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Continuing with my past highlights series, I present you with what I think are the best articles from October 2005. Please feel free to comment on any article regardless of age if you feel you have something relevant to add to them.
Blog hosting services - When I first began blogging, I always wondered why people chose the "free" blogging services like blogspot over self-hosting. Of course, since I already had a domain name and hosting space for LiteraryForums.org, I didn't feel the need to utilize any of these services. I still feel today that being in complete control of your content is the best option even from a "standing out from the crowd" perspective.
Of fountain pens and handwriting - a post on my thoughts on using pens (a serious one for a change ). My conclusions? Fountain pens with thicker nibs are best if you want to write neatly without effort. Of course, owning a Sheaffer does help.
LaTeX IDEs for Linux and Windows - Here I highlighted a few IDEs which make composing documents in LaTeX (a typesetting/document formatting system) easy. If you don't know what LaTeX (pronounced "Lay-Tech") is, you probably won't find this of much use!
Free speech versus responsible speech - At that time I considered this one of my best essays. I still think that people over-emphasize the value of Free Speech without understanding that it means nothing unless there is credibility. Without credibility at the source, Free Speech loses all its value, so it's necessary to temper freedom with responsibility.
Don't waste your time countering anti-Linux propaganda - Apart from the regular trolls who derive pleasure out of criticizing Linux all the time without taking facts into account, there will always be people who genuinely believe that Linux is only for hardened geeks. It's more a matter of perception than reality, unfortunately and that is where marketing comes in. Since the time I wrote that article though, Ubuntu has taken the Linux world by storm and proved how effective marketing strategies can help change these ideas.
Hope you enjoy reading these snippets from the past!
Posted on Fri, Oct 5, 2007 at 12:24 IST (last updated: Thu, May 7, 2009 @ 21:35 IST)