I'm not a programmer or a computer expert but I do enjoy messing about with computers. I've been using Linux as my operating system for more than 12 years now.

The Linux distribution I prefer is Debian. I've now installed Linux on several different laptops (Toshiba Satellite, Thinkpad R40e, Thinkpad Z61M, Thinkpad T42, and an HP).

For more information please see the following:

  1. Linux on Toshiba Satellite
  2. Linux on Thinkad R40e
  3. Linux on Thinkpad Z61M

Writing Greek with 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 I use.

Writing Greek in Firefox

I have found two methods of writing Greek text in Firefox on Linux, both of which work well in different ways. Please go here for details.

Setting up a pptp vpn tunnel in Debian

I've 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. Here I report my experiences and what I did eventually to get it running. Please go here for details.

Making Word.doc files in Linux

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 recently been experimenting with several tiling window managers. The ones I liked particularly were spectrwm xmonad, dwm and i3. All are good but my current favourite is spectrwm (see the entry for 13 June 2012).

I have some information here about configuring xmonad, dwm. and i3.