Win8: The Horror – Summary

, August 11, 2014

I previously posted a slightly tongue-in-cheek posting about a hypothetical support call for the Windows 8 user interface. I liked the posting but I thought it needed a follow-up that summarizes my thoughts about Windows 8 UI. What I was trying to say: Never have an invisible control. Especially one that kicks off most processes. […]


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Win8: The Horror

, August 8, 2014

I refuse to call it Windows 8.1 Update. Soon it will be Windows 8.1 Update 2. Why not call it Windows 8.2 and Windows 8.3? Hubris? I can’t say. Just another annoyance with MicroSoft that makes me chuckle inside with a smirk showing on the outside. Here’s a fictional account where I’m performing phone support […]


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Linux Mint 17 is much faster, except …

, July 8, 2014

I finally sucked it up and upgraded my development laptop from Ubuntu 13.10 with the Unity interface to LinuxMint 17 with the Cinnamon interface. I am very happy. With Unity, I was always wondering if my hard drive was failing. Opening programs was soooo slow. I couldn’t stand it. Now with Mint, things are very […]


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Repaving your Linux machine: A checklist

, July 1, 2014

Every so often, as a Linux desktop user, it comes time to repave my desktop machine. This means to wipe the hard drive and then install a brand new version of Linux on the hardware. In this case, I am moving from Ubuntu 13.10 and switching to Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon. I know this probably […]


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ShowURL on Mac in Xojo

, June 30, 2014

I’m working on some cross-platform application development in Xojo. I was pumping out some data to HTML for reporting purposes, and using the host machine to display that HTML. It was working like a charm on Linux, however I wasn’t getting the HTML to display on the Mac. Well, I wasn’t reading far enough down […]


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Xojo’s (not so) secret weapon

, June 27, 2014

I’m working on a cross-platform application that I want to make available on all desktop platforms: Windows, Mac and Linux. I develop on Linux and everything is, naturally, working. It’s working because I’ve worked through the issues on the development platform during the development cycle. I get to the point where I build the application […]


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Linux Mint 17 released. Looking good.

, May 16, 2014

I’ve just installed and tested Linux Mint 17 with the Cinnamon interface in the 32bit version, for about 5 minutes. So far so good. As a Xojo developer, Linux performance has been degrading on Ubuntu ever since Unity came along. Many of us Xojo developers are turning to Linux Mint for development and testing of […]


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Xojo on Linux: Part 2 of 2

, April 7, 2014

or There Can’t Be Only One I originally was going to record and publish my development efforts with Xojo on Linux but … Xojo just worked. And it worked well. It wasn’t going to be very entertaining to watch me say “well, that worked!” over and over. I did measure a couple of key points: […]


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Xojo on Linux: Part 1 of 2

, April 7, 2014

or What is a Distro anyway? and why are there so dang many of them? While at the Xojo Developers Conference (XDC), I was hearing a lot of developers saying that they didn’t develop for Linux because “there are so many distributions!”  The perception is that each distribution does things so differently, that it makes […]


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Announcement: ChartPart 4.2

, February 12, 2014

We are pleased to announce that CULLY Technologies has released a new version of ChartPart for Xojo developers. If you want charts in your desktop or web applications written in Xojo, consider using ChartPart. NOTE: This version breaks backwards compatibility. Please fully test your chart generation carefully. Here are some of the new features in […]


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