User Interfaces

I am taking a Human Computer Interaction course this semester which I am really looking forward to! We were assigned a whole bunch of reading but one article that I really enjoyed was Jef Raskins comments on User Interfaces. It is an older article but many of the things that he pointed out really resonate with… Continue reading User Interfaces

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Diagraming Tools for Linux

In Grad school and supposedly in the real world, we make a lot of diagrams of stuff. There are a lot of tools to do this. For Windows, Visio probably works the best but I don’t like the way that Visio 2013 makes it really difficult to add new members if you are making a… Continue reading Diagraming Tools for Linux

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Built In PDF Magic in Debian

Debian has some awesome PDF tools built right in via the poppler-utilspackage that I never knew about. In my previous post I talked about how to make beautiful documents with code snippets using various Sublime Text extensions to convert markdown into PDF. One issue that I ran into was getting a cover page created. As… Continue reading Built In PDF Magic in Debian

Connect LibreOffice Base to MySQL

I think LibreOffice Base has so much underutilized potential as a rapid application development platform, business intelligence platform and just a general reporting platform. Not to mention the fact that registered data objects can be used in all of the other LibreOffice applications to make really amazing documents and improve the work-flow of any office.… Continue reading Connect LibreOffice Base to MySQL

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Amtrak

I took the Amtrak train for the first time from Philadelphia down to Washington DC this weekend and I was pleasantly surprised at how awesome it was! I spent a lot of time out on the road these past few years, so I have gotten used to the many annoyances of airline travel and mass… Continue reading Amtrak

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WordPress on Linode

One of my first tasks at Linode was to set up some nodebalancers. It was a good exercise, and I learned a lot. I set up redundant wordpress sites and had the nodebalancer handle all of the traffic. It is a pretty neat concept and a very useful tool! I have not used wordpress in ages… Continue reading WordPress on Linode

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