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Woot! I just got promoted from Technical Writer to Senior Technical Writer. Thankfully that also comes with a boost in salary. :D
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Great news and totally deserved !
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I heard recently of a script/application for Linux which emulated a "hacking" session with multiple windows. My Google fu has failed me, so I wonder if anyone knows where to find it?
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Alan, Thank you.
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In what I consider to be a victory, Apple have agreed to replace my 3.3 year-old iMac's failed hard drive. It took several calls and mention of consumer law (in Australia) and they have granted a "support exception". In my opinion, they're complying with the law, nothing more and nothing less. I at least given them credit for that as other companies have been known to put up a big fight.
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Believe me... I'm not going to be promoting Apple as the most wonderful company in the world. This is the only Apple product I have ever bought, and likely the last. Regardless of the language they use, IMO they're complying with the law. I don't care what language they use. The only difficulty is that the law's language is open to interpretation. :(
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+Lucas Costi Perhaps keep this in mind when choosing between Snap and Flatpak. I'm still in the "this is creating a shed load of new problems, and completely failing to deal with the underlying problem" camp.
 
»Flatpak is the new name for GNOME’s XDG-App initiative, though ‘…95% of the commits come from one Red Hat employee,’ Shuttleworth cheekily noted. ‘We would be delighted if they’d work with us.'« – Sorry +Mark Shuttleworth, but this is FUD.
1. flatpack currently has 29 different committers, most of them not Red Hat employees; one is even a Debian developer.
2. +Alexander Larsson has 78% of the commits, not 95%.
3. snappy has 5 only committers, all of them Canonical employees.
4. If you want people to help you with your snaps, don't require them to sign Canonical's CLA, open all snap components (including the server side) and stop spreading FUD in first place.

Kthybye.
Ubuntu’s Snap packages will now work on other Linux distros. Snapd, the tool powering them, has been ported to Arch, Gentoo and Fedora among others.
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Geez, the server side isn't open?
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+Martin Wimpress I've run up the Ubuntu MATE Beta 1 build, live, and note some grammatical errors in the Welcome app. What's the best way to get those fixed? Is the source of the app in a public repo?
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Does it still say OSX (rather than OS X)? 
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Imagine you created an open source tool which was later part of a hugely successful ($$), proprietary application, but received no money. Would you see that as a bad result, or good?
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Good. If you make the choice from the beginning to keep it open, you're knowingly foregoing rights to be considered the sole author. The exception, of course, being if the company had violated the open source licence you originally released it under. That would be bad, but also legally defensible.
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+Fabian Scherschel​ Happy birthday, mate. Enjoy the celebrations.
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Thanks dude!!
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One day's crop of Cherry tomatoes..in Winter. I love being able to grow some of our own food.
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We've got a mega crop coming on as well. 
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I'm thinking of getting a refurbished Lenovo X220 (12" screen) but wondering... is it now too old to expect decent battery life? I only need a maximum 2 hours with light use, enough for the trip to and from work.

Is the screen size OK? I'm currently using an MSI Wind U200, which is also 12" and ideally I'd prefer something a little bigger.

I look over some of the other models available from the same company and they look "sexier". (There's that word, +Alan Pope :D ). At work we use Lenovo laptops exclusively, so am very familiar with the brand and admire their ruggedness.

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+Russell Dickenson​ My X220 is a great portable laptop. Powerful enough for sensible use, small enough to take and use everywhere and like +Alan Pope​ suggested cheap to get new batteries for. I have two so can swap them out in an instant. Okay, so it would be nice if it were as thin as a modern ultrabook, and the screen had a higher resolution, but pretty cheap so not complaining. Oh, but the touch pad should be thrown in the Thames - truly, truly awful.
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I have an old laptop (1 GHz Celeron, 1 GB RAM) which I want my kids to be able to use for web browsing and online apps, educational resources etc. Originally I thought of turning it into a Chromebook, but all attempts with Arnold The Bat's ChromiumOS builds, plus Neverware failed. I have tried Cub Linux but I think it's too overblown for what I want.

My thoughts at the moment are to install BunsenLabs, and perhaps add the Xfce panel + menu so apps can be launched with a familiar UX.

Any other ideas?
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Last year I made a machine for browsing from a 2GB old laptop. It's a pain. Today for web browsing one needs 2+GB it seems. Add flash and it becomes a bigger pain.
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+Jamie Bainbridge​ Have you seen the lasted Ubuntu Mate 16.04 Beta 1? If not, trajectory a look. It's getting better each release. 
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I usually steer away from betas buuuuut what kernel does it use? I just got my new laptop and need something on 4.4 or later.
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You know you're a senior citizen (at 48) when... your favourite phone features are large icons and large text. :P
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