Category Archives: OPEN SOURCE

[Rx] Foxfire Security Add-ons

ff001Life was simpler before we knew supposedly non-evil companies collected our every little click on the Internet and sold the data to the highest bidder.

Surfing the net, you can get tons of opinions but seldom a definitive answer on how to best protect yourself. It’s always an answer like, “it depends.” I’m not a security expert but this is what I use…

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[Rx] Customizing Firefox Quantum

ff002Firefox Quantum is the new and improved version of FF used by all the kool kids. The last few years I’ve been using the Palemoon browser started as a fork of the old pre-29 Australis version and is a bit long in the tooth. The reason I’ve been slow to adopt is that Quantum broke most of the old add-ons, including Del Rio’s awesome Speed Dial. Ultimately, Palemoon seemed to be getting sluggish, so it was time to update.

The goal is to make Firefox Quantum look and function as well or even better than Palemoon…

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How to Install Semi-bold and Other Font Variations for Word/PowerPoint

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If Microsoft Word and PowerPoint don’t recognize fonts styles other than bold or italic even if other styles are installed, there is a hack.

I found the perfect font to use for titles in a presentation, Raleway Semi-bold. I installed it and when I went back to PowerPoint, I had two options: bold and italic. So, where’s semi-bold? A quick search found that it’s a MS-Office problem. A hack around it was to remove all other variations of the bold font, except for the semi-bold. This would be great unless I wanted to use the actual bold font. My solution was to rename the Semi-Bold Raleway font and install it as a “new” font. 

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HTMLy Flat-File CMS

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If you’re looking for a “light” alternative to WordPress that doesn’t require a massive learning curve, PHP-driven HTMLy just might fit the ticket.

HTMLy a simple PHP CMS program that stores all the posts in Markdown. It’s also open source and free. It looks like recent development is a few months old, which is a concern. There is not a lot of documentation available either. Many of these applications are one-man shows. If this guy disappears, so does the program. The good news is that the github issue forum is active.

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[Rx] Customizing Open Live Writer

olw_01Way back in the day, Microsoft gave out a very good offline blogging program called Windows Live Writer. It was an offline WYSIWYG blog editor that allowed you to write, save, and post all from the comfort of your local PC desktop and came bundled in an online package called Windows Essentials. The program stalled out on version Windows Live Writer 2012. Microsoft opened sourced the program as Open Live Writer at the end of 2015.

Like the older version, it’s possible to tweak the theme and to make it look more like your blog.

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