France-based Qwant search

Qwant is a great search engine based in France.  It has a modern look at search and treats all results the same without bias.  Privacy is protected by European data privacy laws.  This is a search addition for browsers so that the engine can be set as default search in Mozilla or Microsoft browsers.  As …
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Hundreds of datasets from libraries, archives, and museums

Douglas McCarthy and Andrea Wallace produced a survey of data access policies and data sources.  It’s in Google Docs and called the Survey of GLAM open access policy and practice [2.0]. It’s an excellent resource with the license terms and web locations of hundreds of datasets from libraries, archives, and museums.

CentOS 7 Repository for Owncloud Desktop Client

CentOS 7 Repository for OwnCloud desktop sync client is online. This application works well with Nextcloud.  Use (k)statusnotifieritem/appindicator extension and Topicons plus extensions in Gnome to ensure the icon works as it should. The Url is To add the repo, type the following command: yum-config-manager –add-repo

Desktop Shortcuts for Kids 5.2.1

This is the VBscript for shortcuts on Windows 10 that open in Edge browser. ‘ Desktop Shortcuts for Kids, for Windows 10 ‘ Robert Knight ‘ ‘ version 5 – July 2017 ‘ ———————————————————-‘ Option Explicit Dim wscript_shell_object Dim shortcut_working_directory Dim shortcut_save_location Dim shortcut_file_object Dim EXEC Dim ICON Dim DESCRIPTION Set wscript_shell_object = CreateObject(“WScript.Shell”) …
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Data to S3 with command line and encryption

This article details how to archive folders with their contents, encrypt the archives, upload them to S3, and remove the local copies.  A typical usage might be to archive the version of a website that I have with twenty thousand files on a certain date before changing the folder layouts of images for ten thousand images.

Try blocks in R for error handling

R scripts halt execution when an error is encountered.  When batch processing this produces situations where the error can not be merely skipped like it could in a .net application with  user involvement. To use Try() blocks for error handling in R, enclose the entire block of code in a try() block. try({ # Do …
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Android Studio desktop icon

Android Studio for Linux needs a desktop icon.  This is a functioning one to place in ~/.local/share/applications. [Desktop Entry] Version=1.0 Name=Android Studio Comment=Software Development GenericName=AndroidStudio Exec=sh /opt/android-studio/bin/ Terminal=false X-MultipleArgs=false Type=Application Icon=/opt/android-studio/bin/studio.png Categories=Development; MimeType=text/html;text/xml;application/xhtml+xml Keywords=programming;java;android;ide; Name[en_US]=AndroidStudio