Category Archives: Open Source

Open Source software kills fascists!.

Alfresco in a Perth Summer
Date Created: December 1, 2015  Date Modified: December 1, 2015

Alfresco was never my fav or most used EDMS (TRIM, and SharePoint are by far the most used), but a new contract has me developing with this system again and there are quite a few changes between the last version I worked with to this one–5.0.d.

Nobody wants to have to remember 2 different logins for their business processes, so LDAP to AD was the primary goal to kick. PhpLDAPAdmin made this easier, its like PhpMyAdmin, but not for MySQL–its for LDAP!.

Another help in this was the following blog post:

Open Source OBD Information
Date Created: May 12, 2013  Date Modified: May 13, 2013

Its not hard to tell that I’m a bit of a car buff, add to that my love of tech and you get this headache related to the on board diagnosis port (“ODB” or “ODB-II”, the second generation of diagnosis ports). Mechanics can invest in the expensive tools required to “communicate” with the ECU as an operational expense, however the general automotive enthusiast can’t really justify that cost–especially if you own vehicles from different car manufacturers.

There are cheap consumer level tools to perform some of the OBD functions, tho they have their limitations, such as working only with certain marques, or having no upgrade-ability–An open source solution would be better. In an ideal world there would be a huge open source community deving tools we can all use to aid us in automotive maintenance, but there are only a handful of dedicated individuals working on these projects.

This post is to put together some of the existing online resources related to OBD, it’s by no means an authoritative source on how to use, make or develop these tools.


From their website: “Freediag is a suite of vehicle diagnostic protocols and an OBD II (mostly) compliant ScanTool, currently for Linux platforms. Multiple graphical user interfaces for scantool are under development – but right now, you have to use a command-line interface to scantool.”. Currently not available on windows.

openOBD: OBD-II Scan Tool

OpenOBD is no longer in active development, but it does have a windows installer for those users not on a linux platform. According to the projects wiki it only supports the ELM327 device.


OBDToolbox is in early development so its features are a bit limited. Windows installer available.

This is by no means an entire directory of OBD resources, just some software I am currently playing with, hopefully I can put together some more detailed information soon.

This rant was posted in Cars, Free Software, Hacks, Mod, Open Source, Software, Tools on by .

An AGLC3 Plugin
Date Created: October 6, 2012  Date Modified: October 8, 2012

I decided after posting my first LAW150 assignment I realised that lawyers dont really hate HTML, its just too much effort to manually code tags or worse still paste MS Word generated HTML into most web text areas.

A simple solution would be to hack the CSS and add things like Act classes, but that would be out of the scope for some legal bloggers who have to dedicate more time to legal research than learning how to CSS.

It was pointed out early on that one could use the “i” button, well that puts text in <em> tags, which for Accessibility, is not appropriate.

A BETTER solution would be to create a simple WordPress plugin that adds the functionality without having to manually edit any CSS files.

To use this with the shortcode, simply place the square brackets around the [ Act ] Name of the Act [ /Act ] 2001. Im currently working on shortcodes for Australian jurisdictions to make it even easier for those “dumb lawyers” 🙂

This is still in BETA, as I just started this on a rainy Sunday morning; I aim to create a short code for this to simplify it even more, but for now its in a testing stage.

UPDATE: Now prints 12pt Times, but I dont use printers so I cant test it (too many years not printing things @DEC)

WordPress 3.3
Date Created: December 12, 2011  Date Modified: May 2, 2012

Well I said I was going to refrain from blogging while Im on contract to DEC, but a new version of WordPress is worth a mention on here–since this site is powered by WordPress. Lets hope all my plugins work as I chose not to run with the Beta on this site..

Date Created: September 9, 2011  Date Modified: September 21, 2012

I have been using this HTML text editor since 2001, in the early days I used it alongside Dreamweaver, but now I use it as my primary editor. I have put so many prople onto this product, from enthusiasts to profesionals, to accademics. Try it out, it will be a welcome addition to your arsenal.

