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How Android apps are useful to get new blogging ideas

Filed under: General Linux — TheLinuxBlog.com at 9:51 pm on Thursday, October 18, 2012

 

This post is a guest post written by Brianne. She is blogger by profession. These days she is working on online promotion for Go Pilot

It is true that the bloggers will need some applications which will help them to connect with their blogging on the move. So the Android applications come handy in this connection. Moreover, you will keep touch always through these applications with your blog. Since, the Android applications provide the ample advantages to the bloggers. Even, these Android applications will give you an extra fillip for running smoothly your blogging habit. 

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Free Linux & Tech Related Books.

Filed under: The Linux Blog News — TheLinuxBlog.com at 3:34 am on Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Share photos on twitter with Twitpic Hey there, this is Owen from TheLinuxBlog.com
Was just wondering, if any of you guys would be interested in some free books. I’ve got a ton of Linux and tech related books, I’m not ready to give them all up but here are two books I just got given. I want to read the VI/EX one and may keep it around. But I have another copy of the Perl one that’s in a little better shape, so the Perl one is definitely going. Leave a comment here or on twitter if your interested. You’ll have to pay shipping but it shouldn’t be expensive with media mail.

I’ve got a bunch of other books that I’d like to trade, sell or give away, but haven’t found a good “books” module for WordPress yet. Does any one else have books they no longer want or need? Would you guys be interested in trading or getting free books if you pay shipping? If there is interest, I’ll start a forum. I have access to a ton of non tech related books, but I’d rather keep it to a topic that I know. I’ll be posting more free books in the future so follow me on twitter and sign up for the RSS feed.

Writing Loops

Filed under: The Linux Blog News — TheLinuxBlog.com at 2:34 pm on Friday, March 7, 2008

The act of a loop is doing something over and over until a condition. Like in bash scripts I get stuck in loops while trying to write posts for The Linux Blog. The problem is that when I get stuck in a loop I can write a lot of posts about one topic (for example SSH.) But I don’t want to have all of my front page covered in posts about SSH. This is where my readers (You) come in.

I made a promise last month that I would not ask for any more writers. Since this is a new month I can start over again. Basically any one willing to write short articles or how to’s is welcome to submit an article to me. I will be making sure that the WordPress login script works over this weekend that way if you would like to help me out and gain some exposure you can do so very easily. By writing for me it will help out with the content of this site by not making it all similar topics. Other than that news I’m working on getting some new features for this site worked out. When I do it should be interesting for all of us.

Have a great Friday!

– Owen.

Comments Are Back!

Filed under: The Linux Blog News — TheLinuxBlog.com at 4:03 am on Saturday, December 8, 2007

Ok, I’ve decided to add comments back to The Linux Blog. The idea behind commends is that people post comments for help, advice, questions, comments on the article or just to be nice. Before this was not happening so I turned them off. Now, I’ve re-added them back hoping that people will actually comment.

The spam problem has been fixed and we should not see any spammy comments since posters now have to be approved.

I’ll leave them on for a while and see how it does. In other news I’ve been writing like mad, trying to get some good articles written.

On the list of stuff to write are a couple of Shell Scripting articles, one about IP Soft Phones for Linux, Battery Life & Optimization, virtualization. I also have some tutorials that I would really like to write to help people out with WordPress and other web applications that run on open source software such as MediaWiki.

If you have any questions, or would like to request something, now you can actually just comment , so go ahead, leave a comment

Comment spam vent and an idea to combat it

Filed under: General Linux,The Linux Blog News — TheLinuxBlog.com at 10:48 am on Thursday, September 27, 2007

Ok I just have to vent a little. Spam Spam Spam. Spam bots and blog spammers in general are stupid. Why would you spam a site that doesn’t even have comments on blog posts? I don’t get it. I would love to get my hands on the code of these spam bots to see how they are working. It would be so simple for them to actually load the page and grep for the comment link. That way they could stop wasting mine and their time by spamming this site. All comments are marked as spam at the moment since that’s all I’m getting. If some one wants to send me a comment they could go trough the trouble of creating a <FORM> to send one but I think they would just send me mail at owen -at- <thelinuxblog.com>. This generally means that I can delete all of the comments I get as I doubt any one is really going to create a form just to send me a comment.

IP addresses are being recorded and I’ll continue to monitor the situation. Eventually I might do a security scan on repeat offenders and let the ISP of the host know what’s what. It would be nice to catch the spammer but I will settle for the knowing that the owners of the Zombie PC have been warned about the consequences and might send their computer in for repair.

