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By Popular Demand - Fixing On-Demand Video in Mint 16
After a brutal shift at work, all I wanted to do this afternoon was crash in front of the TV but I got home to find that I had no signal. So, I thought I'd catch up with some on-demand TV from Channel 5 but I couldn't get any video to play via Chromium on a...
After a brutal shift at work, all I wanted to do this afternoon was crash in front of the TV but I got home to find that I had no signal. So, I thought I'd catch up with some on-demand TV from Channel 5 but I couldn't get any...
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Finally, I've Found Something That Doesn't Work!
I've finally found something that I can't make work using Ubuntu (or its derivatives) - my old Canoscan D1250 U2 flatbed scanner. The good news is that I don't need it, I use my HP Photosmart C6280 which probably explains why I've never tried to get this pi...
I've finally found something that I can't make work using Ubuntu (or its derivatives) - my old Canoscan D1250 U2 flatbed scanner. The good news is that I don't need it, I use my HP Photosmart C6280 which probably explains why...
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Backed Up Or Hacked Off?
One of the problems of continually changing your operating system is remembering what software and applications to restore. You may recall that back in 2011 I settled on syncing to an encrypted pen-drive using GRSYNC as my strategy: now that I'm storing fin...
One of the problems of continually changing your operating system is remembering what software and applications to restore. You may recall that back in 2011 I settled on syncing to an encrypted pen-drive using GRSYNC as my st...
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Driving Backwards - Fixing Graphics Performance In Mint 16
I've enjoyed playing around with Mint 16, it's particularly nice to have a customizable desktop that you really can make your own. One of my favourite applications of distros past is Cairo Dock - I love the groovy animations and funky sound effects: it's be...
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On Reflection... I Was Wrong!
Earlier in the week I was waxing lyrical about Lubuntu's potential to fill the void left by Windows XP. However, following George R R Martin's revelation that he still uses DOS to write, I've had cause to reconsider my position and, on reflection, I think t...
Earlier in the week I was waxing lyrical about Lubuntu's potential to fill the void left by Windows XP. However, following George R R Martin's revelation that he still uses DOS to write, I've had cause to reconsider my positi...
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Good Grief - It's Life Jim...
It's early days, but after a shaky start (no sound and corrupt video), I've got 14.04 running nicely on the DELL Dimension 8400. That's a ten year-old machine! The fact is, I haven't been this psyched about an operating system since Karmic. More to follow.....
It's early days, but after a shaky start (no sound and corrupt video), I've got 14.04 running nicely on the DELL Dimension 8400. That's a ten year-old machine!The fact is, I haven't been this psyched about an operating system...
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Mint 16: XServer Fails on Live Disk
I've been playing around with an old Fujitsu Siemens Amilo laptop but couldn't get the Mint 16 Live Disk to boot to the live desktop: from the welcome screen I could only get an error message that XServer had failed. The Amilo graphics are listed as VIA/S3G...
I've been playing around with an old Fujitsu Siemens Amilo laptop but couldn't get the Mint 16 Live Disk to boot to the live desktop: from the welcome screen I could only get an error message that XServer had failed. The Amil...
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The Passing Of Ubuntu One
Today marks the passing of Ubuntu One. "We are sorry to notify you that we will be shutting down the Ubuntu One file services, effective 1 June 2014. It is no longer possible to purchase storage or music from the Ubuntu One store. The Ubuntu One file servic...
Today marks the passing of Ubuntu One."We are sorry to notify you that we will be shutting down the Ubuntu One file services, effective 1 June 2014. It is no longer possible to purchase storage or music from the Ubuntu One st...
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GnuCash - Creating New Accounts/Categories
I've seen a number of questions online asking how to create new expense categories in GnuCash. The question itself demonstrates a fundamental misunderstanding of how basic bookkeeping works: an expense category is really nothing more (and nothing less!) tha...
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Quids In - GnuCash: Another Windows Alternative
One of the great strengths of Windows is the excellent range of software that has been developed over the years. One of the fun things about switching to Linux is exploring some of the alternatives to those programs. I've blogged about a couple in the past ...
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Bluefish Sinking
I've indicated that I use Bluefish as my html markup editor. However, it's not stable in 14.04 and apparently this has been a problem since 13.04 . It's not catastrophic, but if it's not fixed soon I may revert to gedit. Sources & References: Launchpad: blu...
I've indicated that I use Bluefish as my html markup editor. However, it's not stable in 14.04 and apparently this has been a problem since 13.04.It's not catastrophic, but if it's not fixed soon I may revert to gedit.Sources...
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