How I sync Android and Ubuntu Music and Photos – wirelessly!

While Android is based on a Linux kernel, lots of the best tools for syncing phones don’t run on the Linux desktop – for my Galaxy S II, Kies Air from Samsung is the default, won’t work. Winamp won’t work, DoubleTwist won’t work… I want to be able to sync up my phone with my […]

Tip: How I avoid losing screws when fixing computers

I replaced the screen on Jane’s netbook today after a little accident. Sometimes the screws from a little task like this get chucked in a bowl or left lying on the desk, but today I realised a much better way of keeping track of them all. I cut a strip of wide masking tape and […]

Fixing OpenOffice scrollbars with the Elementary theme

The Elementary theme I have on Ubuntu is beautiful. I now have the right scrollbars on Chromium and I wondered when I’d get OpenOffice fixed. A little google-fu and the inbuilt translator of Chromium dug up a post on Argentinan site Soft-Libre. The solution is really simple, but messes up the theme. DanRabbit is correct […]

Fixing the gnome panel in Ubuntu

I installed Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) ages ago but never got round to using the restricted drivers. Well, it just worked OK, so I figured leave it. Today I tried them – installation was fine, no problem, and moving the two screens around in the Monitors tool worked fine, except I ended up with the […]

Logitech MX Revolution on Ubuntu Lucid 10.04

The first beta for the latest Ubuntu is out, so I’m running it already. Aside from the strange window controls, it seems good so far. One of my first tasks was to make my gorgeous Logitech MX Revolution mouse work properly. Out of the box is… almost, just one little thing to solve – the […]

Ripping movies for the N900 with Handbrake

One of the best features of the Nokia N900 is its fabulous high-res screen and I was really looking forward to watching films on it. when the phone arrived, it was pre-loaded with a demo video and a film trailer, both encoded at native resolution (800×480) and playing back beautifully. I knew that I could […]

Buzan’s iMindMap on Ubuntu (64 bit)

When I switched to the 64-bit version of Ubuntu Karmic (9.10), one of the few apps that didn’t follow me over was Buzan’s iMindMap – quite simply the greatest mindmapping software on the planet. Shoddy support, but  awesome software – unless you try to use it on a 64-bit OS. I cracked the puzzle – […]