I was recently poking around with LibreOffice and figured out how easy it is to add great vector clip art to ones LibreOffice gallery collection. My experience with both LibreOffice and the site that provides so many awesome clip art images in vector and many other formats was so pleasant, I figured I would post this tutorial to give then both some love.
Step one in the tutorial is where we download the vector images we want to add to our gallery. This is where flaticon.com comes in. They have over six hundred thousand icons - all of which you can download in multiple image formats including .png, .svg, .eps and .psd. Many of the icons are available with their free account but you can get full access to a richer set of icons with their premium plans. Plans range from about $7.50 to $9.99 per month at the time of this writing. If you like their work, consider getting one of their premium plans.
Once you are on flaticon.com, if you are a free user look for one of the icon packs with the [S] in the top left corner - this means the pack is available for free. Icon packs are saved as zip files by default, so you will need to unzip the folder to a familiar location on you hard drive such as Photos folder if you are using Windows - as I am in this tutorial.
With the folder unzipped, you are now ready to fire up LibreOffice. I am using LibreOffice Version: 220.127.116.11 (x64).
Select  View > Galer y] ... The gallery panel should appear on the right side of the window.
Select [New Theme...] at the top of the gallery panel ... The new theme dialog will open in the centre of the screen.
Enter a meaningful name for your collection - I named mine "Digital Marketing" - then select the [Files] tab at the top.
Click on [Find Files] and browse to the svg subfolder in the location where you unzipped the icons folder in the earlier step.
You should see all the .svg files listed in the left side of the dialog box. Press the [Add All] button and give it a moment to do its thing.
On completion, the tiny message box will disappear and the list of svg files on the left will be empty again. click the [OK] button and you are done!
To test that everything went well, traverse the list of themes in the gallery panel and locate the collection you just created - "Digital Marketing" in my case.
drag an icon onto the page and resize it. If you did everything right you should now have some stunning icons in your gallery to decorate your documents to your hearts content.
Thanks again to the LibreOffice and the FlatiIcon teams for all their hard work.
IPv6 is here to stay. Removing it can break networking. Do not remove it.
SMBv1is a security hole and has been removed from Windows 7 & above, Server 2008 & up.
SMBv1 has been removed meaning you cannot connect to old operating system, old NAS devices and old printer/scanners.
SMBv1 is a security hole. Do not enable it.
Window 10 is going to update. Get used to it. The people who turned Windows 7 updates off and then blamed Microsoft when their operating got hacked and hosed caused this.
Home group has gone (Windows 10 V1803 and up). Get used to Password Protected sharing and learn how to use it. I wrote an article about this (look in my Articles for Folder Sharing on modern computers). Do not turn passwords off.
Windows 10 is not Windows 7, does not work like Windows 7 and has dispensed with some old Windows 7 ideas. There is no going back. Get used to it.
You got ransomware from people opening email from strangers. Get a Spam Filter. Train Employees, keep Off-Site backups. It is not a technology problem - it is a management problem.
Amortize expensive software and hardware to create cash for new equipment. "I am stuck on XP because the equipment is too expensive to upgrade" is not an option. Get your accountant to explain this to you.
Over the years, I've had BIOS updates totally ruin a couple of mainboards on me that I had to replace at my own expense for client machines I was working on, so I tend to shy away from flash updating any BIOS unless I see a specific need to do so to address a specific problem a machine is having.
I do the same with my own computers, so it was with a little trepidation that I decided to update the BIOS on my self-built Windows 10 machine today - necessary because of the recent security flaw that was discovered and I found it addressed.
So for those of you using this now relatively out dated mainboard that I have: Intel Corporation DH67CL - I can say that you can go ahead and use the 2018 Flash update available for it with confidence. No ill effects from my own experience.
This has been a community service announcement! :-)