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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



Book scanning for dummies, part three

The third magic technology for scanning is Optical Character Recognition — OCR for short. This is the application which converts your pictures of pages into a word processing document that — hopefully — contains more or less the same words in approximately the same order. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on April 7, 2011 in eBooks, Graphics, Hardware, Windows Applications



Book scanning for dummies, part one

I don’t believe in Anthropogenic Global Warming. I do believe, however, that the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere is rising — for whatever reason — and that since this allows more plants to grow, and more animals to eat them, and more people to eat the plants and animals, it is, on the whole, a Good Thing. But when you live, as I do, in an area that is prone to bushfires, having more plants around — dry, burnable Australian plants, itching to get involved in a really big conflagration so they can spread their seeds — is not necessarily a good idea. Fire is like sex for Australian plants: imagine fifty thousand hectares of trees that haven’t had it away for a decade, and you can see why it’s so explosive when it finally gets going. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on April 7, 2011 in eBooks, Graphics, Windows Applications