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Beeza has worked in just about every area of software development over the last 30 years, including long spells in the defence and finance industries. He is now relatively impoverished but far happier working for himself on a number of tech and non-tech projects.
In the UK there is a lot of competition in the telecoms business but, in reality, most of the players rely on infrastructure owned and operated by one company - BT.
Urban customers benefit greatly from this competition and probably have the cheapest telecom services in Europe as a result. The emphasis of the providers is, understandably, areas of high population concentrations. The problem is that nowadays a lot of people living in rural areas need fast and reliable internet connections to do their jobs and run their businesses.
What do you do when you live in a remote area and the major internet providers have no plans to roll fast connections out to where you live?
In this episode Beeza describes how he found a solution and managed to get it implemented.
- Unetbootin: http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/
- LibreOffice: https://www.libreoffice.org/
- AbiWord: http://abisource.org/
- Gnumeric: http://www.gnumeric.org/
- PDF-Shuffler: http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdfshuffler/
- Audacity: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
- Audio Tag Tool: http://freecode.com/projects/audiotagtool
- Bombono DVD: http://www.bombono.org/cgi-bin/wiki/
- Decibel Audio Player: http://decibel.silent-blade.org/
- Handbrake: https://handbrake.fr/
- MHWaveEdit: https://gna.org/projects/mhwaveedit/
- Minitube: http://flavio.tordini.org/minitube
- OpenShot: http://openshot.org/
- Sound Converter: http://soundconverter.org/
- VLC: http://www.videolan.org/vlc/
- Filezilla: https://filezilla-project.org/
- Dia: https://wiki.gnome.org/Apps/Dia
- GIMP: http://www.gimp.org/
- GScan2PDF: http://freecode.com/projects/gscan2pdf
- Inkscape: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inkscape
- Krita: https://krita.org/
- Simple Scan: https://github.com/mnagel/simple-scan
- XSane: http://www.sane-project.org/
- Stellarium: http://stellarium.org/
- SQLiteman: http://sqliteman.yarpen.cz/
- Gambas: http://gambas.sourceforge.net/en/main.html
- Lazarus: http://lazarus.freepascal.org/
- Get-iplayer: https://github.com/get-iplayer/get_iplayer
- SearchMonkey: http://freecode.com/projects/searchmonkey
Beeza hates being told what to do. When he moved over to Linux he noticed how most users were barely scratching the surface of the huge choice of software offered by the repositories. Rather than just go with the flow and settle for what everybody else was using, it was in his nature to look for alternatives to the most popular applications.
He discovered some total rubbish, but also some real gems which deserve far greater exposure than they receive. Reviews of some of these excellent but relatively unknown packages will form the basis of future HPR episodes.
In this episode Beeza makes the case for investing a little time digging around in the repositories to see if there is software which may suit your requirements better than the mainstream applications.
Over about 30 years Beeza has been a software developer and tester, a system designer and technical author. In that time he's worked with a wide range of software, hardware and technologies. From DOS and the early days of Windows and the Mac, through to his conversion to Linux, he's seen great changes in the way we develop software and use computers. Not all the changes have necessarily been for the better, though.
For anyone who's been around the IT world for a while, this may be a short trip down memory lane. For relative newcomers, it may come as a surprise to discover just how much was achieved years ago with so few resources.