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?
Have you successfully used the free and open-source software GNUCash to run the finances of a nonprofit organization, like a church? Not so great a blog entry, but I’m hoping to attract the attention of someone who has done such a thing.
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
The hymn “Earth and all stars” — does anyone else think of Chuck Taylor? — gives us one of my favorite lines in Christian hymnody: “Classrooms and labs, loud boiling test tubes,/sing to the Lord a new song!” So that’s why I love this video. And that looks like a Linux laptop. I wonder who… Continue reading Ping to the Lord a GNU song
If you’re a Linux user and work on the command line and care about church calendars . . . well, perhaps you’ve missed this as long as I have. To find the date of Easter for a particular year according to the Western churches, say 2009 type: $ ncal -e 2009 For the Eastern churches,… Continue reading Church calendar on the command line
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 crunchbanglinux.com. Bookmark and savor. But who would make the most of this distro? Perhaps… Continue reading CrunchBang Linux gets own home
It’s no secret I have little patience for the Episcopal Church of late, so I wasn’t looking out for the theme of the 2009 General Convention. The Topmost Apple, an Episcopalian blogger I follow, presumably has more patience for the Episcopal Church, but little regard for the theme, which is “Ubuntu: I in You and… Continue reading Episcopalians, meet Ubuntu
A word to my Windows-using readers. You know I love Linux, and use Ubuntu Linux at home and work. I hope you would give it a try but would understand if it doesn’t appeal to you, or (at least) you get enough value from a Microsoft product to stay put. But there’s still a good… Continue reading File rescue with Ubuntu Linux
Last week, Michael Horowitz, writing his Defense Computing column for CNet makes the case that Linux — specifically vanilla Ubuntu Linux — is a more intuitive next step for Windows user than the Mac is. Using screenshots, he shows what a first-time Ubuntu Linux user would see and how it jibes with what a Windows… Continue reading What to expect from Ubuntu Linux
Still not thrilled with using a proprietary media format, but first things first. I got it to work. With wifi no less. (And you get to see what my desktop looks like.) Now, how did I do it? Not entirely sure. I am using VLC — the Swiss Army knife of media players; available for… Continue reading Got the GA media feed to work in Linux