How to easily install Drush from GitHub

First you will need to install composer, because composer is used to do the install of Drush now.

# curl -sS | php
# sudo mv composer.phar /usr/local/bin/composer


  • To install Drush 6.x (stable):

    # composer global require drush/drush:6.*
  • To install Drush 7.x (dev) which is required for Drupal 8:

    # composer global require drush/drush:dev-master

Now you have drush installed, just need to add the directory to your path

Minecraft on Linux

I have downloaded minecraft and minecraft_server.1.7.4.jar on my Fedora 20 computer and I am running it just fine.

To start the server I run the following command from the directory with the jar file:

# java -Xmx1G -Xms1G -jar ./minecraft_server.1.7.4.jar

I also downloaded the minecraft maping software Overviewer

To update the map I run the following command, where map_config is my settings:

# --config=map_config




Carburetor clogged with bad gas in Utah

I have had to unplug and rebuild many ATV, scotter and lawn mower carburetor because of the ethanol added to our gas.

I got several tips from Dave Johnson who owns Dave's Small Engine repair in Salem, Utah:Daves

  • 90% of the repairs are related to bad gas
  • He has to rebuild lots carborators, but the ethanol atracts water that corrodes parts and so some carburetor just have to be replaced


App to Create eBook Docs

Use LibreOffice Writer with the eLAIX extension to create eBook documents on Linux.

The Open source Extension for LibreOffice/OpenOffice helps you with an own toolbar, in creating well formed and structured documents. Export your document as an ePUB document, that follows the new specifications of the ePUB 3 standard.  Define content related options like cover image, maximum image width, chapter numbering and the TOC title.


App to OCR on Linux

Tesseract is an Open Source OCR engine, available under the Apache 2.0 license. It can be used directly, or (for programmers) using an API. It supports a wide variety of languages. Tesseract doesn't have a built-in GUI, but there are several available from the 3rdParty page. gImageReader is a simple Gtk front-end to tesseract. It is part of the standard repositories for Fedora 20 Features include: - Automatic page layout detection - User can manually define and adjust recognition regions - Import images from disk, scanning devices, clipboard and screenshots - Supports multipage PDF documents - Recognized text displayed directly next to the image - Basic editing of output text, including search/replace and removing line breaks - Spellchecking for output text (if corresponding dictionary installed)

App to Manage Photos on Linux - DigiKam

DigiKam is part of the standard repository for Fedora 20. It has lots of functions that really help when sorting through a lot of photos. The different views are great, and the image-editing part is fully featured. It can take a little time to work your way around the interface. However, it’s worth the effort and not only will your images be organised in a much more logical way, they may just look better as well.

Shotwell is the default photo manager in Ubuntu. It's much easier to use than digiKam, albeit not quite as feature-filled, but it should satisfy most casual users just fine. You can sort photos into events, add tags, edit them with a basic editor (crop, red eye, enhance, color correction)

Another simple photo manager is gthumb which runs under Gnome.


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