled on a bunch of cool icon/background sites. http://www.iconfactory.com/ http://www.Electriconland.com/ http://www.a-graphics.nl/ http://www.zensmile.com/ http://www.gifart.com/ http://www.ianmc.com.au/right.html http://ligatur.jet.st/funstuff.html

Customizing blosxom with style(sheets)

Tuesday, March 5th, 2002

The Blosxom doc mentions customizing the look and feel using style sheets and mentions blosxomEntry, blosxomDate, blosxomTime, blosxomTitle and blosxomBody. This is what my initial stab at an head.html looks like:

        <head>
        <STYLE TYPE-"type/css">
        <!--
        BODY {background: #FFFFFF}

        .blosxomEntry {background: #ffffff; color: #000000}
        .blosxomDate  {font-family: Sans-serif,Verdana,Geneva,Arial; font-size:  15pt; color: #000000}
        .blosxomTime  {font-family: sans-serif, Times, braggadocio, fixed}
        .blosxomTitle {font-family: Sans-serif, arial}
        .blosxomBody  {text-decoration: italicize; color: #666666}         -->
        </STYLE>

        </head>

Write on the laptop, publish on website

Tuesday, March 5th, 2002

I typically use my Linux laptop for work and surfing, so I’ve wrote a one-liner to use rsync to securely update my blog notes. If you use ssh-agent, you won’t even need to type your ssh password more than once a day.


#!/bin/bash
rsync --exclude '*~' -azv -e ssh ~/public_html/blog/*.txt nozell@www.nozell.com:~/HTML/marc/blog/

First entry

Tuesday, March 5th, 2002

Blosxom looks
nice and simple. Unfortunately I always misspell it.