Fedora 19 Beta Available

Fedora 19 (a.k.a Schrödinger’s Cat), is released

Fedora 19 Release BannerThe Fedora Project has released the beta version of Fedora 19, a.k.a. Schrödinger’s Cat. With this release we are seeing the launch of GNOME 3.8, KDE 4.10 and KScreen, MATE 1.6 as well as an entirely new First Boot experience to get you more quickly on the desktop.  On the LAMP side of things, Fedora 19 introduces MariaDB (an enhanced fork of the MySQL server project), PHP 5.5 and (at long last), Node.js.

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WordPress: Auto-Tag Comment Spam

This little gem of a tip recently discovered on Twitter.  It is a simple method of automagically flagging spammy comments on your WordPress blog, based on their typical usage of really long URLS.  The feature is easily implemented via a few lines into your (child) theme’s functions.php.

Automatically spam comments with a very long url > @catswhocode

copy.com A New Cloud Storage Provider

copy.com Crane LogoIf you have been around the internet for a while, you will likely be familiar with the Heavy Hitters in the Cloud Storage market. These providers, such as Dropbox, Box and Microsoft’s SkyDrive all offer a rather small amount of free storage, in the hopes that users will need extra space and fork out the cash for their respective premium services.

Enter a new player into the Cloud Storage space, copy.com.  copy.com is a service launched by Barracuda Networks, an established Network Security, Application Security and Content Storage company.  Presently copy.com has a promotion where new users start with 5GB of space. When a user refers a friend or colleague they both receive an additional 5GB (read as “start with 10GB if using a referral code”). You can read the full press release at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/2/prweb10450596.htm

You can get yourself started up using my referral code –> https://copy.com?r=Csqhw6

copy.com has also gone the extra mile in providing local sync applications for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux (I have tested with Fedora 18). This fact alone is a huge reason that I like the service as I switch between Windows and Linux during my days with the occasional hour or two on OS X.

Things That I Want: Logitech T650 Touchpad


The Logitech T650  Touchpad


A touchpad is a great option for users that are used to the convenience that a laptop touchpad or a smart phone offers. The T650 Touchpad is wireless and offers a rechargeable battery which is charged via USB.

Smile If anyone is feeling particularly generous this touchpad is one my Amazon wishlist over at http://www.amazon.ca/registry/wishlist/3EUJL7HCCES68.


QR Code Generator from Zebra Crossing

Need a QR Code for something?

If you ever find yourself in need of a QR Code generator, follow the link below to try the Zebra Crossing QR Code generator. The generator has the ability to create codes for Phone Numbers, Detailed Contact Information, URLs and a bunch more. The main project website can be found at http://code.google.com/p/zxing/ where you can read about the project’s roots and get a link to the Android tool for offline (and online) code deciphering.

QR Code Generator from the ZXing Project.

ZXing QR Code Generator Interface
Contact Information Entry Form

Things That I Want: blink(1)

blink(1) Icon from IFTTTWhat is a blink(1)???

While checking out what channels were available on If This Then That (ifttt.com), a.k.a IFTTT, I decided to look further into the blink(1) connector and see what it was.  The product page can be found at http://thingm.com/products/blink-1.html.

For those not familiar, the blink(1) is an rgb LED notifier that can plug into virtually any devices USB port. Once there, it can be configured to notify the user (or others) of virtually anything, and when combined with ifttt.com, it really blows your options wide open.

The blink(1) project is entirely Open Source, including the design, hardware and software.  It includes drives for Linux, Windows, Mac OSX, Raspberry Pi, Linux firmware based routers and more.

Firefox GNOME 3 Integration Plugins

If you have been looking for a better way to integrate Firefox into your GNOME 3 desktop, then take a look at Firefox user seleznev and the collection put together at https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/collections/seleznev/gnome3/

KDE Users

As a warning, when using these plugins AND switching between GNOME and KDE Desktop Environments it is important to disable BEFORE switching to KDE as kwin does not play nice with this.

Alexander’s profile can be found at https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/user/5431787/