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Linux Identity on 3.2

April 5th, 2010 Benjamin Horst

Linux Identity has released its annual special issue, and I can happily announce that I’ve written four articles in this one. My pieces include the editorial/intro to the issue, new features in Calc, web based resources for OOo, and popular and useful extensions.

You can order a copy from the Linux Identity web store or pick it up in Border’s bookstores.

Document Freedom Day Today

March 31st, 2010 Benjamin Horst

Today is Document Freedom Day, a global day to promote awareness of the importance of open document formats and open standards like ODF (OpenDocument Format) and HTML.

To catch up on what’s happening around the world today, see the Document Freedom Blog.

For an perspective on Document Freedom Day, see Louis Suarez-Potts’ post titled Document Freedom Day.

How to Enjoy the Taste of the Exotic China Massage

March 24th, 2010 Benjamin Horst

Receiving a massage is really a wonderful experience for most individuals in China. It will aid to calm you and it also can be the perfect finish to a busy day. There exists a huge array of massages around China, but few are as very good as the China erotic massage. The China erotic massage would be the excellent kind of massage for you as well as your companion due to the fact that it allows each of you to find your erogenous zones, even this kind of massage combine the tantric massage.

The primary principle of the China erotic massage is finding the zones from the physique which can give the pleasure to people. Now, it is necessary to point out that when we talk about an China massage, we are not speaking about illegal massage parlors which can be present in most cities of China. This China massage can be a massage which will not have intercourse in it, nonetheless it also help you chill out that other massages may can not do that.

You will find a vast amount of books which have mentioned about the concept of the China erotic massage and this kind of massage can date back thousands of years ago in China, where it had been typically utilized as holistic medication apply. The body was considered as one part of daily life force because that Chinese people have proven that life force was to touch the places on the body exactly where the force was the strongest. Not surprisingly, those places have been also really sexual places and it also the place that erotic massage was born.

The China massage is considerably like tantric massage in that it assists to put you inside a trance which is certainly amazingly soothing. Numerous men and women find they appear to drift not into sleep, but into a waking rest in which they truly feel what are happening, but are reaching nearly another degree of consciousness. This was also howChina massage worked, making it possible for people to reach sexual ecstasy even though simultaneously expanding their spirits and thoughts.

As with countless factors in East Asia, the China massage is more than simply a massage. This is a non secular expertise which can really help people to align the Chi and let you feel you are moving to one more plane of existence. With this particular massage, you’ll be able to become closer for your companion on a deeper class. This is a massage which is not just a massage. It is a special massage experience which you have to experience yourself, then you will truly feel it.

Having an Unusual Vacation in China with the Beautiful Escort Girls

March 24th, 2010 Benjamin Horst

Most of rich and popular males should never miss the opportunities to have a visit in China and also have exciting moment while in the sun with all the Chinese escort women. In case that you are truly popular from where you reside, you are able to have any wild entertaining within your hometown merely because folks would recognize you and commence discussing with you. Nonetheless, in the event that you take your wishes more than for China, no one would ever know about the wild ride that you had taken using the most gorgeous Shanghai escort woman that just you met in town.

Seek entry inside the private beaches of China and give yourself some naughty adventure. You can walk naked inside the sand with a beautiful Chinese escort lady who you choose. The enjoyable moment that you can have in this country is limitless. You can go alone or just with a group of buddies together, you are going to get every pleasure when you came to China.

1. Choosing a China escort company.
Choosing an escort company is extremely crucial in the event that you intend to have fun with the beautiful escort girls in China. You must cope with no lower than a really trustworthy China escort company or your whole trip will be waste. Talk to a company which can provide you the right women that you desire to be with, not as substitutes, you can choose Chinese escort on the final minute.

Although you’ll find without a doubt that a lot of Chinese escort women will enjoy following with you in this country, it is greatest to have everything to perform completely as planned. If you are in your finest mood, you’ll benefit from the escort women in China forever.

2. Take pleasure in Your Trip
Undoubtedly, China is one of the best countries you can choose to go when you are in the Asia. The city is full of several sights and activities to appreciate. And there are plenty of lovely Chinese escorts who can accommodate you as well as your innermost fantasies. So now, get your total body in right here and expertise the pleasure that real Chinese escort women can provide you.

With the escort women who may be the blonde escorts, busty female or Asian beauties, you may be able to find the enjoyable and entertainment that your body is craving for all along. on AuthorSupportTool

March 21st, 2010 Benjamin Horst’s blog describes a new Extension in Dmitri Popov’s post “Turbocharge Writer with AuthorSupportTool.”

The AuthorSupportTool (AST) extension… dramatically enhances the word processor’s functionality, turning it into a powerful tool for working on research papers and complex documents.

AST provides a number of features, including a Template Wizard with templates for major types of academic documents, a tool to manage bibliographic references, and “focal points” and “work progress” indicators.