After writing this post I have an idea for a Linux Blog project. The Linux Blog can be the first to submit data. Basically I propose a plugin for WordPress that would monitor comments and send the IP’s of those that were spam (either flagged manually or automatically) to a host. This host would log all of the IP’s submitted and when appropriate take action against them.
This reminds me of a project that I saw a presentation on at CarolinaCon 05. Except this project was targeted at bot nets and aimed to be malicious back or ban the host / subnet completely. This would not be necessary for this project; just a simple mail merge application written in Linux would work.
I suppose the real first step is to see if this application already exists. I’m sure I’m not the first person to think of this.
I guess I need to come up with a quirky name for the project and a plan. It goes without saying that the platform will be Linux and will use open source applications to achieve the final goal. Once research has been done I can either try to add it to my never ending list of projects to complete or find a team of developers willing to work on it.

Avoid The Apple Keyboard: Sexy Brushed Aluminum Alternatives

Filed under: General Linux — TheLinuxBlog.com at 10:51 pm on Friday, August 17, 2007

I feel a bit goofy tonight so I figure I’ll make an attempt at a post that might make a few people giggle and catch a few others on fire. This post is going to be about Apples new keyboard, or as I like to call it the iKeyboard.

Don’t get me wrong I do like the look of Apples new keyboard but brushed aluminum keyboards are nothing new. To be quite honest for a company being largely based on style I’m quite surprised that they hadn’t released one sooner. The previous white plastic one was a fantastic keyboard to use and there was also the bluetooth version. The new one is a complete redesign. The plastic has gone and it has a new modified layout. They removed the Apple icon from the Open Apple button and its now been replaced with the word command, they also moved the function key to where the insert button is suppose to be and changed the num pad layout a bit. Now with all of the layout changes and being used to a standard keyboard I don’t think I would be able to use one properly let alone justify buying one.
Having a fancy keyboard is nice. An elegant design feel and a quiet keyboard is what in my books makes a nice keyboard. Most standard keyboards can’t touch the look of the new Apple keyboard so I set on a quest to find the ultimate Linux keyboard.

The Linux Friendly Keyboard Requirements I came up with:

  • Must be compatible with Linux out of the box.
  • Must be brushed aluminum to match the look of the iKeyboard and clash with my other ugly hardware.
  • Must be thin and light but also strong so that I can’t break it when I smash it because my code isn’t working or WordPress fails to format my blog post correctly.
  • Wireless would be a plus but is not needed.

After some searching I found three keyboards that match my criteria. I have my findings listed below:

Speed-link Keyboard
This keyboard from [speed-link] is a pretty slick design. Its pretty like Apples new keyboard, it has media shortcuts that I will never use and they also re-arranged the keys so I’ll have to re-learn a keyboard layout. Thats perfect! Just kidding, they have an U.S layout available and there is a review of it here: [altgamer.org]
Its about the same price as the Apple keyboard and its not completely aluminum the base is actually made of plastic but I don’t know too many people that would actually inspect your keyboard (unless their Apple fan boys.)

The Hiper Clavier Aluminum Keyboard
This keyboard can be purchased from [ipcrepublic.com] for a mere $37. Thats pennies on the Apple keyboard. Its been out for at least two years so it has been tested longer than the Apple keyboard. I don’t know about you, but I like to have my products tested before I buy them, why not buy a product thats been on the market for a while? Like the other keyboards this one also has media shortcuts that nobody ever really uses.
A review can be read here: [phoronix.com] Like the Speed-link keyboard the base is also made of plastic.

Enermax Aurora
Enermax makes keyboards?
Yes they do and this is probably the best alternative I have found. It can be brought from [newegg] for about the same price as the Apple. It has the USB ports on it like the Apple but also has audio jacks which the Apple doesn’t have. Granted its not flat but it has an elegant design to it and also a standard layout. It comes in two colors aluminum and black aluminum. Considering its made of one solid piece of aluminum its quite light. It also doesn’t sit flat which is a plus as I like a raised keyboard.
A full review can be read here: [digitaldingus.com]

Since I’m picky, I would actually have to go to the store and test a keyboard before I purchased one. I have tried many keyboards and to be honest I’m perfectly happy with my $5 keyboard that I purchased on sale. Its the keyboard that makes a difference, its how its used. Its clear that any skilled Linux user is going to have the best keyboard for their needs since they can modify the layout as needed. This also allows the consumer to use the keyboard the way that they want it to work not how a hardware manufacturer has decided it should work.

Perhaps this is the best keyboard for Linux users: [thinkgeek.com] I would love to be able to type in DVORAK and have one of these keyboards! With this keyboard nobody would ever know your top secret shortcuts. It would also give you the flexibility of customizing it as you needed without any markers on the keys. This would stop people saying

“Well it has the windows logo on it, why did it lock your screen?”.