Items of interest, September 29, 2021

A DIY Calorie Counter More Accurate Than A Smartphone. IEEE Spectrum. It’s not hard to make a calorie counter more accurate than a smartphone because smartphones are terrible at calorie counting. But this is still cool. My wife rescued her 10-year-old Dell computer that was giving her trouble by installing plain vanilla Ubuntu on it. …

I have too many projects, so I started some more projects

Over the past few weeks, updating Obsession Du Jour and the Patreon has more or less fallen by the wayside as I found myself too busy with my day job and other activities to spend an hour at a time on writing text. While occasionally something like an illness happens that prevents me from working …

Open letter to the Scribus development community

Dear people working on the open source desktop publishing application Scribus, Thank you for working on this project. Linux needs desktop publishing software badly, and it seems like for some reason, you are the only community who can be bothered to work on it. Maybe DTP carries a stigma because it’s primarily associated with print, …

Save the comic by troubleshooting my PC problems!

When I moved the studio PC to my apartment, I wrote: it won’t kill me to scan from Windows XP for a few days. That rather presupposed that Windows XP would go on working, which turned out not to be the case. The PC now reboots and enters an endless reboot loop for no apparent …

That heron is just one big tease

One of the most infuriating things about Ubuntu is the way it will tease you with a system that recognises all your devices, like, say, an Epson GT-12000 A3 scanner, running from the LiveCD, beautifully, but when you actually add, say, an Epson GT-12000 A3 scanner to an installed system, it will make you jump …

Kubuntu Gutsy Gibbon: Second impressions, plus some stuff about Amarok

Since posting my first impressions of Kubuntu Gutsy Gibbon, I’ve warmed to it quite a bit. It’s become my main OS now, though not exactly by choice: I was shooting to multi-boot between it and SuSE 10.0, but once I’d installed Kubuntu, the boot loader could no longer find my other boot setup and all …

This should help me bring the productivity back up

I haven’t had much time to go to the studio, but with this: Photoshop 7 running under Wine in (K)Ubuntu 7.10. Click to enlarge …I should be able to do more of my work at home. So far, I’ve only had one problem to solve: Photoshop needs the Microsoft core fonts, otherwise the Text tool …

Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) first impressions

I’m typing this in a freshly downloaded version of Opera running on the LiveCD version of Kubuntu, the KDE version of Ubuntu, release no. 7.10, Gutsy Gibbon, on my home machine. That’s the good news, in many ways. I’ve always liked having LiveCD distros around because they’re very useful for testing stuff, staying abreast of …