Forge Your Future with Open SourceForge Your Future with Open Source by VM (Vicky) Brasseur
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a very well book and a must read if you’re interested at all in open source and open source projects. Vicky Brasseur has done a masterful job of presenting a complex subject in an interesting and creative way. If you want a quick introduction to Github, Gitlab, pull requests, open source terminology and open source licensing along with common sense community participation then this book is a must read for you.

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Particular Notes of Hope

Almost Everything: Notes on HopeAlmost Everything: Notes on Hope by Anne Lamott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a great book as are all the books I’ve ever read by Anne Lamott. This one had some key insights for me or maybe they were key because I was finally ready for them.

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GnuCash 3.3 on MacOS Mojave

A week ago as I pondered upgrading to MacOS Mojave I wondered would I be able to use GnuCash on which I’ve grown to depend. Some of the research I had done on support sites indicated that the older 2.xx version of GnuCash that I was using on MacOS High Sierra might not work. I took the necessary steps to back up my files and then set out for the upgrade.

Sure enough when I had completed the upgrade to Mojave, GnuCash would not launch. I had a backup plan to use GnuCash on a Linux laptop. However I did come across a support discussion that indicated that GnuCash 3.2 and 3.3 would work. I downloaded the image files from SourceForge and set to work. When I first launched the program my register fonts were very small. I remembered that in GnuCash 2.6 that I had to edit a configuration file in the home directory ~/’.gtkrc-2.0.gnucash‘. That configuration file let me specify a larger font and different typeface.

Now, however GnuCash 3.3 required a different configuration option which I am going to share. Once I created and edited this file my new installation worked fine and the register appeared more readable. To accomplish this you need to open a terminal on your Mac. In the terminal you need to change directories to the following: Library/Application\Support/Gnucash/config/gtk-3.0/. Once you’re in that directory you will need to create a file named, ‘gtk.css’. I created the file with the ‘touch’ command and then edited it with ‘nano’. The contents of that file gave me the results I was looking for. You can edit the font and point size to your own tastes.
{
font:12pt arial, sans-serif;
}

I hope this helps other GnuCash 3.3 users.

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A must read from a great writer

From the Corner of the OvalFrom the Corner of the Oval by Beck Dorey-Stein
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved the book. Beck Dorey-Stein is a great writer and I look forward to more of her work. This is a very interesting book and story of the Obama administration from an unlikely perspective.

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I love my new life

It’s been five years since I left public education and in that time I’ve realized how much I like my life as a part time writer in an open source community. I had been looking for a research job in my final years in public education. When it all ended I thought I’d never get a chance to do that. Now, however I get ample chances to research and write. I’m learning how to be a better writer and I’m surrounded by amazing people.

Besides writing I’ve been volunteering a lot in public libraries. Locally at Blount Library and regionally with the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System. I grew up next to a public library and in those pre-Internet days spent my free time there reading books and learning. Now, over fifty years later I have returned to those roots.

In addition to writing and volunteering at the library I still get chances to teach. Next month I’m going to be teaching adult students how to setup and use Raspberry Pi computers. I haven’t finished planning what I’m going to teach yet but I’m excited nonetheless for the opportunity.

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Mojave or not?

I’m trying to decide if I’m going to upgrade to Apple’s latest version of MacOS. Everything that I normally use is working probably most of the applications I use will work. One of my favorite applications is GnuCash.  It’s been a great replacement to Quicken. Does anyone out there in the blogosphere have any experience with upgrading to Mojave? Comments are welcome.

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The most powerful determinant of who you are is inside you

Educated: A MemoirEducated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A very engaging read from the beginning. It’s a great story of the power of education to transform the life of young woman who grew up in a fundamentalist family that disdained education and saw treachery and evil in government, medicine and much of what our society takes for granted.

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