Installing OpenOffice.org and Extensions Using a Bash Script
Mar 04, 2009 GMT
Is it possible to install the latest version of OpenOffice.org and all your favorite extensions using just a simple command? Yes, it is. All you need is a relatively simple Bash script that does the donkey job for you. As a starting point, you can use the script below which installs OpenOffice.org on a Debian-based Linux distribution along with the Writer's Tools and Sun Report Builder extensions.
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Extension Watch: Hide Navigation Bar
Mar 01, 2009 GMT
The Hide Navigation Bar extension for Firefox is yet another one-trick pony for users who want to free up a few extra pixels of screen estate. As the name suggests, the extension allows you to hide and show the Navigation bar using a keyboard shortcut (the default one is F2). This can come in particularly handy on netbooks where screen estate is at a premium. Combined with the Personal Menu extension, Hide Navigation Bar lets you reduce Firefox's interface to the absolute minimum.
Extension Watch: WiRWiB
Feb 27, 2009 GMT
WordNet is probably the most valuable reference for professional writers and users striving to improve their writing skills. The official WordNet package comes with a simple graphical front-end, and there is also a no-frills Web-based version of the reference. But if you do most of your writing in OpenOffice.org Writer, switching back and forth between the word processor and the WordNet application or browser can quickly become an annoyance. The WiRWiB... more »
Staying Productive while Offline
Feb 25, 2009 GMT
Surviving a long train trip without an Internet connection can be tough, but with a little bit of preparatory work, you can stay productive even when offline. Here are a few ideas that can help you to do some work without Internet access.
Install Google Gears and enable it for Web-based services that support this technology. This allows you to manage emails stored on your Gmail account and work on Google Docs files as well as keep tabs on your to-dos if you use the Remember The Milk service as your Web-based task manager.
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Learn Inkscape with Screencasts
Feb 20, 2009 GMT
Even if you are new to open source software, you've probably heard of Inkscape, a versatile and powerful vector drawing application. But as with any powerful tool, you have to put considerable time and effort into mastering Inkscape's tools and features. Fortunately, the Web provides a plethora of resources and tutorials to get you started, including regular screencasts at the screencasters.heathenx.org Web site. What I like most about these screencasts is that they show you not only how to get to grips with Inkscape's basic... more »
Master Command Line with Command-line Fu
Feb 17, 2009 GMT
Mastering the command line can really boost your productivity and make your daily computing more efficient. But once you've managed the basics, you might want to learn a few advanced and nifty command-line tricks. Enter Command-line Fu, a veritable treasure trove for command-line users. Command-line Fu is not your plain listing of useful commands: similar to Digg, users can submit their own commands and vote for the commands submitted by others. It a dead-simple idea, but it works very well indeed. Clicking on the command... more »
Extension Watch: EuroOffice Sparklines
Feb 13, 2009 GMT
The EuroOffice Sparklines extension for OpenOffice.org is a bit of a one-trick pony, but the trick it does is a rather clever one. It allows you to turn data in a Calc spreadsheet into a sparklines graph. Sparklines are "intense, simple, word-sized graphics" (Sparklines: theory and practice, Edward Tufte). According to more »