How to turn off automatic capitalization of first word in LibreOffice Writer

logo for LibreOffice - open-source softwareAs a writer who often includes glossaries and other material for which I do NOT want any automatic capitalization turned on, I finally decided to figure out how to turn it off. This was just after I switched from Microsoft Word to LibreOffice Writer, but it’s apparently pretty similar.

In LibreOffice, select ToolsAutoCorrect Options then choose Options, the third tab across the top. The item you are looking for is near the top (the third item on my system): Capitalize first letter of every sentence. Just uncheck the two checkboxes – [M] (modifying existing text) and [T] (modifying as you type). Then click OK and you are done.

Aside

Aren’t you glad you switched from Microsoft Office to LibreOffice… from Microsoft Word to LibreOffice Writer… from corporate offerings to the universe of open source and free software in general?

Personally, I’m truly enjoying it; the process of setting up Linux Mint and Linux Ubuntu machines as Microsoft Windows replacements has actually re-ignited my old hobby of tinkering with computers and technology — something I became rather burned out on after working in computer and network support for a few years over a decade ago.

Resources: How to turn off automatic capitalization of first word in LibreOffice

Thursday, November 08, 2012

File compression, zip utility freeware

creepy Telenoid torso robots from JapanUntil recently, I would not have cared much about whether my freeware could run on systems other than Windows. However, as a green Linux Ubuntu fan and promoter, I choose 7-Zip portable as the number-one file compression and archival utility due to its rave reviews, active support, and its ability to run on Windows and Linux!

According to CNET:

For years, 7-Zip has been one of our favorite Windows utilities. We recently looked at 7-Zip Portable, a fully portable version of the freeware file zipper. Like the installed version, it can compress and decompress files and folders in a variety of ways as well as open other file types such as TAR and RAR files. The portable version is small enough to take along with you on a USB drive, iPod, or other portable device. The chief difference with the installed version is the portable version can’t be integrated into context menus in Windows. (Source: 7-Zip: Portable versionCNET Downloads)

Resources: File compression freeware

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Computer support 101: Back to basics of computer tech

McGuire twins on motorcyclesThis is a temporary post containing several pieces of what will probably be separate posts in the near future. (I’m putting this out there prematurely so I can quickly and easily refer to this information from any computer on my new home network!)

What is Mini Linux?

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Linux distro: a distribution or particular implementation of the Linux OS (operating system) prepackaged with a few applications and a basic GUI (graphical user interface, aka desktop).

A few of the more popular distros of Mini Linux (lightweight Linux) include:

  • Damn Small Linux
  • Crunchbang
  • Lubuntu
  • Puppy Linux
  • Slitaz
  • Tiny Core Linux
  • Unity Linux
  • VectorLinux

Resources: What is Mini Linux?
Mini Linux Distros – Yellow Crayon
http://www.yellowcrayon.net/Mini-Linux-Distros.shtml
8 of the best tiny Linux distros: Less is more in the world of low-resource distros – Tech Radar (Apr 2010)
http://www.techradar.com/us/news/software/operating-systems/8-of-the-best-tiny-linux-distros-683552
Lubuntu – Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lubuntu
Damn Small Linux (DSL) community wiki
http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/
About DSL
http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/about_damn_small_linux.html

Using ISO/ image files for live CDs, bootable floppies

Thursday, October 25, 2012

RawWrite for Windows
RawWrite (or rawrite) is an essential tool for creating boot disks and other floppy disk images; most traditional rawwrite programs do not run under modern versions of Windows, which is where RawWriteWin comes in.

Resources: Using ISO/ image files for live CDs, bootable floppies
Can I install an ISO file without burning it to a CD?
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20081115075931AAHkRc1
RawWrite for Windows
http://www.chrysocome.net/rawwrite
Boot Floppies – Damn Small Linux
http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/boot_floppies.html
The All In One Boot Floppy

File compression freeware

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Until recently, I would not have cared much about whether my freeware could run on systems other than Windows. However, as a green Linux Ubuntu fan and promoter, I choose 7-Zip portable as the number-one file compression and archival utility due to its rave reviews, active support, and its ability to run on Windows and Linux!

According to CNET
For years, 7-Zip has been one of our favorite Windows utilities. We recently looked at 7-Zip Portable, a fully portable version of the freeware file zipper. Like the installed version, it can compress and decompress files and folders in a variety of ways as well as open other file types such as TAR and RAR files. The portable version is small enough to take along with you on a USB drive, iPod, or other portable device. The chief difference with the installed version is the portable version can’t be integrated into context menus in Windows.

Resources: File compression freeware
File compression utilities – Freeware Guide
http://www.freeware-guide.com/dir/util/filecomp.html
Five Best File Compression Tools – Lifehacker
http://lifehacker.com/5065324/five-best-file-compression-tools
Best Free File Archiver-Zip Utility – Gizmo’s Freeware
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-file-archiver-zip-utility.htm
7Zip – portable version!
http://download.cnet.com/7-Zip-Portable/3000-2250_4-10834959.html
IZArc
http://www.izarc.org/
7-Zip official home
http://www.7-zip.org/

Computer support 101: Getting back into technology

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Resources: Great technical resources
All Boot Disks – Excellent resource for Microsoft Windows, DOS image files for boot disks; Excerpt: AllBootDisks.com is your number one FREE resource for all Microsoft boot disks.
We offer a boot disk for everything from MS-DOS 3.3 to Windows XP Professional. These disks can be used to setup a new hard drive, scan an existing hard drive for errors, install or re-install Windows, upgrade your PC’s BIOS, run DOS utilities and much more.
http://www.allbootdisks.com/
Boot Disk – Essential utilities, boot files, techware for Windows/DOS and also Linux, Minilinux
http://www.bootdisk.com/
Linux disks – Boot Disk
http://www.bootdisk.com/linux.htm

Toshiba Satellite PS141U-01F3WV

Thursday, October 25, 2012
A good friend of mine gave me an ancient laptop that was just gathering dust at his place: it’s a Toshiba Satellite PS141U-01F3WV.

