Name: [079] Lucas Holland
Member: 114 months
Authored: 58 videos
Description: Hey, I'm a geek just like you ;-) No, seriously I do have a real life... I enjoy programming, screencasting and spending time with my friends. I maintain a blog together with Marius at: ...

My Favourite App [ID:174]

a series of video-tutorials by Lucas Holland

See great applications in action. We're gathering examples of really nice applications - you can sit back and enjoy the show. Share these around, embed them in your own site, perhaps even make a new addition to the series yourself.

Video Tutorials

1. TaskPaper

TaskPaper is a simple to-do list application that uses plain text files to store information. It's $18.95 and a trial is available at:

2. Alexandria

Alexandria is a book collection manager for GNOME, written in Ruby, that's easy to use. This video shows the installation and some basic functionality of it, to get you to try Alexandria. Go to to download and try. This video is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 license:

3. Pidgin

Pidgin is a multi-platform, multi-protocol instant messaging client. It's available for GNU/Linux, Windows and other platforms. It supports most popular instant messaging protocols including: ICQ, AIM, MSN, XMPP (JABBER), GADU-GADU, Google Talk, MySpaceIM.

4. Notecase

a nice little application similar to task paper on the mac for taking notes

5. Notecase Encryting a File

We show you how to encrypt a file in Notecase

6. ogg to mp4 conversion using VLC

Yes folks we are going to use VLC Media Player to convert an ogg file to mp4 format. You can now send your ogg files as mp4's to (dare I say it) windows or upload them to youtube. Flosss manuals also has some info on resizing your vids for you tube. #transcode{ }, and type width=352,canvas-height=288

7. Raggle

Raggle is a fast, easy to use, curses-based console RSS-Reader.

8. Web apps I constantly recur to.

You are probably familiarised with web sites. But web applications are less common, but in my opinion more useful. They give you the chance of sending data from you PC, and let the application's servers do the computation, and send us the result. I have a collection of sites I constantly use for verifying correct language usage, and colour matching graphic design.

9. Gnome Deskbar

gnome-deskbar-applet is an easy to use gnome tools, that opens up via a key combination and then lets you enter data for emails,, etc. and search for files, contacts, websites, etc. It is extensible.

10. Project Euler

Project Euler is a website that contains a number of mathematical problems that you can solve using a programming language. NOTE: There's a slight mistake in the video. In the second column of the table shown in Marius's approach to the problem, the last number we care about is 995 (because 1000 is NOT less than 1000).

11. Cubic Explorer

A file explorer similar to Windows Explorer only much much better. Way better in fact. It is not limited to looking at just windows it can look on all external hard drives from inside of VirtualBox as well. Well worth taking it for a spin to see it it's up your alley!

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Educating the Open-source Community With Showmedo

Although as important as the software it supports, education and documentation are relatively neglected in the Open-source world. Coders love to code, and explaining how best to use or improve the software tends to be deferred or even sidelined.

At Showmedo we believe the community can play a vital role here and also say thanks for the tools and software that make our lives easier. If you have a piece of software you love or a programming langugage you are enthusiastic about, why not make a screencast showing others how to use it? All the stuff you wish you'd been told, the tips, tricks, insights that would have saved you time and frustration.

Screencasting is easier than you think, and we're happy to help you. You can emailus for advice or just use some of the how-to screencasts on the site. This screencasting learning-pathis a good place to start.

Kudos and Thanks for Lucas

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