Woman Blames Dell and Ubuntu For Missing Online School Classes

Posted on in Categories GNU/Open source, Linux, Linux desktop, Ubuntu Linux, Windows, windows vista last updated January 15, 2009

Another clueless woman has claimed that Dell computer and Ubuntu Linux have kept her from going back to school via online classes. According to a story – a woman bought a Dell computer and realized she ordered it with the Ubuntu Operating System rather than MS-Windows. She tried to change OS to Windows but Dell refused. Her Verizon High-Speed Internet CD won’t load, so she can’t access the internet. She also can’t install Microsoft Word, which she says is a requirement for MATC’s online classes. As a result, with no internet and no Microsoft Word, Schubert dropped out of MATC’s fall and spring semesters. The full story is here including followup.

Now, I’ve no idea about Verizon’s modem and DSL connection but most A/DSL provider modem (router) comes with an Ethernet port. There is no need to use wizard or CD based installer. Other software such as MS-Word can be replaced with OO (I submitted all my school work using OO office writer and no one noticed the difference… ). Further both Verizon and MATC ready to help:

Verizon says it will dispatch a technician to try to assist her accessing the internet without using the Windows-only installation disk.

MATC also says it promises to accept any of Schubert’s papers or class documents using whatever software she has installed.

So what is the problem here?

OpenOffice Text Files That Are Larger Than 65,536 Rows Cannot Open / Imported

Posted on in Categories Linux, Linux desktop, Troubleshooting last updated February 12, 2008

This sucks, Open office 2.3 spreadsheet cannot open or import text files that are larger than 65,536 rows. Basically, I need 100k rows. However, it is possible to recompile OO to extend rows limitation. From the OO wiki hack page:

Well, it depends on what your goal is. For personal use you may set MAXROWCOUNT_DEFINE in sc/inc/address.hxx to a different value, multiple of 128, and recompile the application respectively the libsc680*.so and shove it under your existing installation. However, doing so implies that you don’t save to any binary file format like Excel or whatsoever, otherwise you risk loss of data. You’ll also encounter drawing layer misfits in higher row numbers, may experience performance problems, and there may be other quirks lurking. Note that it generally works for data and formulas, but otherwise is completely untested.

For the number of columns the same applies to the MAXCOLCOUNT_DEFINE in sc/inc/address.hxx, just that the value must be a multiple of 16 instead.

My text file is truncated at 65,536 and I was dumped with the following error message:
Text files that are larger than 65,536 rows cannot be imported

I’m going to recompile my OO. Another good option is using MySQL. However, I’m not in mood to write a php / python scripts to just create graphs and other stuff.