I have decided to move my site to…
Date Created: November 8, 2009  Date Modified: September 4, 2011

This post was the Hello World for this wordpress installation that I had on my site, but only used as a sandbox and sample site for projects; both my own and for clients. At the time I chose not to use wordpress as the CMS driving this site–I was wanting to be taken seriously as a CMS developer and it would, as I thought, have been counter-intuitive to use a blogging platform as a Content Management System.

Some time has passed since then and I have worked with a number of systems and considered at one point even using MySource Matrix here. At first some might consider that as overkill but as a Web Developer who deals with multiple sites, an enterprise level CMS built for multi-site, multi-domain deployment could have been an interesting way of managing projects… I decided against it for obvious reasons.

Anyway, nearly two years passed without any software driving these pages–but now we have it. WordPress. Lets see how long it is before I switch to Drupal (which I also have on this server for the same reasons and length of time as WP).

ots late and there is much to do. at least this migration wont take too long…

Finding Open Source Alternetives
Date Created: August 21, 2009  Date Modified: September 4, 2011

I was searching around for a vBulletin alternative and found this site that is dedicated to open source alternatives to popular propriety software. I’ll chec them out more thoroghly soon, but Im pretty rushed this morning (its arfternnon already)…

Aside from the above, there is ofcourseForge sourceForge; but I shall mention them another day.

This rant was posted in Free Software, Open Source, Software, Tools, Web on by .

Graphics Tablet: GIMP vs PhotoshopCS2
Date Created: July 20, 2009  Date Modified: July 20, 2009

well well well. I suspected it may be the case, and it is both sad and joyous the events that took place in this battle…

oh cut the crap. GIMP kicks photoshops arse when it comes to drawring with the tablet, this may be due to…

NOPE, GIMP WON FARE AND SQUARE. Today is a grand victory for open source.

If only the GIMP would scan!

This rant was posted in GIMP, Open Source, Photoshop on by .

Free WYSIWYG editor
Date Created: May 5, 2009  Date Modified: September 14, 2011

I wrote about this HTML editor called Nvu on my other blog, I’ll post it here because its a Design tool.

From my other blog:
If you have visited this blog recently then you may have read about my trail of gimp. well Im happy to add another open source app to the list of free tools, and this one is great. it called Nvu

Its a WYSIWYG HTML editor, if you dont know what that means then you probably dont need it, but from someone with a few years of Dreamweaver experience, finding an open source tool that is not just notepad on steroids has been a battle ive been waging since Adobe took over Marcomedia.

WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) is the easyest way to design sites, being able to see what your doing as you do it. there are plenty of free manual code tools (I have been using HTML Kit alongside dreamweaver for as long as Ive been using DW) but Nvu sits happily between them.

Its not like DW, so dont expect it to have all the functionality as the expensive Macromedia Adobe product-but it is simple to use, and does not put heaps of unnessisary code in. If you are looking to switch to open source apps then check this out.

It also works on Linux (and Mac if you suffer cognative disabilitys)

remember free software is almost as good as free beer

EDIT: Here is a tutorial on using Nvu if you are interested

Wrestling with the GIMP, part 1
Date Created: April 25, 2009  Date Modified: April 25, 2009

I have included this post from my ‘other’ Blog because it is about the GIMP so it kinda belongs here:

I blogged yesturday that I was trying out the GIMP, being too much of a cheepskate to fork out on CS4. well last night I ran into my first problem; I wanted to do a simple layer mask, somthing simple in photoshop, but unachivable for me with GIMP(no I have yet to look up how on the online manual–but last night my connection was busy).

this morning I had my second problem–and I have a feeling this one is going to drive me nuts!. Scanning in GIMP. Like many open source applications GIMP has its issues and scanning seems to be one, im learning about SANE, but I (and I know many others out there also) would like out of the box support for any of my USB multi-function printers.

I have a feeling this is going to be a long battle with the GIMP

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