sábado, 15 de agosto de 2015

ODF Is Becoming more Visible in My University!

My university has approved ODF for institutional use.  Still, resistance from the administrative staff, educators and students has become an obstacle in the generalized adoption of the open format.  Their reluctance to embrace ODF comes mainly from laziness and ignorance, not from a real advantage of using MS Office or its format.

Something that really bothered me was that, in spite of the university's position toward ODF, an online application for filling out our schedule affidavit only exported the data to .xslx, .docx or .pdf.

Apparently, many workers had trouble with that application and that resulted in a hiatus of the system while it was revised and improved.  Meanwhile, we were asked to download a file, print it and fill it out manually.

When I clicked on the link directing me to the file, I was surprised.  Instead of .xslx I saw .xsl AND .ods!

I also noticed a box for sending suggestions and complaints to human resources. "Well...It's time to say something!", I said to myself.  I sent a short message congratulating the ones in charge for making .ods available and also asked them to include that format in the new version of the online application, pointing out to the compatibility issues of .xslx.

Today, I received an e-mail from human resources.  The person in charge thanked me for my suggestion and said that they are working to "provide the appropriate tools for the university community."

Hopefully, that means that .ods will be available for exporting our data when we use the revised application. The fact that the current files for download are .ods and .xls instead of OOXML could mean that.  Let's see.

Little by little, ODF is becoming more visible in my university!

viernes, 7 de agosto de 2015

Methods to Activate Windows 10...

As several said before the release of Windows 10, the OS was not quite ready for prime time.  Some even say it's of alpha/beta quality and that MS is treating Windows 10 users as beta testers.  Others just realized Microsoft wants to do some massive data mining and now think of Windows 10 as a sophisticated keylogger with a GUI.  Well, the EULA stated that, didn't it?

All the privacy concerns aside, a new "feature" of the new OS seems not to accept the activation code.  That's a big problem if you need to activate your software to use your computer, say, for work...especially if you have deadlines to meet.

Now, the articles about the issue pretty much say the same: you must go back to your previous OS, then perform a clean install, and then cross your fingers.  Do they expect every regular user who experiences this to do all that?  And just how much time will that take?

Another solution: waiting.  It's so funny that first MS urged everyone to download and install the update (it is not an upgrade) and now they tell them to wait. How can people put up with all that?  Where are the Linux detractors who said that Linux was hard to install and work with?

I have the gut feeling that when Windows 10 malware hits, it will do it in a way we can't imagine (and there are even those who already call Windows 10 malware!) 

Although the information for activating Windows 10 in the articles is the same, the comments provide more information and are not to be missed.  Some of them will surely make you laugh...unless you are experiencing the bug, I guess.

Some users suggest the most amazing methods to activate your Windows 10 license.  They are worth trying.  Here are some I collected from Softpedia:

Something I thank Windows 10 for:  It has apparently made some Windows users recover their sense of humor! (and maybe the world will be a better place after so many people develop the patience of a saint!)

Good luck!

viernes, 24 de julio de 2015

And so I Found Teddy!

I just finished the game Finding Teddy!

I must say that the ending was totally unexpected and that it was much more rewarding than I thought.



 The game even gives you a glimpse of its sequel, Finding Teddy 2.  Too bad the new game does not run on Linux!  Developers, what were you thinking?

Well, at least Finding Teddy has an interesting Easter Egg.  Once you finish the game, you get to start it again to face once more the gigantic Tarant.  Then, you have to... (no, I won't tell!)  :P


jueves, 23 de julio de 2015

Jetpack 2: Greenlit on Steam!

Although this is news from around February this year, I just realized that the game Jetpack 2 has been finally greenlit on Steam.

Hopefully, this will speed things up on this game, which I've been waiting since 1999.  The original game used to end with the message "wait for Jetpack 2 in 1999."

Unfortunately, Adam Pedersen, the developer, has been through a lot of situations that have prevented the completion of the game.  Still, it has been quite a lot of time waiting and many fans have lost hope to see the game finally launched. 

But there's still hope.  Mr. Pedersen commented this on Steam's greenlight of Jetpack 2 on February 28:

Hey, we finally got greenlit!
I'm not able to work on this full time for the time being, but I'm hoping to get it out this year.
Thanks for your support everyone!


The promise of releasing Jetpack 2 may have not been fulfilled for a lot of years, but the beta does run on Linux as said by the developer.  Hopefully, we will have Jetpack 2 soon...or someday...and hopefully it will run on Linux, too.

miércoles, 22 de julio de 2015

Two Firefox Tricks!

1.  Speeding up Firefox 

I got this one from the Mepis forums. Type about:config in your address bar.  That will open the configuration options for Firefox.  Then, type privacy and some options will appear.  Look for

privacy.trackingprotection.enabled

and double-click on it to turn its value to true.  Firefox will load pages much faster.

2.  Enabling High Definition on your HTML5 player for Youtube

This tutorial by Thomas Pfeiffer on LinuxVeda (images included) will teach you how to do it.  You first need to type youtube.com/html5 in your address bar.  On the page that opens, choose HTML5 as your default player.  But up to this point, you only have low resolution.  You need one more step to enable HD:

Again, type about:config in your address bar.  Then, type mediasource in the search bar of that page and double-click on

media.mediasource.enabled

and  

media.mediasource.webm.enabled

to change their value to true.

That's it!  :) 

domingo, 19 de julio de 2015

I Upgraded to Pisi 1.2 without Noticing It!

Thanks to Mechatotoro, I realized that the release of Pisi Linux 1.2 was officially published on Distrowatch.

Apparently, I've upgraded all the way from 1.0 to 1.2 without even knowing about it.  The only problem I found was with the package Fotoxx, which caused an error whenever I wanted to update it.  The issue was solved by deleting the package and then reinstalling it.

So, what's new with Pisi Linux 1.2?

Linux Kernel: 3.19.8
KDE: 4.14.3
Mate: 1.8.0
Firefox 38.0.5 Firefox 39 (The newest version was part of a new batch of updates I applied today)
LibreOffice: 4.3.5.1
GIMP: 2.8.14
Calligr A: 2.8.7
Clementine: 1.2.3
Qt: 4.8.6
Qt5: 5.4.1 * New
glibc: 2.20
binutils: 2:24
coreutils: 8.23

So far, I've found no problems.  I'm posting this from my recently upgraded Pisi install. Pisi 1.2, the last one of the Pisi 1 series, is doing great.

Thanks to all the devs for their hard work.

jueves, 16 de julio de 2015

Two other Creepy Games

Wasped!
I bought Finding Teddy and Anna for Steam.


In Finding Teddy, you'd better take good care of the little girl who is the main character...otherwise she will find horrible ways of dying.  So far, I've been wasped (stung by a giant wasp) and monstered (a crying monster crushes you against the floor with its enormous head, using it as a hammer).

Fun, huh?


Concerning Anna, it is a lot harder than I expected.  I had a tough time just trying to get into the house where the actions take place.

I thought I'd never get in the house!
I guess I'll have to concentrate more (or play for a longer time) if I want to get things done in this game which, by the way, seems to be very well designed.


Nothing like a creepy game to unwind after doing your work!