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I very much hope you're right that good things are coming. Tuning in!

That was a good show. We're singing along to p-funk right now.

Open Source Tools for Writers

When it comes to writing, using the right tools can free you up to focus on your content.

Sooner or later, open source development comes to every field, and tools for working writers are no exception. However, if you search for the topic, you will find the lists of writing tools are full of apps that are no longer in development and have been dropped from most distributions.

Accordingly, here is a list of useful writing apps that are still available as of late 2018. Some have been around for a long time, while others are newer and little known.


#writing #authors

What didn't work with libreoffice? It has limitations importing complex office files.

Exactly that. It did not handle complex files which is what I normally have - multiple page Excel workbooks with table generation, computations, etc, PP files, large Word files, etc. Loss of font and format support was a big one with regards to PP and Word.
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My main issue with LibreOffice is that most people use MS Office instead, and the formatting gets messed up when you switch between programs. Sometimes irretrievably. But if you do your work in native LibreOffice, it's pretty good. And it doesn't have that annoying MS Word floating menu (gaarrrr, wanna do violence to the programmer who came up with that ghostly ghastly). But I sometimes miss Powerpoint capabilities and Calc has some limitations, too.

Using MS Office is almost a necessity for me as all potential clients use it and collaborative editing is common. The good thing is, it is available for other platforms now.

For the first time ever, a massive meteor crater the size of Paris was discovered lurking under the ice in Greenland. Likely caused by a meteor, it was uncovered by a team of international scientists using radar data. Learn more about missions like our Operation IceBridge, which studies the ice and snow at our planet’s poles:

Coming soon: We are announcing the new Moon partnerships with American companies at 2 p.m. EST Thursday, Nov. 29. The technology we used to first explore the Moon was groundbreaking for its time. Just imagine what we will accomplish this time around!

Thank you for that @Shelenn Ayres. I wasn't aware of your background. Anything to "sell" our (sensible) expansion into space could be very beneficial to our species and our present home. It seems that humanity as a whole is at a multi-pronged crisis point and the primitive parts of our brains are clawing up through the floorboards, producing reactionary movements and tropes that are threatening our very existence. The rigors and demands of space exploration have absolutely no room for any of that* - those self-destructive self-indulgences could naturally be marginalized out of existence; maybe we could have a bit of a step forward of functionally rational self-guided evolution.
    • anti-vaccination; flat earth; death-spirals of conspiracy theories; disregard of the fundamental elements to support life; clinging to obsolete and toxic energy sources; etc...

If you haven't seen it, it touches on many of our topics in discussion here, watch National Geographic's Mars season 1 and what we have of season 2 so far

@Shelenn Ayres I've been very interested in that but it's not part of our current TV package and streaming is blocked here in Canada (although firing up the VPN might fix that).

Good news everyone,

We've released Google+ Exporter, an application that helps you to export your Google+ feeds (profile, pages, collections, communities, including all comments) to Wordpress eXtended RSS file.

Another available option is to export all posts published to profile, pages, collections, and communities to JSON file, including all comments!

Export up to 3000 posts with our free version.

I would love to know your opinion, suggestions or requests. Thank you!

CONGRATS TEAM JPL! This is such an exciting accomplishment. Now we wait around 5 hours or so for the dust to settle and arrays to deploy so we can determine if we can begin the 2 year mission to learn about the inside of Mars, learn about asteroid impacts, and more. This was a very successful experiment. besides that, the names of my mother, my sister, my wife, and myself are on that lander along with others from Earth. :) WOOHOO!!!
📸 Wish you were here! InSight sent home its first photo after #MarsLanding:

InSight’s view is a flat, smooth expanse called Elysium Planitia, but its workspace is below the surface, where it will study Mars’ deep interior.

Question of the day: If our InSight lander is traveling at 14,000 mph and has only 6 minutes to slow down before it reaches the Martian surface, what is required for a safe #MarsLanding?

See how our engineers at our Langley Research Center tackled this question and more:
Landing on Mars.mp4

Open Source DJ Mixing Software

Speaking of open source audio...

Try some of the other skins. Much like friendica, the skins change the UI a great deal more than simple colour changes.

For me one of the main criteria that pushed me to Mixx in the first place, was that I could run the same app on Linux, Mac, and Windows.

Already tried that. It isn't the skin that is the issue it's the cursor location not being interpreted properly. It is apparently not UHD aware much like the OpenSim viewers except Alchemy which is UHD aware.
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Nice design with some great environmental features!

I saw this on the BBC and thought you should see it:

Low-cost 'four-hour' bamboo house wins top prize -

With no moving parts, this plane flies on the ionic wind

It’s Thanksgiving, which means you’re probably thinking about food right now. Before modern packaging improvements, the Mercury astronauts had to endure semi-liquids squeezed into aluminum tubes—now, Space Station crewmembers have entrees, side dishes, and desserts to choose from. Dig into the history of food technology in space:

Happy Turkey Day! I hope everyone has a great day. Stay safe and warm. ;)

We’re just days away from our first #MarsLanding in six years! The landing will kick off a two-year mission for our InSight spacecraft to study Mars' deep interior and help scientists understand the formation of all rocky worlds, including our own. Tune in to NASA TV at 1 p.m. EST and 2 p.m. EST to learn about the science and engineering behind this mission. Here’s how you can watch:

Friendica Directory 2.1 Release

Friendica Directory: Version 2.1 released
Hi !Friendica Developers,

after a good week of Release Candidate, I'm happy to announce the release of the version 2.1 of the new Friendica Directory.

Excerpts from the changelog:
  • Added translations with full French, partial Czech and German.
  • Added profile search by language.
  • Added stats pages.
  • Added custom HTML pages for legal writings.

Nov 20
DJ Shelenn at the RockHouse
Tue 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Shelenn Ayres
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Friendica Directory: Stats page
Hi !Friendica Developers,

The new Friendica Directory project now has a dedicated statistics page:

This is the most accurate snapshot of the Friendica network I can possibly think of.