The name of this blog, which is probably why you are here, is the Setswana translation of the ubuntu precept, that “a person is a person because of ubuntu.”

I have been a Linux user since 2005 (and perhaps even before that), and maintained this site as a personal record of my experiences for almost as long.

I’m primarily preoccupied with using Linux to invigorate older hardware — term which, as I have learned over time, is terribly relative. But some of the lessons I’ve learned on putting antique computers back into daily use could apply to ultralight or embedded machines — and possibly even mobile devices as well.

So there may be a nugget of wisdom for modern hardware, here or there.

If you have a question or a suggestion, or if you just want to swap war stories about archaic hardware or the good old days of Ubuntu, feel free to e-mail me with the contact form below.

Cheers! πŸ˜€


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  4. Taila

    Great work K.Mandla, it is a great thing to do a side forum like this as the ubuntuforums are really loaded with everything now. Keep up the good work. Abantu abanjengathi bayabulela torho umsebenzi omhle.

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  9. p0ng

    Hi! I saw one of your posts that you use a notebook running rtorrent. After you download the files in it, how do you send these files to other computers on your network? I have a notebook that has a problem on the screen and I would do the same. Download torrents and then send them to my computer. Sorry for my English. I’m using Google Translate.

    1. K.Mandla Post author

      No problem. πŸ™‚ Usually I connect the computers over a network with NFS, or use an external USB drive if the machine has USB ports. Sometimes that’s faster than a network connection.

      Other people use samba, I think. I prefer the way NFS attaches to folders.

      If you can set up ssh on your notebook, you can control it from another computer, but you might already know that. πŸ˜‰

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  13. mascip

    Hi there, I’m looking for a CLI spreadsheet and I’m considering sc or teapot.

    sc would be my first choice because I’m a Vim user, but it doesn’t come with the Undo feature (you cannot undo an action). How do you do when you make a mistake? At the moment I close the spreadsheet and start all over again. Any better solution?

    1. K.Mandla Post author

      I looked again and to be honest, I don’t see anything like that in the help pages. I use sc daily for small calculations but I tend to rely on the d-r and p-r keystrokes to duplicate rows.

      And now that I think of it, if I make a mistake I have a tendency to drop back to a saved copy, rather than try to “undo” my mistake. 😦

      1. mascip

        Thank you for your help πŸ™‚ It’s a shame really, that is not possible to undo. Well, I’m using Gnumeric now; it’s not CLI but at least it’s less heavy and slow than Libreoffice.

    2. Julius Machinebacon

      I don’t even dare to mention org-mode πŸ™‚ It should be available as vim plugin, though. Spreadsheets are actually tables there, and the formula is quite logical.
      Hope it helps πŸ˜‰


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