Anil Seth

Going Against the Tide of the Apps

This article by a veteran of the computing world is an interesting account of his experiences with computers, right from punch cards to mobiles and tablets. Since he has reservations about the apps…

Using Gestures with Touchscreens on KDE5

Using the touchscreen on the netbook can be disappointing, while gestures also fail to please. In this article, the author recalls a personal of using a touchscreen and gestures on a notebook running…

Easy to Use Video Editors

You can make your old and new videos more interesting and meaningful by editing them with either of these two free and easy-to-use video editors – Avidemux or Kdenlive. When I was in…

Exploring Software: A Secure UEFI Boot Experience

In this article, the author narrates his experiences with the UEFI boot when installing Fedora and Ubuntu on a Windows 8 UEFI secured netbook. He also outlines the difficulties he encounters and the…

Exploring Big Data on a Desktop: Spark and HBase (May 2015)

The last issue of OSFY carried the column ‘Exploring Big Data’, which took a look at Apache Spark. This article explores HBase, the Hadoop database, which is a distributed, scalable big data store….

Spark: Exploring Big Data on a Desktop

Here’’s an introduction to Apache Spark, a very fast tool for large scale data processing. Spark is easy to use, and runs on Hadoop and Mesos as a standalone application or on the…

Exploring Big Data on a Desktop, with Hadoop, Elasticsearch and Pig

In continuation of earlier articles, the author goes further into the subject to discuss Elasticsearch and Pig, and explain how they can be used to create an index for a large number of…

Exploring Big Data on a Desktop: Archiving and Retrieving Emails using HBase and Phoenix

In this column, the author discusses how large volumes of mail can be archived and retrieved using Big Data tools, HBase and Phoenix. One pressing challenge for any organisation is the storage and…

Automate the Cropping of Photos from Scanned Album Pages

This month, we switch to a new track. Let’s explore how Imagemagick kills the drudgery in extracting photographs from scanned pages by automating the process. How does one easily share memories stored in…

Extend Wireless Router Capabilities Using a Netbook or Laptop

There are now a range of devices that are Wi-Fi enabled. So for situations where a wireless router is required, the additional functionality of Network Manager 0.98 is a great convenience. Fedora 18…

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