There’s no better welcome home and no better start to the new year than a dead computer

As you may remember, the day before I left for Tennessee in mid-October, my Macbook died (it got better, especially after I gave up running Parallels on it). I just came home from Tennessee after a trip that included delays, lies about delays, the worst airline information I have ever come across and 1 hour …

Running Windows on a Mac still to be considered harmful

Reader Kitchenbutterfly asks: Why have you burst my bubble? I’ve been living in paradise, claiming the MAC and all things APPLE to be the next best thing to sliced bread, or at least windows! And I know about buying computers in a hurry. Well here’s the thing: I loved my first iBook. I never had …

Just for once in my life, I’d like to not have to buy a new computer in a hurry

With 36 hours to go before my next flight to Tennessee, the Macbook dies. That means that a) I get to buy a new hard drive for my Macbook just to have access to my files (music including my vinyl album rips, scans – the paper originals for many of which I have recently thrown …

A standard procedure for digitizing LP’s.

I’m really happy with my USB preamp for digitizing vinyl records and kinda wish I’d bought it years earlier. It’d have saved me a lot of money in CD remasters and other forms of buying-the-same-damned-record-again. What it allows me to do is remaster the records myself according to my own requirements. I find that I …

On A/D conversion, advice and the weakest link in the chain

Reader Branko asked me privately what brand/type of USB preamp I’d bought, because he too wants to digitise his vinyl record collection. I’m really the wrong person to ask, because the entire comparison shopping process for me was to go to Okaphone, a local electronics store catering to DJ’s, and ask for the recommendation of …

Return of the Son of the End of Free, Part II

Over the years, I’ve become skeptical of paid content as a viable model for most of the content being published online, particularly for webcomics. In the previous part, I discussed what I believe are the reasons micropayments have historically failed and free content resurged in the mid-2000s. I believe Rupert Murdoch’s plan to start charging …

Return of the Son of the End of Free, Part I

So the big media news last week was that Rupert Murdoch wants to start charging for the Wall Street Journal online, and the coverage brought back a word that I hadn’t heard in a couple of years and that I didn’t really expect to hear again: micropayments. I’ll talk about the new End of Free …

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, …