OpenOffice.org Quick Introduction For New User

Posted on in Categories GNU/Open source, Howto, Linux desktop, OpenOffice.Org, Troubleshooting, Ubuntu Linux, UNIX, Windows, windows vista last updated June 3, 2009

OpenOffice.org (OOo) is a freely available, full-featured office suite. OOo is both a software product and a community of volunteers that produces and supports the software. However, new users may get lost while finding help, support and productivity enhancing extensions. This blog post covers OOo new user orientation to to discover support, tutorials, community insights, templates, clip art, extensions, and blogs for OOo.

Increase Your Productivity with Various Linux Desktop Apps

Posted on in Categories Links, Linux, Linux desktop, Ubuntu Linux, windows vista last updated April 1, 2008

This blog post covers many applications which can be used to increase your productivity without spending a single penny.

From the article:

Sure, Apple’s built its reputation on being the hipster brand of choice, but one of the nice things about Linux is the ability to customize virtually any aspect of the operating system to cater to your workflow and computing habits.

For the purpose of structure I’ll break the article into two parts. The first will discuss how Linux can be just as application-rich, in terms of usefulness, as OS X or Windows. In the second half, I’ll cover various productivity-boosting apps and features that allow you do accomplish virtually any task with a few simple keystrokes.

=> Full-throttle Productivity and Web-Work With Ubuntu

Tips for Emacs Power Users

Posted on in Categories Links, Linux, Tips, UNIX last updated December 18, 2007

This is great post by Stevey Drunken about mastering Emacs text editor which is quite quite popular among UNIX hackers, computer programmers and power users:

Emacs is the world’s best text editor. It’s not just the best for editing program source; it’s the best for any kind of text-editing. Mastering Emacs will make you more effective at writing and editing email, documentation drafts, blogs, HTML pages, XML files, and virtually everything else that requires any typing.

The tips in this little document are geared towards Emacs power-users. You should be familiar with the basics of launching and editing with Emacs, and you should already know the essentials of copying stuff into your .emacs file, and debugging things (or finding a friendly Emacs Wizard) when something goes wrong.

=> 10 Specific Ways to Improve Your Productivity With Emacs

Access Google Calendar From Linux / UNIX / Mac OS X Command Line Interface

Posted on in Categories Download of the day, Linux, OS X, Shell scripting, UNIX last updated October 2, 2007

I use Google Calendar exclusively. However to access this product you need to use a web browser. There is nice program called gcalcli (Google Calendar Command Line Interface) which allows to access Google Calendar from bash shell. Now I can see an agenda using a specified start/end time and date from a shell prompt over ssh session 😀

gcalcli is a Python application that allows you to access you Google Calendar from a command line. It’s easy to get your agenda, search for events, and quickly add new events. Additionally gcalcli can be used as a reminder service to execute any application you want.

Current Features

  1. List your calendars
  2. Show an agenda using a specified start/end time and date
  3. Search for calendar events
  4. “Quick add” new calendar events to your default calendar
  5. Run as a cron job and execute a command for reminders
  6. Work against specific calendars (default, owner, read-only)
  7. Color support
  8. unicode support

Download Google Calendar Command Line Interface

=> Visit official project page here

Linux success story – Using Linux at Work

Posted on in Categories Beyond nixCraft, Linux desktop, Linux distribution, News last updated November 11, 2006

Yet another Linux success story, from the article:

I am by no stretch of the imagination a Linux expert, but my overall experience has been excellent and I shall continue to use Fedora for my day to day work. My productivity has not been affected at all, and anyone who wants to try something different, or take a cheaper OS route, should consider a look at Linux – it’s really not that scary.

I’ve been programming since a young age, and Linux has always seemed like a natural progression, especially as my development environment is PHP/MySQL/Apache. A while ago, this was all done on a Red Hat installed system, using the “Plesk” web interface. Although I spent quite a few hours at the console sorting out problems, Plesk hid the real nitty gritty from me and I was often just following “How Tos” in order to get things fixed. In saying that, I did manage to write a wrapper script that fixed a compatibility between MailMan and Plesk, so I wasn’t doing too badly. However, I would hardly say I felt confident in Linux, and using it for my day to day work seemed strangely frightening.

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