Installing Brother Print Drivers on Linux Mint 17

, April 15, 2015

I’ve had HP printers for the last several printers we’ve owned and their Linux support has been spot on. Basically Linux can “see” the printer directly and the print drivers have been one of the options listed from the CUPS print driver options. I have grown unimpressed with HP as a company however and I’ve […]


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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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