Fedora, Free Software

Hunspell & enchant dictionary/spell-checking file locations

Basil / December 22, 2008

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem Alhamdulillaah, while waiting for an answer an #fedora for the question of where the custom spellcheck files for hunspell, the unified spellchecking engine for Fedora 9 and upwards, reside, I discovered that they are stored in .config/enchant, which isn’t very intuitive, but makes sense after discovering that enchant is related to the Fedora hunspell integration.  Click to…

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Fedora, Free Software, GNOME

Unmatched search folder in Evolution

Basil / December 21, 2008

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem Alhamdulillaah, I’ve (finally!) installed Fedora 10 on my laptop, but it’s not been without its bumps.  I cannot blame this on Fedora 10 nor the anything else related to the release.  But, in the end, I don’t have a DVD to install from, only the LiveCD (which I booted from my SD card reader), and that left…

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Islam, Society

Arundhati Roy: Mumbai was not India’s 9/11

Basil / December 13, 2008

Arundhati Roy, in an article for the Guardian out of the United Kingdom, has written a deep, insightful, and thought-provoking article analyzing the circumstances and the context surrounding the recent terrorist attacks in Mumbai.  For a non-Indian like me, most of what she writes is very fresh & new, revealing currents in the Subcontinental social climate that I was, prior…

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Development, Free Software

WordPress 2.7 released!

Basil / December 11, 2008

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem Alhamdulillaah, WordPress 2.7 has been released!  Hit the link for all the releasy goodness. I’ve upgraded my personal blog, and I’ll take care of the rest in due time, in shaaʾ Allaah.  Upgrading with SVN is always recommended. Happy blogging!

Fedora, Free Software, GNU/Linux

Fedora 10 released

Basil / November 25, 2008

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem Alhamdulillaah, Fedora 10 has been released!  Torrents are available.  I have all of my servers seeding now (including the newest one).  Read up on the new features to find out what’s new. Well, what are you waiting for?  Just go download it already! If you don’t want to use the torrent (although you should), then you can…

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Design, Development, Fedora, Free Software, GNU/Linux, Technology

rTorrent let me down :(

Basil / November 25, 2008

For seeding the Fedora 10 release, I am using rTorrent on albaqarah & aalimraan (my two fastest servers), but I had to fall back to using the standard bittorrent client on alfaatihah because rTorrent isn’t available for its platform (RHEL3) – at least, not through yum nor up2date.  rTorrent is great, in general, but it really let me down when…

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Audio Islam, Development, Fedora, Free Software, GNU/Linux

New server for Audio Islam

Basil / November 23, 2008

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem Alhamdulillaah, following a recommendation from a close friend, I decided to start leasing a server from 10TB.com for Audio Islam.  As the name implies, they are big on bandwidth, which is exactly what Audio Islam needs.  Needless to say, I’m thrilled at having a new beefy server to play with and to meet the current & future…

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Free Software

Blogging with BloGTK

Basil / November 21, 2008

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem So now I’m trying with BloGTK. Review points: Good Has a GUI for text alignment Supports category selection for post (but see below) Not so good Does not support WordPress natively Does not support multiple categories per post No HTML highlighting in posts No inline spell-checking So, between Drivel & BloGTK, Drivel edges out to the first,…

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Free Software

Trying out drivel

Basil / November 21, 2008

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem I’m trying out Drivel, which is a blogging client that comes with Fedora. Due to the recent lack of updates to my blog while I’ve been abroad, I’ve realized that I need an easier way to get some of the quicker updates posted more easily. So, we’ll try out some of these desktop clients for WordPress and…

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Egypt, Family, Personal

Alexandria one month in

Basil / November 7, 2008

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem Alhamdulillaah, we’ve had some good times this past month here in Alexandria.  The weather has been outstanding – the only other times I’ve been here I remember the weather being far warmer on the border of being uncomfortable.  This time we’ve hardly had a day that didn’t feel cool and fresh, alhamdulillaah.

Egypt, Family, Media, Travel

From the South China to the Mediterranean Sea

Basil / October 16, 2008

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem Alhamdulillaah, my wife & I arrived safely in Alexandria, Egypt this past Friday to the welcoming arms of my parents, whom I haven’t seen since I left the US back in June.  If you’ll recall, I originally departed on this journey because I could not bring my wife to the US yet, as the immigration process is…

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Education, Media, Society

Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?

Basil / October 7, 2008

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem Alhamdulillaah, though I am woefully behind in catching-up on my Planet Fedora feed, I do sometimes uncover gems in these old posts.  One such post includes a link to a TED talk by Ken Robinson, “Do schools kill creativity?“.  I found the video to be both enlightening as well as entertaining, as he brings to his presentation some…

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Islam, Malaysia, Media, Personal

Close Encounters of the Blurred Kind

Basil / September 21, 2008

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem While riding (on a scooter) to a nearby masjid with one of my brothers-in-law, I felt something flew straight into my eye despite the fact that I was wearing my glasses at the time.  I was unable to flush it out while on the bike, and I thought that, like most eye gunk, it would just migrate…

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Education, Fedora, Free Software, GNU/Linux, Society, Technology

Freedom is for the people

Basil / August 28, 2008

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem michael.dehaan (his spelling, not mine!) posted something that you can take or leave (I don’t want to start a flame war on my own blog): michaeldehaan.net | Popularity Contests Are So Junior High School. But what is intriguing are the ideas that develop in the comments.   Please take some time and read those first, and then come…

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Development, Fedora, Free Software, Fun, GNU/Linux, PHP

Naïve integer primality calculator in PHP

Basil / August 24, 2008

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem Alhamdulillaah, while reading about integers and, subsequently, prime numbers last night, I decided the time had come for me to write a primality calculator in PHP.  The test I use in my implementation is about as a naïve as one can possible get, but it was fun, nonetheless. Interestingly enough, I discovered that there already exists a…

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Family, Malaysia, Travel

Back home in Kuala Terengganu

Basil / August 12, 2008

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem Alhamdulillaah, I’ve returned “home” to Kuala Terengganu (KT), which is my wife’s hometown, and I’ve taken it to be my home-away-from home.  It’s a beautiful place, especially because we actually live in a kampung, or village, not to far away from the main part of KT.  Additionally, compared to Kuala Lumpur (KL), the air here is so…

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