Installing the SnapScan 1300 on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

This is one of those blog posts that act as a note-to-self. and, I hope help others in the same boat. If you have a SnapScan 1300 portable and want to use it on Ubuntu Linux 14.04 LTS, follow these directions. They worked for me. (I found that from this page, so thanks all around.)

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So, it’s been a while since I’ve written a blog post, but I’ve not been inactive. And since I have the day off today, I thought I’d catch you up.¬†Over the next couple of days, I’ll be putting up two chapters from the 1946 Parish Practice in Universalist Churches¬†as text; I’ve previously posted it as… Continue reading Transcription workflow notes

Another UU released today

The October 2014 (14.10) release of the Ubuntu Linux operating system came out today. The releases have a double initial codename: an adjective, bordering on the outlandish, and an animal. And we’ve come to the Us. So let me introduce, particularly to the Unitarian Universalists, the new release: Utopic Unicorn. Release notes

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Ubuntu Linux for Ministry: a feature for orders of service

So, this hasn’t been a weekly Thursday feature as I intended. Nor is this, properly speaking, a Ubuntu Linux-only feature, as it’s uses LibreOffice Writer, and that’s available for Windows and Mac OS X, too. (It is free and open-source software — FOSS — and you can get it here.) A small thing — making… Continue reading Ubuntu Linux for Ministry: a feature for orders of service

Ubuntu Linux for Ministry: a new feature, hopefully helpful

With all the talk about student debt, low salaries, missing employment, unwanted bivocationality and plain-old poverty in the ministry, it makes some sense to address ways of saving money as a way of making-do, because structural change (and success is not guaranteed) takes time. That’s a good reason to put free-of-charge Ubuntu Linux on an… Continue reading Ubuntu Linux for Ministry: a new feature, hopefully helpful

Linux, Microsoft users: protect yourself against repetitive stress

I had a harrowing day today at the emergency room. All is well — better safe that sorry — but at the very least, let it be said that I should mitigate against eye and neck strain. Coming home, I re-installed a piece of software I once used: Workrave. It forces you to take short… Continue reading Linux, Microsoft users: protect yourself against repetitive stress

The code of conduct

With the prospect of a new church and one with a conspicuous online element, a clear upfront set of participant (much less member) expectations will have to come together almost immediately. But why draft one from scratch when — and this is a benefit of the free culture and liberal licensing, another intended value —… Continue reading The code of conduct

New Ubuntu version out today

Ubuntu 11.04, a probably the world’s most popular version of desktop Linux, has a new version out today and is codenamed Natty Narwal. I’m downloading/uploading the disk image (iso) of Natty via torrent — there are legal uses for BitTorrent — but I confess that the move of Ubuntu to include more and more proprietary… Continue reading New Ubuntu version out today

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