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Laptop Rescue Follow-up

This is a follow-up to my previous post (opens in new tab/window) about rescuing an old Windows laptop. Since publishing that article I’ve done a bit more work on the laptop to set it up for Skype. This article deals … Continue reading

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Laptop recycling

They always told me that it was possible to rescue old laptops too feeble by now to run Windows by installing Linux.  Despite being a Linux convert, I always took that with a fair bit of salt.  I was wrong.  … Continue reading

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Netbeans 8.0 Cordova Projects

It took me ages to get the Netbeans 8.0 Cordova project plugin for HTML5 mobile applications up and running.  The steps needed are detailed below in the hope that they might help someone else who is struggling.

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Lisp development with GNU Emacs

Just out of interest I decided last week to revisit Lisp.  Usually I have no problem learning a new computer programming language, but when trying Lisp as part of an Open University post-graduate computing course about ten years ago, I … Continue reading

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Installing AdBlock in Firefox

I recently commented on a FaceBook entry complaining about some adverts in FaceBook.  My reply was to ask why the poster was seeing adverts at all.  In the subsequent discussion, it became clear that knowledge of AdBlock was not as … Continue reading

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Photoshop CS2 under Linux

You can download and install PhotoShop CS2 on your Linux box.  This article explains how to do it. Although I would always recommend using the GIMP for image manipulation on Linux (or on Windows or OS/X for that matter), some … Continue reading

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Java Threads

Somebody asked me this week about Java threads.  In particular, they wanted to know how they were scheduled. Now, before I go any further, I should state quite clearly that this is not my sphere of expertise; but I am … Continue reading

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Using TextPad for Java programming

A friend of mine recently started a Java programming class.  In the classes, they use Windows and TextPad, so my friend asked me if I could help him set up a similar environment on his Linux box (Ubuntu 12.04) under … Continue reading

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Another Windows 7 stupidity (or two)

For years I’ve had little or nothing to do with Windows and suddenly I find myself having to come to grips with it in order to teach others how to use it. One of my users accidentally set the default … Continue reading

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Modifying WordPress themes

This article describes how to make simple changes to WordPress themes using a child theme.

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