Tag: Open Source

Block Windows Shut Down

It's hard to describe just how much I HATE rebooting my computer. If I have to use a Windows computer for any extended period of time, then I always change update policies to disallow automatic reboots. In fact, I usually click the irritating "Remind me in ten minutes" button every ten minutes for three weeks before I finally allow Windows to restart (or until I stop the Automatic Updates service).

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Remove Tabs From the Windows Taskbar

I'm very picky about my desktop environment. I like windows, toolbars, icons, etc. to be arranged in a certain way. Typically, I turn off annoying prompts and nag screens in Windows, and unhide "scary" advanced options in OS X. One hard-to-fix pet peeve is when applications put an icon in the notification area (near the clock) AND leave a tab in the taskbar. This wastes valuable taskbar real estate.

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Dipping Duck

So I was trying to read a document on my computer at work today, while making notes on a piece of paper. But every five minutes the screensaver would activate, causing me to stop writing, type my password, and find my place in the document again. Needless to say it was quite annoying.

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OpenTN3270

OpenTN3270 is a free terminal emulator for connecting to mainframes that support IBM 3270 terminals. Major features include basic colors, adjustable screen and font sizes, and SSL support.

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TracFS

TracFS is a mountable POSIX virtual file system that allows you to read a Subversion repository through the Trac web interface. Why is this useful? It's not... unless you can't access the repository directly, but can see the files in the source browser. Using rsync (or a similar tool), you can maintain a local copy of the repository contents.

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