September 15th, 2015 No comments

Plex is great. It is a very easy to use cross-platform program that lets you view and watch your own personal media almost anywhere. The main component is the Plex Media Server which actually hosts and provides the media but they have another program that offers a very nice interface to browse and view these…

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September 13th, 2015 No comments

So from my last post you’ll know that I ran into a couple of issues that I’ve since been able to address. Default browser Midori crashes I don’t know what it is but Midori is very crash happy on my installation. It would even crash on google.com so you know something is wrong. So even…

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September 12th, 2015 No comments

Ah elementary OS, the distribution that looks so clean, so polished and well… so Apple-esque. I’ve never really played around too much with eOS, other than a brief time way back in 2013, but I have been consistently impressed reading about their latest updates so I figured this would be a natural starting point for my distro hopping…

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September 12th, 2015 No comments

Over the last little while I’ve become quite comfortable using a single distribution, Linux Mint, for my day-to-day needs. While this has obviously allowed the operating system to, in a sense, disappear into the background and let me do “real” work it has had the side effect that I haven’t been as exposed to the interesting…

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September 8th, 2015 No comments

The next version of CoreGTK, version 3.10.1, has been tagged for release today. Highlights for this release: Added some missing (varargs) GTK+ functions. This makes it easier to create widgets like the FileChooserDialog. CoreGTK is an Objective-C language binding for the GTK+ widget toolkit. Like other “core” Objective-C libraries, CoreGTK is designed to be a…

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August 20th, 2015 No comments

The next version of CoreGTK, version 3.10.0, has been tagged for release today. Highlights for this release: Move from GTK+ 2 to GTK+ 3 Prefer the use of glib data types over boxed OpenStep/Cocoa objects (i.e. gint vs NSNumber) Base code generation on GObject Introspection instead of a mix of automated source parsing and manual…

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July 12th, 2015 No comments

Many people now use a browser based solution, like Gmail, for all of their e-mail needs however there are still plenty of reasons why someone might want to use a local e-mail client as well. In this post I’m going to take a look at some of the graphical e-mail client options available on Linux….

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July 11th, 2015 2 comments

It’s been a while but once again here is the latest instalment of the series of posts where I install the major, full desktop, distributions into a limited hardware machine and report on how they perform. Once again, and like before, I’ve decided to re-run my previous tests this time using the following distributions: Debian…

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July 1st, 2015 No comments

It has been quite a while since the first release of CoreGTK back in August 2014 and in that time I’ve received a lot of very good feedback about the project, what people liked and didn’t like, as well as their wishlists for new features. While life has been very busy since then I’ve managed…

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May 3rd, 2015 No comments

It has been a while since I made any mention of my side project CoreGTK. I’m sure many people can relate that with life generally being very busy it is often hard to find time to work on hobby projects like this. Thankfully while that certainly has slowed the pace of development it hasn’t stopped…

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March 29th, 2015 No comments

Say you are travelling, or are at a neighbourhood coffee shop, using whatever unsecured WiFi network they make available. You could either: trust that no one is sniffing your web traffic, capturing passwords, e-mails, IMs, etc. trust that no one is using more sophisticated methods to trick you into thinking that you are secure (i.e….

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December 7th, 2014 No comments

In my last post, I discussed several Docker containers that I’m using for my home media streaming solution. Since then, Plex Media Server has updated to 0.9.11.4 for non-Plex Pass users, and there’s another update if you happen to pay for a subscription. As the Docker container I used (timhaak/plex) was version 0.9.11.1 at the time, I figured…

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November 23rd, 2014 1 comment

I recently took it upon myself to rebuild a general-purpose home server – installing a new Intel 530 240GB solid-state drive to replace a “spinning rust” drive, and installing a fresh copy of Ubuntu 14.04 now that 14.04.1 has released and there is much less complaining online. The “new hotness” that I’d like to discuss has been the…

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November 8th, 2014 No comments

Recently the Kitchener Waterloo Linux Users Group held a couple of presentations on setting up your own personally hosted cloud. With their permission we are pleased to also present it below: I am currently running a variety of distributions, primarily Linux Mint 18.Previously I was running KDE 4.3.3 on top of Fedora 11 (for the…

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October 13th, 2014 4 comments

It’s been a while but once again here is the latest instalment of the series of posts where I install the major, full desktop, distributions into a limited hardware machine and report on how they perform. Once again, and like before, I’ve decided to re-run my previous tests this time using the following distributions: Debian…

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September 16th, 2014 No comments

This assumes you want to set a static IP address on the network device eth0. Open up the interfaces file sudo nano /etc/network/interfaces and remove or comment out the line that says iface eth0 inet dhcp then add the following lines in its place: iface eth0 inet static address [static IP address, i.e. 192.168.1.123] netmask…

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August 4th, 2014 No comments

The initial version of CoreGTK, version 2.24.0, has been tagged for release today. Features include: Targets GTK+ 2.24 Support for GtkBuilder Can be used on Linux, Mac and Windows CoreGTK is an Objective-C language binding for the GTK+ widget toolkit. Like other “core” Objective-C libraries, CoreGTK is designed to be a thin wrapper. CoreGTK is…

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August 4th, 2014 1 comment

A big part of my move from Windows to Linux has been finding replacements for the applications that I had previously used day-to-day that are not available on Linux. For the major applications like my web browser (Firefox), e-mail client (Thunderbird), password manager (KeePass2) this hasn’t been a problem because they are all available on…

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June 15th, 2014 2 comments

With the recent questions surrounding the security of TrueCrypt there has been a big push to move away from that program and switch to alternatives. One such alternative, on Linux anyway, is the Linux Unified Key Setup (or LUKS) which allows you to encrypt disk volumes. This guide will show you how to create encrypted…

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June 15th, 2014 5 comments

If you are not familiar with the concept of virtual hard drive volumes, sometimes called file containers, they are basically regular looking files that can be used by your computer as if they were real hard drives. So for example you could have a file called MyDrive.img on your computer and with a few quick…

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