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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.