It only has Service Pack 1 of Windows XP Home — and for whatever reason, that version of Windows (or at least this particular installation) seems to essentially cripple the poor thing. I get error messages when i try to install Chrome and Firefox and most other Windows programs. This sad little machine cannot even successfully boot to an Ubuntu live CD without serious, usually show-stopping errors.

For this reason, I am doing some research on alternate booting and installation methods such as booting over the LAN or creating bootable floppy disks — assuming I still possess a few of those & that its floppy drive actually works! (If not, then I will have to make LAN booting work.)

Booting via network
The network boot protocol (NBP) is set to PXE, which stands for Preboot eXecution Environment. According to Wikipedia, some techies pronounce this as “pixie”. PXE is the most common standard in the small world of network boot protocols.

Resources: Toshiba Satellite PS141U-01F3WV
Update page including the BIOS
http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/support/jsp/modelContent.jsp?ct=DL&os=&category=&moid=330271&rpn=PS141U&modelFilter=1415-S105&selCategory=2756709&selFamily=1073768663
Toshiba forum
http://forums.toshiba.com/t5/Drivers-and-Utilities/Toshiba-Satellite-1415-s173-PS141U-01F3WV-Drivers/td-p/46474
Preboot eXecution Environment – Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preboot_Execution_Environment
Network Boot Protocols – Intel
http://communities.intel.com/community/wired/blog/2010/05/27/network-boot-protocols
A Crash Course on Windows Booting – XXclone
http://www.xxclone.com/ixcman52.htm
BIOS Settings
http://www.xxclone.com/ixcman53.htm
XXCLONE — Copies (clones) your Windows system disk into another disk with the system files, installed applications, and all of your data files; free version available
http://www.xxclone.com/iwhatis.htm
What Is Network Booting (PXE) and How Can You Use It? How-To Geek
http://www.howtogeek.com/57601/what-is-network-booting-pxe-and-how-can-you-use-it/
PXE booting
http://pxe.dev.aboveaverageurl.com/index.php/PXE_Booting
PXE Boot Windows XP, Windows 7 and Vista with CCBoot – CCBoot
http://www.ccboot.com/pxe-boot-windows.htm
Network Booting via PXE: the Basics – DevShed
http://www.devshed.com/c/a/Administration/Network-Booting-via-PXE-the-Basics/
The basics of how PXE works
http://www.devshed.com/c/a/Administration/Network-Booting-via-PXE-the-Basics/1/
Practical PXE solutions
http://www.devshed.com/c/a/Administration/Network-Booting-via-PXE-the-Basics/2/
Technical specs for PXE (PDF) – Intel
http://download.intel.com/design/archives/wfm/downloads/pxespec.pdf

Graphical text vs. actual text

The purpose of this brief post is to quickly and simply demonstrate the difference between "textual" text and graphics as text.

graphic text example to demonstrate difference between text as graphics and actual textThe difference between graphical text and actual text is straightforward and obvious, but occasionally it can be difficult to explain to clients without the use of a visual aid. So we have collected five (5) examples, one of which will appear at random each time this web page is loaded.

The word(s) shown at right are text in a sense, but it is actually a graphic file (an image). The image at right is an example of graphical text, or text as graphics.

Actual text

The words you are now reading are comprised of actual text: Typed text… Content which can be read and indexed by Google and other search engines. (Hint, hint!)

The actual text vs. graphical text issue comes up often in the selection of WordPress themes. We almost always reject WordPress themes which require a graphic to be created and used to display the title and subtitle, choosing instead a WordPress theme which uses actual text (not graphics) for the site title and subtitle (or tagline)[1].

To summarize, we generally avoid graphical text. While graphics as text can look nice and can be quite visually appealing, it cannot be read as actual text — thus removing a potential & significant SEO boost by omitting that text and using an image in its place.

When there is a decision to use graphics as text for visual appeal, be sure to use the ALT tag wisely.

Notes

[1] Tagline

The subtitle or tagline for this Nashville SEO & Web Content blog is:

Nashville search engine optimization, ghostblogging, content creation, social media, and related website services

Resources: Graphical text vs. actual text

Static images vs. dynamic images

Static images

natureWhen a static image is used, the same image will appear on a given page each time the page is viewed. The first image on this page (the image appearing beside this text) is a static image. The image presented here will be the same no matter how many times this page is reloaded into your web browser (which is hopefully either Firefox or Chrome and not Internet Explorer), simply because the HTML code references one specific image.

In this case, the image used is a series of Nature magazine covers.

Dynamic images

post-storm clouds - Brentwood Hills church  in Nashville; Frasier Photos, Aug 2012When a dynamic image is used, each time the page is loaded by the web browser, an image will be chosen at random from a folder containing several images with the same theme. As you will notice after you have reloaded this page a few times, the image will change at random — but will still relate to the subject matter. (For the purposes of this illustration, let’s say the subject matter or content of the page has to do with appealing photos of a dusk sky taken from a moving car on the way to try a McDonald’s strawberry milkshake for the very first time — a wonderful experience, BTW.)

The image that appears in this section is an example of a dynamic image.

Pros and cons

There are pros and cons to using static images, and there are pros and cons relating to the use of dynamic images. (This is a no-brainer because there are pros and cons to everything in existence!)

I will have to finish this later.