Mason Bee

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KDE neon is my preferred operating system. Not so much a distro as it is the latest stable KDE on...

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These are some of the projects I have worked on in both a solo and team capacity. In some I...

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  • How to measure your page speed How to measure your page speed
    One of the ways of increasing visitors on a website is to lessen the amount of time that it takes a page to load. This also increases engagement as people are more likely to visit other pages on your website if they load quickly making it more likely they will find what they want. The basic measure of this has generally been Google's PageSpeed Insights but for a lot of websites it isn't very g...

  • Updating KDE Neon Updating KDE Neon
    Although KDE neon is based on Ubuntu 18.04 it doesn't recommend using the same method to update. In Ubuntu you generally use some form of the application apt. Either in a GUI with the software installer or on a terminal emulator with a command such as, sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade These commands work in Neon but you will find after a while that there will be packages not bein...

  • Did the assassination attempt on activist Suzie Dawson really happen? Did the assassination attempt on activist Suzie Dawson really happen?
    One of the more interesting claims by Suzie Dawson is that she was targeted for assassination, presumably by the New Zealand authorities at the behest of the United States. In A Diary of a Person of Interest Suzie refers to being targeted in the following way, In my case, on Mother’s Day no less, they tried to drive me off a cliff. They had a car pull out in front of me, at a township i...

  • Free VPN with OpenVPN, KDE Neon and ProtonVPN setup Free VPN with OpenVPN, KDE Neon and ProtonVPN setup
    To do this you are going to need a Protonmail or ProtonVPN account (the accounts are bridged so having one is having the other) and Kubuntu installed. I am using 18.04 but it should work on any Debian based KDE distribution. RPM based distros will require changing a couple of commands but I will leave that up to you. Firstly install openVPN resolvconf and network-manager-openvpn on Kubuntu. ...

  • Backup KDE neon with Kup Backup KDE neon with Kup
    Kup is a backup scheduler for KDE neon that uses rsync or bup depending on whether you want to do incremental backups or a synchronised backup. Primarily it is used to backup to USB (It will recognise when the USB drive is attached) but it can also be used to backup to an smb share with a few tricks. To install Kup backup on KDE neon open Konsole and type, sudo apt install kup-backup The...

  • Transmission Transmission
    Transmission is a very popular BitTorrent client that works well in KDE neon. It also has a remote client called transgui if you are running Transmission on a server or NAS in your network. It is very good for downloading large files such as Linux distributions or scheduling them to download at times the Internet connection is not being used. Transmission can be installed by opening up Konsole...

  • New Zealand images to use as wallpapers New Zealand images to use as wallpapers
    I read about KDE's wallpaper competition and got quite excited, not that I think any of mine would win but what did I have? How about a collection of images from a New Zealand KDE user? So here they are, in geographical order. Possible Wallpapers The first two images weren't taken by me but instead by Tim Gordon. A friend who came over to Great Barrier Island and basically disappeared with...

  • A series of medical adventures A series of medical adventures
    How about a series where people get treated for the same things by different cultures doctors? For instance Joe comes in with back pain and is treated by a European trained doctor, a Chinese medical practitioner, etc....You could even go all out. There are over a hundred forms of alternative medicine listed in Wikipedia, all the way from Accupressure to Zang fu theory. At the end of the di...

  • Installing Code::Blocks Installing Code::Blocks
    Code::Blocks is a very good free integrated development environment (IDE) for writing in C, C++ and Fortran. It has been around for a long time and is recommended as the learning environment on sites such as Learn C++. To install Code::Blocks on KDE neon open up Konsole and type, sudo apt install codeblocks build-essential The build-essential package may already be installed but is requi...

  • Learning Java on KDE neon Learning Java on KDE neon
    Probably the best way to learn the basics of Java on KDE neon is to complete the University of Helsinki's MOOC's entitled, Object-Oriented programming with Java, part IObject-Oriented programming with Java, part II Both courses are free and you can progress from a student with no prior knowledge of programming to being able to use the basics of Java. The IDE used is Netbeans with a plugin c...