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Software: HomeBank, Backups, PhotoFilmStrip and nbdkit

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  • HomeBank: How To Add New Categories And Create Split Transactions

    Although I primarily use GnuCash to track my family's personal finances, I decided to try HomeBank as a secondary program. HomeBank was a pleasant surprise; it is easily configured, has a friendly interface, can generate nice charts and reports, and is accompanied by good documentation. If GnuCash seems too complex or intimidating for your needs, HomeBank just might be the alternative that hits the sweet spot.

    If you are brand new to HomeBank, a good starting point is Meemaw's article in the March 2012 issue of The PCLinuxOS Magazine, called "Linux Financial Apps: HomeBank".

    Her tutorial covers what is probably ver. 4.4 of the program. HomeBank's interface and behavior have not changed drastically since then. However, I should mention that the term "wallet" is no longer used to refer to files.

  • Five best open source Backup utilities for Linux

    Data loss is a common threat we all face these days. Disk failure or other user mistakes might result in data loss. Losing data is more hazardous for a data center which stores tons of information every day. There are so many backup Utilities available in the market which makes it confusing to choose the best one among the numerous options. This article will help you select the most appropriate free backup utility for Linux that might fit your needs.

  • Repo Review: Photo Filmstrip

    PhotoFilmStrip is a nice program for easily creating video slideshows of your photos. It supports audio tracks, panning and zooming, and has a few transition and image effects. The interface is quite well designed, making the program quick and easy to use.


    I really like how PhotoFilmStrip makes it very easy to quickly produce a high quality slideshow of your favorite photos. It's definitely far simpler than doing it all manually in dedicated video editing software. I recommend PhotoFilmStrip to anyone looking for a quick and easy solution to photo slideshows.

  • nbdkit new eval plugin and ip filter

    nbdkit is our flexible toolkit for building block devices. I just added a couple of new features which will appear in the next stable release, nbdkit 1.18.

    Previously I’ve talked on this blog and gave a talk at FOSDEM about how you can write block devices in shell script using nbdkit-sh-plugin. But that requires you to use an extra file for the script. What if opening an extra file is too much work? Well now you can specify the script directly on the nbdkit command line using the new eval plugin.

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