Please try Firefox 3.5

I’m very pleased with the new release of the Firefox browser. While I’ve generally been pleased by Firefox’s features, it has become slower and more demanding of computing resources in recent versions. The new version corrects the lag, and adds a new feature besides: the ability to embed audio and video without a separate plugin.… Continue reading Please try Firefox 3.5

Without free software, there would have been no Web

And open — that is, non-proprietary — standards, too. No secret blend of herbs and spices here. We’d certainly no Web as we know it. Not even close. Today is the sixteenth anniversary of the deed of software by CERN — “the supercollider people” — for the software that makes the Web work. Here’s the… Continue reading Without free software, there would have been no Web

Bible for Android?

No, I’m not preparing for a robotic mission. But after years of rejecting having a cell phone, I gave in — and did so with an Android phone. (After reading how a significant plurality of homeless persons have a cell phone, and how it is a leading entry-point for Internet technologies for persons in developing… Continue reading Bible for Android?

PDF scanning the booklet

Notes from my scanning workflow from yesterday. I’ve had my Epson Perfection 3490 Photo scanner for years — a gift from Hubby, Christmas 2003 or 2004, I think — but it never played happily with whatever Linux set-up I had at the time. But there’s a maxim that Linux distributions (editions) work better with older… Continue reading PDF scanning the booklet

CrunchBang Linux gets own home

My favorite lightweight distro (edition) of Linux is Philip Newborough’s young CrunchBang Linux, an unofficial variant of Ubuntu Linux using the OpenBox window environment. Now that it’s moved past its wobbly fawn phase, Newborough’s moved it from his CrunchBang blog to Bookmark and savor. But who would make the most of this distro? Perhaps… Continue reading CrunchBang Linux gets own home 3 is out

Like Michelle Murrain, I’ve been using the free and open-source office suite “before it was” — thanks to the good example of the Labarum military chaplaincy liturgy site, which released some of its files in the older Star Office format. I’m also glad the new version of has, for the first time,… Continue reading 3 is out