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    Desert Colour Scheme for NetBeans

    Eyeball a white screen whilst programming for too long and your eyes are going to hurt, so a sympathetic colour scheme is essential. This Christmas I intend to read Programming Clojure, a book I bought just over a year ago! And since I haven’t been able to cope with emacs or vim, I was forced to once and for all put in the time to implement the Desert colour scheme in NetBeans…

    Two years using Linux and I’m in computing heaven

    I was given cause to appreciate Linux this morning and although I may have started out with specific examples, this post seems to have ended up as a bit of a ramble on why I’ll never go back to Windows…

    Another year another operating system (openSUSE defeats Mandriva)

    About this time last year I decided that Linux simply wasn’t good enough and returned to Windows XP. A week later I discovered that Mandriva was actually up to scratch, and so I ditched Windows and moved completely across to Linux. Since then…

    Mandriva 2008: The perfect distro for KDE + Compiz

    My attempts at switching to Linux since Christmas have been finicky and largely unsuccessful… until today when I installed the x86_64 free DVD version of Mandriva 2008. The things this distro configures perfectly and without effort, all out of the box, are endless. If you prefer KDE and want a bit of eye-candy with Compiz, look no further than Mandriva…

    Distro hopping all the way back to Windows XP

    This past week I have evaluated five Linux distributions to see if any of them would make suitable replacements for Windows XP so that I could avoid Vista. Sadly, Linux proved to be far more finicky and troublesome than I expected. Take it from me, if Windows XP is behaving itself, then don’t try to fix what ain’t broken; stick with what works…

    The world’s most useless “recovery” CD

    At first sight you might think that the Windows XP installation CD might contain an operating system, but more importantly, some sort of tool that could prove useful if your computer should ever run into trouble. The CD has a nice, blue, cloudy watermark on it and the interior rim has a shiny hologram. Clearly, there must be some goodness locked inside – it just oozes quality…

    The migration of a fussy Windows user to Linux

    I’m a very fussy user when it comes to my operating systems and I have managed to get by with Windows XP for a long time, but its days are numbered. Vista is looming and I refuse to install that rubbish, so I have chosen Kubuntu 7.10. Normal Ubuntu users might be wondering why I chose Kubuntu. To demonstrate just how fussy I am, I installed Kubuntu because…