Pro Tip of the Day - linux en Pro tip: Play games with your spreadsheet program <p> is a decent replacement for Excel, but let's face it, it's kind of boring.</p> <div align="center"><img src="" /></div> <p>To spice things up a little bit, go to cell A1 and put in the value </p> <blockquote><p>=GAME("StarWars")</p></blockquote> <div align="center"><img src="" /></div> <p>Then hit Enter. You'll get this</p> <div align="center"><img src="" /></div> <p>Pick your ship, dismiss the message (or read it if you can read German)</p> <div align="center"><img src="" /></div> <p>Then try to shoot down the ships. You use the mouse to aim and fire.</p> <div align="center"><img src="" /></div> <p>Okay, so the game's not all that good, but it could probably kill a lunch break if you really stretched it out.</p> <p>Oh, and the game is cross-platform, too.</p> easter eggs linux mac openoffice pro tip Fri, 12 Dec 2008 13:00:00 +0000 Will 56 at Pro tip: Play Minesweeper with your package manager <p>If you use Linux at all, you're familiar with the concept of a package manager. It's the program that your system uses to keep track of most everything installed on your system, and allows you to add, remove, and change them around. </p> <p>But, they can sometimes be used to kill time.</p> <p>If your operating system is based on <a href="">Debian</a>, like <a href="">Ubunto</a> or some such, then your package manager is <a href="">APT</a>. If your package manager is APT, then you can use a frontend called <a href="">aptitude</a> to manage your programs installed on your computer. </p> <p>Nothing too exciting, right? But, if you get bored, you can press CTRL+T to open the menu, where you see the option "Play Minesweeper", so you then press P and get:</p> <div align="center"><img src="" /></div> <p>You can use the arrow keys to move your cursor around and Enter to test a square for a mine. I don't really know any more of the controls since I am actually pretty bad at Minesweeper...</p> <div align="center"><img src="" /></div> <p>But, it's good for a short distraction while you're doing boring sysadmin stuff.</p> linux pc pro tip Tue, 11 Nov 2008 13:34:36 +0000 Will 25 at