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Scott Granneman Archive

Scott Granneman teaches at Washington University in St. Louis, consults for WebSanity, and writes for SecurityFocus and Linux Magazine. His latest book, Linux Phrasebook is in stores now. You can reach him at scott@granneman.com.
Manage Your Photos with Kflickr
When it comes to photographs, I generally have one word of advice for everyone, experienced or noob: Flickr.
Sweeten Your Vim with Cream
Frustrated by Vim? Confused about why some swear by it but you can't figure out how make simple edits? Cream can take the edge off Vim's learning curve.
Comprehensive Desktop Backup
A few hard drives and rsync make a simple and effective onsite backup system. Scott Granneman shows you how to keep your desktop data safe.
What Vista Gets Right
It took five years, 10,000 employees, and (allegedly) billions of dollars. It contains some 50 million lines of code. Yes, it's Windows Vista, and it's finally here. And guess what? In some ways, Vista has Linux beat.
Open Anywhere!
You can take it with you! Run your favorite open source programs from a USB stick.
Music on the Command-Line
Remotely control your tunes with MPD and ncmpc.
Better Backups with JetS3t
JetS3t is a better way to do online backups via Amazon.com's S3 service -- providing cheap online storage on Amazon’s redundant servers.
The Best Web Page Editor, Ever
Quanta is a Web page editor that doesn’t suck
Write a Screenplay with Celtx
For when you're ready to make the move from self-absorbed blog posts to self-absorbed Hollywood blockbusters!
UniTTY
UniTTY: A better way to SSH. And SFTP. And VNC!
Manage your email with GNUMail
One of the most important choices a discerning computer user makes (and since you’re reading this column, you must be discerning) is which email program to adopt. Most Windows users end up blindly using the horrendous Outlook Express or the …
Pretty Fonts Are Possible
Make your fonts go pop!
Keeping Up with Gregarius
Read about Gregarius, the best Web-based, open source RSS feed reader.
See Jungle! Go Ape Crazy!
Fast! Cheap! Easy! Store files online with Jungle Disk.
Collaborate With Gobby
Work together on documents over a network with Gobby.
View Comics with Comix
Pow! Bam! Keraanng! Read your digital comics with Comix!
An Easier Way to Set ACLs
Facilitate fine-grained file permissions with ACL editor Eiciel.
Backup? Fuggetaboutit!
Backing up data isn't exactly exciting, but like washing laundry, everyone needs to do it. On Linux, you can back up your files using an almost-bewildering array of choices, from self-composed shell scripts, to expensive software packages. But how about a simple, open source, easy-to-use, set-up-and-fuggedaboutit tool?
Fight File System Bloat with Baobab
Find the files that are hogging your hard drive with with Baobab.
Map Your Mind with FreeMind
Map your ideas and thoughts with FreeMind.
Flock: Firefox with integrated social software
Flock to a fascinating new browser
Family Trees with GRAMPS
Who’s in your family tree? GRAMPS, a great piece of Linux software — and a model web site — can help you discover who you are.
GanttProject
Project planning Penguinistas should take a look at GanttProject.
Image Management with F-Spot
Manage your ocean of images with F-spot.
F-spot Image Management
Manage your ocean of images with F-spot
ClamAV: Anti-Virus for Linux
It never hurts to use protection. Here’s a way to keep your Linux system free of viruses.
Hide in Plain Sight
Hide messages in images with simple steganography tools.
klik: True click-and-run software
Install software safely and easily... with just one klik!
Azureus: A Better Way to BitTorrent
Azureus is the way to go online if you’re searching for torrents.
Create Web Pages with Nvu
The Nvu web authoring system promises a lot, but falls short.
Rip, Convert, Listen: The Sequel
If you listen to Ogg Vorbis files, KRename and EasyTAG makes organizing those files a snap.
Rip, Convert, Listen
Linux offers several excellent music players, including (but not limited to) XMMS, Zinf, noatun, amaroK, Juk, Rhythmbox, and Kaffeine. Most of these can play streaming Internet audio, compact discs, and best of all, digital audio files. With music stored as digital audio files, you can enjoy your music wherever and whenever you want to.
Konserve: Backup Made Easy
Backing up data isn't exactly exciting, but like washing laundry, everyone needs to do it. On Linux, you can back up your files using an almost-bewildering array of choices, from self-composed shell scripts, to expensive software packages. But how about a simple, open source, easy-to-use, set-up-and-fuggedaboutit tool?
Helix Player and Real Player
Is there any multimedia software that Linux users love to hate more than RealPlayer? RealPlayer's bad interface, proprietary and poor-sounding codecs, and overall poor support for Linux have irked many a Penguinista.
A Very Apropos apt
The Debian Linux distribution introduced apt, a superior way to manage packages and avoid package dependency hell. Now, apt works with RPM-based distributions, like Red Hat. Here's how to use apt to greatly simplify system maintenance.