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I use free software for all my work - be it word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, desktop publishing, or web development.

I am available for web development using the content management system Drupal. Some websites developed by me are:

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Synchronising your Android contacts and calendar with KDE and/or Thunderbird without Google

I have been avoiding using a Google account with my Android phone pretty much since I got it, and re-installed my HTC Desire S with Cyanogenmod a while ago. All this worked perfectly, but until recently I had problems syncing my contacts or calendar with my computer (which runs Debian Sid with a KDE desktop). But finally I was able to solve this last problem, since KolabDroid was released on F-Droid.

Liberating my HTC Desire S

Last year in September, I got myself a HTC Desire S on Orange UK. While I was very happy with the phone, right from the beginning I was very annoyed with all the stuff that was installed on it - partly by HTC, and partly by Orange - and which I couldn't uninstall. HTC Sense had some nice aspects, but I didn't need HTC's version of the Facebook app in addition to Facebook's app, especially after I said goodbye to Facebook.

Why I am no longer on Facebook/Twitter etc

About two months ago, I suspended/deleted my accounts on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter, and even earlier I had suspended my Skype account. With these steps, I turned my back on popular so-called "social networks" and communication platforms. But why?
 

Gnucash-2.4 released with MySQL backend

On 21 December 2010, the Gnucash team finally released Gnucash-2.4. According to the official release announcement, "the latest stable release of the GnuCash Free Accounting Software. With this new release series, GnuCash can use an SQL database using SQLite3, MySQL or PostgreSQL. It runs on GNU/Linux, *BSD, Solaris, Microsoft Windows and Mac OSX."

Gnucash now with MySQL backend option

Gnucash, the open source accounting software, is working on the next stable 2.4 release, which will include the option to store the accounting data in a MySQL, Postgres, or Sqlite database.
As usual, testing of releases is important. As I'm using Gnucash at home and at work, I built debian testing packages of Gnucash-2.3.17 for i386 and amd64.
Please note that now I changed dependency to guile-1.8.

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