Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Bye, bye Resharper

The last function I missed in Visual Studio, that was keeping Resharper on, was locating a file by name or by class name.

However, it turns out that the feature already exists, as explained here:

It is called 'Go to All' and is easy to assign to the familiar Ctrl+T shortcut.

Good bye, slowness.

Monday, December 11, 2017

NextCloud on Raspberry Pi

Considering the new Raspberry Pi has mobile and Wi-Fi interfaces built-in, it makes a fantastic candidate for being a home access point as well as a NextCloud server.

Now there is also an official project, a Raspberry Pi image of the latest stable NextCloud release:

A wonderful candidate for the next winter hobby project.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Use your SD card as Internal Storage on a Samsung phone

It requires some tinkling because Samsung disabled this native Android functionality (wtf?!).

In any case, the method works and my phone can breathe again.


Thursday, November 2, 2017

Desktop software repository

My new software repository for PC desktop software is FossHub -

Monday, October 30, 2017

NextCloud: Open Source Personal Information Management

I've just revisited OwnCloud suite and found that a decent progress has been made to warrant a viable alternative to Google suite of PIM applications. Here is a quick rundown:
  • Calendar -> NextCloud Calendar online, Mozilla Thunderbird on PC
  • Contacts -> NextCloud Contacts online, Mozilla Thunderbird + CardBook on PC
  • Sync adapter for Android = DAVdroid
  • Tasks => OpenTasks or aCalendar+
  • Notes => NextCloud Notes (link) for Android
There is a number of providers offering free OwnCloud/NextCloud hosting. Even the minimal options with 500MB or 1GB should be free to host important files and PIM data (calendar, contacts).

NextCloud applications allow downloading calendars as .ics and contacts as .vcf files, which can be used for ocassional backup. If a server goes down, you always have the backup available on your device where the data was last edited.

The next step might be to run own NextCloud instance on Raspberry Pi or something similar.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Desktop multiplatform GUI options

Thinking of creating a desktop application nowadays is really a pain. Multiple platforms and no definitive way to share the UI although no major functionality changes have been introduced in a long time.

Some options, for .NET framework, are listed at GUI Toolkits page at Mono Project web site. One interesting framework is GTK#, which uses the very-popular GTK UI framework.

While .NET has been introduced onto multiple platforms, it will be interesting to see if GTK# works equally well for a multi-platform UI.