Monthly Archives: April 2011

Music, music, music!*

It’s appropriate that there should be three ‘music’s in the title of this post (and the song it comes from) because today I want to write about the three music applications that I currently use. Mint, of course, like Ubuntu, comes with Rhythmbox. which I happily used for a while but eventually abandoned because — as an ordinary user, not a code-tweaking maven — I couldn’t get it to make a smart playlist which would search my collection of MP3 tracks on the basis of their track number. (Why should I want to do that? Carry on, gentle reader, and all will be revealed). I also found it flaky in other ways — an impression that was confirmed just now when I went to start it up and check that I wasn’t inadvertently lying to you. First startup — Rhythmbox froze and had to be killed with the Force Quit applet from the panel. Second startup — nothing happened at all. So Rhythmbox has been given the boot. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on April 28, 2011 in Audio, Linux Applications, Music players


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Oh, what a falling-off was there!*

My exercise ball has burst! There was a tearing sound, wind rushing past my ears, the sensation of sudden descent, and a painful collision with the floor! Suddenly my favourite office chair was no more! Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on April 27, 2011 in Ergonomics, Hardware



Can it Bee? Invoicing software for Mint

At the moment there are three Windows programs that I really can’t live without: Read the rest of this entry »


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Trooble oop t’Mint!

Not so happy with Mint this morning. Why not? Well, it’s a long story. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on April 21, 2011 in Linux Applications, Mint OS


Why I don’t have a Kindle

I have been pushing and shouting and struggling for eBooks for a long time now — well over ten years — but now that the Kindle has caught on and eBook sales are going through the roof, I find myself in a rather embarrassing position. Because I don’t have a Kindle. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on April 16, 2011 in eBooks


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How to Python a puzzle

How to Puzzle a Python, by Max Walker

Any Australian fan of second-hand and remaindered books will have come across numerous copies of a book by Max Walker, the Australian cricket team’s long-standing wicketkeeper, with titles like ‘How to Hypnotise Chooks’, ‘How to Tame Lions’, ‘How to Kiss a Crocodile’ and ‘How to Puzzle a Python’. But the Python I have in mind is rather different. Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on April 14, 2011 in Linux Applications, Python


Konstruktor: Lego for the dimensionally-challenged

Minions! I need minions!

Mr Mint takes charge

Let’s say you’re living in a small room — in a Hong Kong cubicle hotel, for instance — but you want to build large and complex structures out of plastic bricks. Seems like an impossible situation, doesn’t it? But no! All you need to do is fire up your trusty netbook — running Mint, of course — and install Konstructor. Right now the website is pretty minimal, but the program works and it’s in the Mint repository, so what more do you need? Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on April 13, 2011 in Graphics, Graphics software