I'm not a programmer or a computer expert but I do enjoy messing about
with computers. I used Linux as my operating system for many
years but in the last year I've switched almost entirely to
OpenBSD. (I still have Debian Linux on one laptop because I very
occasionally want to us Skype, which is not available for OpenBSD. For
more details about this please see my blog.
All the entries on this page work equally well on Linux and OpenBSD,
apart from the pptp vpn tunnel, which I've only tried on Debian.
Writing Greek 1. Using your browser
This is probably the easiest method currently. If you point your browser
at Type Greek you will
find Randy Hoyt's excellent site where you can type Greek text (with the
full range of breathings and accents if you need those). The resulting
text can then be inserted with cut-and-paste wherever you want,
including Libreoffice and LyX. (If you want to paste it into vim you
should take the steps described in the next section, otherwise latex
won't produce a correct dvi file.)
Writing Greek 2: Using vim and latex
In the past I've found it difficult to write Greek with vim and latex,
especially with all the accents, breathings etc., but things are a lot
better now. Here is a summary of the steps
Setting up a pptp vpn tunnel in Debian
I spent 3 days trying to set up a tunnel to a pptp vpn server on
Debian. This is seemingly easy to do in Windows and the Apple Mac but
not in Linux. The internet is full of mostly contradictory information.
I report my experiences and what I did eventually to get it
Making Word.doc files in Linux and OpenBSD
If you want to publish an ebook on Smashwords, you must submit it as a
Word.doc file. This is obviously a problem for Linux users. I have
written a small book on how to do this. It is available on Smashwords.
Tiling window managers
For reasons described on my blog in
several posts in the Computer category I've experimented with various
tiling window managers. The ones I liked particularly were spectrwm,
dwm, i3. and xmonad, in that order. All are good but my
favourite is spectrwm (see Four
tiling window managers: spectrwm,dwm, i3 xmonad.