Work Better At Night With Less Eye Strain With F.Lux

June 06, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on July 13, 2015

There are a lot of applications out there for your PC and smartphone that would make your life so much easier, but so few get the recognition they deserve. I bring you f.lux. It’s a small program that does only one thing – dims your screen as the day turns to night. But it doesn’t simply darken the screen. It changes the display color settings to the best preset for your environment. That’s great because when it’s late at night, you won’t get that bright white glare that makes you squint your eyes, lower the brightness on your screen, or distance yourself from the monitor.

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Why Distro Watch Rocks

June 01, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on February 15, 2016

Distro Watch is a user-friendly site where you can find info and reviews for over 100 Linux and BSD distributions. There are four reasons why this is awesome:

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12 Types of WordPress Plugins You Don’t Need

June 01, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on April 20, 2020

I’ve said this a few times in the past, but my goals to improve my WordPress blog taught me HTML and web design. I’ve downloaded a lot of WordPress plugins for extra features without knowing I could’ve achieved the same goal with a few lines of HTML or editing a file that already exists.

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User-Friendly Jitsi Meet for Mobile Video Chat

June 01, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on January 27, 2020

I covered using the Jitsi Meet web app in 2017. Recently, someone asked about an easy way to video chat on mobile. Instead of WhatsApp, LINE, Kakao, etc., I recommended Jitsi. But I haven’t used the app yet. So when I was asked how to use it, I had to learn. It’s easy to use.

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Uberstudent 4.3

June 01, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on January 25, 2016

Let me first admit that I haven’t used Edubuntu and therefore can’t compare it to Uberstudent. Now, I want to respect the above image as much as possible. Thankfully, that’s easy to do because Ubuntu-based Uberstudent has so many useful apps pre-installed and quick links included in the menu. Though many senior Linux users may not care much for this, novice FLOSS users and college students will appreciate the pre-installed open-source apps and links which allow you to start doing everything the average user would need to do :

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Syncthing for Syncing Phones and Linux

June 01, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on March 7, 2016

When I made the transition from Windows to GNU / Linux, the one BIG issue I struggled the most with was the inability to connect my smartphone to my laptop to transfer photos and ringtones. I prefer to create my own ringtones. Since I didn’t want to use Google Drive or Dropbox (because popular apps and weird me), I had to find another alternative. Somehow, probably from Podnutz, I found out about Syncthing, and I’ve been using it ever since.

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Shutter for Linux Screenshot

June 01, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on March 21, 2016

For Linux distros, XFCE4-Screenshooter (or Screenshot) seems to be the norm based off the few distros I’ve used. It does what the average user would need it to do – in the GUI or CLI.

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Open Source (Read “FREE”) Software Starter Pack 2015

May 31, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on November 16, 2015

Are you hesitant about jumping into Linux but enjoy the idea of using Open Source Software? Check these apps out.

Libre Office – This software suite is capable of just as much as Microsoft Office, excluding Microsoft Outlook. I donate sometimes to show gratitude for the product. Oh. . .

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5 Reasons Why a Linux Newbie Would Like Linux Mint Cinnamon

May 31, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on October 19, 2015

Linux Mint is a great full-featured Linux distribution for beginners with decent laptops with adequate RAM.

Why?

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Linux For the Rest of Us Help

May 31, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on August 29, 2016

For immediate help, contact me using the form below.

This tutorial will cover how to use a GNU/Linux Operating System, also known as Linux distribution or distro, for free without overwriting any data. I’ll be assuming you’re currently running Windows for this tutorial but that affect most of the steps.

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Evolving with Open Source Software at Syracuse University

May 30, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on May 15, 2017

I decided to do some guest blogging for an IT blog since I’ve already done two military-related for RallyPoint. Over the last few months I’ve done two for Syracuse University iSchool (school of information studies) InfoSpace blog. My first post explained 5 applications I think everyone should use. My second InfoSpace post – Evolving with Open Source Software at the iSchool – explains how I found ways to use open source software in six IT courses.

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10 Things To Do After You Install Linux Deepin 2015

May 29, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on February 2, 2016

Click here for my latest review – deepin 15.9

Many deepin fans were anxious about the release of Deepin 2015. Continuing the trend from my deepin 2014.3 review, here are some recommendations for after you install Deepin 2015.

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10 Things To Do After You Install Linux Deepin 2014.3

May 29, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on August 13, 2015

Click here for my latest review – deepin 15.9

Deepin is a beautiful Ubuntu-based distro originated in China that uses HTML5. These are my “non-expert” top five recommendations for after you install Deepin 2014.3.

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10 Things I Learned From Using Clicky Analytics

May 27, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on September 5, 2016

While looking to switch from Google Analytics, I found Clicky from somewhere I don’t remember.

Note: I’m no experienced professional in any relative field and this is NOT meant to sway your opinion of the analytics service . . . much.

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10 Free or Open Source Programs for Windows in 2016

May 25, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on September 12, 2016

Last November, I made a very basic “2015” Open Source Software Starter Pack more focused on average user’s needs. This year, I’m doing a separate and more detailed list for Windows and Linux. This is for Windows users.

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5 Reasons To Use Ubuntu Studio

May 24, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on October 3, 2016

Linux Ubuntu Studio is open source, completely free, and an awesome Linux distro for anyone that works with music, graphics, and videos. Here are five quick reason to try Ubuntu Studio.

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Hello World, From bashblog

April 02, 2020 — Jt Spratley

I'm learning bashblog so I can migrate my blog from the WordPress content management system (CMS). WordPress is a great CMS. As I've said many times, WordPress helped me learn HTML. But it's time to evolve.

I have a few goals with bashblog:

  • Simplify my writing process
  • Better secure my website
  • Challenge myself with another less traveled path

Yes, there are more well known website builders that can do some of those things

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