To install GNU Octave on a Mac is not as easy as on Microsoft Windows® or GNU/Linux.
Ready-to-use App bundles are outdated and/or do not run reliably. The installation with a package manager as MacPorts or Home Brew does not work out-of-the-box.
This How-To describes how to install Octave 3.8.2 with MacPorts (Version 2.3.4) on Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan). It shows how to avoid pitfalls and workaround bugs. Finally it gives some hints regarding configuration.
Continue reading Install Octave on Mac OS X El Capitan
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For security reasons a lot of professional users work with standard user privileges. Nevertheless installations, updates, etc can be done by the administrator entering the administrator password without log out and log in as an dedicated administrator. There is one exception: Java.
Continue reading Java-Update simple and automatic
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To add another language in the spell checker of the markdown editor MdCharm in Windows or GNU/Linux, download the desired dictionary (*.oxt) of OpenOffice. Unzip it with e.g. 7-Zip (Windows) or e.g. Roller (GNU/Linux) and copy the aff– and dict-files to the folder “spellcheckdict” of the MdCharm installation.
Now the DNS-Hoster NO-IP follows the example of “DynDNS” who did this a couple years before. You have to confirm your account monthly – motivating you to buy the “Enhanced” account for USD 19.95/yr.
In Ubuntu Java apps which use Swing’s GTK Look and Feel (LaF) do not appear as native applications.
The menus does not have borders and do not appear as app menus on the top of the screen nor provide HUD support. The fonts on buttons and dialog boxes are thinner and do not match to the native look and feel.
This how-to describes step by step how you improve the GTK LaF of Java’s Swing apps. Continue reading Java’s Swing GTK LaF nice and pretty on Ubuntu
In wxMaxima 13 (Linux Mint 17, Ubuntu 14.04) it is not possible to type brackets as “[” or “]”. The ppa from István Blahota provides an update.
After the last MacPorts update (v2.3.4), Octave’s GUI did not run anymore. The reason was the wrong gcc variant.
Continue reading Octave’s GUI did not work after MacPorts-Update
Since GTK 3 has been introduced Java Swing applications have a bug in displaying their menus when using the GTK Look and Feel (LaF).
At Linux Mint Cinnamon:
- No border around dropdown and context menus
- Wrong font color of activated checkbox and radiobutton menu items (the font has the same color as the background and appears unvisible)
- No menu separators
In the web there are some fixes and workarounds but just one solves the problem on Linux Mint 17 completely (see section “Interesting Links” below).
This How-To shows how to fix the problem and offers a bash script to get rid of this problem on Mint 17.x automatically.
For Ubuntu find a small hint below.
Continue reading Display Java’s Swing menus correctly in Linux Mint’s GTK LaF
It is nearly impossible to associate a Windows EXE file to a normal application. The context command “Open with …” is not available for this file type.
But broken EXE-files or wrong commands in desktop shortcuts can ask for a application to start with. When your fingers are faster than your brain you cannot start EXE files anymore because Windows try to open them with the application selected before.
Unfortunately you cannot start any repair tools or even the registry editor to fix the problem manually now.
This how-to describes in a few steps how to bring your computer back working correctly.
Continue reading EXE-files accidentally associated with an application
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If you activated the wrong option in your Parallels settings your Launchpad is flooded with icons of your virtual machine.
In general you do not like it. Removing the icons is not that easy and not self-explanatory unfortunately. Trying to delete the icons in the Launchpad fails. Furthermore you will not find the app icons in the global Application folder of the Finder.
But there is a possibility to get rid of the unwanted icons, described below. Continue reading Delete Parallels icons from Launchpad