Archive for the ‘Software’ Category

Sublime Text Tip: Indicating Current and Edited Tabs

Friday, 25 October 2013

To colour the current tab green, and any tab of an edited file red, add the following to your theme file.

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Subversion Configuration Suite

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

I’ve now uploaded my Subversion Configuration Suite (svn-meta) repository to Google Code so that the files are publicly available for anyone to use.

Stuck in the Avast SafeZone

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Here’s another post that I hope may help someone else to solve a problem that took me a couple of hours to get to the bottom of.

My kids share a very basic laptop, on which I installed Avast! free version as the anti-virus solution (with which I am generally very pleased). However, whilst playing with the gadgets, one of the kids managed to get the machine into the SafeZone, and there it seemed stuck: both “Switch back” and “Turn off SafeZone” briefly exit but immediately return to the SafeZone.

I found that others have had this problem, but the suggestions I found did not help in my case. I really didn’t want to un-install and re-install Avast, and so I hunted around a bit for an alternative fix. Here’s what I found.

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How to Set VLC as the Default DVD Player (Windows 7)

Friday, 23 September 2011

Having spent some time searching the web for an answer to this question, I found the same partial information repeated many times. I prefer to keep auto-play disabled. However, I was still finding that Windows Media Player would always start when I double-clicked the DVD drive icon.

Eventually, I decided to have a bit of a dig around in the system.

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BitRock Style: Miscellaneous Notes on Coding Style for BitRock InstallBuilder

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Although BitRock InstallBuilder has a GUI, it is also practical to edit the sources, which are XML files, in an editor.

Beware that when you save the sources from the GUI, hand-edited files may be reorganised. For example, in many cases element siblings are rearranged into a sorted order. (Also beware that hand-edited files are not automatically re-loaded by the GUI; you must do this explicitly.)

Here I make some suggestions for trying to keep BitRock sources readable.

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BitRock Tip: Determination of Architecture + Platform

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

In BitRock InstallBuilder, defining folders specific to 32-bit and/or 64-bit architectures and Linux and/or Windows is simple but not entirely obvious. Here are some recipes.

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What to Look for in a (Free, Open-source) Software Download

Sunday, 13 February 2011

There is a huge amount of free software available. But you need to take care.

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Why Free Open-source Software is Better than Commerical Software

Saturday, 12 February 2011

Well, that’s a slightly unfair title. Here are some reasons why free, open-source software can be, and often is, better than commercial software.

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Non-free Software

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Previously, I posted about free software.

There are just a couple of not-too-expensive commercial offerings that I think are excellent.

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Free Software

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

For most pieces of commercial software for common tasks there is an excellent free althernative; sometimes even open source. Here are a few of my favourites.

This post extends and complements several previous ones on open source software, firefox extensions and system tools.

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