These latter two are unique tools. Popov explains, “You can think of the focal points editor as a graphical non-hierarchical outliner which you can use to manage the document structure as a flowchart. The clever part here is that once the flowchart is ready, you can convert it into the traditional document structure where each node (or focal point in AST’s terminology) becomes a document heading.”

The Work Progress function “provides a visual timeline as well as essential info about the current document, including word and page count, number of illustrations and tables, and so on. Here you can also specify the duration of the project and set milestones.”

New Marketshare Numbers

February 14th, 2010 Benjamin Horst

In recent discussions of marketshare, two key facts stand out. The first is that OOo’s marketshare is much higher than most observers expected, and the second is that Microsoft Office’s marketshare is much lower than common knowledge has long dictated.

The current discussion of market share was first touched off by, which published “International OpenOffice Market Shares” about a week ago. In this article, author Thomas Hümmer was able to determine approximate installed base / market share of and other competing office suites and broke down the numbers by country. Leading countries include Poland and the Czech Republic at 22%, Germany at 21%, France at 19% and Italy, Spain and Denmark close behind.

Hümmer points out some contributing factors to these high numbers, including the fact that many of their public administrations have adopted ODF or for their own use. He also notes the correlation between high adoption of OOo and Firefox, which itself has nearly 50% market share in both Poland and Germany, an increase from several years ago, when Firefox was in the same range as OOo is today. OOo’s continued growth thus seems very likely to follow a similar trajectory.

And what of the low marketshare numbers posted by MS Office? For years, common knowledge has been that “everyone has Microsoft Office” installed, which, to give it a number, one might translate to 95%. However, Webmasterpro found no country with greater than 88% penetration for MSO, while most were much lower (the USA only posted 75% installation of MSO, in fact). Germany and Poland were even lower, at 72% and 68%, respectively.

More discussion of this interesting new information can be found at Computerworld UK, in “Has the Irresistible Rise of Begun?” by Glyn Moody, at OStatic’s “ by the Numbers” by Joe Brockmeier, and in many other recent articles.

Bob Sutor on ODF Support in WordPress

February 5th, 2010 Benjamin Horst

ODF support in more applications is always a good thing. It provides further utility to users, expands and strengthens the software ecosystem, and demonstrates the superiority of open data formats.

Along these lines, Bob Sutor asks, “What would ODF support for WordPress look like?

“Thinking of WordPress as a content management system, importing an ODF file means taking a word processing, presentation, or spreadsheet document and putting into a form that can be saved and displayed by WordPress, either in a blog post or a standalone page. For simple text, this would mean translating to HTML. Doing a bit more work, it could mean using HTML and CSS for formatting. Getting even fancier, it could incorporate extra JavaScript or PHP code to handle spreadsheets in a live manner.”

He points out a Drupal module serving a similar purpose, and collects some good comments from Rob Weir and Walt Hucks helping to further develop the idea.

Denmark to Adopt ODF

January 30th, 2010 Benjamin Horst

Danish project members pointed out the Danish Parliament’s decision this week to require government data be stored in open formats. They developed a list which explicitly included ODF and excluded MSOOXML.

The original article can be found at: ODF Wins the Document Format War (via Google Translate).

It’s also covered in English at The Register (Danes Ditch Microsoft, Take ODF Road – At Last) and OSOR.EU (DK: Danish state administrations to use ODF).

The Register: “Parliamentary parties decided – after four years of deliberation – to use the Open Document Format in all Danish state office documents.”

OSOR.EU points out:

“The open standard ODF is recognised by many European member states. Next to Denmark it is also a national standard for public administrations in Belgium, Germany, France, Lithuania, Sweden and the Netherlands. ODF is recommended by Norway and it is one of the document standards at NATO.

“ODF is a document standard supported by many office applications, including most open source office software packages. The list of software companies supporting ODF include Sun Microsystems with its StarOffice, Google with Google Docs, IBM with Lotus Domino and Workplace. Microsoft supports ODF in the second edition of its 2007 version of its Office suite. Earlier versions require a plugin made by Sun Microsystems. ODF support is also included in the office suite Hangul, used by many of Korea’s public administrations and the office suite Itchitaro, which is popular in Japan. Open source applications that can handle ODF include OpenOffice, K-Office, Abiword, Gnumeric, Scribus and TextEdit.”

January 24th, 2010 Benjamin Horst

Wishler is our new social wishlist sharing service. Using a bookmarklet, Wishler users can add items from any online store to their wishlists, and share them with friends. Our current site is a beta and we plan to continue adding features and improving the interface with community feedback, so please let me know what you think of the site:


Firefox Surpasses IE in Germany, ODF Wins in Slovakia

December 13th, 2009 Benjamin Horst

According to recent reports, the usage share of Firefox, at 45.6%, has surpassed IE (at 44.4%) for the first time, in Germany. “Other” browsers have also reached a record high of 9.5%. See Heise Online for the full story.

Meanwhile, ODF has been selected by Slovakia as its government’s standard data format. Boycott Novell reports this and other news in ODF Wins in Slovakia, Maybe More Countries.