ImageMagick Mogrify – Scale and Canvas Size

, March 20, 2015

I was working on a slideshow project where I had about 200 images to manipulate. It’s easier to create the slideshow if the image size are similar with a consistent orientation, which basically means landscape images. For the portrait images, I was wanting to increase the canvas size to make the images effectively landscape. Remember […]


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Tips for starting your own Xojo Users Group

, March 10, 2015

I’m a long-time believer in users groups. I gain so much knowledge, not only learning Xojo, but learning other related technologies as well such as communications, database issues, security, etc. Here’s some tips, not in any particular order: Try to find Free meeting space. Yes, this is a tough requirement. Sometimes a company will be […]


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FoxCon 2015: My presentation on “Xojo for the Desktop and Web”

, February 8, 2015

I had a great time at the FoxCon in Toledo. FoxCon is a long running invitation-only conference that historically came from the Visual Foxpro programming world. The conference has, pleasantly, transformed itself more into a technical business conference. Yes, there were sessions on programming and databases, but there were great presentations on Being More Productive […]


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Visual Foxpro at #29 on Tiobe Index

, January 20, 2015

Tiobe must have updated their algorithm somehow. Visual Foxpro launches itself back up to the 29th most popular language. I’m not sure I can explain it. And yet, there it is in the January 2015 list. Previously, I had posted that Visual Foxpro was #50 back in November of 2014.


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Comparing Ping Times: Vultr vs DigitalOcean

, January 13, 2015

I’ve been testing deployment of a Xojo Web Application to two inexpensive (I won’t use the word ‘cheap’ because that might give the wrong impression. They both work very well.) hosted server options: Vultr.com and DigitalOcean.com. I’ve been using DigitalOcean for a while to run some tests but I was curious to test Vultr as […]


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3 Paradyms for Data Access in Xojo – Article

, January 6, 2015

I’m proud to announce that our article on “3 Paradyms for Data Access in Xojo” has been published in xDev Magazine for the Jan/Feb 2015 issue! It was great working with Scott Boss of Nocturnal Coding Monkeys on the article. I can’t post the content here, but you can pick up your copy for less […]


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Crashplan on Linux UI fails to start: Solution

, December 10, 2014

Check out this page: CrashPlan App Closes In Some Linux Installations Edit the run.conf file in your CrashPlan app installation directory Default location: /usr/local/crashplan/bin/ Navigate to the end of the GUI_JAVA_OPTS section Add this line, inside the quotes: -Dorg.eclipse.swt.browser.DefaultType=mozilla Example: SRV_JAVA_OPTS=”-Dfile.encoding=UTF-8 -Dapp=CrashPlanService -DappBaseName=CrashPlan -Xms20m -Xmx512m -Djava.net.preferIPv4Stack=true -Dsun.net.inetaddr.ttl=300 -Dnetworkaddress.cache.ttl=300 -Dsun.net.inetaddr.negative.ttl=0 -Dnetworkaddress.cache.negative.ttl=0 -Dc42.native.md5.enabled=false” GUI_JAVA_OPTS=”-Dfile.encoding=UTF-8 -Dapp=CrashPlanDesktop -DappBaseName=CrashPlan -Xms20m […]


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Open-sourced MicroSoft .NET vs Xojo

, December 2, 2014

A client recently contacted me to ask my my opinion about this piece of news: Microsoft to open source more of .NET, and bring it to Linux, Mac OS X Was I surprised? Not really. Once Ballmer was gone, MicroSoft was hinting there would be big changes. This is pretty big news. However, I don’t […]


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My Black Friday mistakes

, December 2, 2014

My first mistake was answering the phone. Let me back up. I was railing, RAILING, on the stores that were [1] open on Thanksgiving and/or [2] opening even earlier than previous years on Thanksgiving. I was trying to shame stores into closing on Thanksgiving for next year. I promised to spend less at stores that […]


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My new music player on Linux is console based

, November 25, 2014

I was listening to the Linux Action Show and they highlighted the application “Music on Console” a.k.a. MOC. I took it for a spin and was hooked. MOC was in the Ubuntu repos so adding it was easy via the Software Manager. You can also sudo apt-get install mocp. To run, open a terminal and […]


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