Thursday, 31 May 2007

Heard about Wiki's? Now learn how to use one!

There are lotsa great resources on the Internet and Wiki's are one of them. However, it is not always obvious how or why these resources maybe used.
Here is a great little vid on using a Wiki which is so well done that it deserved posting on Wizard Blog for normal people, nerds and geeks!

Thursday, 24 May 2007

Gmail Theatre!

I am always encouraging people to use Gmail and often forget to mention all the features and advantages that it offers. So I was delighted to come across this great little video from the Gmail crew expousing the virtues of Gmail so now I can point people to this blog post so as they can get the full story!

Monday, 21 May 2007

Mac OSX has a bigger market share than Windows Vista!

Yep it is true! Click on the chart to find out more about market share.

Although Windows still has a huge share of the market you might like to read what Paul Graham has to say on the future of that!

Saturday, 19 May 2007

Quake 3 running under Linux on 50 monitors soon maybe!

So now they are working on a 50 monitor wall and Quake 3 running on 24 monitors was impressive enough! If you don't quite believe it click this link to see some video of it!

And this one will be running under Linux too! Click on the image above to find out more.

Saturday, 5 May 2007

Update to OpenOffice 2.2 - Ubuntu/Kubuntu

Just updated Open Office 2.0 to 2.2 and the first obvious difference? - it is fast, much faster to launch and that is great because it used to take for ever!

Strangely, for such a well established product, the installation requirements in Linux, particularly Ubuntu being Debian based, are not exactly straightforward and a guide of some sort is required but it is worth the effort.

It can be difficult to find useful guides so I have chosen to blog about one of the many that I found and eventually used.
Click on the image above to access the guide and keep in mind that it is for OpenOffice 2.1 so some of the commands will need to be edited. It does also require that you are comfortable using a terminal to navigate to various folders so as the correct commands can be entered.

Is also important that "alien" is installed to convert the .rpm packages to .deb packages

Note the author states that it is very easy to do but I think anyone new to Linux may find it a slightly challenging process!

If you have got java runtime installed, and I would be surprised if you haven't actually, you can obviously skip the section of the instructions relating to installation.

There does not seem to be an option to uncheck the Java runtime (jre) download option with OpenOffice 2.2 so I just removed that particular rpm file from the folder after unpacking before I converted the rest of the rpms using alien.

Use this link to to get the OpenOffice 2.2 package.

One of the most important steps is to make sure you install the debian menus so as the OpenOffice modules show up in your Kde or Gnome menu.

Having done this you can probably skip Step 5 unless you usually use a terminal to operate your PC/laptop.

My thanks to jfinkels at the ubuntu forums for his great installation guide.

PS I have been pushing OpenOffice of late as some measure of my work involves training new computer users and many of them do not have access to MS Word and cannot afford it.
I was delighted yesterday that one of my Noongar girls that I am working with currently had downloaded OpenOffice 2.2 and asked to be able to take her text home so as she could use it!