Development

Switching back to MATE

Basil / September 6, 2018

I tried GNOME again for a few days, and after two crashes and progressively slower performance, I’m switching back to MATE on Fedora.

Development

Trying out the new Gutenberg editor for WordPress

The latest update to WordPress comes with the addition of a new, experimental editor appropriately entitled Gutenberg. It brings with it the concepts of blocks which brings a sense of structure and modularity to your blog posts as opposed to a single monolithic chunk of editorial.

Technology

Canon 120MXS 120MP CMOS Sensor – YouTube

Canon 120MXS 120MP CMOS Sensor I used to get unequivocally excited about technology like this, but with all the dark, Orwellian prospects of how this tech can and often is used, my excitement is somewhat tempered by a dosage of concern.  Even in the video, they highlight using this for surveillance explicitly as one of the main advantages. Now, of…

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Blog

GScribble test

Before this, I had tried a desktop WordPress client called Lekhonee. Now that I’m “back”, searching through Fedora’s repo I discovered another client named GScribble. Out of the box, the one feature advantage I found with GScribble is that it supports tags, whereas I did not find that possible through Lekhonee. The advantage of a desktop client is that it’s…

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Blog

Return from blogging hiatus

After “taking a break” from blogging for the past four-and-a-half years (that’s “fancy talk” for being to busy/lazy to post), I realized I was, as usual, over-thinking what I should say for my great comeback.  So, I decided that I should probably just tear-off the band aid and speak directly to it. A lot has happened since I last posted,…

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Free Software, Media

Audacity 2.0 released!

Alhamdulillaah, Audacity 2.0 has been released! As an audio recorder, producer, editor, and overall manipulator, Audacity is one of my most important tools (more on my whole multimedia workflow to come in a subsequent post).  I have been using it for so many years, I’ve lost count.  Before Audacity, Adobe Audition was my staple, as was Cool Edit (all the…

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Fedora, Free Software

Fedora 16 “Verne” has been released!

Basil / November 8, 2011

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَٰنِ الرَّحِي الْحَمْدُ لِلَّه, Fedora 16 has been released!  You can read the full release notes or just go straight to the torrents for downloading.  See the release announcement after the fold…

Education, Free Software, Internet, Personal, Society

Donate to Wikipedia

Basil / December 24, 2010

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم الحد لله, Allāh has granted me tawfīq to donate to Wikipedia.  I wouldn’t mention this except for the fact that I hope others, upon reading this, might give it consideration when they otherwise would not have.  A donation to Wikipedia is tax-deductible, so you can save on your taxes or get more back on them (depending…

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Development, Free Software, PHP, Society

Moodle 2.0 released!

Basil / November 24, 2010

Alḥamdulillāh, Moodle 2.0 has been released! This is important for a lot of reasons, amongst them being that I work with Moodle on a day-to-day basis in my daytime job, and I use it on some of my own sites.  However, most important is the fact that Moodle provides a platform for education that is free-as-in-freedom and the community supports…

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Blog, WordPress

Updated to WordPress 3.0.1

Basil / October 17, 2010

بسم الله الرحمن الريم الحمد الله, and finally, I upgrade my blog to WordPress 3.0.1.  With two boys, our own apartment, full time work, and a few other things (including some motivation issues) I am finding it hard to keep up old habits, despite a desire to continue doing so. Finding my blog so outdated, though, I wanted to take…

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Family, Personal

It’s a boy, the sequel!

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم الحد لله, on Friday, the 11th of Shaʿbān, 1431 (23rd of July, 2010), at 12:40 AM local Columbus time, Allāh blessed us with a healthy, 6 lbs, 14 oz blessing that we’ve named عبد الله (ʿAbdullāh), which, in Arabic, means, “slave of Allāh” (Allāh being the proper name of God).  For the very same reason we’ve…

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