Archive for the ‘Tips & Tricks’ Category

LinkedIN Publishing Platform – Bugs and Issues to Know

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

It’s brilliant that LinkedIN created an integrated publishing platform. It’s been a huge success and has allowed many talented writers and experts across many industries to publish and share their knowledge with the communities who would most likely be interested in it. (more…)


How to Transfer Your Putty Settings Between PCs Running Windows

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had people ask me how they can export their Putty settings. For those of you who have been completely in the dark for the last decade, Putty is a Telnet and SSH client for Windows and Unix. Below I outline the steps to accomplish this goal; these steps should work for all versions of Windows. (more…)


Open Virtualization Format – VMs in transit

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

Open Virtualization Format
The Open Virtual Machine Format (OVF) describes a format for the packaging and distribution of virtual machines (VMs). It is touted as open, secure, and portable. OVF can be seen as a packaging format for software appliances. I see it as a self-contained software solution that allows for VMs to be moved from one hypervisor to another. (more…)


How to sink your company with bugs, poor design, and poor support – SnagIt Case Study

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

TechSmith’s SnagIt is a popular screen/video capture software for Windows and Mac. It does get the job done most of the time, but these days, especially with basic screen and video capture, I expect much better. After having been forced to use this software because of limitations on what I have access to, I am surprised it is as popular as it is. I’m assuming most of those who use it are the “average Joes’” who know about it through word of mouth and its catchy, easy-to-remember name. I have used a number of screen capture utilities and, for Windows, would much rather prefer HyperSnap for screen capture and Camtasia Studio (also developed by TechSmith) for basic video capture . For Linux and Mac, I’d prefer the basic screen capture utilities that come with the OS. Camtasia Studio is also developed by TechSmith and is greatly superior to SnagIt, but it is also more expensive; I have not played with it extensively so cannot comment much more on it.


Linux with Windows Apps

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

In terms of using Ubuntu Linux as my laptop operating system, I have often been put in the predicament of needing to use applications that either I only have for Windows or applications that are not available for Linux. In the latter case, many hardcore Linux devotees will argue that a free open source Linux app can most likely be found for Linux to replace a Windows app. However, in the cases where a comparable software is not available for Linux, the user is often left in frustration.
So what can be done about this? I have found two options that provide the solution for this dilemma:


Run Windows & Linux on the same PC at the same time!

Thursday, January 1st, 2009

I’m currently writing this blog from a 1 GB Lenovo NetBook running Ubuntu Linux 8.10 inside virtualization software installed on Windows XP Home Edition. I have been experimenting with different hosted virtualization software to compare and contrast – I have been very impressed! However, I would not recommend installing virtualization software on a netbook! I did get it working, but currently, most virtualization software does not “officially” support the processors netbooks use (in my case, an Intel Atom processor). Also, the performance on a netbook, when running anything more than the command line, is impractical. (more…)