Samsung Galaxy S II and Banshee

Today a shiny new toy arrived in the post for me – a Samsung Galaxy S II. High on my priority list was transferring my music across to the phone. My N900 was very easy to sync – some how I’d got into using Songbird a long time ago, but I don’t use it much […]

Tip: Skip the LibreOffice Word Count!

When you’re writing an essay with a word count to meet, how your word processor counts the words matters. LibreOffice seems to count a lot higher than MS Word, meaning your task at meeting the word count is much harder. This is probably because of the way it treats ‘floating punctuation marks’ like a dash […]

Tip: Switch Proxy with Chromium in Ubuntu

Ubuntu 11.04 (AKA Natty Narwhal) eliminates all kinds of Gnome Applets – most of which I didn’t use or need. One that I realised that I miss today is the proxy switcher applet. When I’m at college (LST), I need to switch to use their proxy – and back again at home. I want that to […]

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 – […]